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The Free Range   By: (1887-)

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The Free Range by Francis William Sullivan is a truly captivating and thought-provoking read. Set in the backdrop of a dystopian society, the novel takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the eyes of its young protagonist, Jake.

From the very first page, Sullivan's writing grabs hold of your attention, effortlessly transporting you to a world unlike any you've ever known. The author's descriptive prowess brings every scene to life, painting vivid images and evoking a range of emotions that keep you engrossed throughout.

The strength of The Free Range lies in its exploration of political and social themes. Sullivan seamlessly weaves these concepts into the fabric of the story, forcing readers to reflect on the consequences of governments' unchecked power and the impact it has on individuals and society as a whole. The author masterfully raises questions about personal freedom, the importance of questioning authority, and the potential dangers of complacency.

One of the novel's greatest assets is its well-developed characters. Jake, in particular, undergoes a remarkable transformation as the story unfolds. He starts as an ordinary teenager, bound by the constraints of a conformist society, but as he becomes entangled in a web of rebellious acts and secret alliances, he discovers the strength within himself to challenge the status quo.

The narrative is full of unforeseen twists and turns that will keep readers glued to the pages, eagerly devouring the next revelation. Sullivan's ability to balance suspense with introspective moments ensures a consistently engaging reading experience.

If there is one criticism to be made, it is that the ending feels slightly rushed. After building up tension and anticipation throughout the book, the resolution unfolds a bit too quickly, leaving some loose ends and unanswered questions. However, this only serves as a testament to the story's ability to keep readers invested until the very last page.

Overall, The Free Range is a remarkable work of fiction that both entertains and challenges the reader's preconceptions. It is a story that lingers in the mind long after the final sentence, leaving a lasting impact and a desire to explore the themes presented further. Francis William Sullivan has crafted a truly remarkable novel that will surely captivate a diverse range of readers, regardless of their preferred genre.

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Illustrations by Douglas Duer

[Illustration: They rode needlessly close together and swung their clasped hands like happy children.]

Grosset & Dunlap Publishers :: New York

Copyright 1913 by W. J. Watt & Company

Published June

To MATHEW WHITE Jr., Editor, author, critic, friend.


CHAPTER PAGE I Flinging The Gauntlet 9 II A Late Arrival 18 III An Unsettled Score 31 IV The Six Pistol Shots 39 V Strategy and a Surprise 50 VI Ugly Company 64 VII You Have Forgotten The Mask 74 VIII Fiendish Revenge 85 IX The Man in The Mask 98 X War Without Quarter 114 XI Made Prisoner 124 XII Juliet Asserts Herself 136 XIII The Heathen Chinee 149 XIV Sentenced 161 XV Cowland Topsy Turvy 176 XVI A Message By a Strange Hand 190 XVII A Battle in The Dark 203 XVIII The Immortal Ten 217 XIX An Indian Coulee 235 XX Somebody New Turns Up 245 XXI Julie Investigates 253 XXII The Use of Photography 265 XXIII The Crossing 279 XXIV The Story of Lester 289 XXV The Threads Meet 301




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