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To Tame a Land [Kindle Edition]

Louis L'Amour
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rye Tyler was twelve when his father was killed in an Indian raid. Taken in by a mysterious stranger with a taste for books and an instinct for survival, Rye is schooled in the hard lessons of life in the West. But after killing a man, he is forced to leave his new home. He rides lonely mountain passes and works on dusty cattle drives until he finds a job breaking horses. Then he meets Liza Hetrick, and in her eyes he sees his future. After establishing himself as marshal of Alta, he returns, only to discover that Liza has been kidnapped. Tracking her to Robbers’ Roost, Rye is forced to face the man who taught him all he knows about books, guns, and friendship. Two old friends—one woman: Who will walk away?

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A harsh and deadly land...

Rye Tyler was twelve when he saw his father cut down in an Indian raid. Taken in by a mysterious stranger with a taste for Shakespeare and an instinct for survival, Rye is schooled in the lessons of a hard country. Then tragedy forces him to live a loner's life in a wild land of canyons and buttes, and on dust-choked cattle trails.

But his skill with a gun has earned Rye a bloody reputation he can't escape. Though he's become the law in a lawless town, he had hoped for a better life with the beautiful Liza Hetrick. When Liza is taken away and held in a mountain-girded outlaw fortress, Rye must face his deadliest enemy--the very man who taught Rye about manhood, friendship...and the ways of a gunman.

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About the Author

Louis L’Amour is undoubtedly the bestselling frontier novelist of all time. He is the only American-born author in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of his life's work. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2232 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553806491
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553280317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553280319
  • ASIN: B000FCK0H6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Louis March 21, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I was just a little boy... My cousin gave me a box set of five Louis L'Amour books and To Tame a Land was the first one I read. It was also the first book I remember reading that was not written for children and it hooked me. Completely.
An epic story with a moral but deadly hero, To Tame a Land tells the story of a boy orphaned on a wagon train headed west. With natural skill and the luck of Raggedy Andy he grows into a gunfighter as fast as John Wesley Hardin, a bronc buster, a gold miner, a card sharp and a cattle driver. The story starts with a sad little boy and ends with man fighting for the woman he loves. Corny Cliches - sure - but this book captures the language and feel of the old west. Scratch that - it DEFINES the old west as we all know it. I re-read the book recently and twenty years later it still works (although it seemed awfully short the second time around...).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his Best!! April 26, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read almost all of L'Amour's books and to this day find them very enjoyable to re-read. I have passed these books onto my sons and they too have been spellbound by his great story telling. Some berate his style of writing, however I would much more enjoy this style than of the more current blood and gore of the modern writer.

This story of Rye Tyler is a classic, being on his own from a young age, learning about life the hard way, growing up in the wild country, falling in love and betrayal of a friend.

What more could you ask for!! READ THIS BOOK!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Boyhood to Manhood....A tale of revenge and romance February 11, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ryan Tyler was a boy when his father got killed by marauding indians and was then left alone, without a father or family. In steps Logan Pollard, a loner and a drifter without ties to anyone or anybody. The moment they meet their lives change forever. To Tame a Land has got to be one of the best books L'Amour wrote. The plot is tight and fast moving and the chapters are woven seemlessly together. The characters are diverse and complicated, while Ryan Tyler's character is tough, hard, and sad all at once. If you are a person who loves action and adventure, then pick this one up. As soon as you open the book, you will be transported to a time where a romance was pure and danger was real. A time when good prevailed against evil and your friends are what stood between you and death. If you have nothing to do on a weekend, or are longing to be transported from the day to day grind of life in the new millenium, then pick this one up amigo, you will not regret the time spent reading this book. So, cinch up your saddle and reload your pistol because you are on your way to a fast paced ride through the west.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
- "Rye... Know who you killed?"
- "A horse thief."
- "You killed Rice Wheeler, the Panhandle gunman."
- "He should have stayed in the Panhandle."

Ryan Tyler never wanted no trouble, but he never backed down from a fight, either. At age twelve he watched his Pa killed by Indians, and - after getting a measure of payback from them Indians - Rye has fended for himself ever since. Oh, there was a time when this mysterious gent took him under his wing, educated him on the value of books, learned him on the ways to survive the harshness and lawlessness of the West. But, just when Rye had it figured he'd found a home, he killed a man and was forced to leave town. He was only 15 then. He was already building a reputation.

TO TAME A LAND, a book that's over fifty years old, reads like a bullet and I would say that it's one of Louis L'Amour's best, except that he'd written so many addictive, rip-roaring novels, it's a damn chore and a half doing a list of his "best of." Like most of his stuff, this novel is spare and lean and it's like a time travel experience. TO TAME A LAND plants you right there, right next to Rye Tyler in the prairie dust and the trail sweat and the gun fumes. Rye is a dangerous gun fighter but a reluctant one, and his contemplative reserve and his constant striving to better himself, it makes him a really likable protagonist. But it doesn't hurt that he can shuck leather faster than anyone, this marvelous Colorado gun hand, with Plutarch in his saddlebags and that blazing gun in his holster. The book ends with Rye just around 21 years old. It's been a violent coming-of-age.

There's a sprawling feel here, mostly because, up until the final third of the book, Rye never could settle down to one place.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To Tame A Land December 10, 1999
By Mandy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book had one of the best plots of any Louis L'Amour books you'll ever read. Louis L'Amour does a graet job of getting the readers attention and keeping it throughout the book. The author discribes the setting so well, it feels like you are there. My only dislike of this book would be that the author skips around from subject to subject, but it did make the story make sence. I think anyone with a sense of adventure or anyone that likes western books would like this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, seamless story... June 27, 2007
I have to admit this is my first Louis L'Amour book I've read. I remember my dad used to read L'Amour, besides the sports page it's the only thing I ever saw him read. I loved it and read it in two sittings. I just couldn't put it down. It flows so smoothly, almost like he wrote it in one sitting. It's a coming of age story for Ryan Tyler orphaned at the age of twelve after an Indian raid as his family is stranded from the wagon train with a broken wheel. The story never loses your attention. I loved this book and look forward to reading more of L'Amour.
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