The Complete Purple Sage Trilogy features the following novels:
Riders of the Purple Sage
Considered by many critics to have played a significant role in shaping the formula of the popular Western genre, the novel has been called "the most popular western novel of all time."
Riders of the Purple Sage tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her polygamous Mormon Church, a leader of which, Elder Tull, wants to marry her.
Withersteen is supported by a number of Gentile friends, including Bern Venters and Lassiter, a famous gunman and killer of Mormons.
Throughout most of the novel she struggles with her "blindness" in seeing the evil nature of her church and its leaders, trying to keep both Venters and Lassiter from killing her adversaries, who are slowly ruining her.
Through the adoption of a child, Fay, she abandons her false beliefs and discovers her true love.
A second plot strand tells of Venters and his escape to the wilderness with a girl named Bess, "the rustler's girl," whom he has accidentally shot.
While caring for her, Venters falls in love with the girl, and together they escape to the East, while Lassiter, Fay, and Jane, pursued by both Mormons and rustlers, escape into a paradise-like valley by toppling a giant balancing rock, forever closing off the only way in or out.
The Lone Star Ranger
Follows the life of Buck Duane, a man who becomes an outlaw and then redeems himself in the eyes of the law.
Buck Duane is the son of a famous outlaw.
Though an outlaw is not always a criminal, if the Rangers say he is an outlaw, its just as bad – he's a hunted man.
After killing a man, Duane is forced to 'go on the dodge'.
Duane turns up at an outlaw's hideout, still revolting at the idea of outlawry. Worse still, all the men he kills haunt him, for years.
At the outlaw hideout, he meets a kidnapped, beautiful young woman and desires to see her free.
In the second part of the book, Duane joins the Rangers, who want him to clear the frontier of outlaws, in return for the governor's pardon of his illegal deeds.
The Border Legion
Tells the story of a cold hearted man named Jack Kells who falls in love with Miss Joan Randle, a girl his legion has taken captive near the Idaho border.
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Published February 28, 2013
Action & Adventure, Westerns, Literature & Fiction.