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Desert Gold   By: (1872-1939)

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Desert Gold by Zane Grey is a captivating Western novel that takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the arid landscapes of the Arizona desert. Set during the height of the gold rush era, Grey's book is a thrilling tale that combines elements of adventure, romance, and the pursuit of wealth.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Glenn Kilbourne, a young and ambitious cowboy who finds himself entangled in a web of danger and intrigue. Kilbourne's path crosses with the enigmatic Alta, a beautiful and fearless woman, whose allure and charm captivate both him and the readers. Together, they embark on a quest to find a lost gold mine, rumored to hold vast riches.

What sets Desert Gold apart is Grey's ability to paint vivid descriptions of the desert landscape, transporting readers to the stark beauty and harshness of the wild frontier. The author effortlessly immerses readers in the arid heat, the vast expanse of the desert, and the relentless pursuit of fortune in this unforgiving land.

The characters in Desert Gold are well-developed and multi-dimensional, with their motivations and conflicts serving as the driving force behind the narrative. Kilbourne's determination to strike it rich, combined with his growing affection for Alta, adds depth and complexity to his character. The presence of other intriguing figures, such as Bill Belllounds and Colonel Jerd, further enhances the story's richness, creating a dynamic cast of compelling personalities.

Grey's writing style is both engaging and evocative, transporting readers into the heart of the action. His ability to weave together elements of romance, suspense, and Western adventure creates an engrossing narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Additionally, his attention to detail and historical accuracy adds authenticity and depth to the novel's setting.

One of the book's strengths is its exploration of the human condition amidst the relentless pursuit of wealth. Through the characters' experiences, readers are exposed to the moral dilemmas and internal struggles that arise when greed and ambition take hold. This thematic element adds layers of complexity to the plot, making it more than just a simple adventure story.

While Desert Gold may not be as well-known as some of Zane Grey's other works, it stands on its own as a compelling piece of Western literature. This thrilling tale of love, adventure, and the lure of gold is sure to satisfy fans of the genre, as well as those looking for a riveting and immersive reading experience. With its meticulously crafted descriptions, well-drawn characters, and gripping plot, Desert Gold is a must-read for anyone seeking an enthralling journey through the wild and untamed frontier of the Arizona desert.

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I. Old Friends II. Mercedes Castaneda III. A Flight Into The Desert IV. Forlorn River V. A Desert Rose VI. The Yaqui VII. White Horses VIII. The Running of Blanco Sol IX. An Interrupted Siesta X. Rojas XI. Across Cactus and Lava XII. The Crater of Hell XIII. Changes at Forlorn River XIV. A Lost Son XV. Bound In The Desert XVI. Mountain Sheep XVII. The Whistle of a Horse XVIII. Reality Against Dreams XIX. The Secret of Forlorn River XX. Desert Gold




A FACE haunted Cameron a woman's face. It was there in the white heart of the dying campfire; it hung in the shadows that hovered over the flickering light; it drifted in the darkness beyond.

This hour, when the day had closed and the lonely desert night set in with its dead silence, was one in which Cameron's mind was thronged with memories of a time long past of a home back in Peoria, of a woman he had wronged and lost, and loved too late. He was a prospector for gold, a hunter of solitude, a lover of the drear, rock ribbed infinitude, because he wanted to be alone to remember.

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