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Louis L’Amour was a remarkable storyteller and jack-of-everything. He took pride in making his historical novels as true to the circumstances of time and place as possible. This, the second of the Sacketts novels, portrays the perilous conditions facing the white man’s ventures to the New World. The seas abounded with smugglers and pirates. The land was home to numerous tribes of natives who subsisted in a warrior culture. England, France and Spain claimed large territories in league with the Church. The occupiers had the fire power to obliterate the native population. But the natives had superiority of numbers and stealth. They pushed the newcomers off their land with arrows, spears and burning fire.

This book continues to follow Barnabas Sackett as he escapes the Queen’s warrant for his arrest. He is wrongfully charged for theft of royal treasure. His new wife Abigail is waiting for his return to America where he and his friends had built a fort on a river by the ocean. The obstacles to becoming established in the New World are numerous. Barnabas has to overcome all the odds that await him. I found the constant state of conflict a bit tedious. Why not include more of the relatively peaceful years when they are settled and the children are growing up? Did Barnabas and Abigail have a passionate relationship? Did they contend with each other, having different objectives? Instead those years are skipped over. This is a good book but for me there is too much frantic action and not enough ambiance.
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on April 20, 2003
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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on April 5, 2004
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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on November 11, 1997
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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on August 7, 1997
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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on March 20, 1998
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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on June 4, 1997
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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on November 14, 1998
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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on December 12, 1998
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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on September 21, 1999
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 brought to life. definately a must read.
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