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War Party (edition 1982)

by Louis L'Amour

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Member:DeltaQueen50
Title:War Party
Authors:Louis L'Amour
Info:Bantam (1982), Paperback, 160 pages
Collections:Your library
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Tags:Historical Fiction, American West, The Sacketts (10), 12 in 12 Challenge, Category: Home on the Range, TIOLI #6: Title Relates to a Card or Board Game

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War Party by Louis L'Amour

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Product Description Bud Miles was a boy when he crossed the Mississippi. But Bud buried his father after an Indian attack, and as the wagon train pushed on through Sioux country, the boy stood as tall as any man ... Tell Sackett killed cougars at fourteen and fought a war at fifteen. Now Tell was hauling dangerous freight--a soldier's wife and a fortune in gold--knowing that someone wanted him dead ... Laurie Bonnet was a mail-order bride who thought she was a failure on the frontier. But when the chips were down, she was the only one who could save her husband's life ... In these marvelous stories of the West, Louis L'Amour tells of travelers, gunfighters, homesteaders, and adventurers: men and women making hard and sudden choices and fighting battles that could cut a person's life short--or open up a bold new future on the American frontier. From the Publisher Bud Miles was a boy when he crossed the Mississippi. But Bud buried his father after an Indian attack, and as the wagon train pushed on through Sioux country, the boy stood as tall as any man ... Tell Sackett killed cougars at fourteen and fought a war at fifteen. Now Tell was hauling dangerous freight--a soldier's wife and a fortune in gold--knowing that someone wanted him dead ... Laurie Bonnet was a mail-order bride who thought she was a failure on the frontier. But when the chips were down, she was the only one who could save her husband's life ... In these marvelous stories of the West, Louis L'Amour tells of travelers, gunfighters, homesteaders, and adventurers: men and women making hard and sudden choices and fighting battles that could cut a person's life short--or open up a bold new future on the American frontier. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
As I said before, I like L'Amour's short stories --and I might say particularly the ones that come from the pulp magazines --more tan his more pretentious novels. ( )
  antiquary | Jun 9, 2013 |
Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years. ( )
  wodenthewanderer | Apr 2, 2013 |
War Party by Louis L’Amour is a collection of 10 short stories. L’Amour generally writes in a terse yet action filled way and this sparse prose shows to great advantage in his short stories. I originally picked up this book as I am reading the Sackett Family series and one of the stories involves this family. As with most short story collections, not all are of the same quality, but in War Party, I really can’t say there was a particularly weak one. The ones I most enjoyed were “One For the Pot”, ‘War Party” and the original inspiration for the John Wayne movie, “Hondo” called “The Gift of Cochise”. These stories may have been my favourites as they all featured women as the main characters.

While L’Amour’s characters don’t vary much, his women are usually the good, strong, helpmate or the frivolous, duty shirking flibbertigibbet although sometimes they start out as one and grow into the other. His men are the strong, silent yet righteous types with the bible in one hand and a gun in the other, or the dirty, low-down back-shooting bad guy. Of course these types of characters fit perfectly in the western genre.

While War Party will not blow the reader away with it’s literary acrobatics, it is nonetheless a good sampling of why Louis L’Amour was one of the foremost western writers of his day and why his writing remains so popular today. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 3, 2012 |
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We buried pa on a sidehill out west of camp, buried him high up so his ghost could look down the trail he'ed planned to travel.
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This is a short story, "War Party" from a collection with the same name.
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Bud Miles was a boy when he crossed the  Mississippi. But Bud buried his father after an Indian  attack, and as the wagon train pushed on through  Sioux country, the boy stood as tall as any man ...  Tell Sackett killed cougars at fourteen and fought a  war at fifteen. Now Tell was hauling dangerous  freight--a soldier's wife and a fortune in  gold--knowing that someone wanted him dead ... Laurie Bonnet  was a mail-order bride who thought she was a  failure on the frontier. But when the chips were down,  she was the only one who could save her husband's  life ... In these marvelous stories of the West,  Louis L'Amour tells of travelers, gunfighters,  homesteaders, and adventurers: men and women making  hard and sudden choices and fighting battles that  could cut a person's life short--or open up a bold  new future on the American frontier.

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A boy on the brink of manhood, a resourceful frontier woman who has beauty as well as fortitude, and a strong male character who is single and hence marriageable come together in this powerful, romantic, and strangely compelling vision of the American West.… (more)

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