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5.0 out of 5 starsBut even the best gunfighter needs men he can trust to watch his ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2017
Hopalong rides into a firestorm of violence and betrayal. On the rain-drenched trail to the lawless town of Seven Pines, Hopalong discovers two men -- one dead, the other badly wounded. Returning with medical help, Hopalong finds the wounded man has been shot through the temple. Who would commit such a murder? To find out, Hopalong hires on at Bob Ronson's Rocking R Ranch. There he learns that more than a thousand cattle have been run off by men keeping one scheming eye on the ranch and the other on the monthly stagecoach shipments of gold. Hopalong is determined to stop those responsible. But even the best gunfighter needs men he can trust to watch his back, men willing to risk their lives to do what's right. With their help, Hopalong fights to save the Rocking R, only to find himself the target of a ruthless gunman in a life-and-death struggle for frontier justice.
Just because a book is written by the great Louis L'Amour doesn't mean it's a five star book. The Hopalong Cassidy novels just don't measure up to his other works. L'Amour wanted to portray Cassidy as Mumford did his original series. Doubleday the publisher forced L'Amour to portray the more heroic character of Cassidy which was used in the TV series. L'Amour not happy with his writing did not use his own name as author and never admitted writing the four Hopalong Cassidy books......the book was only recently published by his son using the L'Amour name.......no doubt to attract more readers and make a few extra bucks.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of four "Hopalong Cassidy" novels by L'Amour
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2017
Was given a copy of "The Troubleshooter" , another Hopalong Cassidy novel and was surprised the character was more "western" than the William Boyd films. Well written of course by L'Amour but added is the interesting account by his son of how the four "Hopalong" novels came to be written under the pen name of Tex Burns. Upon enjoying this novel I hoped to find the other three, and did so at Amazon and read them with equal enjoyment. If you want a sample collection of Lois L'Amour these books are a good place to start.
Having read many Hopalong Cassidy books, I'm familiar with the general layout of the plots and endings. Of course, there are many surprises along the way! But all Hopalong Cassidy stories, whether originally written by Clarence E. Mulford or the last four written by Louis L'Amour, are excellent because both authors were knowledgeable about the west and the most excellent of writers.
5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderfully written and action packed western with Hopalong Cassidy by the master of westerns Louis L'Amour.
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2015
I have been a fan of Louis L’Amour’s westerns for quite a while. I have also been a fan of Hopalong Cassidy when it was on television with William Boyd. The original Hopalong Cassidy novels were written by Clarence Mulford. When Milford no longer desired to write any more, he chose Louis L’Amour for the project. Louis L’Amour wrote four Hopalong Cassidy novels. This is one of them.
I just finished reading “The Trail to Seven Pines” and found it to be a first rate, action packed, page turning western tale. This story begins with Hoppy riding in a rain storm to the lawless town of Seven Pines, when he hears gun shots. He discovers two men had been shot but one of them was still alive. The man was in bad shape, but alive and talking. He needed a doctor and Hoppy did his best to temporarily patch up the man. He gave the man a gun in case the killers showed up again, and he headed toward town to get a doctor. On the way he runs into two men in a wagon and they head back to the wounded man. When they arrive the gun is being held at the temple area as if to make it look like the man committed suicide. The two men jump to that conclusion, but Hoppy is not buying it. This is the beginning of this wonderfully written western novel.
If you are into Hopalong Cassidy and Louis L’Amour’s books, you will love this book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Use of the Monadnock (MEB) Straight Baton).