Desert Gold

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1st World Publishing, Sep 1, 2004 - Fiction - 408 pages
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Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - A FACE haunted Cameron - a woman's face. It was there in the white heart of the dying campfire; it hung in the shadows that hovered over the flickering light; it drifted in the darkness beyond. This hour, when the day had closed and the lonely desert night set in with its dead silence, was one in which Cameron's mind was thronged with memories of a time long past - of a home back in Peoria, of a woman he had wronged and lost, and loved too late. He was a prospector for gold, a hunter of solitude, a lover of the drear, rock-ribbed infinitude, because he wanted to be alone to remember. A sound disturbed Cameron's reflections. He bent his head listening. A soft wind fanned the paling embers, blew sparks and white ashes and thin smoke away into the enshrouding circle of blackness. His burro did not appear to be moving about. The quiet split to the cry of a coyote. It rose strange, wild, mournful - not the howl of a prowling upland beast baying the campfire or barking at a lonely prospector, but the wail of a wolf, full-voiced, crying out the meaning of the desert and the night.
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
5
II
8
III
19
IV
24
OLD FRIENDS
33
MERCEDES CASTANEDA
46
A FLIGHT INTO THE DESERT
62
FORLORN RIVER
79
ROJAS
193
ACROSS CACTUS AND LAVA
229
THE CRATER OF HELL
253
CHANGES AT FORLORN RIVER
282
A LOST SON
293
BOUND IN THE DESERT
311
MOUNTAIN SHEEP
330
THE WHISTLE OF A HORSE
352

A DESERT ROSE
104
THE YAQUI
123
WHITE HORSES
144
THE RUNNING OF BLANCO SOL
164
AN INTERRUPTED SIESTA
183
REALITY AGAINST DREAMS
371
THE SECRET OF FORLORN RIVER
393
DESERT GOLD
403
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Zane Grey was born Pearl Zane Gray in 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio. He studied dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, married Lina Elise Roth in 1905, then moved his family west where he began to write novels. The author of 86 books, he is today considered the father of the Western genre, with its heady romances and mysterious outlaws. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) brought Grey his greatest popular acclaim. Other notable titles include The Light of Western Stars (1914) and The Vanishing American (1925). An extremely prolific writer, he often completed three novels a year, while his publisher would issue only one at a time. Twenty-five of his novels were published posthumously. His last, The Reef Girl, was published in 1977. Zane Grey died in Altadena, California, in 1939.

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