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Richard Gale, a college football star, travels to Mexico to prove himself after failing in every business opportunity that his wealthy father had handed him. When he arrives at an Arizona border town, a chance meeting with an old friend launches him into an adventure to save a young Spanish beauty from a ruthless Mexican bandit.

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Published March 30th 2009 by Tantor Media (first published 1913)
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was reading Zane Gray in the '50s and he still holds my some of his books. What a powerful western tale spinner!
Bill Gunn
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. Gave historical perspective most do not have regarding battles on border and policies of our government during that time regarding immigration.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another of Zane Grey’s books, although currently a bit over 100 years old, still seems relatively modern in writing, more, say, Agatha Christie than Henry James. This one also seemed different than the few others of Grey’s books that I’ve read recently. In this, a few of the main characters are from Illinois, and one is a college graduate that played football. And he happens to meet up with old football rivals in a dive bar in Mexico. This football talk seemed to set the stage for the rest of th ...more
Geoffrey Benn
“Desert Gold,” tells the story of Dick Gale, a restless wanderer in the west, and George Thorne, a US Army officer, who are brought together to protect Mercedes, George’s romantic interest, who is being relentlessly pursued by a Mexican bandit named Rojas. Zane Grey’s better-known novels, such as Riders of the Purple Sage and The Rainbow Bridge, are made great by their gorgeous descriptions of landscapes and by the moral challenges faced by their characters. Desert Gold has the former, but not t ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get through this. Found the opening compelling and it just kinda went downhill from there.
M.L. Bushman
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zane Grey never fails to entertain me. This book is no exception.

The prologue starts out with what seems like a chance meeting between two prospectors in the desert who discover they have more in common than just a love of the desert and a hunt for gold. Fast forward to the main character, Richard Gale, a tenderfoot from Chicago who is looking to prove to his rich father that he's worth something as a man. While helping a friend rescue his girlfriend from an evil rogue named Rojas, Gale is caug
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story starts in black and white, a vignette of an earlier day. A few clues lead the reader to see the connection when the full color story unfolds. Full color? Plenty! Zane Grey's flowery descriptive verbal paintings give you a full mind's eye of what happens when Dick Gale steps in to help a friend rescue a damsel in distress, then they flee for their lives from the nasty Rojas. A long enduring survival test in the desert with Gale and company including a strong supporting cast of rangers. ...more
John Turner
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I remember reading a few Zane Grey books in my youth, enjoying the western genre during my teenage years. With that thought, I bought a collection of about 40 colorfully-bound Zane Grey books from a favorite local book store. In recent months, I've read a half dozen of the books. Although the novels are well-crafted, interesting plots set in exciting settings, I am finding the reading tedious. Grey exceedingly over-describes his characters, as well as his settings, almost to the extent of me wai ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desert Gold
• by Zane Grey (Originally published 1913)

Summary: Richard "Dick" Gale, (now 25) a college football star, travels to Mexico to prove himself after failing in every business opportunity that his wealthy father (the Governor) had handed him. When he arrives at an Arizona border town (Casita), a chance meeting with an old friend (George Thorne) launches him into an adventure to save a young Spanish beauty (Mercedes Castaneda (loved for her beauty, hated as nobility) from a ruthless Mex
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, we found this well-used, but beautiful 1913 hardback Zane Grey novel for $2 at the Oakland Museum's annual White Elephant sale. (It might have even been cheaper if we picked it up in the bag-of-books-for-$5 day.) I've never read Zane Grey, but have grown to love the desert and have heard that he has amazing descriptions of the desert.

Guess what: he does. 5-stars for his descriptions of the beauty, desolation, danger, and expanse of the Western desert.

Now, some day I imagine that I'll proba
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is dick lit.

Yes, dick lit, a very clever term I just coined. It means the male equivalent of chick lit.

I never really thought about it before, but it really does make sense. Westerns are male romances.

The basic plot is that a beautiful woman, Mercedes, has caught the eye of the local no-good (aka brown) bandit named Rojas. She and her husband enlist Dick Gale to help them flee from Rojas' territory. Gale is a recent arrival in the west and is just raring for some adventuring, so he joins up
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Notwithstanding, but possibly due to, the melodramatic feel of this novel that takes place near the border of Arizona and Mexico, I was emotionally involved every step of the way. Some of Grey's scenes were unforgettable, particularly the gunfight and brutality at the crater. I don't think I ever want to touch a cholla cactus; it sounds excruciatingly painful. In any case, Zane Grey had adequately done his research on this area including the slavery of the Yaqui Native Americans. I had never kno ...more
Amy "the book-bat"
Overall, not a bad book. I liked the main story. I was a bit confused as to the Prologue because we don't revisit it until the end.

I will say that the audio was disappointing. The narrator was soooooooo slooooooow that speeding it up to 1.5x (because Hoopla only goes that high) made it closer to normal. I'm guessing it is something to do with the app, but it also kept kicking me out of the book, so that I would have to go back and restart the playback and redo my settings for the book. Kind of
Richard Koerner
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a particularly good read. I really enjoy the Zane Grey books and this one was a fun read. Always the good against the bad and the good winning. Okay, so I know this, but it always remains interesting. Grey’s depiction of nature along with human nature is right on. I find it fun to look up the vegetation and cacti he talks about. I enjoy how he views the regal aspect of the indigenous population although it is somewhat annoying to see his dislike or seeming dislike of the Mexican people. ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
I had the good fortune to run across this book with a copyright of 1913 and illustrated with scenes from the photo play produced by Zane Grey's own company. It is in excellent condition. It is a western romance, as so many of this author's books, and takes place along the border between Mexico and Arizona. His vivid descriptions of the lava formed mountains and unforgiving cactus is a good part of the narrative but there is a great story along with it. It is not one of those "read in an afternoo ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written long before I was aware as the author died when I was around 4 years old. Many of the current sins are spelled out in today’s books. Zane Grey had the ability to expose them without explanations. Every thing that you would expect in a book was brought together in this book. The book had love, adventure, hatred, fighting, etc. Not much humor, as you would expect in the olden days. The book to my way of thinking was very well written. I am from the old school so I really enjo ...more
Randy Tramp
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story describes the recent uprising along the border and ends with the finding of the gold which two prospectors had willed to the girl who is the story's heroine. It's the journey that makes this a great read. Sights, sounds, smells and adventure. Historically correct (around 1912) a Mexican rebel named Orazco raided along the border of Arizona and Texas. The Yaqui Indians, their enslavement, and annihilation. The 9th Cavalry posted at Douglas, AZ, to guard the border at that time. Great re ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set on the Arizona border with Mexico. Richard Gale has gone out west to prove himself and runs into an old buddy of his who loves a Mexican beauty. There are banditos, gold prospecting and a romance for Richard himself before the story is over. Read when I was a kid, junior high age, more or less, so I don't remember the plot all that well anymore.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019read
I enjoyed the book. The time period was the early 1900s in the Southwest. The difference in vocabulary between today and Zane Grey's time was interesting. There was prejudice against the Mexicans and the Native Americans. There was also the issue of Chinese and Japanese seeking to enter the US through the southern border. Some things never change
P.S. Winn
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the feel of this western which adds in a man's search for gold, love and a life he wants to feel comfortable in. The author has numerous great stories, but I found ths one more compelling than some of the others.
Russell G Edwards
An adventure in a desert world where life is cheap and a

Good horse, a six gun are absolutely at all times necessary when prospecting, courting or helping friends who have given you a helping hand.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love books about the desert. Others on my list are Deathwatch by Robb White, Oasis by Jim Harrison and Holes by Louis Sachar.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I died of boredom and/or annoyance approximately 17 times during this audiobook.
Chris Purser
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

A good read with strong characters. Very good descriptions of the environment. Could have used more meat in the concluding chapter.
Greg Fletcher
Better than average Western. Tenderfoot learns how to be tough. Beginning and ending tie in nicely.
Richard Hallum
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first western I've tried to read since I was a kid. It was so melodramatic and read like a YA I couldn't finish it.
Great story. I found myself hesitant to pick this book up and reluctant to put it down. I haven't been a big reader of westerns, but I have been wanting to do some historical reading. 'Desert Gold' interested me because it was a western that covered the times that it was published in: 1913.

The characters are just good people surviving a harsh environment, protecting whatever and whoever they can. It took me a while to get my mind adjusted to Zane Grey's style of writing, but I really enjoyed eve
Patrick Hayes
A book told in two parts, though the latter seems so short that Mr. Grey added it on to make the book longer. A young man from the east coast comes out to the untamed border to try and make his way, encounters an old friend, now in the U.S. service, who is in love with a wealthy Mexican family's daughter. Set at the time of the Mexican uprising, a bandito wants the girl for himself, to use and kill. Our young hero has to help and in doing so becomes the person he always thought he'd be and finds ...more
I should have loved this book. I adored all of the characters. Gale, Nell, Thorne, Mercedes, Lash, Ladd and the Yaqui. I was whole hearted attached to all of them. Then why wasn't this a five star book? Too much nothing happening. I like character driven stories not situation. There was a lot of description of what was going on, like their run through the desert, but not enough interaction for me. I loved the way the beginning ties into the end. I couldn't figure out the point of the beginning f ...more
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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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“Strangely it came to Gale then that he was glad. Yaqui had returned to his own — the great spaces, the desolation, the solitude — to the trails he had trodden when a child, trails haunted now by ghosts of his people, and ever by his gods. Gale realized that in the Yaqui he had known the spirit of the desert, that this spirit had claimed all which was wild and primitive in him.” 0 likes
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