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Sackett Series Shared Read Challenge 2019

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 2:53pm Top

This challenge was started in 2018, thread continued from https://www.librarything.com/topic/294945#

Are you a lifelong Louis L'Amour fan?

Or a reader who's just discovered his story-telling abilities?

Or somewhere between the two?

Or even someone who's never tried any of this author's works?

Join a few of us in reading (or rereading) the Sackett series, probably the best known of all this author's novels.

We started in August 2018 but we'd still love your company, your thoughts, comments, or reviews as you read about the Sackett family.

Come on in and set a spell, make yourself at home!

Edited: Mar 1, 7:33am Top

There are officially seventeen Sackett novels, so starting in August 2018 has us completing the series in December 2019.

Chronologically (according to LT) here are the Sacketts' stories:

1. Sackett's Land - August 2018
2. To the Far Blue Mountains - September 2018
3. The Warrior's Path - October 2018
4. Jubal Sackett - November 2018
5. Ride the River - December 2018
6. The Daybreakers - January 2019
7. Lando - February 2019
8. Sackett - March 2019
9. Mojave Crossing - April 2019
10. The Sackett Brand - May 2019
11. The Sky-Liners - June 2019
12. The Lonely Men - July 2019
13. Mustang Man - August 2019
14. Galloway - September 2019
15. Treasure Mountain - October 2019
16. Ride the Dark Trail - November 2019
17. Lonely on the Mountain - December 2019

One a month shouldn't be onerous.

Jump in whenever!

Dec 26, 2018, 2:39pm Top

Who were the Sacketts, and why did L'Amour write so much about them?

From louislamour.com:
Louis L'Amour's inspiration for the Sackett characters was a pair of young cowboys that pulled him out of a street fight in Tucumcari, New Mexico when he was fifteen. When Louis asked them why the other boys had seemed so afraid of them the older one explained that they were cousins and between them they had over a dozen brothers . . . "and if you fight one of us and beat him, you've got to fight us all." Louis spent only a few days with them, talking through the evenings and riding the Pecos valley but their sense of clan-like loyalty and simple but honest philosophy stayed with him.

Years later, exploring the desert west of Yuma, Arizona, Louis came upon a spot called Sackett's Well. Named after a Lt. Delos Sackett, this bleak desert watering hole gave him the name for his fictional family. After his initial success with "The Daybreakers," "Lando," and "Sackett," L'Amour committed himself to an enormous project; to write a series of adventure stories touching on all eras of American history. Through the eyes of three families, the Sacketts, the Chantrys, and the Talons, he intended to take us on a tour of the past from the 1590s to the 1890s. Sadly, Louis did not live long enough to write more than half of the stories that he intended.

Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 3:20pm Top

Feel free to share any websites about the Sacketts, or even Louis L’Amour. I’ll add to this list as needed:

1. http://herbthiel.com/original/louischron.html (countrylife)

Dec 26, 2018, 2:40pm Top

I've read a few Westerns in the past couple of years. Count me in. I think I own the first Sackett book but will have to check.

Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 2:48pm Top

>5 lindapanzo: wow you were fast on the draw! :D

I’ve read “westerns” by other authors, but always come back to L’Amour...he’s an awfully good teller of stories.

Dec 26, 2018, 2:47pm Top

I'll be continuing in 2019. I'm looking forward to it!

Dec 26, 2018, 2:53pm Top

>7 harrygbutler: glad to have you again!

Dec 26, 2018, 2:57pm Top

>6 fuzzi: Oh I hope I didn't jump in too soon. I just signed up for the 2019 75er group and started looking for TIOLI for January. The first thing I saw was Sackett and Westerns and I jumped right in.

Dec 26, 2018, 2:59pm Top

>9 lindapanzo: nope, you’re good. Love having people interested in a challenge.

Dec 26, 2018, 3:01pm Top

>10 fuzzi: Checked my Kindle. I own the first two Sackett books on Kindle (I picked up the first one in April of 2009, which is probably among my oldest). I also own his Comstock Lode. As a matter of fact, I've never read a L'Amour. I've read a Zane Grey or two.

Have you read Zane Grey? How do they compare?

Dec 26, 2018, 3:19pm Top

>11 lindapanzo: I have read one Zane Grey, but prefer L’Amour.

I’ll let harrygbutler give you his opinion, as I’m certain he’s read more books by Zane Grey.

I also have read and liked other westerns such as The Virginian, True Grit, Doc, Gone to Texas (aka The Outlaw Josey Wales), Robert B Parker’s Appaloosa series, and the fantastic Shane.

Dec 27, 2018, 11:33pm Top

Sounds like fun! I'd like to say I'll join, but every time I do, it never happens for me. So more like I offer my support and think it's a great idea. L'Amour is my favorite author of westerns, and I think I've read pretty much everything he wrote.

I never really got into anyone else. Tried to read Riders of the Purple Sage because I'd heard it talked up so much. One of the few books I had to quit only a few chapters in.

I'll have to go look up the 2018 thread for Ride the River. I confess that's one of my favorites. Gotta love Arkansas toothpicks.

Dec 31, 2018, 3:32am Top

Happy New Year!

Jan 5, 4:26pm Top

The Daybreakers by Louis L’Amour

Tye and Orrin Sackett head west from the Tennessee hills, to make their fortune as well as find a home for their ma. They have their share of trials with herding longhorns, fighting Utes, and standing up to lawless gunmen.

This was the first published book about the Sackett family, and I think it’s one of the best. The situations are genuine, the characters are fleshed-out, real, and it was a great pleasure to spend time with them and their riding partners again for this reread.

Jan 5, 4:36pm Top

>111 I've only read a few Zane Grey, and like fuzzi, I prefer L'Amour. I found Grey's work good but rather slower, but I haven't actually read his big hits (save, I think, Riders of the Purple Sage many years ago).

Jan 21, 6:34am Top

The Daybreakers, by Louis L'Amour

Brothers Tyrell and Orrin Sackett go west, eventually to New Mexico, in the days after the Civil War, encountering both friend and foe along the way as they seek to make places for themselves. Fairly standard fare fairly well done. Recommended.

Jan 22, 8:58pm Top

Started Sackett's Land this afternoon and I'm enjoying it. I think I'll want to continue with this series.

Jan 23, 8:52am Top

>18 lindapanzo: beware...L'Amouritis is a long-lasting "ailment"...he wrote over 100 books, and almost all of them are good, solid, enjoyable reads!

Jan 23, 2:28pm Top

>19 fuzzi: Thanks for the tip. I'd be glad for that and would love getting wrapped up in a nice, long-running saga.

Jan 25, 9:37pm Top

Everyone have a copy of Lando handy for February?

Jan 25, 9:41pm Top

>21 fuzzi: Yep, I'm ready.

Jan 26, 2:23pm Top

I finished the first Sackett book late last night. Loved it and am eager to move on but will likely wait a few weeks til I do. At some point, I'll probably catch up to you all.

Jan 26, 4:00pm Top

>23 lindapanzo: woo! A convert!! :D

Do let us know what you're reading. I'm not obsessed over keeping everyone on schedule, just want you to enjoy the books.

Jan 26, 4:04pm Top

>24 fuzzi: I own a copy of To the Far Blue Mountains on my Kindle so I'll probably read that one next. I also have Comstock Lode

Jan 26, 4:10pm Top

>25 lindapanzo: both are good, though I prefer the Sackett books.

Feb 3, 8:28pm Top

Lando by Louis L'Amour

As a child Lando is left in the care of a faithless neighbor, but within a few years strikes out on his own, heading west. His travels take him eventually to Texas and Mexico, competing with outlaws and relatives on a quest for gold. Standard but enjoyable fare from this author.

Feb 3, 8:32pm Top

There's a brief mention of Tyrell and Orrin in the beginning of this book, and it explains why Lando was placed after The Daybreakers in chronological sequence. When I first read the series Sackett was placed before Lando.

Feb 9, 10:04am Top

Young Lando Sackett sees no future in the Tennessee hills: his mother is long-dead, his father has been gone for years and is possibly dead as well, and he has the enmity of the family that was supposed to take care of him but appropriated the money rightfully his. So he heads west, accompanied by the mysterious traveling trader known only as Tinker and bringing with him a mare he hopes will foal a racing mule. When their journey takes them south into Texas, will Lando find answers to the questions he has about his father's fate and his own future? A solid L'Amour novel with some unexpected features. Recommended.

>28 fuzzi: I thought it interesting that he tied the book slightly to The First Fast Draw, too.

Feb 9, 4:50pm Top

>29 harrygbutler: that's right, he did.

Mar 1, 7:34am Top

I started Sackett last night, before bed, and I'm really enjoying it so far!

Mar 1, 8:15am Top

>31 fuzzi: I've got it queued up, but I have a couple books to finish before I start it.

Edited: Mar 1, 10:33am Top

>32 harrygbutler: I'll probably finish it this evening.

I've a couple chunksters I've scheduled for March that I'll be starting this weekend, so I wanted to get Sackett finished up. :)

Mar 1, 7:50pm Top


Sackett by Louis L'Amour

In this book we meet William Tell Sackett, older brother to Ty and Orrin who we first met in The Daybreakers. Tell has been drifting since the War, and decides it's time to do something with his life. He stumbles upon gold, and a girl, and trouble, as usual.

I love Tell and his laid back attitude. He's prefers to use humor to confuse and confound those who are spoiling for a fight, and I found myself laughing at times as I reread Sackett. This story remains a favorite of mine.

Edited: Mar 7, 10:11am Top

Sackett, by Louis L'Amour

This entry in Louis L'Amour's Sacket family saga tells part of the story of William Tell Sackett, elder brother of Orrin and Tyrel, from The Daybreakers, as fuzzi mentioned. Tell's years of wandering have yet to result in much in the way of tangible accomplishments, no matter what they may have yielded in experience. Fate seems to smile, however, when he discovers a hidden source of high-grade gold ore, and together with old Cap Rountree, he sets out to stake a claim to conceal the real source of his gold but also with the hope of establishing a town, though of course predatory antagonists soon make themselves known. Recommended.

Edited: Mar 27, 8:41am Top

Anyone else read Sackett this month?

Mar 27, 8:41am Top

Last chance for Sackett!

As of Monday, April 1st, our book will be Mojave Crossing, which is another book about Tell Sackett!

Edited: Apr 3, 7:02am Top

I started reading Mojave Crossing last night, hooray for Tell!

I thought this book "out of order" but one small section near the end has convinced me that it is correctly placed between Sackett and The Sackett Brand.

Edited: Apr 3, 7:09am Top

Mojave Crossing by Louis L'Amour

Tell Sackett finds himself "saddled" with a lady-in-distress who might not be either! Enjoyable tale, with lots of action and less contemplation. Recommended, but try to read the earlier books in the Sackett series in order.

Edited: Apr 19, 9:59am Top

Mojave Crossing, by Louis L'Amour

In a story set after the events of Sackett but before the final resolution of at least one of that book's threads, Tell Sackett, traveling to California with some gold, lets himself in for plenty of trouble when he agrees to help a woman on the run escape from pursuers across the desert. Fast-paced action and some complexities to a few of the characters keep this one interesting. Recommended.

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