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The Range Boss   By: (1875-1942)

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The Range Boss by Charles Alden Seltzer is a remarkable piece of Western literature that immerses readers in the rugged and dangerous world of the untamed West. Seltzer's gripping narrative and vivid descriptions transport us to a time when cowboys and outlaws roamed the vast and unforgiving terrain.

Set in the late 1800s, the story revolves around a fearless and enigmatic protagonist called Kurt Dorn. As a seasoned range boss, Dorn is the epitome of resilience and resourcefulness, respected by both his colleagues and the men he supervises. When a gang of ruthless and bloodthirsty rustlers threatens to disrupt the harmony of the range, Dorn rises to the occasion, leading the fight against the nefarious criminals to protect his land and those who depend on him.

Seltzer's characterization of Dorn is masterful, capturing the essence of a complex and multifaceted character. Dorn's internal struggles, his unwavering dedication to the range, and the demons that haunt him make him a captivating and relatable figure. Moreover, the author's exploration of Dorn's relationships with other characters, particularly his interactions with a spirited and headstrong woman named Judith Sanford, adds depth and emotional resonance to the plot.

The pacing of the novel is perfect, keeping readers engaged from start to finish. Seltzer skillfully combines moments of heart-pounding action, where bullets fly and fists collide, with introspective scenes that delve into the hopes, dreams, and fears of the characters. This balance creates a captivating read that appeals to both fans of action-packed adventures and those seeking a deeper exploration of human emotions.

The Range Boss also shines in its portrayal of the American West. Seltzer's extensive knowledge of the landscape, customs, and culture of the era is evident in his richly detailed descriptions. The harsh beauty of the wilderness, the rough camaraderie of cowboys around the campfire, and the ever-present danger of a lawless land are brought to life in vivid prose. This authenticity adds a layer of realism to the narrative, drawing readers deeper into the story.

One minor criticism of The Range Boss is that the romance between Dorn and Judith sometimes takes precedence over the otherwise compelling story of the range boss and the rustlers. While the passion and tension between the two characters add depth to the plot, at times, it feels slightly forced and distracts from the main conflict.

In conclusion, The Range Boss is a captivating Western novel that captures the rugged and treacherous essence of the American frontier. With its impeccable characterization, engaging storyline, and evocative descriptions, Charles Alden Seltzer proves himself as a master storyteller. Fans of the Western genre and readers seeking a tale of adventure, courage, and redemption will find themselves thoroughly enthralled by The Range Boss.

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[Illustration: Randerson watches the newcomers [Page 2]]






Copyright A. C. McClurg & Co. 1916 Published September, 1916 Copyrighted in Great Britain


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