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Arizona Ames

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  237 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A tale of a good man with a bad reputation. Arizona Ames did not set out to make his mark as a gunfighter--it just happened. Arizona not only removes the bad guys, but he charms the ladies, spoken for or not.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by HarperPrism (first published 1932)
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Sep 21, 2012 Szplug rated it liked it
The prolific Mr. Zane Grey, that flinty patrician who wrote somewhere in the neighborhood of a zillion westerns that were eaten-up by readers from every part of the world, from all walks of life. Was he a furtherer of that distorted, romantic, self-sufficient-hero mythology of the American western frontier that went such a long ways to muddying the waters of what the historic actuality was? Were those violent passions—love, lust, hate, revenge, jealousy—given their free, horse-bound rein to prop ...more
Lee Evans
Dec 23, 2014 Lee Evans rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Zane, I can't believe I wasted time with this book. Here's why it's terrible and you should feel embarrassed:

1) Hey, Zane, I've got a tip for you. This is not a real sentence, and it is copied verbatim:

"That worthy ejaculated, 'Lord!'"

Get an editor.

2) Here's another sentence that is terrible and representative of the book as a whole:

"'I reckon not,' rejoined Tanner, gloomily, yet he thrilled in his gloom."

Good God, Zane. I don't even know where to start. First of all, why can't anyone ever just
Aug 17, 2013 Stefaniab rated it really liked it
This late-period Zane Grey is not the best of his novels by far. However, Rich (Arizona) Ames is one of his most likeable gunslingers. After the bad guys try to "ruin" his twin sister Nesta, Ames grabs his pistols and the bloody gunfight follows. Unfortunately, his criminal actions forces him to flee from his beloved Nesta and his happy Tonto Rim home, pursued by the law and vengeful family members

Typical Western fare, especially for the 1930s. What piqued my interest and kept me reading was Ame
Sep 01, 2016 Hawthorn rated it liked it
Of his 60+ westerns, Arizona Ames was one of 13 that are set in the Tonto Basin/Mogollon Rim area where Zane Grey kept a hunting cabin. This also happened to be where I was visiting when I picked a copy of the book to read, which was a nice way to visualize the landscape that he lovingly detailed. I was surprised that so much of the book is based on romance and whether Arizona Ames is ever gonna get the girl -- it's like chick-lit for boys, with some horse-ridin', gun-fightin' and cattle-rustl ...more
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Aug 17, 2011 Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: western
I've read a lot of Westerns over the years, mostly the big names like Louis L'Amour, Larry McMurtry, Matt Braun, William Johnstone, Max Brand, etc. But until now I had never read the grandaddy of them all, Zane Grey.

This was pretty much what I expected: a good yarn but hampered by the typical cardboard characters of the day and the writing style of 1930's era pulp fiction. In other words, there was way too much dialogue depicted in an almost funny western drawl. It really slowed me down trying t
Robert Dahlen
Nov 17, 2010 Robert Dahlen rated it really liked it
The author presents page after page of amazing and wonderful descriptions of the landscape, people and attitudes of the Old West.
Nicely written by a good wordsmith.
Stories are engrossing and hold ones attention.
I will read more.
May 03, 2014 Meredith rated it really liked it
Shelves: westerns
My favourite zane grey character thus far. The ending doesn't quite live up to the promise of the beginning and the disjointed nature of the story, selected episodes in a 14 year period, means we are left without knowing the outcomes for a lot of people we get to know well.
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Jan 19, 2009 Puffer T rated it really liked it
LOVE all Grey books thus far....this one was almost too much 'speaking' in many 'pard's and 'heah's, I like when he sticks to the descrips of the landscape.
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Pearl Zane Grey was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the rugged Old West. As of June 2007, the Internet Movie Database credits Grey with 110 films, one TV episode, and a series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater based loosely on his novels and short stories.
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