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Barnabas Sackett was on the run. The only trail open to him ran West. With a few fierce fighting friends and his courageous wife Abigail by his side, Barnabas began to carve a place for himself and his glowing family out of the harsh Eastern American landscape. Facing an unyielding terrain, forbidding elements and savage Indians Barnabas stood tall, staking a bold Sackett claim on the future. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers. In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L'Amour weaves an unforgettable tale of a man who journeys to his homeland ? but discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible....

Barnabas Sackett was leaving England forever to find his fortune in the New World. But as he settled his affairs, he learned that a warrant from Queen Elizabeth had been sworn against him ? and that men were searching for him in every port. At issue were some rare gold coins Sackett had found and sold ? coins believed to be part of a great treasure lost by King John years before. Believing that Sackett possesses the rest of the treasure, the Queen will stop at nothing to find him. And if he's caught, Sackett will face torture ? and even the gallows.... --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Louis L'Amour
  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739317962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739317969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I think of myself in the oral tradition--as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of a campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered--as a storyteller. A good storyteller."

It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world re-created in his novels as Louis Dearborn L'Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally "walked the land my characters walk." His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L'Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.

Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier." As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors.

Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L'Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, and miner, and was an officer in the transportation corps during World War II. During his "yondering" days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.

Mr. L'Amour "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk." After developing a widespread following for his many frontiers and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L'Amour published his first full length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 120 books is in print; there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.

The recipient of many great honor and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist to ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.

Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour publishing tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Phillips on August 12, 2006
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Sackett's Land and To the Far Blue Mountains make a complete story of the life and times of the Sackett progenitor. The combination is entirely satisfactory. L'Amour had the ability to tell the story well, and he developed that ability with years of work and research. It is probably fortunate for Sackett enthusiasts that he wrote the first books in the series later in his writing career. We benefit from his seasoned skills.

As in his westerns, in this book L'Amour focuses on what he finds interesting and what he thinks the reader will like to know. For the most part, he doesn't go into the technical detail that some authors pursue, but he paints a clear picture. The reader has a feeling of being there, or the strong sense that they could be there, right along with our hero.

The Sackett family saga is the story of an American family. Like all of L'Amour's work, it is wholesome and educational. He consistently hits on themes that his readers recognize, the importance of education and critical thinking, respect for our fellow creatures and the world in which we live,loyalty to family and friends, and taking positive action to shape one's own life. All that and a fun story too, for the cost of five bucks.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark Butler on April 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book because the intro on the back cover sounded good and I've liked almost every L'amour book I've read. Its written in a first person narrative as though he was sitting across from you on the couch telling the story.
The first half of the book is terrific, following his escape from England. We learn of his thirst to be out in the wild open spaces of the newly discovered America, he is falsy accused and is running from the law collecting people to join him as he describes the new beginnings they can have in the New World. Its very tightly written (though I think his escape from prison was way too easy) and you really love the character.
Once the group got to America things changed. In an effort to show the WHOLE life of Barnabas the whole story changes, now we have 50 years of history in 100 pages. So the narrative changes from a day-by-day upbeat story where friends are joining the group to a list of significant events, usually where one of the group dies from an indian raid. It becomes a series of "we built a fort", "xxx died in an indian raid", "the fort burned down", "we went down to sea and traded our skins for supplies", "yyyy died in an indian raid", "we built another fort", etc.
I didn't like the ending either, I think the whole story basically got pretty depressing towards the end with all the group dying or leaving to go off and do other things. All the next generation were grown up and strong but we don't have the emotional connection with them that we did with the first group.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike on February 8, 2010
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As expected "To The Far Blue Mountains" is classic Lamour storytelling.
Barnabus Sackett goes where no europeans have gone before and makes the far blue mountains his home.
There are no cowboys yet just explorers and Indians.
Start with "Sacketts Land" and then move to "The Far Blue Mountains" and then "The Warriors Path" finishing up with "Jubal".
These are the stories that come during the earliest days of what we call America.
These stories will take you from old England to Carolina and the Tennessee hills.
Once you are hooked you will just keep on going down the line and the next story is "Ride The River" which takes place just prior to the Civil war.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
L'Amour is oustanding, no other writer has his attention to detail and imagery in their writings. Barnabas, Jeremy Ring, and others are once again beautifully presented and brought to life. definately a must read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fitzo5@home.com on April 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this novel some the best setting for stories are combines. The prisons of England, the high sea in the age of piracy, and the still wild American frontier. Here the author has created a masterpiece!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig D. on September 17, 2009
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This is, in effect, the sequel to Sackett's Land and continues the non-stop adventure of men who comprised our historical roots. Much of the story is unbelievable until you consider our contemporary "soft" perspective versus the immense physical hardships that early pioneers were dealt on a regular basis. As with other Sackett stories, the language can be a bit on the rough side (to match the rough characters in the stories), but not vulgar or profane. Also, the love that is depicted is pure, respectful, rather than eliciting base desires.

Also, there was nothing boring about the Audio Books version of the story. I drove 28 hours in 2 days by myself and did not get sleepy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria I. Sprinkle on March 11, 2009
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I am one quite taken with the early Sackett novels, and this is an excellent follow up story from Sackett's Land, the first in the series. It picks up where you left off and is filled with new and old characters alike. It completes Barnabas' story in a way that leaves you feeling quite proud of a dear friend you have followed through out the last few decades of his life. I love Louis L'Amours style of writing, not everything has a happy ending, but the endings fit the stories and characters, and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 5, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Dramatically narrated by John Curless, To The Far Blue Mountains is an flawlessly recorded audiobook presentation of yet another of Louis L'Amour's classic western novels featuring the hardy endurance of the Sackett clan as they addressed the challenges of life in the Old West. To The Far Blue Mountains follows Barnabas Sackett, who is on the run with his steadfast wife Abigail and his only escape is to the west. This is a superbly written adventure story of earning a life for oneself on the frontier, surviving all manner of hazards both human and environmental, and eventually prospering despite the hostilities of nature and man alike. To The Far Blue Mountains is an enthusiastically recommended audiobook for personal and community library collections!
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