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The Round-Up A romance of Arizona novelized from Edmund Day's melodrama   By: (1866-1923)

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The Round-Up, a romance of Arizona novelized from Edmund Day's melodrama by Edmund Day, is an engaging and thrilling tale set against the majestic backdrop of the American West. With its captivating characters, dramatic plot, and vivid descriptions, this novel offers a delightful reading experience that seamlessly blends adventure, romance, and the untamed spirit of the wild frontier.

The story follows the intrepid rancher, Jack Roper, as he embarks on an arduous journey to rescue his beloved fiancée, Dorothy, who has been taken captive by a notorious gang of outlaws led by the ruthless Black Jack. As the desperate chase unfolds across the rugged Arizona landscape, the author masterfully captures the essence of the untamed wilderness, immersing the reader in a world where danger lurks around every corner.

The characters in this novel are beautifully portrayed, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations. Jack Roper emerges as a courageous and resourceful protagonist, driven by unwavering determination to rescue his true love. Dorothy, rendered with grace and resilience, proves to be far from a damsel in distress, making her a compelling and empowering character.

Furthermore, the antagonists in the story are equally compelling. Black Jack is a formidable villain, who not only possesses a deep-rooted malice, but also a complexity that sparks curiosity. Through his actions and interactions with other characters, the author successfully manages to humanize him, revealing layers beyond his villainous façade.

The novel's pacing is one of its greatest strengths, consistently maintaining a breathless momentum that keeps readers at the edge of their seat. Edmund Day's skillful writing and attention to detail make the action scenes vivid and exciting, as the chase unfolds with thrilling twists and turns.

While the romance between Jack and Dorothy remains central to the story, it never overwhelms the action-packed plot. Both the romantic elements and the suspenseful adventure are expertly interwoven, offering a well-balanced reading experience that caters to a variety of tastes.

Although the story may occasionally embrace melodrama that feels slightly over-the-top, it only adds to the charm and nostalgia of this classic Western narrative. The author's ability to transport readers to a bygone era and vividly depict the spirit of the Wild West is truly commendable.

In conclusion, The Round-Up, a romance of Arizona novelized from Edmund Day's melodrama by Edmund Day, is an enthralling Western tale that captivates readers from the first chapter until the very end. With its well-drawn characters, immersive setting, and a plot filled with action, romance, and suspense, this novel promises an enjoyable reading experience for fans of the genre. Edmund Day's expert storytelling drives the narrative forward with an infectious energy, making this book an excellent choice for anyone seeking an exciting and unforgettable adventure in the Wild West.

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A Romance of Arizona

Novelized from Edmund Day's Melodrama


John Murray and Marion Mills Miller


I. The Cactus Cross II. The Heart of a Girl III. A Woman's Loyalty IV. The Hold up V. Hoover Bows to Hymen VI. A Tangled Web VII. Josephine Opens the Sluices VIII. The Sky Pilot IX. What God Hath Joined Together X. The Piano XI. Accusation and Confession XII. The Land of Dead Things XIII. The Atonement XIV. The Round up XV. Peruna Pulls His Freight XVI. Death of McKee, Disappointed Desperado XVII. A New Deal XVIII. Jack!



The Cactus Cross

Down an old trail in the Ghost Range in northwestern Mexico, just across the Arizona border, a mounted prospector wound his way, his horse carefully picking its steps among the broken granite blocks which had tumbled upon the ancient path from the mountain wall above. A burro followed, laden heavily with pack, bed roll, pick, frying pan, and battered coffee pot, yet stepping along sure footedly as the mountain sheep that first formed the trail ages ago, and whose petrified hoof prints still remain to afford footing for the scarcely larger hoofs of the pack animal.

An awful stillness hung over the scene, that was broken only by the click of hoofs of horse and burro upon the rocks, and the clatter of the loose stones they dislodged that rolled and skipped down the side... Continue reading book >>

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