Considine bristled at the word "thief", but that's what he was. He'd been out of money, and one mistake just led to another. Now he had four years of crime behind him and little to show for it, except the dubious honor of being a hunted man. But just north of the border there was one last chance it could all pay off.
Obaro was a tough town full of tough men, boasting a bank no one had ever tapped. But it wasn't just the bank that rankled Considine, it was the man who ran Obaro. Sheriff Pete Runyon had been a friend until he had married the girl that Considine loved. He was also the only man who had ever beaten Considine in a fist fight. Outwitting Runyon now would be sweet revenge on many levels.
But Considine didn't count on meeting Lennie, a beautiful young woman, and her trail-savvy but reckless father, a former outlaw trying to get far enough away from his past to give his daughter a future. The two were headed straight for an Apache war party and certain death. Now Considine and his gang can either ride like hell for the border just ahead of an angry posse, or join the old man and the girl in a desperate last stand atop High Lonesome against revenge-hungry warriors. The choice is simple: risk the hangman's noose or an Apache bullet.
©1974 Louis L'Amour; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
Although a Louis L'Amour fan, owning most of his books in hardcover, paperback and a few audios, I could not finish High Lonesome. It was not written in his usual style; a distinctive style I associate with L'Amour stories.
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
I began reading the works of Louis L'Amour about the age thirteen or fourteen and continued to read them far past the point they were relatable. The author had a limited repertoire of subjects he pursued and there were certain elements that were included in pretty much every book. Still the amount of action and the fast pace of the books made up for his repetitive plots, his lack of variety and the one or two dimensional characters that populated most of his books. As it turns out it was easier to ignore some things when reading the written word than when listening to an audiobook. All the weaknesses of the author's writing seem to be highlighted when spoken aloud; the fact that it's impossible to skim through all the repetitious material to get back to the action sequences. Sadly this is another L'Amour novel that can't stand up under the weight of the lackluster, repetitive plot.
Louis L'Amour stories are great, and David Strathairn brings just the right touch of dramatization for the story - his voice seems to fit the exact mood and tone of the men and their environment. This is a thoroughly enjoyable performance, and like many of L'Amour's stories, leaves you wishing there were just a few more minutes left - just one more sub-plot to finish out.
Another of Louis L'Amour's very fine westerns. It has some vehicle detailed research on the area where the story takes place. It is so easy to enjoy a book so well written.
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