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Lonely on the Mountain by Louis L'Amour
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Title: Lonely on the Mountain
Series: Sacketts #17
Author: Louis L'Amour
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Western
Pages: 224
Format: Digital Edition


Tell, Orrin and Tyrell Sackett get a note from their cousin Logan that he needs a herd of cattle driven to some place or other and that if the herd isn't delivered before the snow falls he'll hang. The Sackett brothers begin.

They gather a herd, realize they have enemies to deal with and have adventures. The herd gets scattered in a stampede, a girl is seeking her brother and no one has heard from Logan again.

The Sackett brothers overcome all, find Logan and rescue a small group of settlers that are being starved out by desperadoes searching for gold.

My Thoughts:

Well, this was the final Sacketts book written by L'Amour, chronologically speaking. I enjoyed my time reading this book but it did rather meander, much like a cattle drive and the ending was so quick that I blinked and whammo, I was done the book.

That is ok because it gives me more room to talk about this series as a whole in wrapping things up.

I started reading the Sacketts almost 3 years ago with Sackett's Land. More of a historical fiction than western, it set the tone for Clan Sackett. Loyalty, responsibility, a high regard for education and the written word, a love of honor and all things Right, a respect for the Law even when you thought it was wrong. The Sackets also did whatever they set their minds to. They didn't give up or allow their circumstances to dictate their actions. They were what Real Men want to be. Personally, while I would love to emulate men like those portrayed in the series, I'd be ok with a little less gun play and a LOT less fisticuffs. I'm just too pretty ;-)

I think L'Amour used this series to showcase how great he thought America was. He didn't believe it was perfect or had sprung forth full grown, immaculately conceived. The birth of America was a bloody and dirty event and it's growing up years were just as tumultuous. But it was glorious (!!) and L'Amour wanted to show that glory in the examples of the best of the men and women who forged this country. In many ways this series was a Love Letter to America. It was also a reminder to the up and coming generation that everything they had was built on the backs of men of character and what their forefathers had sweated blood for they, the current generation, better not take for granted. Yes, these stories were romanticized, but what do we all dream of that isn't? We dream for a reason, because reality is gritty and full of failure and despair. We dream because we know in our very souls that there MUST BE something better.

On a less salubrious note, this series also showcased all of L'Amours strengths AND his weaknesses. He was a franchise writer and he had deadlines and he'd recycle story lines and not worry about keeping things completely straight. If a character was going to get married at the end of one book, L'Amour saw that as no impediment to making said character be single in a later book. There was very little cohesive narrative beyond Names. I might be reading my own meloncholia into things but sometimes it felt like L'Amour was foretelling the fall of America. If men stopped being men of character, then the whole country would suffer.

The other thing I'd like to talk about, for just a sentence or two, is the covers. Since these started out in the 60's and finished up in the 80's, with multiple re-releases and the latest installment coming out in ebook in the early '10's, they showcase the era in which each was published. It is an education to look at various publications to see what was expected from a western novel throughout the decades.

Overall, while I never rated these above 3.5, I still enjoyed the time I spent reading. Ride the River would probably be my pick of the litter if I had to choose one to elevate above all the others. I just checked though and I gave Lando 4 stars. Mainly for the macho boxing fight at the end. I'd still recommend Ride the River in general, as mano-a-mano isn't for everyone.

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1 vote BookstoogeLT | Jun 7, 2019 |
This final novel (chronologically) in the Sackett series kept me turning pages until the end. It reunites Tell, Tye, and Orrin Sackett who are coming to the rescue of Logan Sackett. The cattle drive part was interesting as was the intrigue that threatened the success of the drive.

I like the description of the land and the details about the drive. My only regret is that there are no more books in the series to read. I thought there was more story to tell.

If you like Westerns, then you will like this book. If you are a fan of the Sackett series, then this is a must read. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Jun 10, 2018 |
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The Sacket Brothers didn't know what brand of trouble cousin Logan was in, but he needed beef cattle badly.
So with Tell Sackett ramrodding, Tyrel, Orrin and Cap Roundtree rode north - pushing 1100 head across the wide Dakota plains toward the mountains of far western Canada. Past Sioux, past Logan's treacherous enemies,s, through uncharted trails, the Sacketts drove on.
Because when you step on the toes of one Sackett, they all come running.

Shanty had a nice smile. "We've got you," he said. "There's no way you can get away."
I smiled back at him. "Then take me," I said. "I'm here."
Shanty hesitated. It worried him that I was not afraid. "You came," he admitted. "I never thought you'd make it."
"There are two more up on the mountain and by now they're beginning to miss me. They're getting lonely on the mountain, Shanty, and they'll come down."
"We will handle them."
"And there are more of us where we came from. Be smart, Shanty. Cash in your chips while you still can."
He laughed. "you know, Sackett, I like you. I'm going to hate to kill you."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553276786, Paperback)

In Lonely on the Mountain, Louis L’Amour’s solitary wandering Sackett brothers make a stand together—to save one of their own.

The rare letters Tell Sackett received always had trouble inside. And the terse note from his cousin Logan is no exception. Logan faces starvation or a hanging if Tell can’t drive a herd of cattle from Kansas to British Columbia before winter. To get to Logan, he must brave prairie fires, buffalo stampedes, and Sioux war parties. But worse trouble waits, for a mysterious enemy shadows Sackett’s every move across the Dakotas and the Canadian Rockies. Tell Sackett has never abandoned another Sackett in need. He will bring aid to Logan—or die trying.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:20 -0400)

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Logan Sackett faces starvation or a hanging if Tell can't drive a herd of cattle from Kansas to British Columbia before winter. Tell has never abandoned another Sackett in need. He will bring aid to Logan - or die trying.

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