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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 discovSon 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....

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Sackett's Land Reviews

  • Lyn
    2019-03-23 13:55

    I recall the fuss and hubbub amongst the intelligentsia when Ronald Reagan presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to L’Amour back in 1984. Akin to the nature that led me to walk through the picket lines surrounding the film Last Temptation of Christ, I checked out a book to see for myself. I am not even sure why I picked this one up; I may have just seen his name on the book cover and started reading.What I found at first was surprising: not a Western in the clearest sense, but rather a setting in seventeenth century England. This was the far beginning of the Sackett family’s immigration to America and their very humble beginnings.Secondly, I was surprised by the quality of the narrative. Certainly, this is not highbrow literature, but neither is it pulp fiction. L’Amour was clearly a talented writer and a consummate storyteller. Sackett’s Land begins a great American adventure that would highlight his storied career.

  • Jeb
    2019-03-13 13:40

    I have read every Louis L'Amour book he wrote. That's something like 125 stories. I have them in a box in my garage...just in case I need to have a two hour western read.I'm not sure you can say that Louis L'Amour was a great fact, I'm pretty sure that would be a hard to defend statement.But, I can confidently say that Louis L'Amour was an important writer.For better or worse, I used his stereotype of a man as a model for how I wanted to approach the world and other people. As a 12, 13, and 14 year old reading these stories, they had a greater impact on my life and future development than anything else other than my family.I don't recommend reading all of his novels because they're all very similar stories. But, I think that everyone should read the Sackett series. The characters are literary archetypes and the stories unfold an idealized view of the West during US expansion that, though, unlikely to be entirely accurate, is, at least the way you wish it had been.

  • Henry Avila
    2019-03-11 07:55

    Farmer Barnabas Sackett , in 1599 England, is walking on the muddy ground.But not for long, he takes a tumble and falls on his face.Getting up from his humiliating fall,luckily nobody sees it,Sackett feels something in his hand.An old coin that looks Roman.Searching around he finds a bag, with a few more.The poor man knows that some people will give Barnabas a lot of English money, for his discovery.Selling the coins to Mr.Hasling,an antiquarian.Traveling home Sackett gets into a fight with a nobleman,Genester, for giving some water, to a lady in a carriage.Bad decision for a good samaritan.The jealous, arrogant gentleman, tries to kill Barnabas!Being the son of a famous soldier,who taught him well, the farmer soon has Genester in the mud.In that era,Sackett has to get out of England quickly.If he wants to live to a ripe old age.A voyage to America,in the New World and seek his fortune there, would be advisable. But Sackett is always getting into trouble, through no fault of his own.Shanghaied on the orders of Genester, by a virtual pirate Captain Bardle.Reaching the coast of America somehow in one piece,Sackett and two of his friends escape the ship,into the unknown wilderness.The Indians are not friendly,if only they can survive and get back to England.Maybe Barnabas and his companions will be able to trade with the natives, make a nice profit and go home again.There is a gentlewoman,daughter of Captain Tempany he just met(foolish dreams), besides this land looks good.A fine swashbuckler,one of only ten non westerns from Louis L'Amour(he could write well in any genre).The first of the many Sackett's novels, about the origins of that family.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-02-25 15:06

    I'm not sure exactly what I expected with this, but I was entertained, at any rate. As the start of the dynastic family L'Amour leveraged throughout his career, I supposed I should have expected more or less what I got. Barnabas Sackett is, indeed, a kind of ur-Sackett in that he embodies most of those qualities I vaguely recall from my childhood. He's assertive, competent, honorable, makes friends as easily as enemies, and is always working towards peace, family, and home.Interestingly, I find the allure of that strong man of peace as engaging as I remember when I was very much younger. L'Amour owns that central contradiction of the warrior pacifist and makes his characters the embodiment of an ideal that transcends jaded reality and messy everyday compromises.It was interesting having more sword than gunplay. And as interesting having an adventure that ranges from London to the new world (and back again). L'Amour cheats a bit by using accurate prediction of future developments as signifiers or markers of wise men and he comes close to winking at the audience with near-misses with known celebrities (mostly Shakespeare and the Queen), but I found I didn't really mind either one much. Barnabas kept my attention firmly on his story so I found I didn't mind the flirting with history bits.In the end, this was a fun adventure story and a decent primer for the Sackett tales. If my memory of them holds up, at any rate. I think I really will take on some of the others for a bit and see if I can't discover some long-lost friends along the way.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-02 13:00

    I read this long ago and I have it (in an omnibus edition with several other L'Amour books...I have a few other omnibus editions). This will not appeal to some of you, it will not appeal to some who have liked other books we agree on. But I like it. I was introduced to L'Amour's books at a time when I had limited access to books. I found that in general I like his work.Louis L'Amour is probably best know for his westerns and his best known westerns are probably the ones that have to do with the Sacketts. This book isn't strictly speaking a western as it takes place in the "frontier era" of the United States. It sets up all the stories that come later. It gives us the background of the Sackett family, where they "come from" and how they ended up in America. Later in the more overtly "western" books we see the family in the Eastern mountains of Tennessee and how they move west. This is a well done story and snatches the interest very quickly.Those who tend to look down on L'Amour without actually reading him ought to try his work. He is actually a talented writer who traveled and gathered up a wealth of experience which later he used in his writing.

  • Mr. Matt
    2019-03-19 10:58

    Barnabas Sackett doesn't look for trouble, but trouble finds him. After finding (and selling) some old Roman gold coins, Barnabas is feeling good. He goes into town and sells the coins to an antiquarian. Afterwards he has a spring in his step and a few extra coins in his pocket. When a pretty young woman in a carriage asks him for water, Barnabas jumps to help her. Unfortunately he attracts the ire of the young woman's gentry suitor.The confrontation between Barnabas and the young dandy leads Sackett from one adventure to the next, ultimately heading to the New World. Along his way he meets all sorts of interesting characters - native chieftains, a moor, pirates, rogues, traders and more. And through it all Sackett doesn't just succeed, he thrives. He overcomes every obstacle, every threat placed in his way. And therein lies my problem with Sackett's story. It is too linear and too predictable. I want my protagonists to struggle. I want them to face serious challenges and overcome them. Sackett's success was pre-ordained. When he escapes the pirated and gets stranded on the coast of Virginia, of course he gets rescued. And of course it is the very ship that he originally intended to join. Ugh. Really? And the book is filled with improbable incidents like that. It is too much for me to believe.Three stars out of five. Too unbelievable at times for me, but still fun. I enjoy the historical perspective of the books learning about the initial settlement of North America by the English. Pretty cool from that point of view.

  • Nate
    2019-03-20 12:02

    Apparently the Sackett books are THE L'Amour series...he wrote like twenty of these books and I happily got them all for like 15 bucks at my local used bookstore. Anyway, they apparently follow the story of the Sackett dynasty (henceforth referred to as House Sackett) over at least a hundred and fifty years. Relatively ambitious stuff, and probably not what one would expect from L'Amour, whose massive bibliography is mostly standalone novels. That said, these are not bloated historical ruminations on class or anything like that--they're still just fun adventure stories. This one follows Barnabas Sackett (L'Amour so far has shown an alarming lack of badassery in his names in this series), a dude living in the swampy fens of England. Barnabas gets it into his head to visit the New World and see if a life can be made there and he promptly does so, getting into some trouble with the local douchey nobleman as well as mixing it up with the odd pirate. This book is pure entertainment--when Barnabas isn't sailing or exploring he's swordfighting some ruffian. Not kidding, there's like ten swordfights in this 120-page book--not what you'd really expect from L'Amour! Yes, the old boy still has his surprises.L'Amour's England is convincing and clearly well-researched. If he doesn't reach the vivid, earthy heights of Bernard Cornwell or Sharon Kay Penman he will at least surprise you with its authentic feeling. It certainly doesn't feel like a western story crudely welded to a middle ages setting, which was something I was a bit worried about. Barnabas' explorations of the eastern coast of the current US is also rendered fantastically, giving a bit of the thrill that these men and women surely felt when they were out there. As usual, the man's love for history and geography shine through and it's a very nice experience, if not the most challenging or deep. The characters aren't great. They're clearly here for L'Amour to just have fun and move the story forward with, which he does admirably--but yeah, pretty bland if likable people in these pages. Again, no surprises here and probably nothing to turn a L'Amour fan off. You can certainly call L'Amour "vanilla" but you need vanilla! It's the workhorse of the flavors, the foundation.Overall another reliably fun and possibly educational entry from this insanely prolific author. Don't expect the world and you'll be pleasantly surprised. L'Amour's prose, settings and plot are all consistently entertaining and the story moves quick enough in its short length to really minimize any potential boredom the reader might feel, which is probably gonna be nil. I certainly can see it being a good choice for the uninitiated as well. It's easy to see why the man is so popular in the States, particularly my own; it's just accessible and simple but filling storytelling. I have no idea why these people would be reading my often immature and profane reviews but people who are not into the grim and grit of many modern historical novels will be comfortable with this author. The romantic relationships are limited to relatively chaste kisses and while at least ten to fifteen dudes get stabbed or shot to death per L'Amour novel it's pretty bloodless stuff. I'm kind of afraid I'm underselling L'Amour here but there really is something to be said for a writer who put out a ton of consistently good stuff and consistently showed clear devotion to his subjects in his writing. I will undoubtedly continue with the story of House Sackett in the near future.

  • Karen
    2019-02-24 07:45

    The first L'Amour book I read was very much what I expected. A cowboy, good but 'bad', conquers all. It was a fun read.After that first venture into L'Amour-land, I asked for some advice and was steered toward the Sackett series.Imagine my surprise when I picked up this book and found myself in England! I guess it only makes sense that a saga about a family in the New World would begin at the beginning, but I hadn't thought through that.As 'old time England' books are much closer to my standard genre, I was tickled (a word I stole from my mother). I enjoyed the rough and tumble adventures and can't wait to find out what happens next.The style of the writing just lets you accept without question that that well bred woman would fall for that guy without even much conversation between them. Of COURSE she would, right?I really enjoyed the read and am already a Barnabas fan.

  • Kate Sherrod
    2019-03-18 15:00

    You've got to admire, or at least smile at, this founding document of the fictional Sackett dynasty, not only for its main character's, Barnabas Sackett's* minute consciousness of the fact that he is a founder of a dynasty, but for how he (again, very consciously) goes about doing so. For while, as his companion Jubain tells him early in the story "some of the great families of the world were founded with nothing but a sword and a strong right arm," Barnabas is all about establishing something other than just another coat of arms for his descendants to polish and admire and lord it over the neighbors over in Britain.He knows there's more out there in the newly discovered Americas. And he's going to do something about that.But first! I love that what really starts Barnabas moving towards Illustrious Ancestor status is the discovery of a small cache of ancient coins, which leads to the discovery of a small cadre of people who are devoted to acquiring and studying them. So thus L'Amour's fictional exploration of where the settlers who took over and exploited the American West came from is starting with people who are interested in exploring where they came from, all the way back to the pre-Roman Iceni.I'm reminded a bit of Edward Rutherford, in a way, he of the 10,000 year story-line. But that's not really what L'Amour is up to. He, like Barnabas, is chiefly interested in the past as a springboard into the future; those coins Barnabas finds are worth a life-changing amount of money, which would make for a pretty interesting story right there, but it wouldn't really make for a L'Amour story, would it?For a real plot-propeller, L'Amour turns to the good old angry aristocrat. The day Barnabas brings his coins to a local antiquarian enthusiast also winds up being the day he witnesses one doing something dumb in front of a pretty lady, and if there's one thing such types hate more than the Laughter of Women, its having witnesses when they provoke it. The fact that said aristocrat already has reason to hate Barnabas (unknown to Barnabas at the time) doesn't help.Barnabas has to Get Out of Dodge. Which he does, though not in the way that he planned.What I like best about Barnabas, and this first Sackett novel, is that this Big Damn Hero could very plainly accomplish his goals by following in his mercenary father's footsteps; Barnabas is "as strong as two men" and his father taught him every sword-fighting trick in the book.But Barnabas is determined to succeed by his wits instead. Even if sometimes it seems a bit perverse of him to do so.It's as if Jayne Cobb decided to knuckle down and master business administration. Who wouldn't want to read that? And who wouldn't want to know what happens next?*And as a matter of fact, no, I was not, in fact, able to stop thinking of Barnabas Collins through this, and yes, kept expecting him to meet a vampire on his journeys. Why do you ask?

  • John
    2019-03-22 13:44

    This story had loads of potential, but Louis L'Amour wasn't the sort of writer to do it justice. SACKETT'S LAND cries out to be a historical epic in the vein of James Michener or James Clavell, but in L'Amour's hands it feels like something serialized for a pulp adventure magazine.This book has two things going for it. First, L'Amour is brilliant at describing the land. If novels were about trees, rocks, mountains, valleys, deserts, and rivers, instead of people, then Louis L'Amour would be the Charles Dickens of his generation. Unfortunately though, SACKETT'S LAND is populated by one-dimensional characters whose behavior and speech always feels off-key and/or phony. And don't even get me started on the romance. L'Amour is the only author I know who can make Edgar Rice Burroughs look like Nicholas Sparks.The second thing I like about SACKETT'S LAND is that it isn't the stereotypical Western novel you'd expect from L'Amour. Sure, it's still loaded with cliches, but at least the setting is different. Surprisingly, most of the book takes place in England, although the characters still sound American.Despite my best efforts to enjoy SACKETT'S LAND for the pulp adventure it was, it nevertheless failed to engage me. The writing is often so sparse that I have difficulty picturing what's going on. At one point, I was surprised to see the main character arriving in London, since I wasn't aware that he'd ever left the States.But my biggest problem with the book is how contrived everything feels. Life just doesn't work the way this novel depicts. All the main character's ambitions come to fruition, and he survives each and every battle without a single scratch. Which would be OK in a cheesy pulp novel, but doesn't work for the first volume in a multi-generational epic saga.

  • Adrianna
    2019-03-12 09:55

    I just can't get past the apparent conceitedness of his characters- the too-good-to-be-true hero and the way things always seem to fall into place perfectly for him. In this book at the end, the girl is telling him she wants to come to America with him despite the fact that she will often be alone. Then she says, "But not for long. If you are half the man you appear to be, I will have a family soon." Are you serious?!! *barf* The story is usually good, but I just can't swallow the shallow characters.

  • Jenessa
    2019-03-19 07:53

    next time you take a roadtrip, do yourself and your fellow passengers a favor - buy as many of the sackett books as you can find at truck stops and read them aloud. maybe not super intellectually stimulating, but wonderful stories of frontier-style adventure.

  • Leigh
    2019-03-11 10:37

    This was my first exploring into the works of Louis L'Amour and it lived up to the hype! Looking forward to the next adventure in of the Sackett's!

  • Paul
    2019-03-19 13:51

    Legendary author Louis L'Amour takes us across the Atlantic to England to meet Barnabas Sackett in this first of the series. This character-driven storyline takes us through a fiasco of being wrongfully accused of robbery by the Crown of England. If caught, he could face a long prison sentence or perhaps even death. Two options he could do without. This is one mess that Barnabas wasn't able to talk his way out of. With the wind on his back, he set sail for America, land of opportunity.As a result of his rough and tumble upbringing, he was a rugged man who feared no one. Those skills would serve him well in this new unsettled land. With his new lease on life and his talent for survival, he was determined to make America his home.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-01 11:53

    By now I have figured out that I can't manage to read as eclectically as I used to because lately I get on reading jags and can't seem to get away from certain genres.So the genre of this season is apparently going to be westerns. Yup, you heard me right. I wouldn't have ever thought I would be admitting that to anyone, but it's true.Why westerns? It's a question I've often wondered, and I finally feel like I have a good answer.Westerns are the only truly American form of literature. Westerns are the embodiment of the American spirit: bold, brave, and adventurous. Westerns show us the good and bad, the ugly and the beautiful. Westerns invite us to search deep within ourselves to decide which of those parts in ourselves we want to show to others, and which parts we want to eliminate.After reading Conagher two weeks ago, I decided to go for a bit more Louis L'Amour, and I've heard good things about the Sackett series. It didn't disappoint.

  • Evan Filby
    2019-03-17 09:38

    Rather than include every Sackett book by Louis L'Amour in this list, I chose this one as a basis for a "blanket" review of the series. They are popular -- as is/are the movie version(s) -- because they are built around admirable characters involved in high-action adventures. The plots play out against a broad sweep of historical events. But L'Amour does not try to portray the "movers and shakers" of an era -- the true historic figures -- except possibly in passing. Instead, his Sackett protagonists are shown as men (and some women) who did the hard, dirty work but never made the history books. Some readers, admittedly, consider this a negative, but I'd rather have that than an author who purports to know -- intimately -- the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of an actual historical personage.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-14 10:39

    I list this not so much because I think it's the greatest book ever, but because I think everyone should read at least one Louis L'Amour, and at least one of the Sackett novels. Kind of an American tradition. I confess that a L'Amour novel is to me what chocolate is to someone else--a guilty pleasure that I have to indulge in every so often. Just a fun read, and one made more interesting when reading in conjunction with a McCarthy novel or another piece of modernist literature about the West. What I find most interesting about any Western is that the West has been a dying/disappearing land since its inception, and that's part of its lure. Really, if you think about it, the disppearance of the Wild West was engendered at the moment of its birth. Go chew on that one for awhile.

  • Matthew Hunter
    2019-02-22 09:00

    Sackett's Land is my first read of Louis L'Amour. I liked it, but didn't love it. LL handles romance clumsily at best. His soulmate appears to be a woman willing to handle guns and kill people alongside her man. "I always said that I wanted a woman to walk beside me, not behind me," says main protagonist and narrator Barnabas Sackett. I agree! I just prefer that "walking beside" never involve his-and-her swashbuckling and gunplay.LL writes like the manliest of men. It's as if Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation developed a passion for writing Western fiction. Short sentences, little fluff, feats of strength. Here's a testosterone-laden example:The Indians were of short stature, and only a few of them were muscular except with the long, lean muscles that indicate the runner. At wrestling I had no doubt I could best any one of them, perhaps any two.And another one:"You believe in heroes?" Corvino looked at [Jublain] thoughtfully."I cannot believe in anything else. A man needs heroes. He needs to believe in strength, nobility and courage. Otherwise we become sheep to be herded to the slaughterhouse of death. I believe this. I am a soldier. I try to fight for the right cause. Sometimes it is hard to know."But I do not sit back and sneer in cowardice at those with the courage to fight. The blood of good men makes the earth rich, as it is here. When I die sword in hand, I hope someone lives to sing of it. I live my life so that when death comes I may die well. I ask no more." Strength, courage, making war, heroic behavior, honor, integrity, deep friendships, willingness to die for the right cause - these are some of LL's markers of a good manly life. Some of these resonate with me, others give me more than a little pause. LL's prose smells of musk, cigars, and scotch. I really did have fun reading Sackett's Land.Putting fun aside, LL's/Sackett's take on contact between colonists and native populations saddens me: "[W]hen two peoples come together that one which is most efficient will survive, and the other will absorb or vanish... it is the way of life." Genocide as inevitable? Might or greater efficiency makes right? Not in my world. In this instance, LL plays the role of apologist for colonial policies and settler behavior toward the native populations.LL's explanation in the Preface of the "distinctive type" of the American pioneer - "physical strength, the capacity to endure, and not uncommonly, a rebellious nature" - is also informative. LL depicts the settling of the United States as a strong, durable, rebellious (efficient?) population of settlers meeting and overwhelming a "savage", physically and mentally "weaker" (inefficient?) native population. According to LL, the takeover of the nation is inevitable and apparently the right thing for pioneering, enterprising people to do. I disagree completely. LL's a pro-settler propagandist, and he does his job of myth-making well.Read this one with your skeptical, questioning mind engaged, and enjoy the adventure! Western fiction can be both mentally stimulating and fun.

  • George K.
    2019-03-20 08:45

    "Οι πρωτοπόροι", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.Το βιβλίο αυτό, χρονολογικά, αποτελεί το πρώτο μέρος της ιδιαίτερα γνωστής σειράς γουέστερν του Λουίς Λ'Αμούρ, όπου σε κάθε βιβλίο πρωταγωνιστούν μέλη της οικογένειας Σάκετ. Στο συγκεκριμένο, βρισκόμαστε χρονικά πολύ πίσω, στο 1599, και παρακολουθούμε τον Βαρνάβα Σάκετ, ο οποίος έχει μεγάλα όνειρα, που έχουν να κάνουν με τον Νέο Κόσμο, την άγνωστη και τεράστια Αμερική, με τους κάθε λογής Ινδιάνους, τις απέραντες πεδιάδες και τα βοσκοτόπια, τα βουνά και τα ποτάμια. Αρχικά στέκεται τυχερός, γιατί, κοντά στους βάλτους όπου ζει, σκοντάφτει μπροστά σε έξι παλιά χρυσά νομίσματα. Τα κονομάει. Μετά όμως μπλέκει μ'έναν άξεστο και εκδικητικό αριστοκράτη και μόνη διέξοδος είναι η φυγή από την Αγγλία. Βρίσκει φίλους και συμμάχους, αναμετριέται με ένα κάρο εχθρούς, κάνει εμπόριο με Ινδιάνους, μπλέκει σε φασαρίες κάθε είδους, με μεγάλο όνειρο να βρει καλή γη, να κάνει οικογένεια και να στεριώσει στην άγνωστη μα όμορφη Αμερική. Θα τα καταφέρει; Το βιβλίο δεν θα το χαρακτήριζα γουέστερν, με την συνηθισμένη έννοια του όρου. Πρόκειται για μια ωραία και καλογραμμένη περιπέτεια, με πρωταγωνιστές πρωτοπόρους, που κάνουν τα πρώτα τους ταξίδια/βήματα στον άγνωστο Νέο Κόσμο. Η πλοκή κινείται ιδιαίτερα γρήγορα (σε μερικά σημεία ίσως λιγάκι βιαστικά), και προσφέρει απλόχερα δράση, ένταση και δυναμικές σκηνές. Κλασικά η γραφή του Λ'Αμούρ είναι εξαιρετικά ευκολοδιάβαστη και ξεκούραστη, με ωραίες περιγραφές τοπίων και γεγονότων. Ο πρωταγωνιστής μου φάνηκε ιδιαίτερα συμπαθητικός, με τις τρομερές προσπάθειές του για να πραγματοποιήσει τα όνειρά του. Για άλλη μια φορά έμεινα πολύ ικανοποιημένος από βιβλίο του Λουίς Λ'Αμούρ.

  • Christopher Taylor
    2019-03-23 09:56

    Louis L'Amour said that he didn't write westerns, he wrote frontier fiction. He was always bemused by how historical fiction set in the American frontier was this special -- usually denigrated -- category. This, the first of the epic, sweeping Sackett family series, starts in rural England, and ends up on the shores of the United States. Barnabas Sackett is a fenlander, living on his own when trouble strikes him. Fortune allows him to find ancient lost coins, which he manages to use to flee his homeland and the adventures begin a family that is part of the settling and taming of the United States.I recommend reading all these, and any of L'Amour's writings. He wasn't a great writer, but he was a great storyteller which in some ways is even better.

  • sarg
    2019-02-23 13:56

    Just finished Sacketts land and I remembered why I don't like Louis L'Amour and his books. They are not believable or the have some gimmic."Sacketts Land"the beginning book of the Sacketts saga is the tail of Barnabus Sackett. Before he comes to America. In 185 pages he escapes death from a lord that he insultes Three different times. He is pressed into a ship by an evil captain and escapes. Escapes  capture twice more by the same Captain.He escapes being killed by the Indians. On his return to England he escapes capture by the Queens guard. All these close calls in 185 pages is just not believable.

  • Melinda
    2019-03-09 10:51

    Audiobook. My musings.."Hmmm...I have never read a Louis Lamour novel… I suppose I should…" I was talking to my father-in-law who is a Louis l'Amour connoisseur and asked him if I were to read one of his books which one should I? This is the one he suggested to start with. Bam. It was exciting and adventurous in a swashbuckling slash new frontier slash 'fight around every corner' sort of way. My boys might love it. In fact I'm going to encourage my 12 and 13-year-old to read it I feel 'The Sackett series' might have a greater impact on their lives. I, however, somewhat enjoyed it. And if I'm being honest I will sheepishly say I actually never finished it. But I get the gist.

  • Holli
    2019-03-15 14:45

    I think this is really the series that cemented my true interest for Mr. L'Amour's books. It's a good book and series and paints the picture of a very interesting family. Their loyalty to each other and their family honor makes for a lot of good stories. The only part of this series that really saddens me is in the preface where it's stated how long the series and its connecting spin-offs were supposed to be. It's sad that Mr. L'Amour was never able to finish what he intended for it. This book though is quite fun and a fast read. Well worth your time.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-01 14:44

    I definitely consider this a cozy read. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next in the series. This one is quite short so hard to establish a lot but there is some good groundwork that's promising for the next installment. The only thing that slightly nagged me was how quick characters were to blindly follow Barnabas, but then again the times were different and he does come across very trustworthy.

  • Yvette
    2019-03-17 14:39

    No one writes a western like Lamour! I read all of Lamour's books while living in Arizona (you can't live somewhere like Arizona or New Mexico without reading a Louis Lamour book - it's like living in Florida without reading Carl Hiaasen). Reading his books brought the Arizona desert to life - everywhere I looked, I could relive his books. And the Sackett books, by far, are my favorites by Lamour. And, yes, testosterone flows through these books (but, hey, it's the wild west ya'll!)

  • Jess Trebanna
    2019-03-14 06:47

    Louis L'Amour is listed in my top ten favorite authors for many reasons, among them being his authentic, sensible voice and terse descriptive powers. He creates strong, likable characters and paints vivid word pictures. The Sackett saga has been one to which I've returned many times over the years, always with pleasure and enjoyment.

  • Evan
    2019-03-16 14:42

    Slapdash writing at a plodding pace, despite the hasty descriptions and jarring leaps forward in the plot. Just terrible.

  • Kate McMurry
    2019-03-10 07:53

    Review of audiobook version of Sackett's Land (The Sacketts Book 1)I am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends:Overall: 5 starsPerformance: 5 starsStory: 5 starsQ. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the synopsis be?A. In Elizabethan England in the year 1599, Barnabas Sackett, who is the son of an intelligent, literate, highly skilled soldier and a beautiful Welsh woman with second sight, is in his early 20's. He has been on his own for several years since his parents' deaths, living on a farm in the Fens, a marshland in eastern England. He has made his living as a fisherman, farmer and day laborer and stands to become quite well off in the future because the Fens are scheduled to be drained by the Crown, which will leave him the owner of a great deal of rich farming land. Unfortunately, he is forced to flee England after he instinctively defends himself with only a wooden staff against the deadly sword thrust of an arrogant, easily offended nobleman, and the nobleman decides that only Barnabas's death will heal his wounded pride. In the course of his precipitous flight, Barnabas survives imprisonment on a pirate ship, becomes a captain on the high seas, and makes a new home in the wilds of America in what later becomes known as North Carolina.Q. What was one of the most memorable moments of Sackett's Land?A. It is hard to pick a single moment. Barnabas is an extremely sympathetic hero because he continually gets into trouble because he is a kind of knight-errant who is always looking out for the underdog. He is a highly skilled fighter whose father trained him in the use of guns, swords, knives, staff, bow and arrow (including making his own), and various forms of hand-to-hand combat. In addition, his father was a scholar and educated Barnabas, teaching him not only how to read, but how to be a critical thinker, since a sharp mind can often save a warrior in a tight situation. Due to Barnabas's leadership abilities and versatility as a fighter, the fight scenes in this book are very exciting.Q. Which character--as performed by John Curless--was your favorite?A. Barnabas himself, who is Welsh. John Curless is British, and he does a wonderful job with the unique accents of 400 years ago. Each character is given a distinct voice. Barnabas is a man of great intelligence, sensitivity and compassion. I personally love protagonists, of either gender, who are MacGyver type survivors who are never at a loss. I greatly enjoyed the believable way that Barnabas frequently acquires allies who, like Barnabas, are multiply skilled, trained, experienced warriors. Barnabas and his allies find hope and inspiration in the freedom and opportunity to be found in the New World for those willing to work hard.Q. Any additional comments?A. I read the whole Sackett series in paperback some 20 years ago, and I'm now re-experiencing the series listening to it in audiobook format. I was grateful that John Curless is the reader for all of the first four books in this series, set in the 1600's. It creates a wonderful consistency of listening experience for readers.The sound quality of this audio recording is excellent and it is an unabridged version of the book. In my experience of listening to audio versions of books, very few of them can stand up to the intense focus of being read aloud, which is much slower than reading silently to oneself. This relative snail's pace acts to draw attention to every problem of dialogue, pacing and plot. I am happy to report that under that intense spotlight, I never felt bored with this book, never wished I could skim ahead, which has happened to me before with other audiobooks.Louis L'Amour was an avid historian, and as is the case for all of his books, it is obvious this book is extremely well researched.I will admit freely that in the plotting of this action-adventure story, there are frequent instances of coincidences, either to get Barnabas into trouble or out of it, but in each case the author motivated either Barnabas's bad luck or good luck, so I didn't mind. I also noticed that the romantic subplot of this book features the bugaboo of those of us who are fans of the romance genre, what is these days called "instalove." But that seems to be the case in all of LL's romantic subplots, which I think is probably the case because of two reasons: (1) there is too much action going on to have time to pause and describe the hero's courtship of his future wife but (2) since this series is a family saga, and wives are needed to produce offspring, then the acquiring of a wife has to be part of the book in some form.I was pleasantly surprised that LL, as a man born in a far from liberated era, is very respectful of both women and characters from many different cultural backgrounds. LL never stereotypes any social group, making it clear that when a character is an evil villain, he or she is that way not because of ethnicity or religion, but because of arrogance, greed, or an inability to see other human beings as anything but objects to be used for his or her own gain.I appreciated as well that LL includes not just evil villains, but antagonists who simply have a different view of honor than people of Barnabas's background. For example, LL shows how Native American males of that era proved their worth as a man and warrior by seeking out and fighting worthy opponents. In this book, they consider Barnabas as the best of the best among warriors. LL also utilizes the American wilderness itself as the source of a great deal of "man against nature" types of conflict throughout this book.Below is the chronological order of the Sackett series per the official Louis L'Amour website:01 Sackett's Land, copyright 1974, Barnabas Sackett, circa 159902 To the Far Blue Mountains, copyright 1976, Barnabas Sackett, 1599-162003 The Warrior's Path, copyright 1980, Kin-Ring Sackett, Barnabas's eldest son, 1620's04 Jubal Sackett, copyright 1985, Jubal Sackett, Barnabas's third son, 1620's05 Ride the River, copyright 1983, protagonist Echo Sackett (aunt to Orrin, Tyrel, and William Tell Sackett), 1840's06 The Daybreakers, copyright 1960, Orrin and Tyrel Sackett, 1867-187206.5 End of the Drive, short-story collection containing "The Courting of Griselda," a story featuring Tell Sackett07 Lando, copyright 1962, Orlando Sackett, 1873-187508 Sackett, copyright 1961, William Tell Sackett, 1874-187508.5 War Party, short-story collection contains "Booty for a Badman," a short story written in 1960 featuring Tell Sackett09 Mojave Crossing, copyright 1964, William Tell Sackett, Nolan Sackett, 1875-187910 The Sackett Brand, copyright 1965, William Tell Sackett, 1875-187911 The Sky-Liners, copyright 1967, Flagan and Galloway Sackett, 1875-187912 The Lonely Men, copyright 1969, William Tell Sackett, 1875-187913 Mustang Man, copyright 1966, Nolan Sackett, 1875-187914 Galloway, copyright 1970, Flagan and Galloway Sackett, 1875-187915 Treasure Mountain, copyright 1973, William Tell and Orrin Sackett, 1875-187916 Ride the Dark Trail, copyright 1972, Logan Sackett, Em Talon (born a Sackett), 1875-187917 Lonely on the Mountain, copyright 1980, William Tell, Orrin, Tyrel Sackett and Logan Sackett, 1875-1879

  • JamesLove
    2019-03-09 08:04

    Louis L'Amour merged the best of Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo, The D'Artaghan Romances) and Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Kidnapped) when he wrote Sackett's Land. This is a great adventure story for the little boy in every reader.The beauty of L'Amour's writing style is surpassed by his ability to articulate the American Dream. The author shows how everyone in America is an American, from the natives that crossed over the Bering Sea from what we now call Russia during and after the Ice Age to become the Indian tribes such as the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans to the Hopi, Zuni, Apache, et al. The land now known as America has always been a place for Immigrants to achieve a fresh start.Sadly, the rhetoric from both sides of the political aisle has done everything to destroy that dream for the people deemed unfit by both political parties.Instead of demanding Immigration Reform we should demand to know why now after almost 250 years we need a wall on our southern border and how soon before this same government demands a wall on our northern border? Do political parties have the right to decide who will or will not be an American citizen? How soon before they decide who is or is not a good American? Who deserves to keep their citizenship and who deserves to be cast out of America? If all immigrants are leaving corrupt regimes then why should we believe what those corrupt governments say regarding their former citizens?

  • Perry
    2019-03-18 11:05

    I forget just how engaging Louis L'Amour is, his characters are tough, determined and gritty yet they always come off as believable unlike heroes in many novels. I found it very interesting how he uses a much different voice in this work, one that matches well the Elizabethan time frame in which it is set. If you are looking for a good story teller that is as comfortable as a favorite pair of jeans this is it. No new fangled spandex infused stretchy jeans here just good old American denim.