The Rainbow Trail
The Mormons were hell-bent on preserving their doctrine of polygamy by hiding their wives inside “sealed” villages away from the long arm of the law.
The definitive edition.
The Rainbow Trail is Zane Grey’s sequel to his 1912 classic, Riders of the Purple Sage. The definitive western ended with the rolling down of a huge rock by Lassiter to seal up himself, Jane Withersteen and the little Fay Larkin in the “Surprise Valley,” away from the pursuing Mormons.
Years later, John Shefford, a disillusioned minister who was kicked out of his church, got a new job delivering goods to a village of almost 50 women—a “sealed-wife” village. He became friends with Venters who told him the story of Lassiter, Jane, and Fay. Shefford became intrigued with the tale and decided to find the “Surprise Valley.”
In his travels, he heard another chilling story that the Mormons had found a way into the Valley and carried young Fay away forcefully. He had to either organize a rescue or forget getting his beloved Larkin forever.
In a bid to save the girl, Shefford embarked on a series of journeys full of hardship, treachery, narrow escapes, and mixed joy. If you’re a fan of Zane Grey, don’t miss this exciting adventure story
Quotes from The Rainbow Trail:
“And swift and light as a panther Shefford leaped upon the man and, fastening powerful hands round the thick neck, bore him to his knees and bent back his head over the rail.”
“The Indian spoke rapidly in Navajo, saying that once in the rocks they were safe.”
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The Rainbow Trail Book Information
Imprint: Sastrugi Press Classics
Author: Pearl Zane Grey
ISBN: 978-1-944986-49-0 (hardback) ISBN-13: 978-1-944986-50-6 (paperback)
Market price: $23.95 (hardback), $13.95 (paperback)
Formats: Hardback, Paperback, eBook
Page count: 266
About the Author
Author to the most popular western novel of all time—Riders of the Purple Sage, Zane Grey, was an American author born in the late 1800s. He is widely known for his popular adventure novels and tales associated with western literature and has a degree in dentistry. His books and short stories have been adapted into 112 films, a television series named Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater as well as two television episodes. Grey also belonged to the list of first few millionaire authors. It was said that Grey’s novels managed to crystallize a set of symbolic beliefs for the American West in the minds of his millions of readers. Most of his books were created by spending months each year gathering experiences from his adventures and travels, be it fishing off Tahiti or a safari in Colorado. He then took these experiences as a way to share tales for annual novels, magazine articles, columns, and serialization.
Grey’s best-known book, Riders of the Purple Sage was published in 1912 and was his all-time best seller. Zane’s story was rejected by Hitchcock; however, Harper immediately took interest in it when Zane connected with the vice president. All his manuscripts were published under Harper, after Zane noticed that he had turned into a writing magnate and a household name, during the time. Riders of the Purple Sage has been credited by scores of critics as the book to set the formula for the Western Genre. He associated with Hollywood when William Fox paid Grey 2,500$ to buy the rights to Riders of the Purple Sage in 1916. Grey’s career graph worked synonymous to that of the Motion Pictures Industry.
The Rainbow Trail, published in 1915 was a sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. Riders of the Purple Sage took over the cinematic screens in 1918, 1925, 1931 and 1941. The novel was also adapted as a TV film in 1996.
His books have continued to grow and influence the entertainment media, in addition to the commercial success he has gained from his paperbacks. He is considered to have one of the most prolific author biographies in the publishing industry with scores of published titles and adaptations under his hood.