Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2018
This 12 book bundle contains the following novels.
The Daybreakers. What a story! I read this decades ago when I was in high school; it was my introduction to Westerns. I loved it then and I love it now. In the Sackett series, this introduces my favorite Sacketts, Tyrel and Orrin (Tell is mentioned).
This book has it all: Bad Guys (and Gal), Good Guys, Guys Who Choose Wrongly, and True Love. Since I moved to Texas and had the opportunity to see New Mexico, I can see how well L'Amour described the land. It was a different time with different attitudes and L'Amour makes the reader see that clearly.
If you've never read a Western, then this is the perfect introduction to the genre. It is well worth reading. Five stars.
Lando. This Western starts out in Tennessee and moves west. It's theme seems to be revenge and it is explored in several ways. Sadly, I don't think the character of Lando was as well developed as the Sacketts were in the earlier novels. However, the character of the Tinker was rich with hints about his past. The mystery behind Falcon Sackett was also nicely created. Those and a racing mule raised the book above the average Western.
Fans of Louis L'Amour will like this book. Fans of the Sackett series will want it. Four stars.
Sackett. I really enjoyed this book. It is far more complex than the movie would suggest. Tell Sackett is a thoughtful man who considers honor and duty. He also has thoughts about the effects of literacy. It is this that makes it a classic Western and raises it well above the average.
If you want to introduce someone to the Western genre, this would be a good entry point. Five stars.
Mojave Crossing. Tell Sackett is one of my favorites of the Sacketts, so I was delighted to see him as the lead in this book. The book was full of tiny twists, including adding a new Sackett to the list: Nolan Sackett, a gunfighter for hire. There is a love story -- or is it a betrayal? I'm not going to tell here! Read the book!
If you like Westerns, you'll like this one. Five stars.
The Sackett Brand. Tell Sackett has finally married Ange, his own true love. They are heading west to start their own life together. However, Tell is nearly murdered and returns to find his wife gone without a trace.
I hated some of the story, because I wanted a happy ending for Tell and Ange and that wasn't to be (she is found murdered -- this happens early in the book, so I'm not giving away anything). I loved other parts of it. I think the message is that with family, you are never really alone.
If you like Westerns and haven't read this one, what are you waiting for? Add it to your to-read list pronto. Five stars.
The Sky-Liners. Flagan and Galloway Sackett are mentioned in The Sackett Brand and this book follows on its heels. The Sacketts don't go looking for trouble, but somehow it seems to find them. They cross the villainous Black Fletchen early in the book, spiriting away Judith, a girl he's set his eyes on -- or maybe it is her horses and the land she'll inherit out west? These Tennessee boys do what they do best by living honestly, killing the bad guys, sending the wannabe bad guys either home or to the grave, and saving the girl.
The book ended up being a "feel good book" in that everything turns out as it should, no surprise in most Westerns. Go ahead an add it to your Western collection. 4.5 stars
The Lonely Men. This is another book in the Sackett series and features Tell Sackett. Unlike today, news travels slowly and Tell doesn't know that the ex-wife of Orrin Sackett is "ex" and out to make sure Sacketts suffer. So when she informs Tell there's a young Sackett who has been kidnapped by Apaches, he believes her and off he goes.
It is a fun book, full of adventure and wonderful descriptions of the land. Tell is one of my favorite Sackett characters and his observations are always interesting. The only problem is the book is short! It tells the story, though. It is just me wanting to spend more time there.
If you like traditional Westerns, you've probably already read this book. If you haven't, then pick it up; you'll enjoy it. Five stars.
Mustang Man. Another book in the Sackett series, this features Nolan Sackett who is an outlaw with a heart of gold -- or is that a heart that lusts after gold? Never you worry, Nolan is a Sackett and a good man who will no doubt save the day and the girl. This is a quick-read Western and I enjoyed it.
If you like Westerns, you'll probably like this one, too. Four stars.
Galloway. I started the year with a western. Of course I love the Sacketts, even if they are on the rougher side as Galloway and Flagan are. Gold, cattle and obstacles abound. And there is a pretty girl. I enjoyed the book and will continue reading the series.
Who would enjoy it? Anyone who enjoys Westerns. 4.5 stars.
Treasure Mountain. Tell Sackett is back in this book with Orrin Sackett, whose taste in women has definitely not improved. This book has an interesting quest to find out what happened to their father. Yes, gold does creep in, but it wasn't the main focus in my mind. And there is another of L'Amour's spunky female characters that I like.
The true love in this book is the land itself. From the canyons around the Red River and the Tucumcari Mountain, to the San Juan mountains, you can feel the love of the land and the freedom it represents.
Were there some less than plausible moments? Yes. But fiction is rarely about "normal" life as it would be boring for the most part. The point is that I really liked the book.
Who else would like it? People who enjoy Westerns or others who have followed the Sackett series. 4.5 stars.
Ride the Dark Trail. I really liked this book, not so much for Logan Sackett as for Emily Talon who was born a Sackett. I would love to be as tough and brave as she can be.
Of course there are bad guys galore; it wouldn't be much of a story to have the hero ride into town and ride out without anything happening. I enjoyed the description of the land as well as the way that the characters thought out why they were doing what they were doing.
Easily read as a stand-alone tale, it does do better to read it in series order (either chronological or publication) so to pick up more nuances. I'd suggest it to anyone who enjoys Westerns. Five stars.
Lonely on the Mountain by Louis L'Amour. This final novel (chronologically) in the Sackett series kept me turning pages until the end. It reunites Tell, Tye, and Orrin Sackett who are coming to the rescue of Logan Sackett. The cattle drive part was interesting as was the intrigue that threatened the success of the drive.
I like the description of the land and the details about the drive. My only regret is that there are no more books in the series to read. I thought there was more story to tell.
If you like Westerns, then you will like this book. If you are a fan of the Sackett series, then this is a must read. 4.5 stars.
I'd give the set five stars because of the hours of enjoyment.