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Mojave Crossing (The Sacketts #9)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,604 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
In Mojave Crossing, Louis L’Amour takes William Tell Sackett on a treacherous passage from the Arizona goldfields to the booming town of Los Angeles.

Tell Sackett was no ladies’ man, but he could spot trouble easily enough. And Dorinda Robiseau was the kind of trouble he wanted to avoid at any time—even more so when he had thirty pounds of gold in his saddlebags and a long
The Louis L'Amour Collection, 132 pages
Published March 1998 by Bantam Doubleday Dell (first published 1964)
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Jacob Proffitt
Mar 18, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Much, much better than the last couple, though not quite as good as some. This is very much like what little I remember from my youth. Tell has all those Western virtues of integrity, grit, determination, and a willingness to stand up for what's his in the face of overwhelming opposition. We don't see so much of his dry wit from his last book, though, and I missed that.

The story was way stronger in this one than in his other earlier works, as well. Way, way stronger. Not only is it well-paced, b
An Odd1
Feb 26, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, mystery, fun
ISBN from 1980 Bantam
A mystery strings along until the very last page. The surprise whammy makes me want to start from the beginning and read all over again. I have already re-read many L'Amour, and not tired yet of real heroes. (view spoiler)

"All the Sacketts, even those no-account Sacketts from Clinch Mountain, run to boy-ch
This one wasn't as good as the others. It took me a while to finish it.
Mar 13, 2015 Foxfire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a massive Louis L'Amour binge, reading around 30 of his books in a row. I really enjoy them - the simple writing style, the detailed descriptions, the philosophical pondering, the western settings, the old fashioned values, the rich historical detail.

However, there is one aspect that is really starting to annoy me - the depiction of female characters.

Women are either saints or devils, and there is very little in between.

Mostly, the heroines are good and true, from respectable famil
Dec 11, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller, western
#9 in the Sackett chronologically - #4 in publication order. This 1964 series entry features Tell Sackett last seen in #8 Sackett (1961). He is taking 30 pounds of gold to L.A. to get a higher price for himself and his partners. He reluctantly lets a woman accompany him and he is in trouble with outlaws trailing both him and the woman. Once past the Mojave Desert, ambush, betrayal, shootings and all, he gets to L.A. where author L'Amour provides the historical background of many place now within ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
To my knowledge, this is the first Louis L'Amour book I have read, though it is possible that I read some others of his vast œuvre when younger. I suspect that he is the kind of prolific author whose many short stories, novellas and full-length novels blend together. I would wager that he has a certain set of stock characters that he uses over and over again, albeit in different circumstances, in much the same spirit of the once-dominant Hollywood Western, where we knew who the good guys were an ...more
Aaron Toponce
Jan 30, 2016 Aaron Toponce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Becca brown
I personally didn't think this book was well written compared to Louis L'Amour's other novels. Part of it might be because I hadn't read the Sackett series (because i didn't know it was part of the series) but I think that I didn't like it mainly because I didn't enjoy the characters and wasn't really interested in the story. Sure, there was some exciting parts, but over all I thought it was a waist of time. I'd much rather read on of his better books.
Travis Haselton
Oct 17, 2010 Travis Haselton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book. I grew up on a mining property deep in the mojave (Aztec wash to be exact)All of the spring and washes in this book are real and are described very well. I can say that because they essentially where my backyard. The rest of the book is a great example of Louis Lamour's sence of action, Honesty, honor, and historical precision. Great and short read!
Angie Lisle
William Tell Sackett is not my favorite of the Sackett fellas. There's something about him that annoys me; maybe it's all the stupid decisions he makes, like wandering through the desert with no water and no exact idea of where water can be found. Why didn't he double back and get behind the crooks following him? It's the little things that make or break a man. I know I definitely wouldn't hire Tell to be my guide through the west.

I spent three-quarters of the book wondering where Tell's gal di
I like this book because Louis is a great author as far a western books go. I like to read adventure and when I read these books my mind is off everything else so I often read his series when I'm cutting weight for wrestling. This particular one is about a family that is struggling with help on their sheep ranch. Every summer the sheep herd is taken into the mountains to a certain meadow. This summer, it's going to be the young boy of the family, it's a big challenge and step up for him. He face ...more
If anyone could tell a story about nothing and make it interesting it's Louis L'Amour.

Tell Sakkett is traveling with gold and someone is following him. Maybe. He goes into a town and meets this "devil woman" Dorinda and agrees to help her. He never trusts her though, I guess it was just the right thing to do to help her.

They nearly die without water and when he risks his life to go get them some, Dorinda's associates take her, Tell's gold, his horses and his gear. Oh and they shoot at him hoping
Matthew Collins
This was the first western I have read and I was not disappointed. I have always loved the genre in movie form so I held high expectations for it in book form and Louis L'Amour didn't disappoint me. In book you don't quite get the nuance you do in movies, but you get a whole different feel that emmerses you into the west in a much more complete way. Louis's characters are very well done. William Tell Sackett is not the standard cowboy hero stereotype in the sense that he is not the tall dark and ...more
Bookworm Smith
Why is it that good hearted cowboys always seem to get dragged into trouble by dark hearted women?

This is another novel where one of the Sackett boys goes out of his way to help a lady and ends up in a whole heap o' trouble - gunfights, suicidal desert crossings, saloon brawls, etc. This time Tell Sackett helps out a lady named Dorinda. She looks innocent enough at the beginning. Just a lady who needs some help getting to California. It quickly turns into a situation where Tell and this lady are
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
William Tell Sackett is heading for Los Angeles. He’s got thirty pounds of gold to sell and is willing to ride the extra miles to get a better price. But no one can ride with that much gold and not attract a certain amount of trouble.

The trouble this time comes in the form of a black-eyed girl named Durinda. She’s beautiful, and she’s obviously on the run from something. Always having a soft spot for hard luck cases, Tell agrees to take her to Los Angeles with him almost before he realizes what
Benn Allen
I don't think I've read more than 15 Westerns in my life, and only two other Louis L'Amour novels, so I can't say I'm a good judge of the genre. But that said, "Mojave Crossing" was a decent, enjoyable story. Nothing too deep, just what you'd expect out of tale of the Old West. It was entertaining.
Another great L'Amour tale about the Sackett clan, this one is even thicker with scenery and actual places than most of the others. Fast moving and engaging. I like the author's characters, who realistically have both good and bad qualities and behaviors.
Dec 28, 2015 Sep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahh . . . William Tell Sackett what a lovely if romantically unreliable guy. The plot is good. The twists are a surprise. A typical Louis L'Amour - that guy could sure tell a story and take the reader to the place and time.
Oct 19, 2015 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to work my way through the Sackett stories in order. Tell could survive any situation, but this was a little too drawn out for me. It was interesting to see a BAD Sackett and how the Sackett cousins inter-react.
Marshall Pickens
May 08, 2015 Marshall Pickens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not all of L'Amour's books are really all that great. But this one really lives up to the legend. I like how quickly it moves along. I like the characters. And I like the descriptions of the territory. And no matter what all I read I always come back and read another L'Amour book.
Jul 29, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I listened to this audio book this evening together. Louis L'Amour books always have a good story, usually one with a twist. This one happened to be part of the Sackett Series. We both enjoyed it very much.
Tyler Cole
May 04, 2015 Tyler Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a well written, entertaining read that held my attention right up to the very end. If you pay close attention the story revealed several facts about the Mojave Desert and California, particularly Los Angeles.
Austin Freeman
Dec 10, 2012 Austin Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very well. This book fit my interest well. This book is about a man who is leaving a town to go sell his gold in California. This witch women walks up and asks if she can come along. But there is something suspicious about her that he wants to figure out. So they take off early because he finds out that there is somebody chasing her. Then one day in the desert he goes and looks for water and gets shot at. So he crawls back to camp to see if she is alright and shes not there, ne ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the ninth book of seventeen in his "Sackett" series. This particular book was particularly entertaining as the "Sackett's" have now transgresed from Great Britain to Ireland to Newfoundland to Jamaica to the Carolinas to Texas, New Mexico and now California. Somehow This book describes in detail many places in southern California that I have been to, but puts you there over 100 years ago. I don't feel politically correct or sufficiently intellectual if I review A Louis L'Amour book, but ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Pdxglide rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another classic by Louis lamour. The sacketts kick a:: the book was actually kind of slow not one of my favorite sackett books but still worth a read
Linda Craft
I liked this one. William Tell Sackett is probably my favorite Sackett with Logan being next even if he is a no account Clinch Mountain Sackett.
May 07, 2016 Chad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems like I say this a lot, but this was one of my favorite Sackett books so far. L'Amour certainly knew his business.
Jun 30, 2014 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best of the series so far. Long on description, short on action...or direction, for that matter. It was all over the place-very unlike Mr. L'Amour.
Mar 22, 2014 Lobug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Same as almost every other Louis L'Amour book, but every once in a while it's fun to listen to/read. ;)
Mar 14, 2016 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: louis-lamour
A fine addition to The Sacketts saga, though it did seem a bit scattered.
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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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“There are men who prefer to keep trouble from a woman, but it seems to me that is neither reasonable nor wise. I've always respected the thinking of women, and also their ability to face up to trouble when it comes, and it shouldn't be allowed to come on them unexpected.” 0 likes
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