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The Last Trail by Zane Grey

The Last Trail (original 1909; edition 1909)

by Zane Grey

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Title:The Last Trail
Authors:Zane Grey
Info:A.L. Burt Company (1909), Edition: Unknown, Hardcover
Collections:Your library, wrong covers, 2010 Reads
Tags:western, vintage, wrong cover

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The Last Trail by Zane Grey (1909)



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Zane Grey stories usually convey to the reader a piece of Americana that has long vanished. The Last Trail was no exception. Set in the backwoods country of the Ohio River a few years after the American Revolution, this story is of the last of the bordermen or woodsmen that were still roaming this area, hunting Indians and outlaws and helping the homesteaders stay safe. Many of the same characters from his earlier books Betty Zane and Spirit of the Border are in this story as well, in fact these three books are often grouped together as his “Ohio River Trilogy”.

Grey portrays the border men as a dying breed, and uses a love story to show the pull that his hero goes through as he decides on whether to stay in the wilderness or come into the settlements and marry Helen, the girl he has fallen in love with. When Helen is abducted, he vows to get her back and start a new life or die trying.

With lots of killings and violence, offset by the gentle love story, The Last Trail was a fun read. The author’s love of nature shines through his poetic yet detailed descriptions of the surrounding woodlands. Originally published in 1909, the prose is somewhat outdated and flowery, yet fits with the mode of the story. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 30, 2012 |
Very similar to Betty Zane with a different girl and "boy". Not sure I will read the last of the trilogy, "The Last Trail". Riders of the Purple Sage is the best of Zane, in my opinion. ( )
  lindawwilson | Jun 6, 2011 |
A lovely story of the frontier Ohio valley. A "borderman" who has renounced personal attachments in the face of his duty to the pioneers who depend on him, must examine his future and his philosophy of life when a young woman comes west. Lots of action, lots of derring-do. Lots of lovely description.

There is some uncomfortable stereotyping of Native Americans, but frankly less than I expected. And, I still prefer Louis L'Amour, but Zane Grey is head and shoulders above Louis when it comes to affairs of the heart!! ( )
  MerryMary | Feb 10, 2010 |
I consider this classic Zane Grey, as he continues the stories about the settlers in Ohio. Bordermen Jonathan Zane and Lewis Wetzel join with the settlers of Fort Henry in a shifting battle against several white and Indian enemies. The characters realize the coming end of the border life they know. ( )
  jpsnow | Apr 12, 2008 |
A boyhood favorite, this will always epitomize Zane Grey for me... ( )
7 vote danielx | Nov 6, 2007 |
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Twilight of a certain summer day, many years ago, shaded softly down over the wild ohio valley bringing keen anxiety to a traveler on the lonely river trail.
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Sequel to Spirit of the Border
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A woman is kidnapped from Fort Henry by a band of renegades and hostile Ohio Valley Indians. Now, Lewis Wetzel and Jonathan Zane take pursuit. With no hope of survival, they follow the trail into the unknown wilderness, vowing it to be their last venture. At trail's end, they will face their bloodiest battle.

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White rustlers trouble the people of the Ohio River Valley, and Lewis Wetzel and Jonathan Zane set about stopping them.

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