Summary

“I am Johannes Verne, and I am not afraid.”
This was the boy’s mantra as he plodded through the desert alone, left to die by his vengeful grandfather. Johannes Verne was soon to be rescued by outlaws, but no one could save him from the lasting memory of his grandfather’s eyes, full of impenetrable hatred.
Raised in part by Indians, then befriended by a mysterious woman, Johannes grew up to become a rugged adventurer and an educated man. But even now, strengthened by the love of a golden-haired girl and well on his way to making a fortune in bustling early-day Los Angeles, the past may rise up to threaten his future once more.
And this time only the ancient gods of the desert can save him. 
©1983 Louis L'Amour (P)2011 Random House
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Critic reviews

"Riveting reading." ( The New Yorker)
"This is L'Amour's finest book." ( California Magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By B. C. Furzer on 18-09-16

excellent through and through.

Excellent storyline with bold characters and superb narration. A riveting, light read and fully entertaining.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 13-04-15

Great story

Great story. Very entertaining and very well read. Would also recommend Last of the Breed by the same order and read by the same actor.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 06-04-11

Good Oater

I like a good western novel and I like a lifetime saga. While this book only spans 20 years or so, it is still a saga of a five year old boy going west, and trying to remain alive. He has an evil grandfather that wants him dead and leaves him to die in the Mojave desert. There are interesting characters and L'Amour knows how to write a book. This is the western genre though so if you do not like stories like Lonesome Dove, then this is not for you.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Char on 08-02-11

Best Western Ever

I truly enjoyed this book. It was definitely his finest hour. I've read most of his books but this one was extra special and a longer book which I dearly love. Louie L'Amour was born in 1908 and died of pneumonia in 1988. According the publish date, he wrote it at about age 75. Absolutely excellent book and the narrator was good also. I will deginitely read this one again sometime. He and Zane Grey were definitely the epitome of our western culture of long ago. You won't be sorry you listened to this book.

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