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To The Last Man: A Story of the Pleasant Valley War

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  325 ratings  ·  15 reviews
This is the classic story of a deadly feud between cattlemen and sheepherders in the Tonto Basin of Arizona in the years years of the 1800s that gave substance to one of the legendary conflicts of the West. It's also the story of the fateful romance between Jean Isbel, son of a cattleman, and Ellen Jorth, daughter of a sheep rancher.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 15th 2000 by Forge Books (first published January 1st 1921)
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Mike (the Paladin)
This would for me be a 3.5 book (ah could we but give half stars). I don't rate it a 4 above as I didn't enjoy/like it as much as I have most to all of the books I rate 4 point... After all beyond that all that's left is a full 5.

The book is much more of a romance than I look for. It reminds me that Zane Grey (whom I read more of in my teens and preteens has a very strong streak of romanticism in his writing. That accounts for my dropping the half star. It's just a personal point...I don't care...more
The reason I picked up this book was because I had just read the true story of the Arizona Pleasant Valley War and the real life feud between the Graham and Tewksbury families. I thought it would be interesting to read Zane Grey's fictionalized version of these events. However, his novel contains a gratuitous Romeo/Juliet love story that is pure fabrication and which I found distracting, amateurish and containing stilted dialogue. The real-life story is much more interesting and a better read. I...more
This is a book I would really like to be able to use half stars. I really liked the majority of this book. I could hardly stand to put this book down. This hasn't happened in a long time! This is also the first western I have read in a long time as well. I think I will have to mix westerns in the mix a little more often. The writing was good. Grey is really able to paint a picture in your mind especially of the scenery. The romantic portions didn't bother me, but by the end of the book the weste...more
Thomas Druen
Great western romance

I have loved Zane Grey since introduced to his stories by my father many years ago. In this western version of Romeo & Juliet he stays true. Here is a timeless tale told by a timeless author about a timeless place. Thank you for making this available now if we can get more youth to read these classics.
Jotakin suomeksi myös..

Romanttista hömppää länkkäriaikaan sijoittuen, en pitänyt kovin kummoisena kirjana.

Zane Grey - Viimeiseen mieheen
(Riksin sarja 43, Wsoy, 1959, 7.painos)

Alkuperäisteos: To the Last Man (1921)

Riksin sarja oli WSOY:n julkaisema pehmeäkantinen kirjasarja, jossa julkaistiin viihderomaaneja vuosina 1950-1960. Riksin sarjan nimi on peräisin vanhasta Ruotsin rahayksiköstä riikintaalerista eli ”riksistä”, joka oli sata äyriä. Riksin sarjan myyntihinta oli aluksi 100 markkaa, jota k...more
Karen Baney
bout a son coming to Arizona to help his cattle-ranching father for a pending feud with sheepherders in the 1870's. On the way there he meets a woman sheep herder and falls in love--only to discover later that she is the daughter of his father's arch enemy.

As the tale unfolds its mixture of action and romance, the book becomes impossible to put down. The detail in which he describes the action scenes leaves you feeling like you are right there in the middle of the gun fight. The romance is swee...more
Doug Dams
This is sort of a Romeo and Juliet story set in the old west between two ranchers. One rancher gets his cattle by rustling and shady deals, the other rancher has sworn vengence against him for the deaths of family members and his cowhands. The son of the second rancher comes home but meets the daughter of the outlaw rancher before he knows what has happened. Settling the feud and saving the girl keeps the book moving at a lively pace. The story was based on an actual feud in Arizona that Zane Gr...more
Zane's preface explains that he wanted to at least once cover one of the many famous family feuds, here the Jorth's and Isbel's of Arizona. He also writes about idealism and romance: "Romance is only another name for idealism and I contend that life without ideals is not worth living."
Johnny Bennett
If Shakespeare was a cowboy, he'd have written Romeo and Juliet like this. Decent adventure scenes and vintage Hollywood style romance make this a pretty fluffy read. Just enough grittiness to make it fun.
SD Mittelsteadt
Traditional, stereo-type, western novel by Zane Grey. Only this one is based on the famous Pleasant Valley War....Arizona's version of the Hatfields & McCoys.
Another western with strong male characters. It was an interesting historical bite about AZ adn sheep and cattle wars.
My favorite Z. G. novel (inspired by his interviews with Pleasant Valley war observers) as a teen has less appeal now.
Justin Rose
Enthralling from cover to cover, and I'm going to remember the last line for the rest of my life.
Predictable by enjoyable. A take off the Hatfields and the McCoys.
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