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Last Stand at Saber River

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  325 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A quiet, haunted man, Paul Cable walked away from a lost cause hoping to pick up where he left off. But things have changed in Arizona since he first rode out to go fight for the Confederacy. Two brothers—Union men—have claimed his spread and they're not about to give it back, leaving Cable and his family no place to settle in peace. It seems this war is not yet over for P ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by HarperTorch (first published 1959)
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Heath Lowrance
Paul Cable, having fought on the Confederate side during the war, has returned with his family to his homestead on the Saber River, only to find that his land has been taken by the Kidstons', two wealthy brothers loyal to the Union. Cable thought he'd left the fighting behind him, but it seems he's now in the for fight of his life, not just for his home, but for the lives of his family as well. He has a possible ally in Southern sympathizer and gun-runner Janroe, but Janroe, who would like to se ...more
Don Massenzio
Another winner by Elmore Leonard. In these early works he seems to favor the strong, silent hero. His heroes take a lot of abuse but show restraint in responding until they are pushed to their limits. He also shows that his hero in this book can take an adversarial relationship and turn it around. In this book, his hero, Paul Cable, is a rebel soldier returning home just before the end of the Civil War. He finds that his house and land have been occupied by a group of men that are supplying fres ...more
Leonard's laconic style is well suited to Westerns. The writing in this novel is as terse as the characters. It is those characters that make this novel what it is. While Leonard does not waste a lot of words, his characters are always well fleshed out, complex and, most importantly, believable. It goes without saying that people are complex and Leonard captures this complexity as well as any novelist writing today.

Last Stand at Saber River is, on some levels a deconstruction of the classic Wes
Thomas Mooney
Good read.

Kept my interest and was believable because I am a veteran. A man does many things to protect those he loves.
Pretty good book. Awful movie.
What can say, I love Elmore Leonard. I didn't see the movie but I believe that Tom Sellek played Cable and you couldn't have picked anyone better to play the part. I was trying to decide which I enjoy more, Leonard's crime stories or his westerns - both are masterfully done. This is not great literature but it sure is fun to read.
This book was hard to put down. Elmore Leonard's dialogue brought vivid pictures into my mind. I found myself one with the book as I read. I especially like that he always has women of strong character who believe in and stand by their man and an ending you won't guess. I'll buy another Elmore Leonard book soon. Vickie
David Williams
Great western. As always with Leonard the character are what drive the story. Cable is a man who wants to put the Civil War behind him as he returns home. Others want his land. When he first built his joke he had to defend it from Apaches. Now he has to defend it from other men who want to take it.
This is the way I love it. Badass and smart and punchy and good. As far as I’m concerned, Elmore Leonard should write as many blistering standoffs as he can between quiet, haunted men who are more suited as friends than enemies and I will read them forever.
Martin Cerjan
Excellent western with all the archetypes working overtime. Excellent plotting and pure genius to set it in Arizona at the end of the Civil War. I liked this one better than Hombre and Valdez Is Coming.

Pretty routine stuff: A power struggle between Civil War veterans in the the Old West. Not bad, but a real letdown after reading Leonard's *Hombre*.
The only reason that this received two stars was because of Martha, Cable's wife. I found it boring and the constantly shifting POVs made it hard to follow.
Another excellent Elmore Leonard western, good characters, ample bloodshed, good guys win.
Eh, it's ok. Another book I read because I first saw the film. The film isn't any better.
Another pretty good Leonard western.
Fascinating adventure yarn
Really very good!
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Elmore John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in 1935. After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into m ...more
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