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To the Far Blue Mountains (The Sacketts #2)

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Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers. In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L'Amour weaves an unforgettable tale of a man who journeys to his homeland, but discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible.

Barnabas Sackett was leaving England fore
Audio CD, Unabridged, 7 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by Random House Audio (first published 1976)
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Nov 16, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another tail of epic, Crockett-esque tall tales. I don't know what's better: Davy Ckockett killing a bear when he was three, of Kin-Ring being born beside a fire in the heat of an Indian battle. L'Amour certainly likes creating legends of his characters, for which I am happily grateful.
Ryan Mishap
Mar 08, 2009 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: when-i-was-a-lad

My dad loves all his books and I read over a hundred while staving off the night terrors when growing up.

It is a strange fact about the old west, Indians, and the genocidal take over of the land now called the United States that fiction writing about them is often taken for truth (see Ward Churchill's Fantasies of the Master Race). The back of almost every L'amour novel lauds his knowledge of "how it really was" and the fact that he could've been one of the tough, honorable, lonely fighting men
Aug 06, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the author gives you a wonderful view with his writing!!
Dennis Goshorn
Nov 13, 2013 Dennis Goshorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 13-in-2013
To the Far Blue Mountains is the second book in the saga of the Sackett family as told by Louis L'Amour. This book has it all—adventure, intrigue, romance, mystery.... There are pirates, Indians, villains, heroes, damsels in distress, sword-fighting, broadsides, etc. L'Amour covers a lot of ground in this novel and quickly. What I mean is this is one of those books you don't want to put down. When you get to the end of a chapter, you want to read more, so you go on to the next chapter and the ne ...more
Feb 10, 2011 Misty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finally read a Louis L'Amour after camping in his hometown three or four times. So I get his appeal, but it was a boring read. Predictable and cliche often enough. Very shallow characterization and plot development. But man was this guy prolific. If you love westerns, I can see just loving to the short quick adventure L'Amour provides. I will probably attempt another of his books at a later time. . . maybe in a few years.
Aug 20, 2011 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I typically love Louis L'Amour books but I had a hard time getting through this one. It took me a lot longer than normal. I think its a little too similar of a read to the first book (Sackett's Land). He returns to England, must escape from there as people are searching for him, sets stuff up in the new country, trades, comes upon pirates, indians, etc... It just seemed a little boring. Although I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, as I think following his childre ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have started the Sackett series because I know so many people that have enjoyed L'Amour's extensive writings. Since he has sold over 300 million books there can't be much that I can say in the way of support. This is the second of the series about his journeys to the new world around 1600. They are fun books to read when you just need a break from a series of long, tedious, but worthwhile books. I get a kick out of some reviews however, with their revisionist history, sitting at their computer ...more
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
Barnabas Sackett’s problems began with a simple misunderstanding, but now things have gone completely beyond his control. Forced to leave his home, Barnabas gathers his loyal friends and sets off for the new world. Once there, he must battle the rough new frontier, the elements, and the native Indians to carve out a home for future generations of Sacketts.

If the above synopsis seems sketchy, it's because I only listened to the first couple of hours of To the Far Blue Mountains. This audiobook,
My expectations were high when I picked up my first L'Amour novel. Higher than they ought to have been, it turns out, as I was fairly disappointed.
First, the mitigating factors: I listened to this as an audio book. I find that I tend to rate some audio books lower than I might have had I read them in the traditional manner. Reading aloud - which at a rough estimate takes 3 to 5 times as long as my silent pace - often exacerbates if not exaggerates problems in pace, dialog, and etc. A bad narrat
Matthew Hurley
"No man ever raised a monument to a cynic, or wrote a poem about a man without faith." —Barnabas Sackett
Kate Sherrod
Nov 17, 2012 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
..."There is game."
I smiled. "There are no lords there to bespeak the deer or the hare, William. There is enough for all."
I love this exchange between Barnabas Sackett, gonnabe American pioneer, and the man he's leaving behind to work his tiny plot of land in England's famous fens. Neither can believe that the other wants what he does. William is happy to cut rushes and grow what crops he can on the tillable bits of Barnabas' inheritance; Barnabas wants to be in on the ground floor of
Aslaug Gørbitz
Jan 14, 2013 Aslaug Gørbitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love almost all of Louis L'Amour's books. They've helped me understand one of my brothers in particular and all men in general. Not that all men are like his heroes, but he does include all kinds of men in his books, and he is not wrong in his portrayal of their varying differences. I beg to differ with some readers who say that all of his heroes are the same, they are not.

The hero in this particular story is like none other, vastly different from his own sons, he is the quintessential mas
Henry Avila
Barnabas Sackett returns to England, from America, on a trading trip. Even though he has enemies there, and is immediately wanted by Queen Elizabeth 1. A warrant for his arrest has been issued, she believes that Barnabas has found the lost crown jewels of King John. The treasure fell in a river and disappeared, back in 1216( by the adventurer's farm )...It's 1600 now, in the forest of the north, close to Sackett's home, he hears a noise, as does his good horse's ears. Something is near, out of t ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 1st half of this 2nd in the series is a continuation of swashbuckling adventure. Barnabas Sackett has returned to England to trade furs and goods from America and to retrieve his financee, Abigail Tempany. He finds a warrant out for his arrest because Queen Elizabeth thinks he found the crown jewels lost by King Philip in 1216 (it's now 1604) when he found the gold coins in book one. In his run from the law he encounters Black Tom Watkins who has escaped from prison. They team up avoiding th ...more
Julie Davis
About a fourth of the way into this book I'm enjoying John Curless's narration but am tired of Barnaby being on the run from the Queen's men. What interested me in this series in the first place was the exploration of the New World. There's a good deal of speechifying about how grand it'll be to live there, see the other side of those mountains, and raise a strong family ... but I begin to despair he'll ever get out of England. Barnaby's time in the New World was my favorite part of the first bo ...more
Louis L’Amour was a remarkable storyteller and jack-of-everything. He took pride in making his historical novels as true to the circumstances of time and place as possible. This, the second of the Sacketts novels, portrays the perilous conditions facing the white man’s ventures to the New World. The seas abounded with smugglers and pirates. The land was home to numerous tribes of natives who subsisted in a warrior culture. England, France and Spain claimed large territories in league with the Ch ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 24, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
This was kind of a disappointment after the first. It has most of the same elements, and the same protagonist, but it's far more scattered with a wandering story and not much cohesion. In this one, Barnabas continues his determination to settle the new lands in America and to take his wife there where they'll have kids and crops and fights and stuff. That's more than a little crazy. L'Amour deals with that by not worrying about it, much. Which actually works, I think.

The problem is that lots of
Mr. Matt
Feb 07, 2015 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I always had a negative impression of Louis L'Amour (completely unjustified) and Sackett's Land was somewhat of a stretch, with unbelievable twists and turns that tested my willingness to believe. The sequel was, so to speak, a different story.

To the Far Blue Mountains continues the story of Barnabas Sackett. He returns to England only to face continued problems with questionable English justice. Wanted by the law he is forced to return to th
Gregg Jones
This was the first of Louis L'Amour collection of the Sacket clan that I read. I have always enjoyed this author but this was a mind blower. For most of the world they see America as the "last frontier", exploring the wilderness, adventures, and more BUT they only know (even Americans) of what happened in America's frontier during the 19th century and what happened West of the Mississippi.

America was a frontier from 1492 and on. The East coast was the end of the world before New York was starte
#2 in the Sackett series (#13 in publication order). This entry follows the saga of Barnabas Sackett from ca. 1600 to the 1620s. The book runs 370 overstuffed pages. Repetitive description of the manner, skills and habits of the men of the fens become tiresome; as does being told, endlessly, that the European explorers of the 15th Century were not the first to cross the Atlantic, that every man found evidence of earlier men, and that earlier sailors were not shore huggers especially because that ...more
As a teenager, I was completely hooked on L'Amour's multi-generational SACKETT saga. More recently, I was struck by the desire to read this series in proper order.
The first book is called SACKETT'S LAND, and it tells the story of Sackett clan patriarch, Barnabas Sackett, as he journeys from England all the way to the New World and back again.
The first issue I had with SACKETT'S LAND was that it sucked. The second issue was, this being a family saga about the taming of the American frontier, WHY
Sep 02, 2015 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, westerns
I listened to the audio book of Sackett's Land and loved it. I decided to read this the old fashioned way (since I am listening to Einstein on audio already). Overall, I enjoyed it. Barnabas is a great character: he is smart, honorable, swashbuckling, and daring. He is quite philosophical in his pondering of why he is so compelled to push to the next frontier. However, the story sort of petered out at the end. I would have liked to see more of Barnabas and his life in America. Mostly we see the ...more
Angie Lisle
The continued story of Barnabas Sackett, the grand-sire of The Sackett legacy, leaving his home in England behind to build a new home in the western frontier, what will become the American colonies.

The first book, Sackett's Land, has a plot propelled by action; To The Far Blue Mountains is choppier, with L'Amour using brief summaries to skim great gaps of time. I enjoy how L'Amour works in tiny details about history - like that seafarers had long been coming to America - so I felt slightly chea
Aaron Toponce
Jan 13, 2016 Aaron Toponce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rob Trans
I expected more after reading the first in the series. The characters spent much too much time contemplating philosophical matters such as why some people want to explore and others are content to remain in their current situation. This discussion was repeated numerous time in the book.

The book spent an inordinate amount of time on the main character's flight from England. After some activities were described ad nauseum, other were entirely glossed over. For example, after taking a ship from a
Apr 19, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started a bit rough with Barnabas back in England for some reason despite already having landed at what would become Virginia. Still, once things get rolling we have the usual L’Amour adventure in the form of lots of riding around on horseback while the narrator tells us about stuff, fights of the sword and pistol variety, pirate shit, etc. I’m always surprised by how much L’Amour knew about whatever his subject was, this one being particularly about 17th-century England and Virginia/Carolina. T ...more
Sep 02, 2016 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, audio
The continuing adventures of Barnabas, founder of the American Sacketts, L'Amour's most famous family saga. Still more of a swashbuckler than a western. I think I liked it better than the first book, but Barnabas was still too arrogant, too sure of his destiny, too skilled in things the reader had no idea he knew about.

It was frustrating how Barnabas kept exposing himself to his enemies, almost as if L'Amour was just trying to pad out a much shorter story by working in near-captures and daring e
Jefferson Coombs
Though not a cowboy western, this is an enjoyable book in the Sackett series.
Oct 06, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My imagination has never failed me when reading a book. I love this book! All throughout the story, through my imagination, I could smell, see, hear, and almost touch everything as I went along. Louis L'Amour writes so good that I can feel my presence in the story as it unfolds. Truly, the type of writer/story I love to read.
Jacob Aitken
One of L'Amour's best, no doubt. Takes place in the 1600s under Good Queen Bess. Several clever tie-ins with other L'Amour books regarding Talon and *Fair Blows the Wind.*
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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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