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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307914925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307914927
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the edge of the frontier, boomtowns like Confusion sprang up overnight. Here honest men came to work the mines, while thieves, gamblers and outlaws worked on them. But in Confusion there was more at stake than law and order--the mines themselves were the target of a violent plot. Matt Coburn had cleaned up tough towns before, but he wanted no part of Confusion. Too many enemies knew he was there, too many lies had been told. Now there's only one way out of Confusion for Coburn--a path of honor that could cost him his life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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On the edge of the frontier, boomtowns like Confusion sprang up overnight. Here honest men came to work the mines, while thieves, gamblers and outlaws worked on them. But in Confusion there was more at stake than law and order--the mines themselves were the target of a violent plot. Matt Coburn had cleaned up tough towns before, but he wanted no part of Confusion. Too many enemies knew he was there, too many lies had been told. Now there's only one way out of Confusion for Coburn--a path of honor that could cost him his life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This book was hard to put down as it kept me reading even after my usual bedtime.
Dave Martin
Matt must make up his mind whether to forget about the whole matter and just leave, or to make Confusion into a good town. "The Empty Land" is a great book.
Priscilla Stafford
Louis Lamour is without doubt in my mind the ultimate story teller of the Old West.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
At first Matt Coburn is reluctant to do just that, to clean up the town of Confusion, Utah, a boom town over-run by the most dangerous men, every kind of gunman, drygulcher, outlaw, tin horn, and murderer. But he knows that no one else is up to the task, most of the town people believe that there must be another way to clean up the town without killings. Laurie Shannon is one of these people, a ranch owner, who is attracted to Matt yet doesn't want him to get involved. But there are others who knows that if the killers in the town aren't killed, more innocent people will be killed. Madge Healy is one of these people, who is being hunted down by Willard & Kingsbury who want her claims and would even have a woman killed to have it. Matt must make up his mind whether to forget about the whole matter and just leave, or to make Confusion into a good town.
"The Empty Land" is a great book. Where as most of Louis L'Amour's books it was easy to guess which girl the main character was going to get, but I couldn't figure out if Matt was going to love Laurie or Madge. But you'll have to read the book yourself to find out. I also love the book how it explains like most of L'Amour's book that the main character is always at the same time doesn't want to kill anyone, he always knows when it is necessary to stop the bad guys.
For those people who want to start reading Louis L'Amour books, I suggest you read the Sackett series which I think are the best of Louis L'Amour, besides also "Crossfire Trail", one of my favorites!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Matt Coburn is a tough man on the side of the law, to some, he is a hero and to others he is just a killer on the right side of the killing equation. When a small group of men discover gold, the boomtown of Confusion is born with all the attractions of a rough town. The toughest of criminal elements moves in and when the appointed town marshal is killed and it appears that lawlessness will win out, the hero in Matt is too strong for him to resist. For he knows that if he does not step in and kill the worst of the lot, the town will be destroyed and he simply will not stand back and allow that to happen.
This is one of the best written of L'Amour's westerns, he goes to great lengths to explain the situation as well as the mentality of the principal characters. There are climactic action scenes and the stage has been set in meticulous detail so that the speed of completion is preferred rather than lamented. In my opinion, this is the second best western novel ever written, trailing only "Shane."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Action packed book depicting the taming of a murderous wild west mining town by a gunfighter. Two conniving financiers who try to swindle a former child actress of her inheritance and the woman's efforts to outwit them, add to the plot. In the relationship between Matt Coburn and a ranch girl who wants to marry him, there's an attempt to explore the psychology of a gunfighter when he tries to reconcile his way of life with the normal world.
All in all, a memorable western!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pace on August 12, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
Matt Coburn, the main character of this story, has a reputation as a gunfighter. The bad guys hate him and even some of the good guys hate him. He has been known to clean up towns before and the town of "Confusion" desparately needs his help! He struggles with his desire to leave and avoid gunshed, and his desire to help the town's people. He also struggles between the love of two different ladies. The end is action packed and of course he wins...or does he? You will have to read this one to find out, and I suggest you get it and read it, or face Matt Coburn yourself!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Notice: "To Thieves, Murderers, and Short-Card Artists;
You are no longer welcome in Confusion.
Those listed below can get out or shoot it out,
and start any time they are ready."

In western Utah lies the raucous boom town of Confusion, a place where lawlessness has had its way and the good people can only look on in horror. Confusion, site of the latest gold rush, is days old only and composed of tents and quickly nailed-up frame buildings. The prospect of gold will draw in the honest, hard-working sorts, but also them wild elements. Restless drifter and notorious gunfighter Matt Coburn was only passing thru and didn't want no part of Confusion. But he's got a reputation for cleaning up ornery towns, and when push came to shove, he didn't have it in him to turn his back on something that desperately needed doin'. Now Matt Coburn, reluctant town tamer, wears a badge in Confusion and staring down all sorts of mean pistoleros, knife artists, cardsharps, claim jumpers, and drygulchers. Matt Coburn is calling himself all kinds of fool.

The blurb on the back of my battered paperback touts it as a "hairtrigger action western," and that's no fib. THE EMPTY LAND is one of Louis L'Amour's most exciting novels. That's saying something because this author's stories are never ever these sluggish melodramas. No, his yarns are lean and action-packed. They are hellaciously good reads. This time out, L'Amour seems to write with even greater urgency. He provides fascinating insight into how a boom town is established. He delves into the steps required to transform a reckless boom town into a decent and thriving community.

Running parallel to the narrative's breakneck suspense is a thoughtful examination of the ethics of killing.
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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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