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Heart of the Sunset   By: (1877-1949)

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Heart of the Sunset by Rex Ellingwood Beach is an exhilarating adventure that plunges readers into the heart of the American West during the late 1800s. With its captivating story and vivid descriptions, the book offers a thrilling exploration of life on the frontier.

The narrative takes place in the town of Alder Creek, a remote outpost surrounded by vast landscapes and untamed nature. The protagonist, Conrad Warrener, is a well-drawn character with a mysterious and enigmatic past. Warrener is a man of action, known for his fearlessness and rugged charm. He becomes embroiled in a complex web of hardships and adversities as he navigates through the treacherous terrain of Alder Creek.

One of the book's strengths lies in Beach's ability to paint a vivid picture of the breathtaking landscapes that serve as the backdrop for the story. He captures the untamed beauty of the American West, transporting readers to a time when vast expanses of untouched land stretched as far as the eye could see. Beach's descriptive prose adds depth and richness to the story, allowing readers to feel as if they are living alongside the characters.

Furthermore, the book showcases the harsh realities of life on the frontier. Beach masterfully depicts the struggles of the pioneers, who must battle not only against the unforgiving wilderness but also against the darker aspects of human nature. The portrayal of these hardships creates a sense of danger and suspense, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

The book is also notable for its well-developed cast of characters. Each individual, from the strong-willed love interest to the conniving villains, possesses their own distinct personality and motivations. This complexity adds depth to the story, making it more engaging and believable.

However, Heart of the Sunset does have its shortcomings. At times, the pacing may become slow, especially during sections that focus more on internal conflicts rather than external action. This might deter readers seeking constant excitement and thrills. Additionally, some of the romantic elements in the story feel slightly contrived, lacking the same depth and complexity found in other aspects of the book.

Despite these minor drawbacks, Heart of the Sunset is an enthralling read that offers a captivating glimpse into the American frontier. Rex Ellingwood Beach's masterful storytelling, combined with his talent for vivid descriptions, makes this a book well worth exploring for fans of historical fiction and adventure. The book offers an immersive experience that transports readers to a time and place where danger and discovery walked hand in hand.

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HEART OF THE SUNSET

By Rex Beach

Author of "THE SILVER HORDE" "THE SPOILERS" "THE IRON TRAIL" Etc.

CONTENTS

I. THE WATER HOLE

II. THE AMBUSH

III. WHAT HAPPENED AT THE WATER HOLE

IV. AN EVENING AT LAS PALMAS

V. SOMETHING ABOUT HEREDITY

VI. A JOURNEY, AND A DARK MAN

VII. LUIS LONGORIO

VIII. BLAZE JONES'S NEMESIS

IX. A SCOUTING TRIP

X. A RANGER'S HORSE

XI. JUDGE ELLSWORTH EXACTS A PROMISE

XII. LONGORIO MAKES BOLD

XIII. DAVE LAW BECOMES JEALOUS

XIV. JOSE SANCHEZ SWEARS AN OATH

XV. THE TRUTH ABOUT PANFILO

XVI. THE RODEO

XVII. THE GUZMAN INCIDENT

XVIII. ED AUSTIN TURNS AT BAY

XIX. RANGERS

XX. SUPERSTITIONS AND CERTAINTIES

XXI. AN AWAKENING

XXII. WHAT ELLSWORTH HAD TO SAY

XXIII. THE CRASH

XXIV. DAVE LAW COMES HOME

XXV. A WARNING AND A SURPRISE

XXVI. THE WATER CURE

XXVII. LA FERIA

XXVIII. THE DOORS OF PARADISE

XXIX. THE PRIEST FROM MONCLOVA

XXX. THE MAN OF DESTINY

XXXI. A SPANISH WILL

XXXII. THE DAWN

HEART OF THE SUNSET

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THE WATER HOLE

A fitful breeze played among the mesquite bushes. The naked earth, where it showed between the clumps of grass, was baked plaster hard... Continue reading book >>




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