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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  730 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Tap Duvarney lost his innocence in the War Between the States and then put his skills to the test as a soldier in the frontier army. Now he has settled on the Texas coast, working a ranch as the partner of his old friend Tom Kittery–and finding himself in the middle of a feud between Kittery and the neighboring Munson family. Around Matagorda Island, most people are either ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1985 by Bantam (first published 1967)
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Henry Avila
Former Army Major, Tappan Duvarney, veteran of the Civil War,(the War between the States) and the Indian fighting , is tired.All he wants of life ,is a little money.So he can marry his fiancee, Jessica Trescott.Finally receiving just $ 7,000 of his wealthy, ship owning father's estate ,in Virginia.His family mansion was burnt and their ships, destroyed.They were Union supporters ,from the South!Unwisely investing with an old friend, Tom Kittery,( the cattle business) in Texas.Tappan, doesn't kno ...more
When so many people like an author it seems worthwhile to read something by him/her just to figure out what its all about. Well, that's what I'm doing. Not very impressive, not terribley bad either. Kind of amusing stereotypes. Now I know what men's daydreams are made of. (Or some of them).
Rick Bavera
As much as I hate to admit it, I sort of enjoyed this book. Westerns really aren't my favorite type of story/book/movie, but I read this book and came to wonder just what was going to happen next.

Lots of cattle, and horses, and bad guys shooting and getting shot. The good guys won in the end.

Having recently mustered out of the post-Civil War indian fighting military, Tappan Duvarney heads to Matagorda island in Texas where he has invested most of his savings in a cattle herd held by Tom Kittery. Unbeknownst to him, he will find not only cattle a herd scattered far and wide, but also a bitter and furious feud between the Kitterys and the Munsons. Plus, a hurricane is on the way (one which has a basis in historical fact). Louis L'Amour is enjoyable as always. Matagorda is light readin ...more
Benjamin Thomas
A nice solid L'Amour western...nothing better on a cold winter's day with your feet up by the fireplace and an old dog laying on the rug by your feet. That sounds nice to me but I actually read most of this one while on my lunch break, sitting in my car, shivering a bit in the cold weather while my nearly frozen fingers attempted to turn the pages. Yes, I love to read that much.

I'll rank this one among the top 20 of all of the Louis L'Amour westerns I've read...somewhere around 85-90 so far. A g
A good book, but lacking the amount of energy usually found in L'Amour's work. Worth reading, but not a favorite.
I started this last night (3/20/2010) and slowly covered the 14 pages of chapter one. I read slowly anyway, but I take my time with Louis - trying to see the picture exactly as he paints it.

Louis will always be my favorite author and so far, Matagorda is pure Louis L'Amour. Vivid characterizations and rich environments take me away from my day-to-day grind and deliver me to another time and place. What more can a reader request?
Peter Charleston
Interesting tale of what the old west might have been. Tappan Duvarney invests his money on cattle located in Texas and heads that way to help move them to market. Turns out his partner, Tom Kittery, seems to be involved in an old feud and the cattle are not yet ready for the drive. Toss in a little bad weather along with Tappan's fiancé arriving this proves to be an enjoyable reading adventure.
Alisha Kennedy
Awesome Frontier Story! I have never been big into the cowboy movies much less books; but L'amour won me.
I picked this up at a book sale since I'd never read L'Amour and I wanted to give it a try. The plot and the characters are predictable and campy, but gosh darnit I enjoyed it! My favorite part was the strong woman that just does whatever she wants to get her man. I guess it's just a function of being a child of the West, but I'll definitely be picking up some of the Sackett series soon.
Would have given it more stars if there wasn't all that weird ancestry other world stuff. I mean yeah, I am a Christian so I believe in Heaven, but the 'other side' and the guy coming back as a really old man when he was only gone for like a day? Little too creepy.
Fredrick Danysh
A former Union officer returns to Texas help a friend and to buy a cattle herd but lands in the middle of a blood feud. A complicale things a hurricane is headed towaard Matagoda Island on the Texas coast. L'Amour maintains his high standartds with this one.
I have listened to a few Louis L'Amour books while on long car rides with Nate. He is a western writer, or was in the 60's. I actually enjoy his writing so I though I would attempt to read one his books. I like it so far.
Typical L'Amour - good guy wins but has no character development, predictable gunfight or slugfest at the end. I liked it, however, and continue to reread LL's books from time to time.
Aaron Matthews
Fun little book that works well into the genra. The hero is a little over the top, but likable. A good read when you need to scratch your need to be a cowman for a bit.
I re-read this after attending a workshop about the hurricane that wiped out Indianola--and it's another guilty pleasure of mine--I really like reading westerns.
1958. Slightly interesting to learn a little about the south Texas coast and cattle herding/driving [to Kansas:]. The characters seem quite unbelievable, so much cliche.
Conflicted hero, reluctant fighter, and I'm sure there's a girl in there somewhere. L.L. has gotten me through many a plane ride.
Louis L'Amour is like the Tolkien of the western novel. He has a fascinating talent for detailing the environment of a story.
Interesting! How does Duvarney feel about Kittery. The whole group he thought killed Tom.
JoAnn Ainsworth
Enjoyable. Too much backstory slows it in spots, but not for long.
Partridge Public
Nov 20, 2007 Partridge Public added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: L'Am West PB
Shelves: western
L'Amour, Louis PB
Also a good one.
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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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