Top 10 Books By Louis L’Amour

 

Born in North Dakota, Louis Dearborn L’Amour was an American novelist. Louis L’Amour’s popular novels were what he called his frontier stories, which were characteristic for being about the American frontier, or what you may call the Wild West!

 Although he wrote even short stories and scaled genres such as science fiction and historical fiction, Louis L’Amour’s best sellers were essentially Western novels.

 

Hondo

This story zones in on the rivalry between the Apaches and Hondo. Although there exists an enmity between the two parties, Hondo and the chief of the Apaches are incredible admirers of one another. While escaping one of the Apache ambushes, Hondo seeks refuge in Angie Lowe’s home. Love ensues, followed by tension and a lot of drama!

Read it For:
The classic mixture of love and violence!
Don't Read it For:
The writing has been described as not L’ Amour’s best work.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book maintains the ideal factors of a good Western story.

Silver Canyon

Matt Brennan, a gunfighter, moves into a town called Hattan’s Point, quick;y falling in love with a rancher’s daughter named Moira. He buys a ranch between two others to settle down, but is launched into conflict when the three ranches end up in a showdown.

Read it For:
The suspense and the classical Wild West action!
Don't Read it For:
The story is quite predictable
What makes this book stand out?:
The classic Wild West showdowns that Louis L’Amour books are known for.

Flint

A terminally ill man chooses to help a local rancher save her ranch. Flint is a feared financer who left the West at 17 and a long history of violence to match. Two criminals are plotting against him as he tries to aid Nancy Kerrigan in saving her ranch. Flint has a limited amount of time to save the ranch and keep Nancy out of harm’s way.

Read it For:
The adventure of the story
Don't Read it For:
The monotony of the Western story.
What makes this book stand out?:
The time constraint that Flint is under to save and protect the people.

To The Far Blue Mountains

Barnabas Sackett returns in this story as a man trying to return to America from England after having settled all of his matters. However, now there is a warrant for his capture all over the region, and Sackett’s mission is to get back home alive!

Read it For:
Sackett’s heartrending struggle to return home
Don't Read it For:
The repetitive plotline, and a somewhat fragmented story
What makes this book stand out?:
The ability that L’Amour has to take his readers back in time with his work.
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The Man from Skibbereen

Crispin Mayo leaves home to embrace the American frontier. On the way, he stumbles upon an abandoned station, where he finds fresh blood on the floor. Mayo discovers eerie occurrences in the shack, like a telegraph clicking without anybody to click it. His consequent actions plunge him into a whirlwind of action in another stunning L’Amour Western story.

Read it For:
The mystery and suspense.
Don't Read it For:
A lot of aspects in the story are highly improbable, and the book is difficult to read through.
What makes this book stand out?:
The implementation of mystery into a Western story.

Sackett’s Land

The object of an Englishman’s revenge, Barnabas Sackett, a farmer, flees England on a ship. Taken initially as prisoner, Sackett becomes Captain and sets sail to the Americas, where he and his crew establish trade relations with the natives.

Read it For:
The exciting storyline and the forever-refreshed insights that L’Amour lets you look into.
Don't Read it For:
This is not as much a Western story as L’Amour’s typical books, and has also been called as not being written in a way that is believable.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book stands out for the historical knowledge that can be gained from it.

Lonely on the Mountain

Tell Sackett leads the Rountree brothers to the country to provide their Cousin Logan with beef cattle, but on the way must push through all sorts of coming disaster; He will stop at nothing to help those in need.

Read it For:
This book is different from others by L’Amour in that it uses natural calamity and disaster as an additional obstacle in the journey that the characters are on.
Don't Read it For:
The ending seems just thrown together thoughtlessly.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book brings a new character into the picture – nature’s wrath – which paints the picture of the old Western culture that much clearer.

Jubal Sackett

A part of Louis L’Amour’s best book series, the Sackett Series, Jubal Sackett is a story about Jubal Sackett’s quest that leads him to the Far Seeing Lands in conquest of a Natchez exploration party and its leader.

Read it For:
The excellent historical knowledge that L’Amour displays through the text.
Don't Read it For:
The book progresses rather slowly, and L’Amour has been recently criticized for his politically incorrect references to Native Americans.
What makes this book stand out?:
The new perspectives that reading it open you up to!

Last of the Breed

a Soviet official who is eager to know the secrets of the American defense captures Joe Makatozi, but is unable to keep him prisoner. Makatozi is Native American, and he depends on the skills passed down from generation to generation to get him out of the enemy’s land safely.

Read it For:
The suspense and the sheer brilliance with which Makatozi utilizes his skills to escape from his oppositions’ clutches.
Don't Read it For:
The end of the story is ambiguous, and if you do not enjoy unresolved endings, this book may not be for you!
What makes this book stand out?:
The representation of the last kind of Native American shines clearly through the title and context of the book.

The Haunted Mesa

Mike Raglan steps into a world of ancient mystery when a friend calls for his help. He begins to hear rumours of Anasazi and ghosts and is suddenly launched into a strange adventure like never before seen.

Read it For:
The convergence of a classic Western with occult mystery.
Don't Read it For:
The repetitive usage of the same kind of plot renders L’Amour’s work as predictable
What makes this book stand out?:
The intermingling of the aspects of a Western story with the suspense of a haunted story.

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