Two Texas Rangers, one undercover as a reckless cowboy, the other right out in the open, drawing the fire and wrath of outlaws, have been sent to bring law to a rustler gang's town. In order to do it they risk losing the love of the women they've fallen for. These ladies are, unknowingly, daughter and niece to the rustler chief.
I love Zane Grey, but this wasn't his best outing. The obstacles weren't that great and there seemed little point in dragging out the suspense; the plot was pretty thin. The two romances outweighed the action by a lot. There was more emotion and lover's angst than western setting or story. Plus, I never care for the stories where there are two heroes, especially when one is written from first person perspective.
But, all that aside, there was plenty of what I love best about Zane Grey: the lost idealism, integrity, self-sacrifice, and honor that human beings naturally had at one time. I love the way it's considered wonderful, but normal, that one man would risk everything, including his life, to save the happiness of a friend. What a very different world from the one we've adapted to today!
(Pearl) Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and pulp fiction that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. He became especially interested in the West in 1907, after joining a friend on an expedition to trap mountain lions in Arizona. Grey wrote steadily, but it was only in 1910, and after considerable efforts by his wife, that his first western, Heritage of the Desert, became a bestseller. It propelled a career writing popular novels about manifest destiny and the conquest of the Wild West. Two years later he produced his best-known book, Riders of the Purple Sage (1912). He became one of the first millionaire authors. Over the years his habit was to spend part of the year travelling and living an adventurous life and the rest of the year using his adventures as the basis for the stories in his writings. His other works include: Betty Zane (1903), The Young Pitcher (1911), The Border Legion (1916), Wildfire (1917), To the Last Man (1922) and The Day of the Beast (1922)