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Friday, September 16, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: TO THE FAR BLUE MOUNTAINS!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: TO THE FAR BLUE MOUNTAINS!

LOUIS L’AMOUR

About twenty years ago, I read my way through two dozen or more Louis L’Amour novels and enjoyed every one. In the years since, I’ll occasionally pick up a L’Amour novel and immediately find myself caught up in his storytelling skills.

L’Amour prose is deceptive. On the surface it appears uncomplicated and straightforward, yet the reality is completely different. L’Amour’s ear for dialect and his ability to push his plot forward while creating characters we care about is enviable. He has more than earned the title of America’s Storyteller.

I recently began turning the pages of To The Far Blue Mountains, one of the early Sackett tales, and was surprised to find I hadn’t read it before. I ripped through the story caught up in this tale, which spends much of its time in England before heading to the shores of America.

TO THE FAR BLUE MOUNTAINS

In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L’Amour weaves the unforgettable tale of a man who, after returning to his homeland, discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible.

Barnabas Sackett was leaving England to make his fortune in the New World. But as he settled his affairs, he learned that a royal warrant had been sworn out against him and that men were searching for him in every port. At issue were some rare gold coins Sackett had sold to finance his first trip to the Americas — coins believed to be part of a great treasure lost by King John years before.

Believing Sackett possesses the rest of the treasure, Queen Bess will stop at nothing to find him. If he’s caught, not only will his dream of a life in America be lost, but he will be brutally tortured and put to death on the gallows.

I had a blast with this book and highly recommend it. While not his traditional western fare, if there is anyone out there who has yet to discover L’Amour, To The Far Blue Mountains would still be a good place to start.

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