characters in this story are western to the core and will stay with you long
after the last page. The story is
narrated by Billy, a twelve year old boy spending the summer on his
grandfather’s ranch in New Mexico. Billy
is fond of his grandfather, John Vogelin and his grandfather’s best friend, Lee
Mackie. He is looking forward to the
summer but there is trouble on the horizon.
The US Government wants to turn the ranch into part of the White Sands
Missile Testing Range. John Vogelin is
the last holdout, defying the government.
John is not about to give up the
ranch he loves and figures the government shouldn’t be taking a man’s
land. As the summer progresses neither
the federal government or John Vogelin are willing to back down. Lee tries to persuade his friend that he
cannot beat the government, but John is not about to give up his ranch. This is a story that resonates with Abbey who
once said “A Patriot Must Always Be Ready
To Defend His Country Against His Government”.
The man was a handful!
“The Thoreau of the American West.”
—Larry McMurty, author of Lonesome Dove
“Abbey is a fresh breath from the father reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier.”
“One of the very best writers to deal with the American West.”
A half-century after its original publication, Edward Abbey’s classic 1962 novel, Fire on the Mountain, still retains its beauty, power, and relevance. Now with a new introduction by New York Times bestseller Douglas Brinkley (The Wilderness Warrior, Walter Cronkite), this extraordinary tale by the legendary icon of the environmentalism movement and author of The Monkey Wrench Gang proudly celebrates rugged American individualism, as it tells the story of one tough old loner’s stand against the combined, well-armed forces of government that are determined to clear him from his land
About the Author
Edward Abbey spent most of his life in the American Southwest. He was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the celebrated Desert Solitaire, which decried the waste of America’s wilderness, and the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, the title of which is still in use today to describe groups that purposefully sabotage projects and entities that degrade the environment. Abbey was also one of the country’s foremost defenders of the natural environment. He died in 1989.