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Crossfire Trail

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,453 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Rafe Caradec—gambler, wanderer, soldier of fortune—was as hard a man as the battlefields and waterfronts of Latin America could fashion, but he was as good as his word. As Charles Rodney lay dying in a dank ship’s fo’c’sle, Rafe swore to make sure that Rodney’s Wyoming ranch went to his daughter, Ann. In Painted Rock, Wyoming, Caradec found land for a man to love, miles of ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Bantam (first published 1954)
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Feb 24, 2012 Villager rated it really liked it
I continue on my journey to honor my late father by reading all of the books written by his favorite author, Louis L'Amour. This one, Crossfire Trail, had a unique beginning with our hero being shanghaied from the west coast and forced into servitude for a year on a ship. The hero eventually escapes from the ship and heads to Wyoming to help the wife and child of a man he befriended while on the ship. There are good guys, bad guys, con artists, Native Americans, horses, gun-play, cattle and all ...more
Apr 27, 2009 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood
Classic Louis L'Amour. Woman in danger, check. Five-page fistfight, check. Hero is sailor-mercenary-cowboy, check. Sioux as dangerous-but-honorable plot devices. Classic.
Oct 24, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it
This is pure noir. James M. Cain and Louis L'Amour wrote the same genre. L'Amour is probably slightly more idealistic and less cynical, but this is satisfying. The fastest gun lives in harmony with nature and people, removes corruption in Painted Rock and rallies the town into a functioning entity. His potential for stability only occurs when the system works for everybody. He stands for a woman's rights in a town that figures she'll get that through marriage. Written in 1954, I think L'Amour wa ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
My first western. It was okay, pretty short book. Also was tired when reading it so that may have something to do with it. Like the good guys in the story, dependable interesting sorts. It was pretty much non-stop action and the lack of break from that was a bit taxing. Louis L'Amour writes well, but sometimes too dependent with the exclamation marks. There was a plot point that bugged me throughout the entire thing -- why in the world would they get in trouble and hung for mutiny? It was clearl ...more
Jul 27, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: louis-l-amour
I've started to read all of the Louis L'Amour books by publication order and Crossfire Trail is one of three originally published in 1954. Like previous L'Amour books I've read I liked it. They all are pretty predictable and follow a similar storyline with the location and names changing but the pattern is usually a lone tall dark stranger (our hero) rides into town and runs up against the local big wig be it a ranch tycoon, timber baron, etc., and a showdown ensues with the stranger standing up ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Matisse rated it it was amazing
I might be primarily known for my love of contemporary YA, but everyone has their guilty pleasure genre, and mine is the good ole' Western. I don't know; the way these stories completely ignore having a message, but still champion values of right and wrong, while crafting characters just deep enough to be rooted for, is irresistible.

Louis L'Amour is the master, and 'Crossfire Trail' was one of his on-going serialized stories. This isn't meant to be groundbreaking fiction. There's the stoic cowb
Dec 29, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
Shelves: western, l-amour
This is another Louis L'Amour book that was originally written as a serial for a magazine, which means that it was published in parts and each issue of the magazine would publish a part. Serial novels (published like this were popular in the 1940's and 50's). These novels were full of action and not character development because readers wanted action and because people had to wait until the next magazine came out, there needed to be plenty of action for people to want to read the next section.

Feb 15, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, thriller, western
Western - Rafe Caradec was a man who always rode at the ready, hardened by a life spent among ruthless men who played for the highest stakes. The only thing Rafe held sacred was his word--and now he had sworn to a dying man that he would save his Long Valley ranch for his wife and daughter, Ann. But Ann thought Rafe was moving in for his own crooked gain, and played right into the deadly hands of the greedy ranchers plotting to destroy her. Then Rafe figured a way to save Ann and the land. It wo ...more
Rob Smith
Jan 25, 2015 Rob Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
A great tale wrapped in all that L'Amour knows how to unwind. This is far simpler than many of his tales and shows how able he was at assembling a book that has the reader fully involved even in a shorter story. The core of the story is predictable. Other parts are laid out to satisfy the predictability.

The writing is very good and the characters well crafted. Though the bad guys are a bit less detailed than in other books. Though that means the characters have far more definition than most book
Gable Holyoak
Oct 21, 2014 Gable Holyoak rated it really liked it
When I first checked out Crossfire Trails from the library I thought it would be boring. L'Amour's brilliant writing proved me wrong. This book was a fantastic Wild west adventure that I absolutely enjoyed. From the death of Caradec's friend, to the race for oil, to the fight between good and evil, I recommend this story for anyone who needs an adventure to the western state of Wyoming. Louis L'Amour is a writing genius and I would definitely read more of his books.
Philip Mizener
Aug 26, 2015 Philip Mizener rated it really liked it
This is a classic Louis L'Amour tale, with a diverse cast of characters, some honest, some brutal, some quiet, some explosively violent. Once again, we get the raw flavour of a time of expansion and collision of world's : the honest landholder with the ruthless thief and murderer, the Sioux tribes with the honest as well as the dishonest settler, the brutal elements of winter against the hopes and provisions of warrior and rancher, and the true tales of the heart against the deceptions of greed.
Aug 27, 2014 TheGeekyBlogger rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2014-read
Listened for Review (Random House Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating

Read It File It Review: I love Louis L'Amour and while Crossfire Trail isn't my favorite book by him, it is still a good read or reread. I picked it up again because I was curious how it would do in audio form.

Audio Thoughts:
Narrated By Jason Culp / Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins

Listen up: I think Jason Culp has an excellent voice and I will be tryin
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 15, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Rafe Caradee had been shanghaied with Charles Rodney. When Rodney was dying off the coast of California he extracted a promise that Rafe would jump ship and help his daughter save the family ranch even giving him a deed to the ranch. The daughter doesn't trust him and crooks are trying to take over the ranch.
Ken Schloman
Mar 01, 2016 Ken Schloman rated it really liked it
Another very good early L'Amour novel. Characters, description, and history blended into a well told story. Any one that thinks the Tom Selleck movie by the same name was good-- and it was -- should read the novel, which greatly expands on the movie version. It's darker and more violent
I've read the story a couple of times, but somehow listening made it particularly clear that Our Hero Rafe Caradec does an awful lot of riding here and there and back again, much of it in a massive blizzard. Jason Culp has a nice voice, but he's rather a slow reader.
Jun 18, 2016 Tim rated it liked it
Needed a change from science fiction. I watched the Tom Selleck movie of this book. I decided to read it and see how close they were. Quite a bit different. I liked both versions. I'll give Louis L'amour more chances to entertain me. It was a nice story, with strong characters. I enjoyed it more than Red Hope.

Apr 10, 2012 Are rated it really liked it
I want 3.5 stars! I enjoy Louis L'Amour as a writer. This one was a little odd for me because I'd seen the movie first and it was hard initially to wrap my head around the differences. The story is about Rafe who made a promise to Charles Rodney to take care of his daughter and Wyoming ranch. When he arrives it is to disbeleif that he knew Rodney but Rafe sets right in to caring for the ranch and trying to convince Ann, Rodney's daughter. Bad guys of course try to stop him and Rafe triumphs in t ...more
Matthew Bledsoe
Apr 11, 2016 Matthew Bledsoe rated it liked it
I thought the book was alright not to interesting but decent the book was about cattlemen that move there cattle across the land when they come apon a native women who has hurt her leg so they accompany her back to her village when some rustlers come along and try to take her back they don't succeed when they get to women home they thank nothing of it but when they wake up they have four new horses in the coral
Bracken A.
Oct 22, 2014 Bracken A. rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great book. It is set in Wyoming. When Rafe Caradec makes a promise to his dying friend, to look after his ranch and family in Wyoming. But when he gets to the ranch there is more there that meets the eye. The ranch is deserted and the family is gone. But when he gets to town he finds that his friends wife had died and his daughter is engaged to the mortgage holder on the ranch. but when Rafe try's to get some answers he is told to leave and is and is shot at. Rafe is making hi ...more
Randy Grossman
Jan 15, 2016 Randy Grossman rated it it was amazing
It was a typically very good L'Amour western. Fast paced...lotsa twists and action. If anything was a little negative, it had a rather abrupt ending, but not THAT big of a deal.
Kedron Skiles
Jan 22, 2015 Kedron Skiles rated it really liked it
William Milks
May 16, 2016 William Milks rated it really liked it
Been reading Louis L'Amour books for 32 years. I've yet to be disappointed.
Oct 12, 2015 Benjamin rated it it was ok
Shelves: westerns
Just didn't do it for me. Yes it's L'Amour and has all that one expects with that, but I just wanted more from this.
Apr 21, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After watching the movie "Crossfire Trail", I wanted to read the book. Now I've read the book and I want to watch the movie again.
5 stars
Gordon Gravley
Dec 07, 2014 Gordon Gravley rated it really liked it
You're always guaranteed a good read with L'Amour. He set the standard for the Western genre.
Michael Geiger
Aug 11, 2015 Michael Geiger rated it liked it
nice relaxing fun read, just the break I needed.
Dec 05, 2014 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louis L'Amour! Yes! I found one I hadn't read!
Feb 24, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
A great entertainment from the legend. Great stuff!
Ramakrishnan M
Mar 30, 2014 Ramakrishnan M rated it really liked it
anoher awesome western by louis l'amour
read some time in 1985
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Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".
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“Too often she had listened to her father discourse on the necessity for peace and consideration of others. She believed in that policy wholeheartedly. The fact that occasionally violence was necessary did not alter her convictions one whit. No system of philosophy or ethics, no growth of goverenment, no improvement in living came without trial and struggle. Struggle, she had often heard her father say, was the law of growth. Without giving too much thought to it, she understood that such men as Rafe Caradec, Trigger Boyne, Tex Brisco and others of their ilk were needed. For all their violence, their occasional heedlessness and their desire to go their own way, they were building a new world in a rough and violent land where everything tended to extremes. Mountains were high, the praires wide, the streams roaring, the buffalo by the thousand, and tens of thousand. It was a land where nothing was small, nothing was simple. Everything, the lives of men and the stories they told, ran to extremes.” 0 likes
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