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The Burning Hills: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Louis L'Amour
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Book Description

Wounded, dehydrated, and escaping and violent feud with the men of Bob Sutton’s ranch, Trace Jordan is near collapse when he descends from the heat of the desert into a cool, secluded canyon. He wakes to find a beautiful woman gently caring for his injuries. Maria Cristina and her family have also suffered at the hands of Sutton and his men. The experience has left her hostile and defiant. But Jordan sees another side of Maria, and the more time they spend together, the greater his concern for her safety becomes. Sutton’s men are watching and waiting for him to show himself. If he escapes, Maria will be left behind to face their brutality. But if he convinces her to join him, he will be leading her into a heat-blasted, waterless desert. And if that doesn’t kill them, the Apaches will.

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From the Inside Flap

Man on the run...

Badly wounded, fleeing from his implacable enemies, Trace Jordan tried to escape into the burning heat of the Texas Flat. There, in an isolated homestead, he found safety... and Maria Cristina, the extraordinary woman who nursed him back to health.

But it was inevitable that his pursuers would find him. When they did, Trace knew it would be deadly foolish to take Maria Cristina with him... and maybe worse to leave her behind. It had been simple before--run or die. Now Trace Jordan had a hard choice to make. What would he do? What could he do?

About the Author

Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and women who settled the American frontier. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print around the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2181 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009IIM5IK
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 2, 2004)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1AH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE BURNING HILLS was released in August, 1956, after both HONDO and GUNS OF THE TIMBERLANDS and offers excellent example of the early western writings of Louis L'Amour. Yet, for me, the book remains one of the better novels Mr. L'Amour wrote.

The main protagonist, Trace Jordan, a horse trapper has been forced to kill a man. Suffering an incapacitating wound and hunted by a posse including an able tracker, Trace Jordan requires the essential help and care of the woman named Maria Cristina. She is a wonderful central female character, one as untamed as any in western literature, and one of the better ones Louis L'Amour ever brought to life.

Another strong character in this book is Jacob Lantz, a "Dutch-Indian" tracker who could and did trail renegade Apaches successfully. A man who truly enjoyed his work very much, and his professionalism equaled his enjoyment. Jacob was the son of a Dutch trader, his mother a Ute squaw, and it was stated Lantz tracked with his "mind as well as his senses". Trace Jordan is both a wounded and trapped man and only the mercy of Maria Christina can help save him--for Jacob Lantz certainly means not to.

A movie based on this book was later made too but as usual it fell far short of reaching the drama and tension present in Louis L'Amour's written novel. Should you enjoy Louis L'Amour books, especially early L'Amour books, consider this short book as it will offer a few hours of solid reading. And after this one you only have 110 or so books of his left to read!

Though Louis L'Amour died in June, 1988, he left us many worthy books to read and re-read. Grab one pardner while they are yet available.

Semper Fi.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story. April 10, 2013
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I have always a big western story reader and I have never found any writer as good or as factual as Louis Lamour. I have most of his books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Burning Hills July 5, 2013
By Owen
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Another Louis L Amour classic western this would have to rate with many of the other
western novels that he wrote the story-line is excitng once you start reading it is hard
to put down well recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western May 13, 2013
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as usual Lamour is a great read with passages and discriptions that bring you to the west and the western frontier and way of life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action western April 25, 2013
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Excellent and riveting

I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book and wish it was just a little bit longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of L'Amour's better stories May 25, 2014
By Captain
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I like L'Amour's early works. They vary from the usual template he developed later in his career. I've always been interested in early works by well known authors and this one is superlative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Burning Hills March 1, 2013
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Great story, makes me want to vist the area where the author wrote the story about. It's a classic cowboy story by Loius l'Amour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it December 6, 2013
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I love Louius' stories My plan to read all the stories in order of the year printed. It may take a while but I don't mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Story Teller
I've been reading his books since I was a young teen. It's like talking with an old friend every time I pick up another book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tony Mobley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 20 days ago by traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A thoroughly enjoyable tale of the Wes
Published 22 days ago by Christina M. Riveland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Burning Hills
I liked the exciting action and the suspense. We'll written as all his stories are. Also a little romance, always nice, makes the tough guy more human.
Published 2 months ago by rita dunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Love in the cactus patch
Typical western...
Published 2 months ago by janesshep
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written!
Published 2 months ago by James O'Grady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story with vivid descriptions of the West.
Published 2 months ago by S. Colson
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book!
This was a very good book, keeping me very much involved.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine novel of a not-exactly innocent man working his way ...
A fine novel of a not-exactly innocent man working his way out of a tense situation. Trace Jordan is guilty of his actions, yet was totally justified. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Luster
5.0 out of 5 stars honest and honorable men
Great read true L'Amour fashion. The heroes are always straight shooting who respect their fellow man. Very relaxing and enjoyable story line
Published 3 months ago by Madison Ledford
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More About the Author

"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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