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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553247611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553247619
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Range War. Utah Blaine had escaped from a Mexican prison and was headed north on foot when he came upon a hanging. The man in the noose was a tough old Texas rancher; the executioners were his own men turned against him, and Blaine stepped out of the shadows just in time to save a life. Now Blaine has a proposition: He'll ride to the rancher's land, take over as foreman of his outfit, and take on his enemies. Blaine is no stranger to fighting in another man's war, but soon enough he'll find a reason of his own: a cause worth dying for, and a woman worth living for...

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Range War. Utah Blaine had escaped from a Mexican prison and was headed north on foot when he came upon a hanging. The man in the noose was a tough old Texas rancher; the executioners were his own men turned against him, and Blaine stepped out of the shadows just in time to save a life. Now Blaine has a proposition: He'll ride to the rancher's land, take over as foreman of his outfit, and take on his enemies. Blaine is no stranger to fighting in another man's war, but soon enough he'll find a reason of his own: a cause worth dying for, and a woman worth living for...

Customer Reviews

A typical good western by Louis L'Amour.
B. C. Dutcher
Read the book on my Kindle and found it to be a really good story with good folks, A story that was easy to follow.
Freddie L. Bennett
He's a brilliant storyteller and accomplished writer.
Wayne Hastings

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bigbook on August 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
A great L'Amour title, originally published in 1954 under the name Jim Mayo. As he did so often, L'Amour takes a stock dime-western situation, the range war, and weaves his story telling magic! The title character, a legendary town tamer, is very well fleshed out as he attempts to keep a pack of land-grabbing jackals from dividing up two of the largest, richest cattle ranches in Arizona. First they murder the owners...then the gang comes gunning for Blaine! Solid plot, great dialogue and some of L'Amour's best descriptive passages painting the rugged beauty of the mountains and valleys of the American Southwest.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kay's Husband on August 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was originally published by Ace books back in 1954 under the name Jim Mayo, when Louis was bridging the pulp western magazines of the day, while later moving into his long running contract with Bantam Books. The setting of the book is central Arizona in the Verde River Valley, pretty much between Blood Basin and the Mazatzal Mountains.

For the time of its writing, Utah Blaine is a very good book both in style and content. In general the book tells the story of Joe Neal's 46 Connected ranch and range of 300,000 prize acres of rangeland, with approximately 50,000 head of cattle on that range. An unsuccessful attempt is made on Joe's life, and later he is killed. The playing out of all the bad guys against the good guys, which at times number only 3, is the matrix of this western.

I'm an inveterate western reader, and in my humble opinion a reader just has to 'suspend the ole disbelief' when reading these shoot-em-ups. Louis was one of the best of western writers, but he had some equals, and a few even better. One thing that I did not care for in this western is the name of Utah Blaine's eventual girlfriend/wife: Angie Kinyon; that name is too close for me at least, to the later Ange Kerry with Tell Sackett, in a couple later Sackett novels.

Also, after "Rip" Coker has been gunshot, suffering 11 wounds, he is sidelined from the story. And at book's ending, we still are not told whether "Rip", will live or die, although it seems that he will pull through. Coker, as a Ranger, also appears in several of the Chick Bowdre Texas Ranger stories, too.

Another item is the cache of supplies and ammunition, Utah says that they will be stashed in three separate locations, but never, ever, gives us more than the one original location at Cypress Butte.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Many Interests on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Yes, this book is a perfect starting point if you are new to Louis L'amour. How do I know? Because this is the book that started me reading Louis oh so many years ago when I was in the fourth grade.

Utah Blaine is all Louis L'amour. It is high-action, fast-paced, and just plain good story-telling.

You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This gunslinger doesn't take crap from anyone. Stuck in a middle of a range war, he delivers what others fear, his gun's fury. Although L'amour carries some unbelievable moments in this story, there is a fun flowing read to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lindner-PID Controls on January 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
I am a great fan of all things Louis L'Amour, however, in this, one of his earliest books, there are a few chronological errors. A bartender says he witnessed the Coffeyville Kansas raid by the Daltons, which happened in 1892. Later, the Johnson County War and Nate Champion are mentioned. This also happened in 1892. This would tend to set the timeframe of Utah Blaine around that time. However, when describing one of the gunslingers hired to kill Blaine, he is said to have fought in the Mason County War and the Shelbyville War. Actual happenings, google them. The Mason County war took place in 1876, and the Shelbyville war in 1840, both in Texas. This would put the gunslinger around age late 60's or into his 70's. Since they are actual range wars, L'Amour probably used them as filler, not thinking a purist like me would catch the discrepancy. In his later novels, L'Amour is extremely accurate in his descriptions, but in this one he fell short. He still remains one of the best storytellers ever. This error is like that of John Wayne's movie, The Comancheros, which takes place 4 years after the Alamo, in 1840, but everyone has Winchester rifles and Colt 6-shooters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Latour07 on September 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Very American spirited book, which helps us to better understand the values of American opportunism, based on justice and the fact that entrepreneurs should not only assure it but could succeed as well. The story is well written. A nice western.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmford on April 7, 2014
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is exactly what i ordered. worked perfectly as i hoped and was cheaper that chain or department stores here in town. thank you
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Utah Blaine saves an old ranch owner from being lynched. The lynchers were just killing the old man to steal his land and cattle.
So the old rancher makes Utah a deal. If he will take over as ranch foreman while the old man go's elsewhere to wait out the results, then Utah can get enough land to start his own ranch. Blaine will have full authority written and signed by the rancher to handle it any way he thinks best.
So Utah agrees. And thus he walks into a hornet's nest where almost everyone in the surrounding area wanted to see the old rancher dead so they could get some of the best land in the county and or to steal the cattle.
It's an old fashioned shootemup. I found it lots of fun. Perhaps not as sophisticated as some of Mr. L'Amour's later work but well worth "riding the river" with him to hear this yarn.
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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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