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Louis L'Amour , John Curless
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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March 2 1999 Louis L'Amour
Barnabas Sackett was on the run. The only trail open to him ran West. With a few fierce fighting friends and his courageous wife Abigail by his side, Barnabas began to carve a place for himself and his glowing family out of the harsh Eastern American landscape. Facing an unyielding terrain, forbidding elements and savage Indians, Barnabas stood tall, staking a bold Sackett claim on the future.

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Barnabas Sackett was on the run. The only trail open to him ran West. With a few fierce fighting friends and his courageous wife Abigail by his side, Barnabas began to carve a place for himself and his glowing family out of the harsh Eastern American landscape. Facing an unyielding terrain, forbidding elements and savage Indians Barnabas stood tall, staking a bold Sackett claim on the future. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers. In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L'Amour weaves an unforgettable tale of a man who journeys to his homeland — but discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible....

Barnabas Sackett was leaving England forever to find his fortune in the New World. But as he settled his affairs, he learned that a warrant from Queen Elizabeth had been sworn against him — and that men were searching for him in every port. At issue were some rare gold coins Sackett had found and sold — coins believed to be part of a great treasure lost by King John years before. Believing that Sackett possesses the rest of the treasure, the Queen will stop at nothing to find him. And if he's caught, Sackett will face torture — and even the gallows.... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag April 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book because the intro on the back cover sounded good and I've liked almost every L'amour book I've read. Its written in a first person narrative as though he was sitting across from you on the couch telling the story.
The first half of the book is terrific, following his escape from England. We learn of his thirst to be out in the wild open spaces of the newly discovered America, he is falsy accused and is running from the law collecting people to join him as he describes the new beginnings they can have in the New World. Its very tightly written (though I think his escape from prison was way too easy) and you really love the character.
Once the group got to America things changed. In an effort to show the WHOLE life of Barnabas the whole story changes, now we have 50 years of history in 100 pages. So the narrative changes from a day-by-day upbeat story where friends are joining the group to a list of significant events, usually where one of the group dies from an indian raid. It becomes a series of "we built a fort", "xxx died in an indian raid", "the fort burned down", "we went down to sea and traded our skins for supplies", "yyyy died in an indian raid", "we built another fort", etc.
I didn't like the ending either, I think the whole story basically got pretty depressing towards the end with all the group dying or leaving to go off and do other things. All the next generation were grown up and strong but we don't have the emotional connection with them that we did with the first group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly written adventure story April 5 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
Dramatically narrated by John Curless, To The Far Blue Mountains is an flawlessly recorded audiobook presentation of yet another of Louis L'Amour's classic western novels featuring the hardy endurance of the Sackett clan as they addressed the challenges of life in the Old West. To The Far Blue Mountains follows Barnabas Sackett, who is on the run with his steadfast wife Abigail and his only escape is to the west. This is a superbly written adventure story of earning a life for oneself on the frontier, surviving all manner of hazards both human and environmental, and eventually prospering despite the hostilities of nature and man alike. To The Far Blue Mountains is an enthusiastically recommended audiobook for personal and community library collections!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of a man seeking true freedom Nov. 11 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story of Barnabas Sackett, and his migration to the "new world"...North America, circa 1620. The story of just his migration alone is exciting enough. Add the Heartwarming, and exciting story of being one of the first to settle the USA ,and you have a complete winner. Louis L'amour actually takes you THERE. You feel as if you are with Barnabas every step of the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating One of a Kind Aug. 7 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To the Far Blue Mountains is one of our finest treasures of western novels today. L'Amour captivated an exillerating experience through one of the most descriptive books that I have read. A L'Amour fan, this is truly one of my favorites. After reading the second book of the Sackett series, it leaves you wanting more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and action March 20 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book back in junior high and I couldn't put it down. In reading it you get the sense that you are really there and can picture the surroundings in which the story takes place. After completing the reading of this book you will be left wanting to know how this saga continues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagery and L'amour June 4 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Louis L'amour uses all five senses to give us and excellent display of setting. Sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell are all used in one way or another to give the reader the feeling that he is riding along side Barnabas Sackett. - J. Desmedt, BDH
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book numerous times, and it is a fantastic read every time, I cannot recomend this book highly enough. Spanning many historical eras, it give an interesting perspective to Early American history (or so it was thought :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was the best book I've ever read. Dec 12 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Barnabas Sackett is the hero in the best novel I've ever laid eyes on. This one is superb.I especially enjoyed the uncertainty of what would happen next. His journey to America and back is full of unexpected surprises. Jenny J.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Enjoy Louis L'Amours writing, I'm reading all the Sackett books. They keep me guessing, and wanting more... However river the ride is my favorite
Published 3 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
My first by L'Amour. A good intro. Sound characters but not a lot of depth. Good enough to want to read more.
Published 5 months ago by No L Coward
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Louis L'Amour is always a good read . I am interested in following the Sackett family in the New America
Published 5 months ago by Leanne
3.0 out of 5 stars To the Far Blue Mountains: The Sacketts : A novel
Was a gift. What more can be said as I do not read this type of book. I am sure it is a good read.
Published 18 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I read this book a long long time back, but I still remember it very well.great characters and an entertaining story.A worthy sire to a wothy series.
Published on Oct. 9 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific sequel, just as good as the first one
L'Amour is oustanding, no other writer has his attention to detail and imagery in their writings. Barnabas, Jeremy Ring, and others are once again beautifully presented and... Read more
Published on Sept. 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!!
In this novel some the best setting for stories are combines. The prisons of England, the high sea in the age of piracy, and the still wild American frontier. Read more
Published on April 6 1999 by fitzo5@home.com
5.0 out of 5 stars To the far blue mountains, one great book.
to the far blue mountains was an excellent story of Barnabas Sackett and his enormous will to survive. I read this book for a history class, but ended up enjoying it very much.
Published on Nov. 17 1997
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