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Reilly's Luck: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Louis L'Amour
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Book Description

May 1 1985
Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly—a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. For ten years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the cities of Europe—until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire.

But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover, one that touched upon Val’s nearly forgotten childhood, the woman who was Will Reilly’s lost love, and the violent future of a growing country.

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Val Darrant was four years old. It was a cold, snowy night as he was hustled away on a buckboards to be abandoned. But he did not die; he met Will Reilly. A gentleman, a gambler, and the best rifle shot in the West. Reilly was a man who knew the odds and played them. But what were the odds on taking in a frightened young boy?

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Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and women who settled the American frontier. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print around the world.

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2.0 out of 5 stars I hate you... I hate us both. July 16 2004
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Yes, these were the words that I uttered as I put down this hunk of trash after having wasted my time trying to read it.
First you are expected to sit still for a four year old boy becoming an expert card dealer; then you are expected to sit still for an eight year old boy reading Faust. In between there is a lot of filler to do with an indian raid that goes sour, a scene in which Reilly pins an antagonist's hand to a table with a knife and then reads Tennyson's Ulysses to him. This is not to torture the man, you understand, but to better him. This Reilly ought to have his pretentious head blown clean off. THEN you are supposed to sit still for Reilly and his adopted son touring europe, where Reilly keeps himself in shape by "fencing, shooting, wrestling, etc." I suppose this is historically accurate, since this would be some nineteenth century type's backward idea of how to stay in shape. You know, like "I warn you, my good man, I am in perfect physical condition. I play badminton every sunday." But the reader is supposed to think that fencing and shooting are actually ways to stay in shape. Forget going to the gym and lifting weights, just have at those clay pidgeons for a while. The pounds will just melt away!
But seriously folks, this is one of those books Louis L'Amour banged out while high on model glue. To be avoided.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hopeless Kid Makes Good April 20 2004
By J. Pace
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This story is titled for the secondary character. It is a little unusual for Louis L'Amour to give the title to someone other than the main character, but it works really well in this book. The real character is a young boy who was born into a terrible situation. Things looked hopeless for him when he was abandoned by his cold and heartless mother. Good fortune smiled upon him when he found his new care taker to be a gambling man with savvy and character. Will Reilly raised him right and taught him the secrets he would need to be a successful man. After a terrible killing, Val finds himself wanting revenge. Slowly and surely it will come in it's own time. When it does, it finds that a hopeless boy has grown into a good man who is well capable of settling all of the issues at hand. Facing a cold hearted mother after all those years would be enough to upset anyone, but you'll have to read the book to find out how he handles it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars L'amour brings Val Darrant to life. Aug. 31 2001
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Interesting story with different western characters from your normal western novel, L'amour's Reilly's Luck is a fun read. The internal struggles of Val Darrant's trials strengthen the twisting plots. Loved the reading Tennyson to those who don't appreciate poetry portion. Some closure was definitely needed for his mother though. That part of the story was just left up in the air. A fast read.
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First book i have read from mr l'amour and i couldnt stop reading it. iam hooked to his style of writing, great story about a young boy who is taken in by will oreilly. he is taught everything about life and more. many lessons to be learned in this book mr lamour has an interesting way of teaching his reader the important things in life. enjoy the book you wont be disappointed.
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