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MAN FROM/BROKEN HILL [Mass Market Paperback]

Louis L'Amour
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March 1 1982
For years Milo Talon had been riding the outlaw trail, looking for a man who had betrayed his family. Only Hank Rossiter wasn’t the man he had been: old now and blind, Rossiter was trying desperately to hold on to a small ranch to support his daughter, Barbara. Suddenly Talon found himself in the middle of a range war, siding with the man he’d marked for payback. But had Rossiter really changed? And could his daughter be trusted by either of them? For Milo, getting to the truth meant a long hard fight to separate his enemies from his friends—and forgiveness from revenge.
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The Sacketts were fierce fighting men from the hills of Tennessee. The Talons were French, but a life of piracy brought them to America. Milo was half Talon, half Sackett. He'd been riding the outlaw trail for three years, but now he was hunting a man who had betrayed a trust with his own kin. And when he found him, Milo Talon would do no less than any Sackett or Talon before him. --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 American-born 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Riding for the brand. March 23 2000
Format:Paperback
Growing weary of the Outlaw Trail, Milo Talon (whose mother's maiden name is Sackett) starts riding for the brand with the men of the Stirrup-Iron outfit. Riders in this part of Texas take careful measure of each other because valuable young stock is getting rustled from the T Bar T, the HF Connected, the Circle B, and the Stirrup-Iron. Wandering cowpokes are treated with extreme caution. Talon encounters an old enemy, Rossiter, in the Stirrup-Iron owner. Further complicating Talon's life is a mysterious gunman inexplicably on his trail, a killer longhorn called Old Brindle, and the fiery tempered Ann Timberly, whose father owns the T Bar T. Besides cattle and strong, silent men, Texas grows a flock of beautiful women. Blonde and bratty Barby Ann is Rossiter's daughter. A box social at the Rock Springs schoolhouse introduces Talon to a shy girl named Lisa. And we should definitely mention the wonderfully enigmatic China Benn.
Louis L'Amour does an excellent job of breathing new life into the familiar elements of the western story. His knowledge of the Old West is extensive, and it serves him very well. His western stories are rich in authentic atmosphere. L'Amour writes enthusiastically of the lure of distant trails, the freedom of the big sky country, and the Code of the West without sounding trite and over-influenced by movie and TV westerns. His books are a fast read that allows the reader to escape from the toil, tension, and clamor of contemporary life. Good reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First of two Milo Talon novels May 31 2000
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A solid entry from Louis L'Amour. The novel is a suspensful, cattle rustling whodunit. Milo Talon, a back trail rider, decides to hook up with one of a group of ranches in West Texas. A range war between some or all of these outfits seems imminent. Milo strikes up a good friendship with a fellow Stirrup-Iron hand, meanwhile he is coming to grips with some of his past catching up to him. A nicely paced story that always kept my interest. Hint: Pay close attention to the first sixteen pages or so, otherwise it will not shape up as much of a mystery for you. Milo Talon appears in one more novel by L'Amour, but that's a different story. I have read a dozen of Louis L'Amour's titles, and this has become one of my favorites. "Light 'n set!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best June 27 2014
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I have been reading LaMour for many years and this book measures up to being one of the best in the long list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it Aug. 30 2014
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I just loved it. Good reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riding for the brand. March 23 2000
By Robert S. Clay Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Growing weary of the Outlaw Trail, Milo Talon (whose mother's maiden name is Sackett) starts riding for the brand with the men of the Stirrup-Iron outfit. Riders in this part of Texas take careful measure of each other because valuable young stock is getting rustled from the T Bar T, the HF Connected, the Circle B, and the Stirrup-Iron. Wandering cowpokes are treated with extreme caution. Talon encounters an old enemy, Rossiter, in the Stirrup-Iron owner. Further complicating Talon's life is a mysterious gunman inexplicably on his trail, a killer longhorn called Old Brindle, and the fiery tempered Ann Timberly, whose father owns the T Bar T. Besides cattle and strong, silent men, Texas grows a flock of beautiful women. Blonde and bratty Barby Ann is Rossiter's daughter. A box social at the Rock Springs schoolhouse introduces Talon to a shy girl named Lisa. And we should definitely mention the wonderfully enigmatic China Benn.
Louis L'Amour does an excellent job of breathing new life into the familiar elements of the western story. His knowledge of the Old West is extensive, and it serves him very well. His western stories are rich in authentic atmosphere. L'Amour writes enthusiastically of the lure of distant trails, the freedom of the big sky country, and the Code of the West without sounding trite and over-influenced by movie and TV westerns. His books are a fast read that allows the reader to escape from the toil, tension, and clamor of contemporary life. Good reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First of two Milo Talon novels May 31 2000
By John K. Maddox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A solid entry from Louis L'Amour. The novel is a suspensful, cattle rustling whodunit. Milo Talon, a back trail rider, decides to hook up with one of a group of ranches in West Texas. A range war between some or all of these outfits seems imminent. Milo strikes up a good friendship with a fellow Stirrup-Iron hand, meanwhile he is coming to grips with some of his past catching up to him. A nicely paced story that always kept my interest. Hint: Pay close attention to the first sixteen pages or so, otherwise it will not shape up as much of a mystery for you. Milo Talon appears in one more novel by L'Amour, but that's a different story. I have read a dozen of Louis L'Amour's titles, and this has become one of my favorites. "Light 'n set!"
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting L'amour after many a year! May 4 2011
By K J Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It has been quite a long while since I have picked up a L'Amour western actually since I was young and wet behind the ears-perhaps 30 some years. Recently I have recaptured my interest in reading westerns finding authors that I hadn't read before such as Kelton, Jonas, Leonard, and so on. In boxes packed away for years I have boxes marked read and unread and there are many L'amour books that have been read and also a box of L'amours yet to be touched. Out of the unread box my first read in many a years was "The Man From the Broken Hills". I couldn't put the book down and was mesmerized and intrigued by the adventure of Milo Talon. A drifter from the famed heritage of Sacketts, lands a job herding cattle and soon finds him in a web of intrigue and mystery as the outfit he hired on for "Stirrup-Iron" and neighboring outfits are missing yearlings. The plot thickens and soon he is caught up finding pieces of the puzzle to make them fit dodging someone who is wanting him dead. Now I remember why I loved Louis L'amour so much how his characters are gritty, but real and how you can almost smell and feel the authenticity of the old west in his books. On top of that his stories seem true and you know the places he writes about are actually there. This was a quick read and I could hardly think of anything else other than to keep on reading to follow Milo Talons trail to the very end of this book. Lots of action with rustlers, gun hands, cattle, and great characters that coupled with a nice plot. If you haven't ever experienced L'amour this would be a good book to start with as even though I hadn't read one in a long while I again have found something I knew all along he is one of the best!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Everything Happens At The End Aug. 14 2012
By Ken Koncerak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like other Louis L'Amour books I have read, everything happens at the end. The first couple of sentences had me: "I was two days out of coffee and one day out of grub, with an empty canteen on my saddle horn." I wanted to keep on reading. But not much happens in the first 100 pages. Lots of gathering cattle, slow building of a cowboy mystery. There is no gunfire (aside from sniping) until almost 200 pages in. If I had to read this again, I would count the number of times L'Amour identifies trees: cedar, mesquite, oak, elm, pecan... He had a thing for trees.

An okay book, but don't look for non-stop action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars RUSHED ENDING May 21 2011
By T. A. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed everything about this book except for the last four-five pages. Didn't quite understand who was in the bunkhouse. Also didn't like how the love interest was handled. Seemed like he was going to go with Ann. Seems like Milo should have been warned Ann off of Roger. There was talk of Roger being such a skunk. I was ready for a showdown with Roger.
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