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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zane Grey Narrator: Jim Gough Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Zane Grey wrote this splendidly thrilling sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage in 1915, but for almost ninety years it existed in a profoundly censored version.

Young John Shefford, escaping from his troubled past in Illinois, heads west to follow up the curious legend of three people living imprisoned in Utah’s isolated Surprise Valley, one of whom is a beautiful girl named Fay Larkin. Shefford, half in love with the girl he’s never met, is determined to find the valley and free her—if she’s still alive.

Shefford is nearly overwhelmed with his experiences of the beauty of the high desert, his first meetings with Indians, his ideas regarding Mormon men and their secret wives, and his encounter with real love, all of which work their changes in him. He comes out a man made true and good, finally freed from the shame he has harbored for so long.

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  • “Gough’s distinctive and thoroughly Western voice sets the stage for Grey’s fascinating sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. These are timeless, articulate stories of the old, untamed Southwest…Gough lovingly reads Grey’s prosaic descriptions of the beauty of the high desert and Navajo culture. His perfectly cadenced reading and accents lend a true storyteller’s dimension to this romantic tale.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eddy Allen | 1/20/2014

    " "Yes. He wanted to stay, and I had work there that'll keep him awhile. Shefford, we got news of Shadd--bad news. The half-breed's cutting up rough. His gang shot up some Piutes over here across the line. Then he got run out of Durango a few weeks ago for murder. A posse of cowboys trailed him. But he slipped them. He's a fox. You know he was trailing us here. He left the trail, Nas Ta Bega said. I learned at Stonebridge that Shadd is well disposed toward Mormons. It takes the Mormons to handle Indians. Shadd knows of this village and that's why he shunted off our trail. But he might hang down in the pass and wait for us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenylyng | 11/27/2013

    " This is a great easy to read and escape back to the old west book. It is my first Grey book, but I will definitly read his books again. Well written, with a great ability to paint fabulous pictures of the scenery around the characters. The hero of the story learns to survive in the west and discover what he really believes in while saving the woman of his dreams in a very pulp-western way. Great read if you just want to be entertained. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jacob | 11/24/2013

    " Started out ok, with some Abbey like descriptions of the desert. The story plot started out interesting as well. However, about a third of the way through this one got really stale. Descriptions of the land became repetitive, the plot unfolded in painfully predictable fashion, and the protagonist degenerated into hand wringing questioning of his potential relationship with the Sago Lily. This book was fine for the cross-country plane ride I read it on but not one I would go out and buy. If you like Zane Grey or Westerns in general you could consider getting it for free on the Kindle but if your time is limited go ahead and skip it. 2 stars after a relatively strong start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kerry Olivetti | 10/22/2013

    " "He beheld what seemed a world that knew only magnitude." "

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