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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (May 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553258079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553258073
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Logan Cates knew the many ways the Arizona desert could kill a man. He had ridden the sunblasted dunes, tracked the Apache over barren lava beds, sheltered in the dry washes of this forbidding land. Above all, he knew a man needed water to survive. Cates rode to Papago Wells a few miles ahead of an Apache war party led by the vicious Churupati. There he met a dozen desert wanderers whom chance had led to the only water between Yuma and hell. There they came under siege by the Indians. And there they would make their stand--with little hope of living beyond the next day and only a hard man named Logan Cates to show them how to conquer their true enemy: fear.

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Logan Cates knew the many ways the Arizona desert could kill a man.  He had ridden the sunblasted dunes, tracked the Apache over barren lava beds, sheltered in the dry washes of this forbidding land.  Above all, he knew a man needed water to survive.  Cates rode to Papago Wells a few miles ahead of an Apache war party led by the vicious Churupati.  There he met a dozen desert wanderers whom chance had led to the only water between Yuma and hell.  There they came under siege by the Indians.  And there they would make their stand--with little hope of living beyond the next day and only a hard man named Logan Cates to show them how to conquer their true enemy: fear.

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Very easy reading book.
Buz
A good script for a movie production.
Michael Raphael Douglas
It is a Louis L'Amour book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on January 6, 2002
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"Last Stand at Papago Wells," by Louis L'Amour, takes place in the western Arizona desert not long after the end of the American Civil War. As the story unfolds, a diverse group of individuals converge on the reservoir of the book's title, where they face the fury of an Indian force led by a half-Yaqui, half-Apache bandit.
I have been aware of Louis L'Amour's position as a literary phenomenon for some time; according to the author bio at the end of this book, he wrote more than 100 books (his first full-length novel being published in 1953). "Last Stand" is the first L'Amour book I have read.
"Last Stand" is a solid adventure. L'Amour fills the narrative with intriguing details, and creates a powerful portrait of the land itself. I really got a sense of the danger posed both by the harsh environment and the equally harsh human beings who populate the region. One might say that the ancient, unforgiving desert is the most significant "character" in the book.
The characters include Logan Cates, an archetypal rugged hero ("a man without illusions, without wealth, place or destination"); Grant Kimbrough, a former Confederate colonel who has become a dissolute gambler; Jennifer Fair, the rebellious daughter of an important rancher; Timothy Sheehan, "leather-hard and leather tough," an immigrant and veteran soldier; and others.
There is plenty of action and suspense. Yes, some of the dialogue is corny, and some of the plot is predictable. The story has the overall feel of a morality fable. All in all, a compelling tale of greed and adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Douglas Cloud on April 8, 2014
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This is another riveting novel by Louis L'Amour. He proves again that a great story can be told without the sex and vulgar language found in so many novels.
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Diverse parties of white men and women converge at an isolated water hole in the Arizona desert and battle Apaches, the elements, thirst and each other. Hero Logan Cates takes charge of the small band of whites who bicker among themselves between Indian attacks and his leadership is what keeps them alive through the tortuous days and nights as they are pinned down by an unseen but determined enemy. The characters are detailed and the author gives them their own personalities and strange quirks that make the story believable. A good, quick read by Louis L'Amour.
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Logan Cates knew the Arizona Desert; he knew the fear it caused the inexperienced or the foolish veteran especially when the water-hole you expected to have water was dry. The worst though were the Apaches who roamed the region. When a group of travelers become besieged by a band of Indians at Papago Wells, the fight is not only with the Indians but with each other--as there are secrets to be revealed among them. A typical L'Amour story full of action and mystery worth having.
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OK, it is one of L'Amour's classic 'Oat Operas'. The views of the hero, his opinions, strengths and skills are ones I either share or wish I shared. I am not a fan of the "anti-hero" and apparently, neither was L'Amour. A great read for those who appreciate the frontier folks and prefer their values to what passes as values to the modern idea of what men are.

I you are a fan you have probably already read it, if you haven't you should read it. If you've never read L'Amour, I'd recommend Bendigo Shafter and Cherokee Trail first but everything of his is great. If totally new, grab one of his short story collections for an easy introduction.
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By Buz on March 23, 2014
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Very easy reading book. Typical Louis Louis L'Amour book. Plenty of action. Recommended if you like this style of Western.
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I wouldn't change anything in this book. I liked the way the Indians were described.
Louis always gave them praise.
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By ST on December 23, 2013
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One of his best

Got it all, good guys, bad guys, realistic desert conditions, plus the good guy wins and rides off with the girl!
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