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His is a fun ride on which to be along, and no mistake.

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Onward to the next book, soon, which appears to concern his first son, the improbably named Kin Ring Sackett. View all 7 comments. I enjoyed this book, even as it drove me buggy. Barnabus spends most of the book seeking the far blue mountains Stuff for him is also a little too easy while doing so, but it's still a good story. I don't like the ending, even as I was expecting it having read the book previously.

Still upsets me, but it was handled well and in an interesting fashion to close the book. Well worth your time. When you read Louis L'Amour you kind of know what you are getting. The men are rugged yet sensitive, and the women are rugged and refined. I have been wanting to read this book for a while because the Sackett series is legendary as one of the best. I have read some of the later books in the series, but wanted to go back to the beginning of the series. I expected this book to take place more in the Americas, but in the end I thought the balance between Great Britain and America was about right.

A When you read Louis L'Amour you kind of know what you are getting. As I mentioned at the start, the characters are larger than life; all of them are heroic and unstoppable. They can quote Shakespeare or any of the philosophers while throwing a left hook or running a cutless between the ribs of an enemy. The women are charming and beautiful, and can catch, skin and cook a pole cat into a delicious Coq au Vin with a side of Potato Dauphinois and wild berry torte.

Don't cross her because she can also handle a musket or cutlass better than most men. The bottom line, it is a great story, and I look forward to reading more in the Sackett saga as well as other L'Amour novels. Always something going on. A little too pure and heroic, with endless pages of it. More recently, I was struck by the desire to read this series in proper order.

This is problematic for two reasons. One, it means that book 2 is forced to rehash the same basic plot of Barnabas Sackett trying to reach America while being chased around by people who want to hurt him. Two, Louis L'Amour can't write authentic sounding British dialog worth a damn. Every time a character speaks, I feel like cringing. That's not to say L'Amour is a bad writer; he just really needs to stick with American characters.

Unfortunately, I had to give up on this book a third of the way through. It simply failed to engage me in any way whatsoever. In addition to the bad dialog and repetitive story line, none of what was happening felt even remotely believable. Now, I don't mind far-fetched stories when they are specifically designed as such and don't take themselves too seriously i. John Carter, Flash Gordon, Alien vs. And yet, everything about it feels phony and contrived.

For example, when Barnabas Sackett gets thrown in prison, OF COURSE the walls have eroded enough that he can dislodge the bars simply by scraping around them with a lockpick instead of just picking the damn lock, which would be far more realistic. Those are just two random examples of how lazy this book is.

And I say that as someone who genuinely enjoys and respects L'Amour's work for the most part. Anyway, my Sackett omnibus edition vol. I haven't given up on this series as a whole, but I want nothing further to do with L'Amour stories set overseas. Mar 31, Megan H. This book is the second book in the Sackett series.

After Barnabas Sackett goes back to England to discover the truth about his father past with the Earl he decides to set his course for America again. But has he is getting ready to leave Queen Elizabeth makes a warrant for his arrest and he does not know why. While he is still in England his friend said that the queen thinks that he has found and stolen the treasure of King John. Barnabas is captured and taken to Newgate. I really liked this book. It made jump in my seat and gasp out loud.

This is a good book. There was enough adventure to keep me going. A part I found slow was when Barnabas was taken to Newgate. It was not very exciting. I do like that the book is from the point of view of Barnabas. I did like that it took him a while to even reach the Americas. I also liked that when he finally got there he made a choice to go back to Europe to trade and going back could cost him his life. Barnabas had to fight all the way to America and while he was there. About a fourth of the way into this book I'm enjoying John Curless's narration but am tired of Barnaby being on the run from the Queen's men.

What interested me in this series in the first place was the exploration of the New World.

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There's a good deal of speechifying about how grand it'll be to live there, see the other side of those mountains, and raise a strong family Barnaby's time in the New World was my favorite part of the first bo About a fourth of the way into this book I'm enjoying John Curless's narration but am tired of Barnaby being on the run from the Queen's men.

Barnaby's time in the New World was my favorite part of the first book and I'm looking forward to him finally getting there and moving the story along. At least in both the first two Sackett novels there just isn't enough "there" there. Oh there is fighting and traveling and adventuring and swashing and buckling.

But it feels like "don't bore us, get to the chorus" I'm not writing off all his novels yet. I have several audiobooks coming from the library to try which are Westerns. I realize the Sackett novels just may not be for me. The continuing adventures of Barnabas, founder of the American Sacketts, L'Amour's most famous family saga. Still more of a swashbuckler than a western. I think I liked it better than the first book, but Barnabas was still too arrogant, too sure of his destiny, too skilled in things the reader had no idea he knew about.

It was frustrating how Barnabas kept exposing himself to his enemies, almost as if L'Amour was just trying to pad out a much shorter story by working in near-captures and daring e The continuing adventures of Barnabas, founder of the American Sacketts, L'Amour's most famous family saga.

It was frustrating how Barnabas kept exposing himself to his enemies, almost as if L'Amour was just trying to pad out a much shorter story by working in near-captures and daring escapes. I'll give this series one more chance with a book actually set in the Old West, but if it doesn't get better I'm done with the series, and likely with L'Amour. I much prefer the storytelling of Johnny Quarles and David R. Again, I loved this book. Louis L'Amour must study a lot of facts before he wrote his books because they are laced with historical events, names, and places.

I want to stop and write down more of these references as I read them the next time through. I should be doing that the first time through, but right now I'm lucky to get them read at all. Some day I'll get around to studying all the little side notes I make. My only complaint about this book was that occasionally there seems to be an i Again, I loved this book. My only complaint about this book was that occasionally there seems to be an incident thrown in that doesn't quite fit the flow of the book.


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Sometimes I think it is to set the reader up for an event in a following book and sometimes I think it was just because he wanted to add more action. View all 4 comments. I typically love Louis L'Amour books but I had a hard time getting through this one. It took me a lot longer than normal. I think its a little too similar of a read to the first book Sackett's Land. He returns to England, must escape from there as people are searching for him, sets stuff up in the new country, trades, comes upon pirates, indians, etc It just seemed a little boring. Although I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, as I think following his childre I typically love Louis L'Amour books but I had a hard time getting through this one.

Although I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, as I think following his children through the stories will be interesting. I finally read a Louis L'Amour after camping in his hometown three or four times. So I get his appeal, but it was a boring read. Predictable and cliche often enough.

Very shallow characterization and plot development. But man was this guy prolific. If you love westerns, I can see just loving to the short quick adventure L'Amour provides. I will probably attempt another of his books at a later time. This is my second read of the L'amour masterpiece as I decided to read the entire Sackett Saga.


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L'amour has the uncanny abilty to transport you through time and space and let you totally immerse yourself in his stories. Barnabas Sackett is the kinda guy I aim to be. Honest, noble, trustworthy, faithful and best of all, an adventurer. I cant wait to see the generation of Sacketts that sprung from the great man and from the mind of Louis L'amour.

Another tail of epic, Crockett-esque tall tales. I don't know what's better: Davy Ckockett killing a bear when he was three, of Kin-Ring being born beside a fire in the heat of an Indian battle. L'Amour certainly likes creating legends of his characters, for which I am happily grateful. One of my favorites. Jared and I are pretty much continually rereading Louis L'Amour books.

Finished reading to my boys. They loved this series. I love these first couple of Sackett books. Barnabas Sackett is the man. The second chronologically book of the Sackett saga picks up largely where the first, Sackett's Land, leaves off--only now Barnabas Sackett is pursued by the Queen's men due to rumors that he had found a long lost royal treasure.

Sackett assumes that his only chance to escape is to leave England for good and start a new life with his soon-to-be wife, Abigail, and trusted friends Jeremy Ring, Jublain, Sakim, and others in the woods of America. They clear land, must endure Indian attacks, desert The second chronologically book of the Sackett saga picks up largely where the first, Sackett's Land, leaves off--only now Barnabas Sackett is pursued by the Queen's men due to rumors that he had found a long lost royal treasure.

They clear land, must endure Indian attacks, desertion, pirates, and the like to make a new homestead. The ending, possibly one of the saddest of L'Amour's books, comes shockingly quick, leaving the reader desiring more. L'Amour does a very fine job in painting the picture, so much so that the reader will find themselves engrossed in the narrative, smelling the forests and hearing the sounds as described by the first person Barnabas. The often desperate times can instill a bit of dread, though the men are tough and willing to learn from the friendly Catawba, helping their chances of success.

Well worth the read, the pacing of the novel makes it nearly impossible to put down and can easily be finished in a day or so. His descriptions of people and places are things of beauty. His main character, Barnabas Sackett, is quite modern in sensibilities possibly anachronistically so , but remains a strong and indomitable figure.

His circle of friends and eventually family are interestingly drawn, and Native Americans are depicted as the threat they were to settlers but not as evil savages - just as a different people trying to defend their territory. This is my second L'Amour book. I tried to give the series a fair chance because I heard good things about it, but again, as in the first book, the main character Sackett is unbelievable in his ability to fight off and kill multiple enemies at a time. I think this is definitely a series for men, to account for it's popularity. There is never a moments rest from danger and all the people out to get Sackett and he's not even a bad guy.

I understand that future books are about his sons, and i This is my second L'Amour book. I understand that future books are about his sons, and in this book they are all born, but there is no part of the story that focuses on his family life. All of a sudden, he has six grown sons and a daughter, who we learn nothing about other than their names. And spoiler alert , Sackett is killed in the end and I didn't even care. Aug 08, Grace Spalding rated it it was amazing. He drew me into the rugged game of survival in the s, and even though I was reluctant to start with the second book in a series, To the Far Blue Mountains was certainly capable of standing alone.

His descriptions are vivid and eloquent without distracting from the action, and the wide cast of characters felt realistic and unpredictable. Some of his views of gender roles were not my favorite, but even that is a fair representation of the time period. A very enjoyable portrayal of history from a unique perspective. I liked this one a little better than the first, but it suffered from the same black and white worldview and trivialization of the moral and ethical questions regarding colonialism and European interactions with Native Americans.

There aren't many shades of gray in this book; characters are either good or bad, and each group shares the same sets of qualities. This got pretty boring, to be honest. I'm not sure that I'll continue with this series, unfortunately. Aug 21, Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing. But he learns there is a royal warrant out on him and every shipping port is being searched. Queen Bess believes Sackett has more treasures found besides the six gold coins he previously found.

He needs to find a way back to America before being captured. Most of L'Amour's novels are based on historical facts. He's one of the greatest story "Awesome Struggle To American Mountains" This is the continuing saga about Barnabas Sackett's return to England from America to settle affairs for his father. He's one of the greatest storytellers who devoted much time to historical research to enhance his novels.

A classic western author. Perhaps that's because the characters were already developed and the first book seemed to have more adventure. Nevertheless, following Barnabus on his adventures in the New World was drama packed and story driven. L'Amour could have done a bit better job developing Abby, and I really didn't like what he did with her story near the end.

This book clearly sets up the stories to follow and while it wasn't the western L' I enjoyed "To the Far Blue Mountains", but not as much as I did the first book. This book clearly sets up the stories to follow and while it wasn't the western L'Amour is famous for yet I'm sure that's where the series is headed. Barnabas Sackett is trying to return to America to settle, only to find the Queen has placed a royal warrant on his head. He's one of the greatest storytellers who devoted much time to historical research to enhance his novels.

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A classic western author. One person found this helpful. At times the main character Barnabas Sackett shares his thoughts with you, the reader, which makes it even more interesting. The fight scenes are described magnificently. You can actually imagine that you see what you are reading about in your own thoughts. This is also a story about family and friends staying true to one another. This family loves one another. One way they show their love is by allowing each person to have their own distinct personalities. By loving and enjoying the differences in one another. I would recommend this to anyone who loves good fights, excitement, friends and family!

This is an exciting, exhilarating book. I have enjoyed the whole Sackett series, but the first two were an awesome start. I loved this book every time I've read it, and will no doubt read it again sometime. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, a wonderful history of some of the very first people to make a life in this great country. They would cry to see it now, I think. That's why I donate to protect our wilderness areas that seem to dwindle by the year.

Read this book and share it with everyone you know, any age. Louis L'Amour, what can be said about him that hasn't already been said times, he was a great storyteller and the Sackett's were his greatest family. I've travelled the lands and read his words and harsh as those times were they also made a vast and great country grow and prosper, if only our modern versions cherished the selflessness that made these pioneers great, we would be a much better country today if we relearned the lessons of hard work.

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L'Amour had the ability to tell the story well, and he developed that ability with years of work and research. It is probably fortunate for Sackett enthusiasts that he wrote the first books in the series later in his writing career. We benefit from his seasoned skills.

As in his westerns, in this book L'Amour focuses on what he finds interesting and what he thinks the reader will like to know. For the most part, he doesn't go into the technical detail that some authors pursue, but he paints a clear picture. The reader has a feeling of being there, or the strong sense that they could be there, right along with our hero. The Sackett family saga is the story of an American family. Like all of L'Amour's work, it is wholesome and educational. He consistently hits on themes that his readers recognize, the importance of education and critical thinking, respect for our fellow creatures and the world in which we live,loyalty to family and friends, and taking positive action to shape one's own life.

All that and a fun story too, for the cost of five bucks. I have read every Louis L'Amour novel, novelette and article written. There is no other writer who in my opinion has a better grasp writing about his subjects than Mr. It is truly a shame that he was never able to complete the many follow up books he had planned to write; especially the series on the Sackett families. He wanted to expand on several of the family members but I think the one I most wanted was him to continue with Jubal Sackett. When he wrote about his western subjects, Mr.

L'Amour not only weaved in events that were happening during the same time line as his books, he also wrote with a grasp of the areas he wrote about. He had visited many of the areas he wrote about as well and had spoken over the years to people who had lived during the latter half of the 's and many times had first or second hand knowledge of the people and places as well. I wish someone could pick up where he left off This was the continuation of Sackett's Land. It is the tale of Barnabas Sackett and his coming and settling in America.

This is the beginning of the famous Sackett series. It was well written and laid the ground work for the rest of the series. I was a little annoyed that this didn't happen in "Sackett's Land" and therefore I had to read "To the Far Blue Mountains" to complete Barnabas' story. So glad I did. I really enjoyed the entire story. And yes, it was worth buying both books. If you are a Louis L'Amour fan you will enjoy this book.

Just a suggestion, purchase them both so you can continue this story. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 6 days ago.


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