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The Untamed (Dan Barry #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Dust powdered his hat and clothes as Tex Calder trotted his horse north across the hills. His face was a sickly grey, and his black hair might have been an eighteenth century wig, so thoroughly was it disguised. It had been a long ride. Many a long mile wound back behind him, and still the cattle pony, with hanging head, stuck to its task. Now he was drawing out on a highl ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1919)
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Richard Ward
The pen name Max Brand sounds like his novels should be way macho, and this one from 1919, probably his first, is. I just wish it was more interesting. The hero reminds me of a comic book superhero. He has the strength of several men and can win a fight even when ganged up on. He can fire a weapon unlike any other gunman, even shooting multiple silver dollars as they fall from the sky. Also, he seems to be able to talk to animals, both wild and domestic. Two of those animals, a wolf called Black ...more
Scott Pinzon
Max Brand is the pen name of Frederick Faust, perhaps one of the most prolific authors who ever lived. He penned 500 novels, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. He started out as a pulp hack and found success later in life by inventing Dr. Kildare, which was not only a series character in novels but became a prime time television show, which Faust wrote.
I am intrigued by the pulp novelists of the early 20th century, and I love a well-written Western, so I picked this up. To enjoy it, it hel
Morris Nelms
This was my first experience with Max Brand. I don't think I'll read more of his stuff. This was an unique spin on an archetypal story with a well developed hero. I have to give him high marks for that alone. Most heroes are less interesting than the villains. Brand worked as a cowboy early in his life, and that gives this book a more authentic quality, especially when he writes about horses. He and Zane Grey have an excellent gift for describing the landscape.
Now, to the problems I have with t
Daniel Ghanim
1. What did you like about the book and what could have been better?
In the book the untamed by Max Brand, the classic western novel was an enjoyable read, which kept you going till the end with trouble and mishaps. The description was put in the right spot, and the imagery of the landscape was great, which was better than other westerns, but lacked intensity. The book was no different than an ordinary western, other than both having the dog and horse together, but was not as appealing to me beca
Cindy Winder delong
I enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure what to think of the main character, Whistlin' Dan. I was never sure what he was going to do but whatever he did always seemed true to his character. Whistlin' Dan was a very likable character but in a way I felt sorry for him and I always worried about him. I started to be concerned about how the book was going to end. If it ended badly, I was sure that I never wanted to read another Max Brand book again. The book did not end how I expected but the ending fit ...more
Ramakrishnan M
good western. I have read very few max brand books and this is certainly one of the best

good build up of the hero character and usual western super hero stuff

surprising end though
Max Brand burst on the scene with this striking novel less than two decades after Wister’s The Virginian and just as Zane Grey was topping the bestseller lists. In those three writers one can trace the evolution of western storytelling from history into myth. Wister’s Wyoming and his cowboy characters were drawn from life, while Grey romanticized the desert Southwest and the heroes and villains he put there. Brand stripped away realism and romance in The Untamed and left pure myth—with even a to ...more
Ed [Redacted]
The Untamed was Max Brand's first western novel and possibly his first novel of any kind. Originally published in 1919 in "All Story Weekly" as a six part serial. It reads like the script of a cowboy movie serial. The protagonist "Whistlin' Dan Berry" is about as indestructible a superman of a protagonist as you will ever meet. He does everything perfectly and never appears to be in any real danger save for a period of time where he is shot in the shoulder with a rifle and nearly dies, only to p ...more
Jeff Miller
Available on Project Gutenberg and Librivox

The hero is kind of a Tarzon in a cowboy hat in that "Whistling Dan" has great rapport with wild animals and keeps a wolf as a companion and has tamed the wildest horse. He is also an expert with a gun naturally without practicing and his origins are a mystery An interesting premise, but a fairly stock story of a good man's run in with outlaws and his quest to kill the leader of them with romance along the way.
I ADORE westerns, and Max Brand has a much more believable style than Zane Grey albeit has less "feel good" and more reality. This has great characters and like all westerns, a predictable plot to a poing yet excitement and adventure along the way.
Debbie Zapata
I ended up not reading this one since I read the sequel to ir first without realizing. I knew what would happen eventually in the lives of the main characters and that spoiled this book for me. Quit as soon as I learned who was who.
Adam Azzalino
Best western writer I have found--this is his masterpiece.
Cecil James
An extraordinary western. I couldn't put it down.
the Tittle sums it up.
It kind of reminded me of Tarzan
Colin Inscore
Nice draw in, satisfying finish.
Mike Grady
A classic Western, well told.
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