The Long, Long Trail ★★★☆☆

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Title: The Long, Long Trail
Series: ———-
Author: Max Brand
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Western
Pages: 258
Words: 76K


Jess Dreer’s father was lynched for supposedly murdering a man. When it turned out that another man had committed the crime, Jess waited for the Law to arrest the man who killed his father. When the Law did nothing, Jess killed that man and has been on the run from the Law ever since.

When Jess runs into the Valentine family, all he wants is to keep on running. But the niece of Morgan Valentine hasn’t seen a man she can’t plumb and Dreer is no different to her, until he reveals depths she’s never imagined. Her flirtings have gotten a man shot and her cousin in trouble with a clan out of the Ozarks. Jess gets wrangled into dealing with the hired gun the clan has hired to kill the young Valentine and in the process gets caught and put in jail.

He eventually escapes, is warned by Miss Valentine of a plot by the clan to kill him and the book ends with him and her riding off into the dawn.

My Thoughts:

Not bad, not bad at all. Unfortunately, almost as soon as I’d read it I’d forgotten it too. I actually had to go to a booksite to remember what this was about to be able to write the synopsis. Pretty sad eh?

I don’t have anything to say. It’s a Max Brand western written by someone in the 1920’s for magazines. It is almost literally reading fodder and not meant to have stuck around as long as it has.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

17 thoughts on “The Long, Long Trail ★★★☆☆

  1. This is a problem I have with a lot of the pulp fiction I’ve read and why I can’t understand the whole “pulp rev” fanaticism. Most pulp was just fodder like this. Enjoyable while reading, forgotten once the cover is closed. But I guess that first part is key: enjoyable while reading. People want to escape.

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      1. It’s short for pulp revolution, a movement to bring back books like the pulps instead of the kind of SF/Fan that’s being published these days. I really like pulps, but I’m not into movements and find that I don’t want all plot and adventure. I want long thoughtful books with character growth, etc.

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    1. Eh, that’s why I have my star ratings written out. Being forgettable isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it is something I remember (oh the irony there, eh?).
      It would influence my chances of ever re-reading anything by Brand though. While “Monster Hunter International”, which was also 3stars, is definitely getting a re-read some day in the next year or two.

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