The Heritage of the Desert

The Heritage of the Desert

The Heritage of the Desert


Can recovery from a brush with death lead to redemption?

The cattle wars of the West pushed people into treachery

The definitive edition.

  • Features an extended biography of the life and experiences of Pearl Zane Grey.
  • Professionally remastered for clear type and easy reading.
  • Large print editions available

Jack Hare has come to the West to become a man. He soon finds out that life on the plains of Southern Utah is much wilder than advertised. After being rescued from the fringes of death by the patriarchal August Naab, Hare resolves to turn his life around.

“Have confidence in yourself and your gun, for you can kill him.”

At August Naab’s ranch, on his road to recovery, Hare is attracted to the exotic half-Navajo half-Spanish Mescal, Naab’s ward. There is a fight for her affection between Hare and Naab’s son Snap. Amidst the love triangle, encounters with wilderness cattle rustlers, led by the menacing Holderness, provides the danger and stirs the dust for a thrilling conflict.

When Holderness goes after Mescal, Hare gets involved in Naab’s war. The rustlers are threatening everyone and lack any moral high ground. Can Hare, Naab, and Snap win against all the odds before someone is killed?

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The Heritage of the Desert Book Information

Imprint: Sastrugi Press Classics
Author: Pearl Zane Grey
ISBN: 978-1-944986-77-3 (hardback), 978-1-944986-78-0 (paperback)
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Title code: Book150
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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 the 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.

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