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DOWN THE LONG HILLS [Mass Market Paperback]

Louis L'Amour
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Sept. 1 1984
After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them—and their luck was about to run out.
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After the massacre Hardy and Betty Sue were left with only a horse and a knife with which to face the long battle against the wilderness. A seven-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, stranded on the limitless prairie. They were up against starvation, marauding Indians, savage outlaws, and wild animals. They were mighty stubborn, but the odds were against them--and their luck was about to run out. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Louis L’Amour is undoubtedly the bestselling frontier novelist of all time. He is the only author in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of his life's work. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF L'AMOUR'S BEST Jan. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
DOWN THE LONG HILLS is a story of courage, passion and drive and who cares if the hero in question is but seven years old. Good literature was never about strict adherence to historical or physical fact. We usually call those history or science, respectively.
No, in this book L'Amour seems to let his confident writing skills and his imagination run free. He asks the reader to imagine what would happen if a frontier-trained lad, Hardy Collins, was forced to make his way cross country with nothing more than a three-year-old girl, Betty Sue Powell, a wonderful, almost magical horse, Big Red and a head filled with the knowledge gained from working side-by-side with a loving but tough western father, Scott Collins.
Together, Hardy, Betty Sue and Big Red brave everything from the weather to a grizzly to scummy horse thieves, all the while being tracked by a Cheyenne brave who wants this horse of horses. The story flows extremely well culminating in a classic L'Amour showdown.
A great western for the entire family.
And if you ever get a chance to see the movie of the same title you'll love it too. It's about as faithful an adaptation to an original book as I have ever seen.
Douglas McAllister
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1.0 out of 5 stars HISTORIAN MY FOOT Dec 24 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I don't buy Comanches on the Oregon Trail. I don't buy two kids as the lone survivors of a Comanche massacre of a wagon train on the Oregon Trail, who have to travel west for hundreds of miles from the scene alone to make it with a big stud horse to find the boy's Pa at Ft. Bridger. I don't buy the boy's father trying to find them and following tracks of a horse where the horse hasn't yet trod. I don't buy the two kids not finding a soul on the deserted Oregon Trail because it's late in the year. Someone rode that trail often, day and night every day of the year, over every foot of the trail, from the time it was opened, either Army, or civilian travel was constant. This is malarkey by a man who had a reputation as a historian based on reader ignorance, not his own knowledge. That and PR hype.

Sorry, this is baloney and so are most of his other books and stories. For example, Hondo, where his reputation as a "historian" was first born in a PR conference. In Hondo it is obvious that Looie first wrote just a book, set roughly in the never-never land of traditional Westerns. When his promoting geniuses tried to make it over into a historial tour de force, they fell on their faces, and did him no favor so far as reputation went. Bank account is something else.

I recall standing in my back yard while my horse shoer stopped and spit tobacco juice and said, "I was readin' Hondo last night. It's fairly obvious that when he said "there was no water between Lordsburg and the Fort, he meant Ft. Huachuca over there. What did he think that is over there behind me?" He motioned toward the nearby San Pedro River. "It's sure as hell between Lordsburg and the fort. And get this: this clown is carryin' a forty pound saddle across the supposedly waterless desert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best Oct. 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
You cannot put this books down. I try to forget it so I can read it again every few years. Not like L'Amour's other books, the shoot em up, good guy gets the girl. This one is different.
Not that I have the most exalted taste, but I was an English major and now am a librarian, so I have read a few books...This is a winner.
Anyone age 10 and up can read it and love it. Read it to kids a little younger than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! June 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
We read this in the car driving home from a vacation with our 4 children, aged 12 and under. We all loved it, from parents to kids! If you like feel-great adventure-survival, beat-the-odds stories, you'll love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely five stars! June 3 2003
By elanorh
Format:School & Library Binding
I have read all of L'Amour's books, and this is one of the first ones I read (at the same age Hardy is in the book - 7).
Before anyone jumps to the conclusion that I only read Westerns - I'm a voracious reader and if it's good literature, I'll read it!
I would recommend this book to an adult or to a child. The action may not be as fast-paced as some of the other Louis L'Amour books, but the attention to detail and the explanation of the survival decisions that the children make are excellent. It was definitely a fun read.
I'd recommend it for any child who likes the outdoors or is interested in history -- and also to those who are looking for a good book for a child who may not have found a 'reason' to love reading yet. This book might do it for them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Spur! May 10 2001
Format:Paperback
L'amour gets his spur with this short novel. Seven year old ,aptly named, Hardy survives a Wagon train massacre along with a three year old girl Betty Sue. He has to keep both of them alive as they undertake a long prairie journey to find his father. Descriptive and fast paced this story is told from several different perspectives, Hardy's, The Indian trailing them to steal their horse, the worried father out looking for his son, and a couple of bad men the kids unfortunately run across. We even get a Grizzly bear's perspective for a few lines. I wondered what the title "Down the Long Hills" could mean since they travel over prairie. Well it turns out that the prairie out west is really in a slow gradient and not perfectly flat thus the "long hills" of the title. "Down the Long Hills" won best Western novel of the year in 1968 and was awarded the Golden Spur.
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