Louis L’Amour is famous as a western writer. Strictly speaking, this not a western in the traditional sense. It is much closer to the historical novels of James Fenmore Cooper than to a shoot em up western. There are no cowboys, no rustlers, no sheriffs or large herds of cattle. None the less, this is a great story. L’Amour paints a picture of the America as it must have been when settlers first arrived here. Besides it’s also full of adventure and a finely tuned romance.