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Milo Talon (The Talon and Chantry series #5)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,617 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Milo Talon knew the territory and the good men from the bad. He had ridden the Outlaw Trail and could find out things others couldn’t. That was why a rich man named Jefferson Henry hired Milo to hunt down a missing girl. But from the moment Milo began his search, he knew something wasn’t right. Three people had already died, an innocent woman was on the run, and a once sle ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 1981 by Bantam
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Aaron Toponce
Meh. It was okay. Nothing great. There were a number of problems with this story. First, was all the self-reflection of Milo himself. Constantly evaluating where he is, what he's doing, why he's doing it, why he's getting someone involved, etc. The self reflection is quite a bit more compared to previous books by L'Amour, to the point of being obnoxious.

Second is the premise itself. Milo is a drifing cow puncher, who finds himself playing detective to find a girl that hasn't been seen in years.
Lindsay Boitnott
Jan 19, 2016 Lindsay Boitnott rated it it was amazing
Last week I had the sudden need to read Milo Talon. So, I picked up my worn paperback and dove in to the story of my favorite western character.

I love Milo Talon! Im a fan of his blunt personality and desire to do the right thing by good people. He's just a good guy with a sharp whit and smart mouth who stands up for his friends. What's not to like?! I also enjoy the supporting cast of characters L'amour provides our reluctant hero: the pretty girl in need of help, the kind ex-trail cook, and th
Angie Lisle
Feb 09, 2016 Angie Lisle rated it liked it
This book has the element I love most from L'Amour - great descriptions! I can imagine everything that L'Amour wants me to see; that's his strong point. This book, like many of L'Amour's books, has typos and printing errors and I lay the blame on the publishers because these books have been out long enough that those errors should be caught and corrected before the next printing.

I figured out the plot almost as soon as the characters were introduced but I'm not sure if that happened because I he
Apr 21, 2016 Hagen rated it it was amazing
Milo Talon is hired on to track a missing girl that even the Pinkerton Agents couldn't find. Milo doesn't feel right in town. He notices that someone is watching him from a window, the man who hired him has another man in town watching Milo. Then the Arkensawer comes to town, a man who gets paid to kill people, and Milo gets nervous.
Milo and a girl that knows something are trying to escape. The man who hired Milo has men out looking for him to kill him. Not only is the man who hired Milo lookin
Laura Verret
Jul 27, 2014 Laura Verret rated it it was ok
Something just doesn’t seem right to Milo Talon. He’s used to being hired to do odd jobs by rich men. But this particular case is unusual. Jefferson Henry wants Milo to hunt down his granddaughter, Nancy Henry, who’s been missing for over fifteen years. That doesn’t sound criminal, but why didn’t the search take place fifteen years ago? And why Henry’s sudden interest in locating his granddaughter? Is he really concerned for her safety? Or is he more interested in her demise?

As Milo begins to pr
Alex Church
Dec 12, 2013 Alex Church rated it really liked it
Milo Talon was a typical kind of past-life outlaw. He was very cautious and had become a kind of bounty hunter. While in a town, he took the job to find a girl that was the heir to a mysterious man named Jefferson Henry, and he had to try and search for her without getting involved with outlaws and other bad men. He eventually finds the girl, but she was on her own search for the riches/treasure from her father. Milo found the girl, but he had to fight back gunmen that had been tracking him. In ...more
Katherine Househam
Feb 23, 2015 Katherine Househam rated it liked it
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Jan 04, 2015 Bonnie rated it liked it
Shelves: western
I wanted to try western so of course L'Amour was recommended to me. It was a quick, fun read, and the story kept me engaged. I only thought there was too much of the, "she seemed like a nice gal, or was she?" type of thing going on--definitely question mark overkill. I think I'll give more of his stuff a try though. I'm a fan.
Jan 08, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
Not one of L'Amour's better titles. There are a lot of characters, with more introduced at almost every turn.
The main character does a poor job of detective work, often not asking obvious questions which would shorten the case or make it easier for him. Talon should keep his day job.
Jan 16, 2012 Craig rated it did not like it
Shelves: westerns
I thought this was a very sub-par novel for L'Amour. Granted, he is not a bright light literarily, but he spins a good yarn and I enjoy his western sagas. I like to read him when I am looking for something light and fun. Milo Talon, however, was ill-conceived, disjointed, incongruous and confusing. He had too many irons in the fire. His main character repeated himself (ad nauseum). The plot did not tie together, too many liberties were taken and the ending was a total let-down. Its like he dashe ...more
Shane Lutz
May 04, 2015 Shane Lutz rated it it was amazing
I think this is an excellent book and another great western book by Louis L'Amour. I like the fact that it's kind of a mystery and a western book.
May 06, 2015 Chance rated it it was amazing
milos mom is in trouble he goes home and the talons fight off their enemies
Normally I really like LL books, but this one had me wanting to smack Milo upside the head for not staying focussed. I forgot how many times he picked up the paper clues and then put them down and went off to do something else; he never asked Molly the questions that would have streamlined the whole process, even the easy ones, like "Why is someone trying to kill you?" or "Why were you kidnapped?" There was time in the ride back from the kidnap site to town, but oh, no, big strong stupid cowboy ...more
Mar 01, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
Garage Sale find, about 100 Westerns for $2.00

So I realize that this is a series book now that I am entering this on Good Reads, but the book is great

I remember my Grandpa would get these books, from all of his kids, and grandchildren as gifts. A day spent fishing with him, reading books on the dock waiting for the fish to swim by our worms. I am going to enjoy these easy predictable reads.

After reading the books in series, I will add more to the review to see how it fits, but by itself this is
J.A. Pierce
Mar 11, 2014 J.A. Pierce rated it it was amazing
Great read.
Aug 01, 2009 Greg rated it liked it
Louis L'Amout was, for the most part, a formulaic novelist, but it was a formula I thoroughly enjoyed, and still enjoy. This was one of the Sackett series, though on the fringes, as Milo is a distant cousin to the central figures in the Sackett timeline. Good story, though, where the bad guys are clearly bad, the good guys have strong values and similar friends, and in the end, the hero wins and gets the girl. Sorry for those who like more sophisticated do I, but this also works for me ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was 12 years old when a friend recomended I read this novel and it's still one of my favourites. I've probably read it 4 times over the last 30 years. I can still hear the sound of Talon's boots tapping on the boardwalk. L'amour may tend to be formalistic in his writings but he knows the land and the people he writes about.
Fredrick Danysh
Apr 19, 2016 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Milo Talon is familiar the the Western region encompassing the Outlaw Trail and he knows the people. A rich man hires him to find a missing woman resulting in surprises as he learns that he dosen't really know his employer or the object of his search. An excellent story by the master of Westerns.
Dale Rosso
Jan 05, 2014 Dale Rosso rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages
Shelves: western
Great story, as usual I have trouble putting L'Amour's tale down.
May 08, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
I was desperate for a book to read at night.... Lee loves all Louis L'Amour , so I grabbed one of his and this is what I ended up with. I will say I enjoyed it more than I anticipated. He definitely knows how to vividly paint a picture in your mind.
Michael Kennard
Sep 27, 2012 Michael Kennard rated it liked it
Read most of Louis Lamour's books when I was in my late teens and early twenties. They are important to me as they were some of the first books that got me into the reading habit. For that I shall be forever grateful
Sep 23, 2008 Ivanna rated it liked it
The perfect airplane read. There's a cowboy, he has a code, there are bad men and our hero does what has to be done. Lamour is a bit formulaic but comfortable and endearing.
Apr 25, 2011 Sho rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sho by: parents
Kind of a Sackett because his old ma, Em, was a Sackett before she married. Not bad, if I need a cowboy fix I'll track down the others he wrote about the Talons.
Jul 29, 2007 Kent rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any L'Amour Fan
Not your usual Hero first book. This one really displays the work that Mr. L'amour takes to completely create his characters. One of my favorites!
Oct 11, 2008 Ally rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ally by: Aaron
Shelves: school-7th_08-09
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Eric Fischer
Sep 08, 2013 Eric Fischer rated it really liked it
My second L'Amour book. A little confusing to start, but a fun read regardless.
Sarah Elizabeth
Apr 13, 2014 Sarah Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: westerns
One of my all time favorites! And not just because Milo is part Sackett :]
Jul 17, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: westerns
In the top ten of L'Amour books as far as I'm concerned.
Apr 25, 2011 Robi rated it it was ok
Now I can say I've read a Louis L'Amour.
if u like western books u will love this book
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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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The Talon and Chantry series (8 books)
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