Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly - a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. For 10 years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the cities of Europe - until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire.
But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover, one that touched upon Val’s nearly forgotten childhood, the woman who was Will Reilly’s lost love, and the violent future of a growing country.
©1965 Louis L'amour (P)2011 Random House Audio
Yes, this book has surprizes in each turn and you see it clearer there you hear it.
Reilly's life becomes devoted to teaching the boy and nothing gets in the way of that devotion.
A rough and brisc voice of believability.
I grew up reading books of Louis L'Amour. I have read this book 20 plus times. So when I saw it was available on audible, I jumped on it. Then to have Bridges narrate it, it was perfect. I just hope they keep making more of his books available, next I am waiting on is Flint!
The story of hardship turned to riches. Typical Lamour story line but I loved it. Lamour always ends up with the girl, goldmine, horse ranch, water rights and severely flogs all the bad guys donkeys.
Did I forget to say I loved it? There aren't many Louis Lamour books I don't like. Even if he can't remember that the gun he just tucked his gun in his pants and then drew it from a holster. Or that the rifle his hero is shooting hasn't been invented yet. So what it's a good clean day winning, girl chasing western!
Not sure -- haven't read in print, but this audio version is truly engaging.
Of course it's Reilly -- to take responsibility for a young child and do an excellent job of parenting is outstanding.
He is great in this one.
Figuring how to nurse Tensleep thru an injury -- engaging and easy to empathize.
I am a L'Amour fan. This one stands out in a strong field -- great character development and story line.
I love how the story starts in the west and then moves to the East & Europe. It is well written & totally captivates your attention.
When Val meets his mother
yes - love Louis L'Amour - this one is very good book
Honor and real problem solving by characters. left you with good feelings
This is a touching story about a man alone who raises a boy nobody wants, and taught him to be a man. An honest gambler, he and the boy travel in many countries, but it's the west they love.
The narrator gave a good performance.
A must read for L'Amour fans, or great as a first read for those unfamiliar with his stories.
A book about a young boy not wanted by a severely selfish mother and the man who mentored him from a boy to a young man. Justice prevails from the West to Europe and back!
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