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The Sacketts Volume One 5-Book Bundle: Sackett's Land, To the Far Blue Mountains, The Warrior's Path, Jubal Sackett, Ride the River Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00IWSZMMS
- Publisher : Bantam (April 7, 2014)
- Publication date : April 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6455 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1549 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,972 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Louis L'Amour was not one of the most technical or long-winded writers, he was short, succinct, and to the point and had a way that grabs you into the story immediately. The descriptions of the scenery, events, people, and situations made you feel as if you were right there living it side-by-side with his characters.
With the first five books of the series, you not only have the classic Louis L'Amour situations with the good guy fighting the bad guy, a life-threatening conflict, the good guy wins and gets the girl, you also get more of a historical educational aspect of the life and times of late 1500 – 1600’s England and the New World.
As I type this review, this combination of the five stories is priced at $22.99, compared to $5.99 each if you bought them on a standalone basis in the Kindle format: the $22.99 for all five is a good value vs. approximately $30 on an individual basis - you'll get a lot more than $22.99 of entertainment out of these!
Sackett's Land. I last read this book over three decades ago; I feared it wouldn't hold up to my memories. I needn't have feared as there is a reason this is a classic. While this has the feel of a Western (intrepid young hero, beautiful girl, vile villains, fights, wild frontier), the primary characters are English, the frontier is the unexplored North Carolina coast, the fights use Elizabethan weapons, and the "steeds" are ships.
Never fear, the language used is modern English, not Elizabethan, and the tale is a rollicking good one. You know that our hero will prevail (in what L'Amour book does he not?) so the question is how. When this was originally published, books in the series that happened chronologically later had been written, so this is filling in the background to the Sackett family.
I still love the book, not just because of the notion that the coastline of the Carolinas is wild frontier, but because of the independence of the main character. Barnabas is a clue to the Sacketts in the later books.
To the Far Blue Mountains. This book continues the story of Barnabas Sackett and introduces his sons Kin, Yance, and Jubal Sackett who show up in later books in the series. People familiar with North Carolina will recognize Native American tribe names and landmarks.
The story is a good one. I thought the second sight incidents were interesting as foreshadowing. I will issue a tissue warning.
The Warrior's Path. This book follows the story of Kin-Ring Sackett. With him the reader travels north to New England and later to Port Royal, Jamaica. All along there is an interesting cast of characters. While this is historical fiction, it feels like a Western, so you have a strong feeling that the hero will triumph. It is the path that matters.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Jubal Sackett. This falls in the category of "historical fiction," but in all honesty, I did have trouble suspending disbelief in some parts. I wanted to believe, I tried to believe, and yet ... Still for the most part it is romping good fun. The fun far outweighed the "nooooo" moments.
Ride the River. This was a different turn for L'Amour as the lead is Echo Sackett, a young woman. She's competent, feminine enough, and knowledgeable. Yes, she ends up getting help from some of the descendants of Yance Sackett, but it was reasonable given the situation.
I also like how it ties into the Chantry series (which I need to pick up, too.)
The verdict? I think if you like Westerns, even though these books takes place primarily in North Carolina and Tennessee, you'll enjoy them thoroughly. The collection is a convenient way to pick up the five books. And in another decade I may find myself reading them again. It is truly an enjoyable collection