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Westward the Tide [Kindle Edition]

Louis L'Amour
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Matt Bardoul was a good man to have as a friend and a bad one to make trouble with. He was also a single-minded drifter—until he met his match in an outspoken beauty named Jacquine Coyle. She was headed into the Bighorn Mountains with her father and an expedition in search of gold. After Matt signs on to join them, he discovers that there is a group of outlaws in the party—gunfighters and thieves that Matt wouldn’t trust for a minute. At first it’s unclear what they are planning, but before long Matt realizes that he’s the only man standing between innocent people and a brutal conspiracy of greed, lust, and cold-blooded murder.


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Die Rich. The promise was gold, a lot of it, waiting in the Big Horn Mountains. The plan was to head out with a handpicked party and nothing but the best in wagons, stock, and goods. Matt Bardoul bought in because the girl he wanted was there. But the tall, rugged man in buckskin sensed there was something wrong even before someone tried to warn him off--and someone else tried to gun him down. Sure enough, as the wagon train journeys westward, a deadly plot unfolds. Now Bardoul is the only man standing between innocent people and a brutal conspiracy of greed, lust, and cold-blooded murder.

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Die Rich. The promise was gold, a lot of it,  waiting in the Big Horn Mountains. The plan was to  head out with a handpicked party and nothing but the  best in wagons, stock, and goods. Matt Bardoul  bought in because the girl he wanted was there. But  the tall, rugged man in buckskin sensed there was  something wrong even before someone tried to warn  him off--and someone else tried to gun him down.  Sure enough, as the wagon train journeys westward, a  deadly plot unfolds. Now Bardoul is the only man  standing between innocent people and a brutal  conspiracy of greed, lust, and cold-blooded murder.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2122 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553247662
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (December 2, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJDS4
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my most favorite Louis L'Amour westerns! February 8, 2002
Format:Paperback
Just one look at the beautiful and spirited Jacquine Coyle and Matt Bardoul knew that she was the woman for him. So when he finds out that she and her father and brother are planning to go on a wagon train, he decides to go along too. When he first learns about the wagon train heading for the rich pasture of the Big Horns and the gold which would be plentiful there, he finds nothing wrong. But soon he starts getting an uneasy feeling that something is definitely wrong. The wagon train would be made up of strong and innocent men and their families but they would be lead by a pack of the worst murderers, thieves, and gunslingers. Though Bardoul gets and urgently whispered message telling him not to go, he is still determined to go on the train because of Jacquine and the land at Big Horns. Bardoul doesn't realize that he is getting involved in a very deadly plot where the bad guys would stop at nothing to make sure everything goes according to their plans. Will Bardoul be able to figure out their plans before it's too late?
I just love Louis L'Amour's westerns and "Westward the Tide" has got to be one of his bests ever! With plenty of intrigue, suspense, action, and romance, for any L'Amour fan this is a must read. One of the best things I like about this book are the characters which are portrayed. Characters like Matt Bardoul, Jacquine Coyle, Brian Coyle, Clive Massey, Buffalo Murphy, Logan Deane, Ban Hardy, Portugee Philips, and more, L'Amour wonderfully displays the different types of people who made up the American frontier.
Other L'Amour books I highly recommend are: All of the Sackett books, including my most favorites, "Jubal Sackett" and "Galloway, "North to the Rails", "Broken Gun", "Crossfire Trail", and "Comstock Lode".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Westward The Tide November 29, 1999
Format:Paperback
Westward The Tide is perhaps one of the best books written by L'Amour, while reading this book, I found it really hard to put it down. The gold, the girl, and the setting are perfect for alot of excitment and danger. If you are a Louis L'Amour fan and you haven't read this book I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debut Novel? July 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been a Louis L'Amour fan since I was a kid. The Burning Hills hooked me on this author. While reading, Westward the Tide, I discovered that this was Mr. L'Amour's first novel published, in England, in 1950. This is one of the best books I've read topped only be Matt Reilly's Ice Station. Non-stop action and some of the most memorable quotes being several paragraphs long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story June 3, 2008
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L'Amour does it again. Not only a captivating, well-written story but he shares a bit of history from the physical location of the story. Much overlooked, L'Amour is a tremendous writer who can create character, plot and drama in an efficient and exciting way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some Realism Please October 30, 2014
By Glenn
Format:Paperback
Some realism please. Oxen leaning into their traces? (they have yokes). Indians turning in their saddle? Matt Bardoul, shot in the head, cuts out the bullet in the back of his head and then kills all the bad guys? Four wolves bring down a calf, and then run away from Mr. Matt?
I know that they are going to be the same story, but a little realism would have been helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Westward The Tide November 29, 1999
Format:Paperback
Westward The Tide is perhaps one of the best books written by L'Amour, while reading this book, I found it really hard to put it down. The gold, the girl, and the setting are perfect for alot of excitment and danger. If you are a Louis L'Amour fan and you haven't read this book I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue In the Gold Country September 4, 2009
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Matt Bourdoul joined a wagon train because the beautiful Jacquine Coyle and her family would be traveling on it. He knows there is something wrong because they are going to the gold country. Matt feels the danger and he must find out the plans of this wagon train before it is too late. Louis L'Amour is very descriptive of the setting and his characters. He paints a vivid story of danger, intrigue, and adventure. This is one of his best books. By Ruth Thompson author of "The Bluegrass Dream"
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4.0 out of 5 stars None of them are supposed to come back alive March 16, 2015
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Matt Bardoul is warned about joining the wagon train by a mysterious voice in the stable, ". . . none of them are supposed to come back alive." But Matt has seen the saucy and attractive Jacquine Coyle who is going and is not to be deterred. This is a classic early Louis L'Amour novel of bad and good guys, Very enjoyable.
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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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