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The Valley of the Giants

Peter B. Kyne

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The man was John Cardigan; in that lonely, hostile land he was the first pioneer. This is the tale of Cardigan and Cardigan’s son, for in his chosen land the pioneer leader in the gigantic task of hewing a path for civilization was to know the bliss of woman’s love and of parenthood, and the sorrow that comes of the loss of a perfect mate; he was to know the tremendous joy of accomplishment and worldly success after infinite labor; and in the sunset of life he was to know the dull despair of failure and ruin. Because of these things there is a tale to be told, the tale of Cardigan’s son, who, when his sire fell in the fray, took up the fight to save his heritage–a tale of life with its love and hate, its battle, victory, defeat, labor, joy, and sorrow, a tale of that unconquerable spirit of youth which spurred Bryce Cardigan to lead a forlorn hope for the sake not of wealth but of an ideal.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Henderson's company, along with the other assets, and it was incumbent upon him, as assignee, to fulfill the contract. For the past two years the market for redwood has been most gratifying, and if I could only have gotten a maximum supply of logs over Pennington's road, I'd have worked out of the hole, but—"

"He manages to hold you to a minimum annual haul of twenty-five million feet, eh?"

John Cardigan nodded. "He claims he's short of rolling-stock—that wrecks and fires have embarrassed the road. He can always find excuses for failing to spot in logging-trucks for Cardigan's logs. Bill Henderson never played the game that way. He gave me what I wanted and never held me to the minimum haulage when I was prepared to give him the maximum."

"What does Colonel Pennington want, pard?"

"He wants," said John Cardigan slowly, "my Valley of the Giants and a right of way through m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Enjoyable and suspenseful. Listened to this on the trail and regretted whenever the trail ended. Good character development with one fellow reminded me of Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life ....more

This is one of those rugged old manly man kinds of books, pitting a good, fair-playing capitalist against an underhanded one. The story revolves around red-wood timber magnates in Northern California. It's a pretty good yarn, albeit melodramatic, at times. The characterization of women is predictabl

An epic, thundering novel told with a distinctly American Frontier optimism and bravado akin to the works of Edna Ferber and Emerson Hough. At times, a little larger than life, Kyne’s characters are vivid and memorable. His drama is authentic and rendered in thoughtful prose. While Kyne posits good

I bought this book 7 years ago originally under the mistaken idea that it was about literal giants, of the mythical kind, as it was in the science fiction section of the secondhand bookstore. So you can imagine my surprise when it turns out to be a novel set in the early 1900s about the rough and tu

The Valley of the Giants By Peter B. Kyne

“Strong in their faith to live their lives and love their loves, to dream their dreams and perchance when life should be done with and the hour of rest at hand, to surrender, sustained and comforted by the knowledge that those dreams had come true.” This quo

This is one of my favorite works of fiction. I like it because of the vivid descriptions of the American spirit, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the building of a business and life in the outdoors. There is something about Kyne's word choice and phrasing that I also like--there is a certain for