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To The Last Man
by Zane Grey
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From Library Journal
This is a rousing, old-fashioned tale loosely based on the true story of a little-known chapter of Western history: the deadly feud of the Tonto Basin in Arizona or the Pleasant Valley War. When Jean Isbel answers his father's summons home, he makes a huge mistake for a cattleman's son-he falls for a sheepherder's daughter, Ellen Jorth. Her father is expanding his sheepherding operation, and the stock are grazing down the surrounding range. What begins as the age-old rivalry between cattlemen and sheepherders erupts into a violent war between cattlemen and rustlers masquerading as sheep men, and the two lovers are caught in the middle. Indeed, the violence seems to pause only long enough for the womenfolk to bury their dead before the hogs eat them. While the language is a bit dated, Jim Gough's masterful narration of this exciting story will hold listeners spellbound. Since good Westerns are rather scarce on the ground these days, Blackstone Audio is performing a special service by making this old classic available to a new generation. Highly recommended for all libraries.
Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Brand, a regional stage and television comic actor, narrates Grey's classic story of the blood feud. Brand depicts Ellen Jorth and Jean Isbel, the star-crossed lovers, with compassion and pathos. Set during the little-known Grass Valley Arizona range war, the story offers many characters with a variety of accents and dialects, and Brand's versatile performance amazes the listener. Grey maintains suspense to the last line, and Brand keeps the drama high also. A great team has produced a powerful listening experience. S.C.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
At the end of a dry uphill ride over barren country Jean Isbel unpacked to camp at the edge of the cedars where a little rocky canyon green with willow and cottonwood promised water and grass. (Excerpt)
Jean found tracks of two wolves, and he trailed them out of the wash, then lost them in the grass. But, guided by their direction, he went on and climbed a slope to the cedar line, where in the dusty patches he found the tracks again. "Not scared much," he muttered, as he noted the slow trotting tracks. "Well, you old gray lofers, we're goin' to clash." Jean knew from many a futile hunt that wolves were the wariest and most intelligent of wild animals in the quest.
Card catalog description
Two children are married by a third, take a honeymoon around the block with their doll children and begin a happy day of make-believe.
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