The Mysterious Rider
Reviewed by Vicky Stowers
Listening Time: 11.2 hours
Publisher: Books in Motion
Plot: The Mysterious Rider by legendary Western author Zane Grey is set in the Old West on a ranch called White Slides. It is run by old man Bill Belllounds, but he wants to turn it over to his son Jack, who has just recently returned from a three-year absence. Nineteen-year-old Columbine lives there as well as several ranch hands.
From the minute Columbine finds out the man who raised her isn’t really her father, things in her life change dramatically. The man she has always called ‘Dad’ now insists that she marry the boy she has always thought of as a brother. If that wasn’t bad enough, she couldn’t stand Jack. He was mean and lazy, but ‘Dad’ was determined she and Jack marry so the ranch wouldn’t be split up. Columbine is in love with one of her dad’s ranch hands.
Main Characters: Things are looking pretty grim for the two of them until a mysterious rider shows up and gets a job on the White Slides ranch. They call him Hell Bent Wade. He is a strange person, but he is determined to help Columbine marry the man she loves and not the worthless Jack.
What’s best (or not)? From cattle rustling to gambling and fighting, to the softer side of life, this book has it all.
Would you recommend? Yes.
Narrator’s style: The Mysterious Rider is narrated by Jack Sondericker. He has the characters down pat, and I think he does a fantastic job.
What would you rate the book? B+
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