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Lando by Louis L'Amour
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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. ( )
  fuzzi | Feb 3, 2019 |
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Title: Lando
Series: Sacketts #7
Author: Louis L'Amour
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Western
Pages: 176
Format: Digital Edition


Lando Sackett was given into the care of a neighbor when his mother died and his father just took off. Lando ended up taking off and living off the land and eventually calls out the man who stole his inheritance.

He heads out West with a tinker Gypsy, finds out his uncles are on the trail to kill him (for the sin of his father daring to marry their sister), comes across the fact that his father knew where a sunken treasure ship is and finds out that his dad isn't dead and always meant to return but couldn't, due to being in a mexican prison.

Lando saves the town from the gambler and is headed out West again.

The End (sunset and all)

My Thoughts:

L'Amour definitely has a thing for skipping huge chunks of time. Lando spends 6 years in the mexican prison and that time and his rescue take about 3 pages. He is skipping from peak to peak in the story and only gives us details when it suits the story he wants to tell. A very different style than what I'm used to in SFF.

I had read this in highschool but the only thing I remembered was the prizefight at the end. But my goodness, it was worth remembering. A boxing fight where the crowd is under the control of the gambler and using dirty tricks against Lando. A rifleman trying to shoot him from a window. His Ranger friends showing up and making things even. The joy, sweat, blood and tears of one man fighting another. This fight is why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 3.5.

The rest of the book was pretty good too. Showed how greed and pride could destroy men from the inside and how obsession could take over and ruin a man from living a quiet, satisfying life. A great Western that shows Rugged American Individualism at its best.

To close, the cover. While this edition does a decent job of showing the prizefight at the end, the guy just doesn't look like Lando. THIS cover does a much better job:

★★★★☆ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Aug 16, 2017 |
This Western starts out in Tennessee and moves west. It's theme seems to be revenge and it is explored in several ways. Sadly, I don't think the character of Lando was as well developed as the Sacketts were in the earlier novels. However, the character of the Tinker was rich with hints about his past. The mystery behind Falcon Sackett was also nicely created. Those and a racing mule raised the book above the average Western.

Fans of Louis L'Amour will like this book. Fans of the Sackett series will want it. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Feb 14, 2017 |
Gold and Sacketts - the combination always spells trouble. For Lando Sackett, it spells six years in a Mexican prison doing time for knowing where the gold is. But now he's out, and he's going hunting.

Love that racing mule! ( )
  SunnySD | Jan 8, 2013 |
A bit boring for a Sackett. Once again the blurbers do it an injustice - the time covered on the blurb constitutes about 6 pages in the entire book.

This is the story of Lando Sacket, "orphaned" son of Falcon Sackett. When his mother dies, Falcon gives Will Caffrey money to board and educate 8-yr-old Lando until his return.
Instead, Will uses the money for his own gain, sends HIS son Duncan to school and treats Lando as an indentured servant.
Lando reaches his limit and runs away back to his home cabin when he is 10. Soon after The Tinker shows up - it's much much later that Lando realizes WHY the Tinker appeared when this boy raising himself needed outside assistance most.
The story is of how Lando, reaching majority, heads West to make himself - to earn lands and 'riches' by his own hand, to find out what happened to his father, to learn why the Kurbishaw brothers are hunting him. ( )
  dragonasbreath | May 31, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 055327676X, Mass Market Paperback)

In Lando, Louis L’Amour has created an unforgettable portrait of a unique American hero.

For six long years Orlando Sackett survived the horrors of a brutal Mexican prison. He survived by using his skills as a boxer and by making three vows. The first was to exact revenge on the hired killers who framed him. The second was to return to his father. And the third was to find Gin Locklear. But the world has changed a lot since Lando left it. His father is missing. The woman he loves is married. And the killers want him dead. Hardened physically and emotionally, Lando must begin an epic journey to resolve his past, even if it costs him his life.

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The adventures of the Sackett family continue in this saga of the western frontier.

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