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Friday, April 7, 2017

Back With a Review of "Sackett" by Louis L'Amour

It isn't as if I went somewhere. No, I've been "larnin'" on my PC how to do some things and I don't think it has sunk in all the way.

Squeezing in a bit of reading along the way, I did get through Sackett while doing my "larnin'.".It isn't that ths book of L'Amour has never been reviewed, because it has many times, but here is my two cents' worth.

Tell Sackett is traveling back home from Montana along the high ridges of the Rockies when he stumbles across a cave, not just an ordinary cave, but this one has gold in it. He sees that it has been lived in at some time or other by Spanish explorers and he knows they were mining the gold. The cave is on a high peak of the Colorado Rockies, very difficult to get to by the one trail. There is another entrance/exit and that is right over the steep mountain.

Tell fills his saddlebags with gold that's laying around in the cave and takes off. He finds another cave lower in the mountains and a grave. Sackett stays there and someone has stolen some of his food. He takes off for home and delivers the gold to his family, mother, and brothers, and an old guy named Cap Roundstone is there, too, a tough nut if there ever was one. That is in Mora, New Mexico. He goes into town to buy some things and some people see the gold and get the hankering for it. Cap Roundstone and Sackett pack up and head for the gold mine with these people on their tail,. The Bigelows are after him for killing their brother because he was dealing from the bottom of the deck in a poker game.

Sackett and Cap get back to the area of the gold and lay out a town because they know people will show up for one reason or another. They fix up a "fort" for self-defense on the mountain trail to the cave that one person can fend off the Bigelow gang and others. Sackett returns to the lower cave and finds the person that stole his meat earlier. It is a young girl named Ange and the grave is her grandfather's. She is poorly from lack of nourishment and the cold weather over the time Sackett was gone. He "nurses: her back to health and she moves into a cabin in town nearby. She doesn't much care for Sackett's way of handling people, shooting them on sight and not giving them a chance.

The Bigelows and the gold hunters show up while Sackett is up above in the gold cave and force Ange to take them up there after shooting and wounding Cap.

How do Sackett, Ange. and a new friend John Rugger get out of there? Well, you'll have to read the book, which is quite an adventure with lots of excitement and cold weather. And I think I'll give it  five stars for the suspense and descriptions of the winter in the high peaks of Colorado.           

9 comments:

  1. Nice review, I read it many years ago and, of course, watch the video every now and again. I did slip over to your Cattle Dust blog to make sure you were still kicking. Hope you get everything up to speed with your PC learnin'

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    1. No, I'm still working on it, don't know when I'll finish.
      Thanks, Neil.

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  2. I really enjoyed all the sackett books. Hondo was my first intro to L'Amour but after that I found the Sackett series adn devoured it

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    1. I read Hondo a few years back, but never got into the Sacketts until now. I liked that one.

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  3. Its been years since I've read them but remember enjoying the series immensely. Thanks for the reminder, Oscar.

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    1. You're welcome, David. I haven't read many of his novels, but I enjoyed the ones I have.

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  4. Stuff I learn often takes a while to sink in too!

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    1. I'm not the only one then. Maybe we should concentrate on it a little more.

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