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Ride the River: The Sacketts, Book 5 | [Louis L'Amour]

Ride the River: The Sacketts, Book 5

Like her bold ancestors, Echo couldn't ignore a challenge. A sure hand with a horse, a dead shot with a rifle, and fast with her wits, Echo traveled to the mountains of Tennessee, coming up against ruthless killers who'd stop at nothing to cheat her of her inheritance.
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Publisher's Summary

The Sacketts are the unforgettable pioneer family created by master storyteller Louis L'Amour to bring to vivid life the spirit and adventure of the American frontier. The Sacketts are men and women who challenged the untamed wilderness with their dreams and their courage. From generation to generation they pushed ever westward with a restless, wandering urge, a kinship with the free, wild places and a fierce independence. The Sacketts always stood tall and, true to their strong family pride, they would unite to take on any and all challenges, no matter how overwhelming the odds. Each Sackett novel is a complete, exciting historical adventure, and read as a group, Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts form an epic story of the building of our mighty nation.

No matter that Echo Sackett was young, and a woman, and had never been far from the valley. She was still a Sackett - sharp and smart and a better hunter than most of the men she knew. Like her bold ancestors, Echo couldn't ignore a challenge. A sure hand with a horse, a dead shot with a rifle, and fast with her wits, Echo traveled to the mountains of Tennessee, coming up against ruthless killers who'd stop at nothing to cheat her of her inheritance. There she'd prove once and for all that she could ride the river with the best.

Don't miss other titles in The Sacketts series.

©1983 by Louis L'Amour; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 10-04-03 Member Since 2003

    Professional librarian, author, and dreamer.

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    "Strong women are not a new idea"

    L'Amour is a master of understatement who manages to give us the feel of an era without cluttering his writing with dusty details. The Sacketts often seem larger than life, but they represent a kind of pioneer who surely must have existed in that time, before America was a network of highways and telephone lines. Echo's adventure might have been set in a modern environment, as she is the same type of individual as V.I. Warshawsky or Stephanie Plum, with the same courage and determination supported by genuine ability. Her story is well worth the hearing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    adeline Kooskia, Idaho, United States 10-20-11
    adeline Kooskia, Idaho, United States 10-20-11

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    "A Delightful Change Of Pace!"

    We really enjoyed this change of pace. A western all about a feminine warrior the age of a sophomore or junior in high school. Our school system would benefit greatly from young people like this Sackette! We won't go on except to say, "get your copy today and enjoy a delight-filled trip"!

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    "Echo Sackett: button of a girl, grid iron tough"
    What made the experience of listening to Ride the River the most enjoyable?

    First female lead character. Like all Sacketts, Echo is more than she appears to be.


    What other book might you compare Ride the River to and why?

    Sackett's Land, for the theme of swindlers attempting to cheat the main character occurs in both books.


    What about Jamie Rose’s performance did you like?

    I could see in my mind the books contents as if watching a movie.


    If you could take any character from Ride the River out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The old attorney who was friend with Echo's grandfather.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was just too brief . . . I didn't want it to end.

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    Donald Cary, NC, United States 05-22-12
    Donald Cary, NC, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "From a Girl's View"

    If you love L'Amour's Sacketts, you will find this episode from a girls view point. The girl in this case is Echo Sackett a pretty mountain woman of 16 years who's talents with a rifle have gained her a reputation even among the distant relatives of the clan. L'Amour doesn't fail to give us a gripping tale that sweeps the reader along wondering what is around the next bend in this story. Jamie Rose does a good job of adding depth to Echo character with the voice inflections of a Tennessee mountain woman. The tale is short and left me wondering if L'Amour might have been a bit uncomfortable with the female character. That being said I found it an enjoyable read and myself a bit hungry for more.

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    Nicki Gainesville, TX, United States 11-08-10
    Nicki Gainesville, TX, United States 11-08-10
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    "Well done!"

    Louis L'amour was an excellent western author. This installment of the Sackett saga is different from many, but well worth the listen. I read these books for years before I discovered Audible, and now I appreciate being able to listen to them on my iPod when I'm too busy to sit and read.

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    Jimbo Omaha, NE, USA 05-24-10
    Jimbo Omaha, NE, USA 05-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Louis L'Amour"

    I have read all of his books and loved them all. I really enjoyed this book.

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    Virginia Bermuda Dunes, CA, United States 01-14-04
    Virginia Bermuda Dunes, CA, United States 01-14-04 Member Since 2002
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    If you love westerns but would prefer a woman's point of view for a change, this is the book for you. Excellently written, exciting from beginning to end. Rich characters. Also wonderfully narrated.

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    Lady M 04-28-13
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    "Cute Story -- Boring Narrator"

    A narrator can make or break a story, in my opinion. Jamie Rose ruined "Ride The River" for me. As a Louis L'Amour and Sackett family fan, it was very disappointing for me.

    Jamie Rose has a pleasant enough voice, but not one to hold my interest. Her inability to change her voice for the different characters, nor even mimic a Tennessee accent, was most disconcerting.

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    marcus shumack cypress, tx United States 12-13-05
    marcus shumack cypress, tx United States 12-13-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Very good"

    Great Listen. Good Narration.

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    Gary Dallas, TX, USA 10-12-03
    Gary Dallas, TX, USA 10-12-03
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    "Great book"

    This was my first purchase of this author and was recommended by a friend. I will be purchaseing more! The narrator also did an outstanding job. I will be looking for more by her also.

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