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Louis L'Amour 10 Best Novels
How I Met Louis L'Amour
I first met Louis L'Amour inside a truck stop outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. OK So I didn't actually meet him he passed away long before I became a truck driver, but I had heard his name before and was curious about western novels. On the road and away from for home for weeks at a time, sometimes waiting for a couple days for a load, I rekindled my passion for reading. About this time there was a rack full of Louis L'Amour novels for $5 each. A great deal considering most paperbacks now are almost $10. Anyway, by the end of my first novel (Daybreakers) I was hooked.
I have since bought or borrowed every Louis L'Amour novel I can find. I have also read a couple of other writers of westerns including Zane Grey, Ralph Compton and William W. Johnstone. All very good writers in their own rights but I believe Louis L'Amour is the #1 western writer. His favorite family is, of course, the Sacketts, a mountain family of rough and tumble straight shooters (literally). If one of them plans to "read to ya from the good book" you'd better get out of town or better yet out of the territory.
Several of his books have been made into movies including How the West was Won, and Lonesome Dove. In my opinion his novels don't transfer well into film, but that topic is for another lens (I smell a Dual coming). On the other hand I didn't believe The Lord of the Rings could be made into a movie either. The list of my movie flubs goes on and on. Again that's subject matter for another lens.
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#10 Ride the River
Book 17 in the Sackett Series
Echo Sackett has come to Philadelphia to retrieve an inheritance that belongs to the youngest living relative of Kin Sackett. The family back in Tennessee has fallen on hard times and could sure use the money. But there are others that could use that money and will stop at nothing to relieve her of her fortune. Not even murdering of a 16 year old girl. When a kindly old woman and her partner switch bags with Echo, she must find them and get back the family's future.
#9 The Man from Skibbereen
This is the tale of a young brawler named Crispin Mayo. Cris heads west in pursuit of a new start with a railroad construction crew. Coming upon a line shack he finds blood a telegraph key warning of danger and a mystery. And, of course there's a feisty young woman trying to save her loved ones from impending doom.
#8 To the Far Blue Mountains
Book 2 in the Sackett series
A kings fortune is lost while being transported. Barnabas Sackett has the bad luck of finding a small fortune in rare gold coins. coins thought to be part of the lost treasure. Now while trying to make his way to America, the Queen has every port being watched for Sackett and the treasure belonging to her.
#7 The Iron Marshal
Once a tough enforcer for a New York gang, young Tom Shanaghy made one to many enemies.Jumping onboard a west bound freight train he finds himself in a small town badly in need of a sheriff. Tom finds himself stuck in the middle of a feud before the sunsets on his first day. Now he needs all of his wits just to stay alive.
#6 Westward the Tide
Matt Bardoul was a drifter with no ties. That's the way he liked it. Until he met Jacquine Coyle an outspoken beauty and her father. They were headed to the Big Horn Mountains looking for gold. But something just didn't seem right. Matt decides to tag along and may be the only thing between them and disaster.
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One of Americas wealthiest financiers, rivals fear and hate him and a wife that wants him dead. Diagnosed with incurable cancer, Flint returns to the west from whence he came to die in peace. Until he meets Nancy Kerrigan the beautiful ranch owner being pushed of her land by one of Flints rivals. In her he finds something worth living for but it may be too late.
#4 How the West was Won
A great epic of human courage and endurance, his brave saga of the men and women who pushed relentlessly forward--despite the uncertainties of nature, the wrath of savage enemies, countless dangers and cruel death--to win the wide, shining lands of the rich and untamed West!
#3 Jubal Sackett
Jubal Sackett feared no man. With the aid and company of Itchakomi, a Natchez Princess, he blazed a trail through the American wilderness from the Appalacians to the Rockies.
#2 Sackett's Land
Book 1 in the Sackett series
Son of a feared fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunities of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.
And finally my number one best Louis L'amour. Also made into a movie. He was a man etched by the desert's howling winds, a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the ways of the Apache and ways of staying alive. She was a woman raising a young son on her own on a remote Arizona ranch. And between Hondo Lane and Angie Lowe was the warrior Vittoro, whose people were preparing to rise against the white men. Now the pioneer woman, the gunman, and the Apache warrior are caught in a drama of love, war, and honor.
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