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Son of a feared fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunity of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.
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©1974 Louis L'Amour (P)2010 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio

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  • Donna
  • La Crescenta , CA, USA
  • 03-05-10

Great Beginning to a Great Series

This book and the narration was excellent, capturing our entire family on our drives, that we had to listen to the entire series.

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  • Karen
  • Wanaque, NJ, USA
  • 03-19-07

History Comes Alive!

What a wonderful preview of the Sackett family and it's progenitor Barnabas as written by L'Amour. I only wish he had done more later to fill in the Sackett generational gaps leading up to the opening of the American West. This was truly one of the finest "reads" I've had in a long time.

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  • J
  • 05-27-04

LOUIS L'AMOUR CLASSIC

Not a typical western but an excellent gripping adventure story.

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Unique Subject Era

Stories set in the late 16th, early 17th century don't present themselves very often in pop culture; especially those set in what was to become America. The plot, as it is in just about all of the author's works, is weak and repetitive. The characters are at best 2 dimensional, most of his characters do not even reach that level; especially the women. Then there is his take on the American Indian; he seems to think that other than fighting wars they are barely competent. Plus his depiction of any nation is pretty much identical to any other. based for the most part on the Apache or Comanche tribes of the mid to late 19th century. This author isn't for anyone who appreciates balance, nuance or characters with depth or complexity. On the other hand the story touches on aspects of history not normally depicted; it moves quickly and has plenty of action.

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A great start to a wonderful series....

I have read and re-read these books many times since I was handed one at sea when I had finished the Dune SiFi series. I had no other books to read for the remainder of our Westpac cruise on my first Navy ship out of San Diego...I told my friend that I read SiFi books and not cowboy books...He looked at me and said this is a Louis Lamore not a cowboy book...he was right and I have read these books for years...they are simple fast reads and I enjoy picking one up from time to time...If you have never read one, I suggest you do...They truly are not cowboy books, but fine adventures...

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High on my list of Best 25 Books I Have Ever Read

I have nearly 400 Audible Books, and I believe that the first four books of this series are the books that I would Recommend most of all the Audible Books I own.

Louis L'Amour was known primarily for his "pulp westerns". But he did write a few major novels and a superb series known as the Sacketts. This is the first book of that series. And NEVER, NEVER, NEVER have I listened to an audible book whose narrator so perfectly matched the tone of the book.

The first four books of the series, The Sackett's, are about men and women from Great Britain who migrate to America, their children and how they fare. So the narrator, with his English accent, PERFECTLY aligns with the spirit and romance of of the intrepid English explorers that immigrate to the new world.

The action sequences are intense ... the romance is as sweet as can be imagined ... the character development of men and women whose ideals and characters are absolute and greatly to be admired, is sublime. The first four books of this series are, in my opinion Louis L'Amours finest works. And each of them are books that you truly hate to see end. I have read all of L'Amours books, but these first four books of this series were all devoured in a single sitting. Such was my fascination with the narrator.

The first four books of this series have a solid place in my list of "Best 25 Books I've Ever Read"!

Just to give you an idea of how romantic an Historical Fiction/Adventure series can be, let me give you an approximate quote. In one of these books, the main character of the story, remembering the women that have passed through his life says "I drink the wine, and put aside the glass ... but the taste lingers".

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Always such great books!

They story was great, there was good action as well as excellent story telling. you come to feel as if you personally know the characters.

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Excellent Story and Reading

Enjoyed it very much better than TV! The reader has an English accent and this helped the story. It's hard to find a book today that is not filled with cuss words. Good clean story. I enjoy L'Amour.

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I grew up on Louis L'Amour

Both my parents constantly had Louis L'Amour books in their hands and as a teenager I became interested in them and read a lot of the books they had. The tales of the Sackett family was some of their favorites!! I was thrilled to find these books on Audible and I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

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Great first book of a great series!

I love this series. It's a shame that he did not get to write all 40 books as he had planned.

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