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How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Panhandle was a lonely purple range land, unfenced and wind swept. Bill Smith, cattleman How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Panhandle was a lonely purple range land, unfenced and wind swept. Bill Smith, cattleman, threw up a cabin and looked at the future with hopeful eyes. One day while plowing almost out of sight of his little home - which that morning he had left apprehensively owing to an impending event - he espied his wife Margaret coming along the edge of the plowed field. She had brought his lunch this day, despite his order to the contrary. Bill dropped the loop of his driving reins over the plow handle and strode toward her. Presently she halted wearily and sat down where the dark rich overturned earth met the line of bleached grass. Bill meant to scold Margaret for bringing his lunch, but it developed she had brought him something more. A son!


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How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Panhandle was a lonely purple range land, unfenced and wind swept. Bill Smith, cattleman How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Panhandle was a lonely purple range land, unfenced and wind swept. Bill Smith, cattleman, threw up a cabin and looked at the future with hopeful eyes. One day while plowing almost out of sight of his little home - which that morning he had left apprehensively owing to an impending event - he espied his wife Margaret coming along the edge of the plowed field. She had brought his lunch this day, despite his order to the contrary. Bill dropped the loop of his driving reins over the plow handle and strode toward her. Presently she halted wearily and sat down where the dark rich overturned earth met the line of bleached grass. Bill meant to scold Margaret for bringing his lunch, but it developed she had brought him something more. A son!

30 review for Valley Of Wild Horses: By Zane Grey - Illustrated (Comes with a Free Audiobook)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Underwood

    Valley of Wild Horses is one of Zane Grey’s most satisfying westerns. Everything that was wonderful about Zane Grey — his magnificent storytelling, his vivid descriptions of the landscape and horses, the sheer excitement of a roundup, and the thrill of gunplay — are on display so vibrantly in Valley of Wild Horses that the reader is rarely annoyed by some stilted dialog which creeps in, and some slight awkwardness in the romance department — which are also Grey trademarks. There is great beauty h Valley of Wild Horses is one of Zane Grey’s most satisfying westerns. Everything that was wonderful about Zane Grey — his magnificent storytelling, his vivid descriptions of the landscape and horses, the sheer excitement of a roundup, and the thrill of gunplay — are on display so vibrantly in Valley of Wild Horses that the reader is rarely annoyed by some stilted dialog which creeps in, and some slight awkwardness in the romance department — which are also Grey trademarks. There is great beauty here in Valley of Wild Horses, a purity of the human spirit. On its pages exists a love for decency and what is right, even if it must be administered with a gun. Even then, there is always regret, a wish that it hadn't come to that. Grey never painted a better portrait of those with checkered pasts trying to find a place they belong, than he did in Valley of Wild Horses. The simplicity of Grey’s narrative is deceptive, because it is a rich and beautiful portrait of a young man named Panhandle Smith, who represents a time and place in history as well as any Grey ever painted. For a western, it begins somewhat languidly, because it is the story of Panhandle as he grows up. We get to see the cowboys and cattle, the excitement and the harshness of these times, all circumstances which shape Pan’s life as a young man. At the age of twelve, Pan is already riding in the roundup, and loses one of the cowboys around him when he is taken away for stealing horses. Schoolteacher Amanda Hill is his first crush, Dick Hardman his first enemy, a situation which will play out over the years in their love for Lucy. Lucy is the young girl he helps deliver in a barn one snowy day, when he himself is but a boy. As she grows up, Pan’s feelings for her become romantic, as Lucy’s do for Pan, but Dick Hardman proves to always be in the way. Once his beloved horse Curly is gone, and a terrible scrape with Dick mars the future, Panhandle drifts to Montana and Arkansas at the age of twenty, and that’s where this tale switches gears, and become one of Grey’s greatest achievements. As Panhandle becomes a name known by many, sometimes for the wrong reasons, he never forgets Lucy, or his beloved family. It is when he meets up with old pals Blinky Moran and Gus, and returns to discover his father has been swindled, and Lucy is being blackmailed into marrying Dick Hardman in order to save her father, that the pieces which make this a great western saga all fall into place. There is a softhearted saloon girl named Louise whom Blinky loves that has ties to Dick, a corrupt sheriff named Matthews, and Dick’s powerful father and his dangerous men for Panhandle to deal with. But not before one of the most thrilling roundups you’ll ever read, as Pan and his pals seek to find the wild horses and make a new start in Arizona. There will be some treachery, some gunplay, and some twists and turns where Lucy and Louise are concerned. Louise in fact, is one of Grey’s best-drawn characters, and what happens is not only exciting, but quite moving. Throughout the book, there is a sense of family, and decency, and the hope of pioneers as they sought to carve out a new life. The storytelling is old-fashioned, to be sure, the dialog sometimes awkward, as Grey writes it phonetically as they speak it. But this is a lush, beautiful work, surprisingly layered and more complex than the premise suggests. The ending of Valley of Wild Horses is as lovely as any western you’ll ever read. It is simple, and pure, and hopeful. The reader will be imagining their lives going forward, and smiling. The first portion of the novel, as Grey focuses on Panhandle’s childhood, is too lengthy and makes the narrative move more slowly than it should. That said, there is a rich reward waiting for those who forge on, and a pot of western gold when they reach the final page. This is Zane Grey at his finest, which is to say warts and all. It may be too old-fashioned for a great many modern readers, its narrative style too different for them to accept and enjoy, but it’s as romantic and lovely as any western you’ll ever read, the ending pure. A great achievement by Grey that fans of traditional westerns of old will appreciate more than most modern readers. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fred Shaw

    This is the June selection of the American Westerns Book Club Zane Grey is the master writer of the American Western. The Valley of Wild Horses is a great story full of cowboys, horses, hombres and gun fights. Panhandle Smith, "Pan" for short, was born to a Texas farmer and raised in wide open spaces. His dad bought him his first pony when he was just a spud, and when the cattle herds came by going up the trail, he was in awe of the cowboys, their horses, boots and spurs. The story follows Pan, This is the June selection of the American Westerns Book Club Zane Grey is the master writer of the American Western. The Valley of Wild Horses is a great story full of cowboys, horses, hombres and gun fights. Panhandle Smith, "Pan" for short, was born to a Texas farmer and raised in wide open spaces. His dad bought him his first pony when he was just a spud, and when the cattle herds came by going up the trail, he was in awe of the cowboys, their horses, boots and spurs. The story follows Pan, his family, friends and girl in the wild west. Lawless but full of opportunity. To me, Zane Grey's forte is his descriptive writing. The Valley of the Wild Horses, the New Mexico location in the book, is so beautifully described, that I could fully imagine myself on a horse beside Pan, seeing what he was seeing. Desert land filled with mountains and canyons, sand and streams, cacti and cedar trees, coyotes and antelope, and thousands upon thousands of wild horses. Desert colors which I have witnessed myself, could not have more clearly put to canvas. The story and characters blended with scenery did the trick for me. If you are nostalgic for tales of adventure in the wild, unsettled landscapes of the West, this is a book for you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Story was a bit simple and some of the themes are a bit dated. Nonetheless it was masterfully written. This was my first Zane Grey novel but will certainly not be my last!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Edwin

    Great adventure, maybe a little slow moving, with terrific descriptive prose and very likable protagonist in young cowboy Panhandle Smith. Grey's descriptions of the valley with the thousands of wild horse made me feel like I was there, and sometimes made me wish that I was.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana Long

    My first American western and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Zane Grey wrote so many tales of the old west so I have to believe he romanticized the era and it sparked his imagination. In this tale his protagonist Panhandle Smith was born to be a cowboy. Grey gives a good deal of background history on his hero, and what drives him. Plenty of action and scenarios, good guys and bad guys not forgetting a couple of damsels in distress. I enjoyed his colorful descriptions, the vistas you could imagine. Wha My first American western and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Zane Grey wrote so many tales of the old west so I have to believe he romanticized the era and it sparked his imagination. In this tale his protagonist Panhandle Smith was born to be a cowboy. Grey gives a good deal of background history on his hero, and what drives him. Plenty of action and scenarios, good guys and bad guys not forgetting a couple of damsels in distress. I enjoyed his colorful descriptions, the vistas you could imagine. What surprised me the most was lack of even one token Indian, or of any buffalo. It's hard to think that his character spending years on cattle drives and traversing territory from Texas to Montana there is no mention of seeing even one Indian or a buffalo. However, it didn't take away the quality or enjoyment of the read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darsie

    Well that was a powerful good read! For me, this was a first trip into cowboy pasture and I found myself enthralled and entertained. The story was great, moved along mighty fast and had plenty of cowboy lore, horses and his love of the beautiful country, all described so evocatively. There was plenty of adventure, amusing anecdotes and some romance too. But by far the best aspect of this book was the way the dialogue was written. It was just so natural, and in my head it sounded just the way (I Well that was a powerful good read! For me, this was a first trip into cowboy pasture and I found myself enthralled and entertained. The story was great, moved along mighty fast and had plenty of cowboy lore, horses and his love of the beautiful country, all described so evocatively. There was plenty of adventure, amusing anecdotes and some romance too. But by far the best aspect of this book was the way the dialogue was written. It was just so natural, and in my head it sounded just the way (I think) a cowboy would speak! This really helped to bring the characters to life and oh, what fantastic names the characters had, Panhandle Smith, Blinky Moran, Lying Juan... Zane Gray is an excellent writer and I have already downloaded a few more of his books, which I am certain I will also enjoy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ariel Horn

    Rating clarification: 4.5 stars I really enjoyed this book. This was my first Zane Grey novel I have read and I wasn't disappointed. The writing is fine except for some choppy dialogue. Grey excels in describing the natural environment-- you can really sink your teeth into it and imagine you're there. Panhandle Smith is a rough yet amiable character (like any good cowboy), and you really root for him.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    The development of Panhandle Smith touched me, and the man he grew into was the kind of man all men should aspire to be.

  9. 4 out of 5

    June Ahern

    With my search to expand my reading genre, I decided it Valley of the Wild Horses by Zane Grey was worth a gander as I do I do love a good Western tale - Yahoo! And this is one of the best: Even a century after publication, Mr. Grey, creates an unforgettable time in the history of the Unite States – The Old West. The main character (and he is that! All cowboy hero to boot) is Panhandle Smith. He was born to Bill and Margaret Smith out on the open prairie, under the blistering sun. Pan, as he’s With my search to expand my reading genre, I decided it Valley of the Wild Horses by Zane Grey was worth a gander as I do I do love a good Western tale - Yahoo! And this is one of the best: Even a century after publication, Mr. Grey, creates an unforgettable time in the history of the Unite States – The Old West. The main character (and he is that! All cowboy hero to boot) is Panhandle Smith. He was born to Bill and Margaret Smith out on the open prairie, under the blistering sun. Pan, as he’s later called, was named by his father for the Panhandle, a lonely unruly purple range land with often, fierce winds. Pan would grow to be as wild and free as the land he was born into. His father is a wandering cattleman who chases his fortune to Texas. In the stark hardness of Bill and Mary’s life on the open range, she comes to him one day. He stops his plowing anticipating lunch but instead she presents him with their newly born baby boy. Wow! Talk about those strong pioneer women. Mr. Grey captivates the reader and soon you are seeing, hearing, feeling and tasting all in the life of Pan and those with him on this coming of age story. He is a strong individual from almost birth on, and his love for horses and freedom to roam cast him to his fate. At an early age he runs away from home and his parents mourn their loss of him until one day Pan shows back up – really in the nick of time. The starkness of the setting coupled with the simplicity of the characters in thought, speech and purpose, takes the reader to a time where life was tough and fragile during the taming the West. Even the use of old language is completely appropriate to the environs. You will have to let go of how it sounds and hitch up yer boots, chew straw and yup, yup, git right into it. It’s a story of adventure, love, romance (real Western style), loyalty, and of great faith for a better life. The only part I didn’t like and skipped over (majority I savored each line) was the treatment of the horses. I did attempt to understand the times and misunderstanding men had then about horses, still as a horse owner, I was dismayed to read about it. Pan didn’t like it either. Other than that – very glad I chose Mr. Grey’s book (one reason being I because been reading too many detective stories with much less action, reasonable plots and less vivid characters as this story. Savoring each line and the dialogue well it's plain talk, pardner The Skye in June City of Redemption

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Really enjoyed a western novel that didn't have a lot of killing. It felt like a the eagles series by William Johnstone, but without all the killing fields. It presented reality during western days, when people was people, and how they all tried to make a living. Like in our modern day and time, there are still those who think money is the utmost power.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    My first "cowboy" novel. Easy reading, but wonderful vocabulary and descriptions at times. Good characters and well-written action.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Thacker

    Haven't read Zane Grey for years! Not bad, although the style of writing is very outdated, it had a good story line.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Majushi

    Wild horses, cowboys, love. What more do you need to feel the old good western times? Wonderful, absolutely love it! I read it as a very little girl after I borrow this book from my uncle. I will never forget how wonderful it was to go with Pan on the adventure, sitting on a horse and feel the wind and the sun. I like the characters, I like the atmosphere, I love it all.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim Fencl

    Good ole fashioned western! Love the writing, the story telling. Made me yearn for a campfire, rent and my horse. I wish I could time travel back to the days of real cowboys n the Unsettled country of the west!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stan

    The story of Panhandle Smith - cowboy. Pretty straight-forward Western. Not really any surprises. Good, solid, Zane Grey Western. Probably not his most detailed and descriptive, but captures the stereotypical flavor of the genre in a way that few could.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Msadventure

    Another ZG classic This is typical Zane Grey - a western classic. The descriptions of the terrain are well-drawn and evocative for anyone who has seen the areas. The story line is perennial - good triumphs over evil and love wins in the end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Buddy McFelea

    A classic Western. Read and enjoy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rich

    Read it if you can, can't say enough good stuff about that Western romance. I'll read it again in a few years, maybe sooner.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Omar Abdel-razzak

    The origin story of Panhandle Smith Started out very well but dragged a bit in the second half. Not one of my favourite Zane Grey stories

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Talley

    Fun western read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Forte

    Couldn't put it down. First time to read any of the author's books. His writing and use of words engrossing. Wish I had read him years ago.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Frank Anderson

    All of Zane Grey's books are awesome - this one in particular. He paints the most vivid landscapes with words

  23. 5 out of 5

    Harry L Francis

    Good Interesting, easy reading and believable with plenty of horse action. Up to the best of Zane Grey in western action

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nizzafa

    Written in a type of old English which isn't used as often in modern literature, I enjoyed the story of Panhandle Smith. The story flowed well and kept me interested throughout. Descriptions about certain elements of the West were a bit too lengthly for my liking, but that's completely subjective. I say if you enjoy Westerns and want to read something "older" try your hand at this. It's worth your time. -M

  25. 5 out of 5

    Don Henwood

    When you want to escape, just russle up a story like this and read by the camp fire. You won't be sorry.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    I'm still on the hunt for the perfect Zane Grey that I would recommend to friends as first time readers. The things this novel had going for it: 1.) Panhandle Smith -- quintessential cowboy (cowpuncher) 2.) New Mexico range setting 3.) The hero's plight -- Panhandle returns after years of range riding to find his family in financial run, the city overrun by corruption, and his childhood sweetheart pursued by the local villain, 4.) The side story of the saloon girl saved from her bad life. The th I'm still on the hunt for the perfect Zane Grey that I would recommend to friends as first time readers. The things this novel had going for it: 1.) Panhandle Smith -- quintessential cowboy (cowpuncher) 2.) New Mexico range setting 3.) The hero's plight -- Panhandle returns after years of range riding to find his family in financial run, the city overrun by corruption, and his childhood sweetheart pursued by the local villain, 4.) The side story of the saloon girl saved from her bad life. The things I didn't really like: 1.) Some racial profiling/ stereotypes, 2.)the heroine was pretty young and flat and insubstantial -- not like many of Grey's awesome female characters (maybe the local hussy was the real heroine?!), 3.)The wild horse round-up was too hard for me to visualize -- I needed to see it on the big screen!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patsy

    I usually don't read western books but I found this very entertaining and will probably read more of them. The story was good and the author was also great. I am not a good storyteller but I thank God for giving this talent to so many authors for all of us to enjoy. I will read more western books in the future. I love sitting down in the quiet with a good book, getting into the their characters and their lives during their time period and blocking out everything else. This story was about roundi I usually don't read western books but I found this very entertaining and will probably read more of them. The story was good and the author was also great. I am not a good storyteller but I thank God for giving this talent to so many authors for all of us to enjoy. I will read more western books in the future. I love sitting down in the quiet with a good book, getting into the their characters and their lives during their time period and blocking out everything else. This story was about rounding up wild horses, getting them into a corral, selling them, the hardships of the cowboy and a small part of romance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donadee's Corner

    Wow, what can you say about a Zane Grey book that has not been said before. I have read these since I was a little girl and my love has not changed one little bit. The humor, romance, action and seriousness are still there. In fact as an adult, I think they are even better. If you love westerns, then these are the books for you. Eighty seven years later horses, bad guys, love and family have not changed. We still love reading about the old west and the guy gets the girl and they live happily eve Wow, what can you say about a Zane Grey book that has not been said before. I have read these since I was a little girl and my love has not changed one little bit. The humor, romance, action and seriousness are still there. In fact as an adult, I think they are even better. If you love westerns, then these are the books for you. Eighty seven years later horses, bad guys, love and family have not changed. We still love reading about the old west and the guy gets the girl and they live happily ever after. Zane Grey had a way with words that made us all love that time and I don't think another eighty seven years will change that. So enjoy!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mikkel Libby

    Great novel.. I choose the rating because it is fine literature. I've read numerous western authors and Zane Grey is one of the finest. He doesn't attempt to include historical accuracy so the books are purely fictional. I do believe scenic descriptions are a product of his extensive travels and are quite accurate. He is probably the tops when he describes scenery. Zane Grey will still be read By many more generations. Three generations of my family have read loved him. By the time I was 18 I had Great novel.. I choose the rating because it is fine literature. I've read numerous western authors and Zane Grey is one of the finest. He doesn't attempt to include historical accuracy so the books are purely fictional. I do believe scenic descriptions are a product of his extensive travels and are quite accurate. He is probably the tops when he describes scenery. Zane Grey will still be read By many more generations. Three generations of my family have read loved him. By the time I was 18 I had read every book of his that was published. Now at age 70 I'reading them again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    I won't give this stars because I could see it being enjoyable for others. For me, maybe a couple stars, but then I didn't give it a chance. Well, I gave it a quarter of the way in kind of chance. It just couldn't reach me. I don't care about the characters and the short sentences are continually tripping me up, like I was walking along railroad tracks. Didn't I already use that comparison before, somewhere else? I need to make up a phrase to describe that. This writing was too clattering short I won't give this stars because I could see it being enjoyable for others. For me, maybe a couple stars, but then I didn't give it a chance. Well, I gave it a quarter of the way in kind of chance. It just couldn't reach me. I don't care about the characters and the short sentences are continually tripping me up, like I was walking along railroad tracks. Didn't I already use that comparison before, somewhere else? I need to make up a phrase to describe that. This writing was too clattering short punchy for me.

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