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Mojave Crossing (Sacketts, No. 9) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1985

4.7 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews
Book 9 of 17 in the Sacketts Series

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Tell Sackett was packing thirty pounds of gold and no worries--until he got to the ferry at the Colorado. Trouble found him there. It looked like a black-eyed woman, pretty as a young filly and a hundred times more set to buck any man. It looked like a gang of hardcases with ideas about other folks' gold. And trouble looked like the other side of the river--the hottest, driest, most brutal desert on the continent.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (September 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553276808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553276800
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mojave Crossing" by Louis L'Amour is part of the "Sacketts" series. It is told in the first person narrative and contains almost non-stop action. The reader is brought into the "Old West" in this historic fiction novel.
Tell Sacket was heading toward Los Angeles when he meets a black-eyed woman that seemed to be pursued by a gang of men. She is an excellent characterization of a woman that uses her looks to manipulate men in the business of temptation. Hesitantly, he agrees to take her with him, which gets him tangled in a heap of trouble.
The vivid description of what the West was like includes the way they talked, dressed, and the landscape itself. The reader also learns about deserts and practical tips on how to survive in them. You can read this in order as part of the Sackett series, or only this single volume. Either way, it is sure to be an enjoyable and entertaining reading adventure.
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William Tell Sackett is not my favorite of the Sackett fellas. There's something about him that annoys me; maybe it's all the stupid decisions he makes, like wandering through the desert with no water and no exact idea of where water can be found. Why didn't he double back and get behind the crooks following him? It's the little things that make or break a man. I know I definitely wouldn't hire Tell to be my guide through the west.

I spent three-quarters of the book wondering where Tell's gal disappeared to, even though I don't like Ange and wasn't put out by not reading about her. I thought I had messed up the chronology of the series but then, near the end of the story, L'Amour explains her absence. It would've been nice to know that information earlier.

The biggest appeal (for me) about this story is that one of the antagonists is a female, the first time we've seen L'Amour break the "girls are sugar and spice" ideology (and her involvement is obvious so this isn't a spoiler). And it was a pretty good crime too, if only she'd gotten away with it.

We also meet Nolan Sackett in this story and hear about him being an outlaw. What all has ol' Nolan done, to be branded an outlaw? That's a story I'd like to read.
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"Mojave Crossing" by Louis L'Amour is about a man Tell Sackett who crosses the Mojave desert which really got me interested in the book. This western novel from beginning of the book to the end had nonstop action. I have read many Louis L'Amour novels and this along with "Flint" are my favorite. L'Amour is a a very consistant writer and I am sure that once you read one you can't stop.
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I am glad that some of the Sackett Series focus on Tell Sackett, the oldest of the five boys in Jubal's Family; his sons are William "Tell," Orrin, Tyrel, and two younger brothers are miner characters in the series.

No one has told Tell about Orrin's marriage to Laura Pritts, which this too leads big-hearted Tell into a snare much worse than the black-eyed witch woman in this book. He does get to meet one of his cousins, Nolan, who is not a good guy to run into, but keep in mind that Sackett blood runs deeper than creak water!

Read and enjoy!
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This July, 1964, western novel transports the reader to the years 1875-1879 with a trip through the Mojave desert into Los Angeles, California. The route Tell Sackett takes out of Hardyville, Arizona Territory, leads him to Piute Wash and Rock Spring, then south to Black Canyon, then south to Granite Well, then southwest to Willow Spring and the Sheep Hole Mountains, with a side trip to Hidden Valley, then into Los Angeles (or "the Pueblo" as it was then known).

Once there he stays at Pico House, an 1870 style, 3 story high, blue granite hotel on the corner of Main and Plaza. Along the way Tell meets up with Nolan Sackett and till book's end, though they are related cousins from Tennessee, seem to be on opposite sides. This book doesn't show Nolan at his best until he decides to side with his cousin.

Louis L'Amour also gives us much collateral information along the way such as the place known as La Nopalera or as 'The Catus Patch' area being today's Hollywood, and Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas being modern day Beverly Hills. Rodeo drive did originally see many rodeos in its area. He also mentions the town of San Bernardino as originally being a Mormon town, and interestingly Big Horn Sheep are not sheep at all, but in the deer family.

In Tell's journey we get this guided tour of a trail to Los Angeles, meet a woman who could be called a witch, seek to recapture stolen gold from Tell, and discover gold from a retired pirate, and meet several down right mean and ornery killers. In several scenes the past comes unexpectedly rushing back to haunt William Tell Sackett in both people and locale.

This book once listed as number 6 in the Sackett series, is now listed in THE SACKETT COMPANION: A PERSONAL GUIDE TO THE SACKETT NOVELS by Louis as number 9.
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It's especially nice if you can read them in order but once you have, you can read them anyway you find them. I really like the bits of real history included in the stories. And also the survival tips that you'll find in many of his stories that could save your life even today. Especially if you are a hunter or camper or just enjoy hiking in wild lonely wilderness areas. But even if you aren't an outdoor person, you'll enjoy his stories.
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