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Guns of the Timberlands (1955)

by Louis L'Amour

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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. Clay Bell spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens everything Clay has worked for. Devitt, holding a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties, wants to harvest timber off the land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a dishonest banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But as Colleen Riley, Devitt‚??s fianc√©e, realizes the brutal game he‚??s playing, her disapproval of his actions, and Clay Bell‚??s obvious integrity and charm, pull her toward a destiny that will tip the scales in their bloody battle over timber… (more)
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
A Western with all the tropes. I like this one because the plot is a little different. A rancher is trying to protect his land from a rogue businessman who wants to log off all the timber. There's some environmental sensibility which one doesn't expect in a Western, as the rancher is aware that cutting all the trees would ruin the land for the future. The businessman doesn't care about the future, but is only interested in short-term profit. As always, L'Amour is good at description and he treats the women in his stories with respect. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Feb 25, 2023 |
Became interested in Westerns, decided to try L'Amour. Wasn't bad. Wasn't exactly riveting but I did enjoy it to a degree. Follows the formula. Would not be opposed to reading more L'Amour if the mood strikes. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
A stranger arrives in a small western town with a score of lumberjacks on payroll and the intent to cut down a growth of virgin timber before the government can stop him.

While a little slow to start, I felt this is one of the author's better stories. ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 10, 2021 |
Wow that was dull. ( )
  thePatWalker | Feb 10, 2020 |
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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. Clay Bell spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens everything Clay has worked for. Devitt, holding a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties, wants to harvest timber off the land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a dishonest banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But as Colleen Riley, Devitt‚??s fianc√©e, realizes the brutal game he‚??s playing, her disapproval of his actions, and Clay Bell‚??s obvious integrity and charm, pull her toward a destiny that will tip the scales in their bloody battle over timber

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