To the Far Blue Mountains Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From the Publisher
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 favoritePublished on June 10 2014 by Lisa
My first by L'Amour. A good intro. Sound characters but not a lot of depth. Good enough to want to read more.Published on April 22 2014 by No L Coward
Louis L'Amour is always a good read . I am interested in following the Sackett family in the New AmericaPublished on March 30 2014 by Leanne
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 on March 15 2013 by Elaine
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
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 morePublished on Sept. 21 1999
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 morePublished on April 6 1999 by email@example.com