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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,009 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The red stallion did not appear to be hurt. The twitching of his muscles must have been caused by the cactus spikes embedded in him. There were drops of blood all over one side. Lucy thought she dared to try to pull these thorns out. She had never in her life been afraid of any horse. Farlane, Holley, all the riders, and her father, too, had tried to make her realize the ...more
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Published November 3rd 2006 (first published 1910)
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Daniel Villines
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Colonel Potter and M*A*S*H
I found this Zane Grey book while visiting Virginia a few years back and immediately thought of the wisdom, kindness, and practicality that was portrayed by Colonel Potter in the TV series M*A*S*H. While I do enjoy the occasional black-and-white western, the genre has typically not been a place where I look for insightful writing on the human condition. Colonel Potter, however, loved Zane Gray and the character of Colonel Potter exhibited a straightforward dedication to truth and virtue. With ...more
Teri-K
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, z-own-kindle
I can see how much this would appeal to romantic horse-crazy young girls. Unfortunately I didn't love horses even when I was a teen ager, so a lot of the story didn't work for me. There is a great deal of lovely description of the Four Corners area and the Colorado River, but the young heroine was too headstrong and wild to appeal to me. Not one of his best.
Rick Shrader
Well, I finally read a Zane Grey book. Over the years I’ve found that one kind of leisure book I like is the American western. I have also read a couple Louis L’Amour books and I’ve read all of the Harold Bell Wright books. I suppose I like them because they remind me of my childhood on the river with my grandpa. Zane Grey is a good story teller. He obviously had a knowledge of the southwestern states and a love for the land. These stories are set in the horse and buggy western days (this one ...more
Katherine Roberts
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in my early teens and still remember it! Always the sign of a good book. Obviously I identified with the young heroine Lucy Bostil at the time, and maybe I was a bit young for the romance side. But I fell in love with the spirited stallion Wildfire, and the scene where Lucy is tied naked by a jealous rival to the back of her father's prize racehorse and sent galloping into the wildfire has stuck with me to this day.

The language might seem a bit dated now, but don't let that put
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Mojca
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Lucy Bostil has been a tomboy all her life, riding the most willful horses, doing anything she pleases, more than content with her life, but when she meets Lin Sloan, she learns she hasn't yet lived her life to the fullest.

Sloan has followed the wild horse he's named Wildfire for months and across thousands of miles before he captured him. When Lucy stumbles across him on one of her rides, both man and untamed horse fall for the spirited young woman, but
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John
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zane Grey's Wildfire, named after a wild stallion in this novel, is full of majestic scenery, complex characters, and unforgettable episodes including the description of the tracking and capturing of this magnificent animal by the horse hunter, Lin Slone. But that occurrence is only an early part of the story which is filled with bad men, romance, fast paced action, and resplendent descriptions of the four corners area around the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. The final scenes of this book ...more
Violet
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: westerns
One of Mr. Grey's better ones in my opinion. This one has a lot of action (and of course lots of description of the canyons, etc.), as well as a romance. The main theme is a rancher who loves good horse flesh so much that he gets carried away and cruel to acquaintances that better him. His daughter saves a horse hunter (Lin Slone) and his horse (Wild Fire); she forms a bond with the horse and rides him in a race against her father's prize animal. Then her father causes a fella to lose his horses ...more
Rose
Zane Grey, you are indescribably vulgar. What were you thinking, having half naked people running around on the prarie, and hinting at suggestive behavior wherever you can fit it in? Your audience was much more proper than that when you wrote this drivel. What did you do to literature? What did you do to American moral integrity? Most of all, what have you done to America's upright cowboys? You've made them into oversexed rabble rousers that work on ranches between robberies, murders and illicit ...more
Libra
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This books took me a month and a half to read, but I loved every moment of it. A man and his horse. A father and his daughter. A young boy and his love interest. An idiot and his love for a girl he can't have. This story has everything on the backdrop of detailed desert views. There are so many things to like about this story. Some stories are timeless. This is one of them.
Nathan
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat enjoyable western filled with a number of classic tropes of the genre, with a plot about horse traders, horse racers, horse hunters, horse breakers, horse thieves, and a little bit of romance.
Brenda Stann
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excitement

I always enjoy Zane Grey and I absolutely loved this one , wild horses, love,. I couldn't read fast enough
Steve Hill
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent.
Maria Jansson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had me mesmerized! A page turner for sure.
Leora Wood
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Granny

My dad had a collection of Zane Grey books, I loved to read them. He uses northern Arizona for the backdrop in most of the books
Deana
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not impressed.
Bri
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heart warming epic adventure with a bittersweet ending. Loved it as always.
Theresa
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My goodness how I love Zane Grey!

This book is about horse people, horses, and a love story.

Bostil is a horse man. He is obsessed with horses. If it's a good horse he has to own it. He gets pretty underhanded about it. Even though he owns Sage King who wins the big race every year, he can't deal with anyone else having a fast horse.

Bostil also has a daughter who he loves just as much. Lucy would argue maybe just a little less.

There are also two different factions who are obsessed with horses and
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Kirsten Kuns
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nearly a 100 years since this was published.
But despite the aged style I was blown away by the written description of the countryside, canyons, remoteness and journey of our wild horse tracker. The working relationship with the horses was real - Zane Grey knew horses.
While I was born in the US I've lived my life in Australia and most of that with horses.
The book has me wanting to jump into Google Earth and seek out that countryside and those canyons and put my mind back into that story and
...more
Tiffany
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
Zane Grey was an amazing author. I read this book as a young adult, and was immediately drawn to it. I grew up on the dramatic westerns that my father loved. Among these were Zane Grey. As a young child, the massive volumes intimidated me too much to tackle. However, this one definitely drew me in because of my obsession with horses. A timeless love story, a story of freedom and respect for animals, and a western to boot, I quickly fell in love with this book. Zane Grey is well-known for his ...more
Dave
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I like about Zane Grey is that he doesn't follow the typical cookie cutter Western story model. There were some of the typical themes of loner cowboy falls in love with headstrong rancher's daughter, but there were also some thought provoking and moral issues also dealt with in this book. Grey is a master of description of scenery and he uses metaphor and alliteration in ways not used in today's speech and writing. What I liked about this story is that it didn't entirely end ...more
Gerald Matzke
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is considered by some to be one of Zane Grey’s best. It is filled with complex characters and action although at times it becomes a bit drawn out as the characters make their way through the wilderness. There are twists and turns in the plot as the main character, a very talented and resourceful young woman, takes charge of the action. This story gives the reader a look at the rivalries and brutality of the Wild West as well as the power and influence of nature in the lives of people ...more
Jamie
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jamie by: Daniel
A whole lot of fun. Not as tightly written as something like Saber River or Yuma, and the dialogue lacks that sizzle, but the man can tell a story. Pull off a little time-travel and give Zane Gray Elmore Leonard’s rules for writing (really, just 3, 4, and 5): you’d have something there for sure.
Pamela(AllHoney)
There is no doubt as to why Zane Grey is called the father of the western novel. He can sure write a story. It was, however, a bit dated. It was sometimes hard to understand some of the jargon used from that time period. But not so much that it interfered with the story. Mr Grey was a very descriptive writer and that is what made it a difficult read for me personally. It won't keep me from reading more, though.
Susy
I just re-read this book for the first time in 30 years. I was surprised that I still think it is as good as when I read it as a kid. I had forgotten how much description of the desert Grey includes which goes on for pages and pages. I got a bit bogged down stage-setting each location during Slone's tracking of Wildfire and had to make myself just read the description. And...

I had forgotten just.how.sad.the.ending.is.

Ashley Lane
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I read this book for the first time when I was about 13 and I adored it. I've read it at least 3 more times since. It's lost a little bit of its appeal but I still get the same emotions about the book i did when I first read it, so i still love it.

Not the most wonderful book ever written, but it has emotional significance to me.
Vicki
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wanna be a cowboy! Or cowgirl in this case. I love horses and cowboys and this was my first taste of Zane Grey. Lovely descriptions of the land, life and horses of the West.Now the only question is, which Zane Grey to read next?
Dorothy
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic western with action, mystery, and of course a little love thrown in. Lynn Sloan has spent many months tracking a beautiful stallion named Wildfire. When he is finally able to catch him he is totally spent.
Alan
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grey tells a great story. The descriptions are quite vivid and you get a real sense of the period. Great characters. I'm surprised this hasn't been made into a movie. Quite the treat for a change of pace...
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Lucy Bostil saves the lives of wild-horse hunter Lin Sloan and a stallion named Wildfire. The three then have to contend with a real wildfire.
Brenda Lerch
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

just can't go wrong with a story about a girl's love for her horse and the man who loves her.
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“And so on this rainbow day, with storms all around them, and blue sky above, they rode only as far as the valley. But from there, before they turned to go back, the monuments appeared close, and they loomed grandly with the background of purple bank and creamy cloud and shafts of golden lightning. They seemed like sentinels — guardians of a great and beautiful love born under their lofty heights, in the lonely silence of day, in the star-thrown shadow of night. They were like that love. And they held Lucy and Slone, calling every day, giving a nameless and tranquil content, binding them true to love, true to the sage and the open, true to that wild upland home.” 0 likes
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