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Louis L'Amour
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The Mountain Valley War (Kilkenny #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,077 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Louis L'Amour Western Novel
Published (first published March 15th 1978)
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Chuck Friedenstein
"They were men who had always worked with their hands, and were beholden to no man. Not one of them was a gunfighter, but each had used a rifle or a short gun all his life and would have been lost without one or the other."

"Jack," Trent said, "when I was fourteen I was a man. Had to be. Well, it looks like your father dying has made you a man, too. "I'm giving you this Sharps. She's an old gun but she shoots straight. I'm not giving this gun to a boy, but to a man, and a man doesn't ever use a g
I finally read a Louis L'Amour book. It was fun. Nothing profound, but certainly entertaining with fun characters in a classic western plot.
Mike McLaren
Apr 22, 2015 Mike McLaren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folks who read pulp.
Recommended to Mike by: My youth.
I never thought I'd read a L'Amour book, but now in the process of writing my own pulp series, I thought it best to read as many mainstream pulp writers as possible to get a feel for shorter books. Funny... the book is not well written, but the story and the characters captivated me. I enjoyed it enough that I bought several other L'Amour books at my local used bookstore.
The second in the Kilkenny series. It's an underdog story with a group of homesteaders fighting a powerful, rich man. A typical L'amour book. Lots of action. Kilkenny's character is an interesting one. He's fearless and has an amusing sense of humor.

L'amour always claimed to be a story teller and not a writer. He wouldn't win any awards for writing skill, but his stories are so entertaining who cares? I read many of his books as a teenager and still find them interesting as I'm slowly working t
Bracken A.
I thought this book was terrific. The way Louis L'Amour set up the story and how action packed this book is. I also liked all the surprises that were in this book. I could not set this book down. This is one of my favorite Louis L'Amour books. I would recommend this book to any who likes Louis L'Amour books or westerns.
Matthew Hurley
Lots of great frontier philosophy in this one. The backstory is highly developed, with lots of interesting character studies. And of course the Kilkenny-Nita romance is one of L'Amour's most compelling, at least for me.

In addition to the great gunfights you'd expect from Kilkenny, The Mountain Valley War features not one, but two epic fistfights. But this book also portrays the peace-loving, hard-working, home-building kind of community that established the West.

And that's what makes Kilkenny su
Mary Dulaney
All Trent and his neighbors want is to be left alone to tend to their land, but the greed of another brings tragedy. Another well-written book by Louis L'Amour.
Louis L'Amour has become my "most read" author for several reasons. First of all because he has written over 120 books and secondly because they are generally short, easy and entertaing reads. I have finished over thirty of his books which are more books than my other favorite authors have written. This book has a few new twists, but has the standard ingredients of white hat, black hat, pretty girl, reluctant gunfighter and happily everafter. Mr L'Amour's wisdom of the west and his colorful desc ...more
looking forward to working my way slowly through the Kilkenny series.
I thought this was one of L'Amour's best westerns. Good moral and plenty of action and excitement.
Fredrick Danysh
Looking to put his past behind him, Trent starts a ranch in Idaho. A neighbor lays claim to Tent's land and one of his men is killed. If Trent fights back his violent past could be revealed. A tasteful Western by a master story teller without the blood, gore, and sex of more modern works.
Here's another great Kilkenny story. Even if it's slightly inferior to the other two Kilkenny novels, in the end its still way, waaay better than most Westerns out there. Love the character of Lance Kilkenny, love Nita Riordan, love their duo. Forever.
Classic old western story taking place in southern Idaho, very well written. Kilkenny is a great hero, and the characters are well-developed.
Jeff Dickison
Good western as gunfighter must help farmers fight land grabbing rancher and his psychotic son. Recommended to western fans.
a good read, took me away, yippee ki aye
Charlie Parry
My first L'Amour title - hooked!
Lance chose a great fake name.
A cornered gunfighter
Feb 09, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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Kilkenny (5 books)
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  • Kilkenny (Kilkenny, #3)
  • A Gun for Kilkenny (Kilkenny #4)
  • Monument Rock (Kilkenny #5)
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