Friends this is my review of the Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey, which I listened to recently as a Librivox recording. http://librivox.org/the-lone-star-ranger-by-zane-grey/
I must admit that the recent sun and fine weather has meant that I am a little behind in recording the books I have read or listened to, but that does not mean they will get missed off just slightly delayed in being recorded.
As a child I had a children’s version of this book, which I liked, probably due to the picture of the horse on the front cover. Now a good many years later I come back to it and it was interesting how parts of the story were familiar and parts were not.
The star of the story is Buck Duane, the son of a famous gunfighter, who falls prey to the old problem – challenged by a cowboy who wants to make trouble, Duane kills him and then must ride off to the lawless country near the Neuces River to escape being arrested and perhaps, hanged. After a lot of description of life out in the wild he eventually kills a notorious outlaw who is particularly known for his brutality.
This then gives him a reputation for killing the most notorious Texas outlaws, which draws an unexpected interest: a captain of the Texas Rangers offers him a pardon and a ranger’s badge if he will infiltrate the gang of the shadowy figure known as “Cheseldine” who wields vast power in West Texas, and make it possible for the Rangers to break the gang’s hold on the region’s towns. Duane accepts, never guessing in his wildest nightmares that he would sniff out this Cheseldine, along with his hideouts, and his lieutenants… and whilst at the same time fall in love with his daughter!
The original story has a very large amount of description, compared to action, but in doing so Zane paints a fantastic picture in words of life out in the wild west. The version I listened to was over 11 hours in length, but it never did seem boring due to the skill and use of the words used.
This was book 30 week 23 fiction 27 (7 on audio) non fiction 3
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