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The Burning Hills

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,642 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Wounded, dehydrated, and escaping and violent feud with the men of Bob Sutton’s ranch, Trace Jordan is near collapse when he descends from the heat of the desert into a cool, secluded canyon. He wakes to find a beautiful woman gently caring for his injuries. Maria Cristina and her family have also suffered at the hands of Sutton and his men. The experience has left her ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Bantam (first published May 1956)
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Henry Avila
Jun 17, 2011 Henry Avila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Henry by: nobody
Trace Jordan is an easy going cowboy, who has only killed 6 men in his life!He rounds up wild horses to make a few bucks, a man has to eat. Coming back from grocery shopping,he finds his horses and gear missing and by the way his partner killed.This annoys him a little.After a long ride running away from the bad guys and shooting a few.Jordan with a hole in his side, is saved by a pretty young widow. Did anyone imagine the cowboy would die! She found his secret hiding place in the middle of ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
Oh Louis L'Amour... Who else can write what's basically a romance novel about a horse-wrangler bleeding his way through the Mexico/Arizona desert while bad dudes and Indians chase him?

Our hero sets off to kill the horse thieves who shot his bronco-busting partner, but they turn out to be part of the biggest ranch families in the area. So the tables quickly turn and our hero has a gut full of lead. He runs, passes out and wakes up being tended by a fiery-hot senorita. It isn't long before these
Dustin Reade
Nov 30, 2012 Dustin Reade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More wonderfully descriptive writing that made me want to watch westerns for the rest of the week. My only problem was with the female lead character. Sometimes she spoke with a stereotypical mexican accent: "I will keel you!" "You will be keel!" and sometimes she didn't: "They killed my father!"

It was distracting at times, but so what. I mean, I don't really care about anything.
I am a nihilist!
Benjamin Thomas
Jul 17, 2012 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
This is the 72nd Louis L'Amour book I've read. Wow, I can't believe I just typed that. I started when I was about 12 and have just kept on reading them. They serve as good fillers when you need a quick read between weightier efforts.

This one represents what L'Amour does best: a lone wounded man in deep trouble, shot and having to survive with his wounds, no water, bad guys hunting him, and the ever present threat of Indians. But this one was also a bit different from most L'Amour novels in that
Jun 03, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
As a kid I loved westerns. Somewhere along the line I completely lost touch with the genre while exploring sci-fi, fantasy, history, historical fiction......etc. One of my ex-bosses was a serious L'Amour fan so he was always in the back of my mind to check out. A promo on amazon kindle was the spark and I am so glad I did. It might not be high literature but it certainly took me back more than a few years in a short and captivating journey. I'm hooked
Oct 27, 2016 Don rated it liked it
Shelves: louis-l-amour
Classic L'Amour. It was a little slow at times but the story does draw you in. Not as great as his Sackett books but still good nonetheless. There were times when it felt like a Mickey Spillane book but only in the manor in which the main character, Trace Jordan, interacted with the love interest.
L'Amour paints a grand picture of the old west as always.
Ken Schloman
Nov 21, 2016 Ken Schloman rated it liked it
Typical formula for a L'Amour western. Still a good read for western fans.
Sep 24, 2014 Terric853 rated it liked it
I'm a Louis L'Amour fan. Despite the fact that there's very little dialogue, the story of Trace Jordan comes alive. Trace and his partner have rounded up wild horses, branded them and are in the process of breaking them. Upon returning from getting supplies in town, Trace finds his horses gone and his partner shot in the back (several times). While in town, he recognizes one of his horses and confronts the man who "owns" it. A gunfight ensues; Trace kills the other man and the man wounds him. ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Aug 11, 2015 Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) rated it did not like it
Shelves: f-westerns
I really disliked this book. I've read enough of L'Amour's novels to be used to his sexist characters and the role of women in his stories, and sometimes he writes some pretty decent ones. This novel, though, shows a non-white woman in the Mexican border region of California who is forced to accept an asshole hero gunfighter as her 'protector' and partner, after he rescues her from the bad guys. The hero seems to think that when the woman refuses him, she is simply untamed and needs to be ...more
Sep 13, 2007 John rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: students of fiction writing
Louis L'Amour is a master of the 1st page, much as is Dick Francis. Many have said that L'Amour wrote great first pages after which he simply filled in the blanks of the same novel, over and over again. To some extent this is true, in that he found a successful format and stuck with it. But the knowledgeable reader and student of writing will also note that L'Amour took great pride in 'riding the trails of which he wrote'...there is an element of reality in his books not present in pulp westerns ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, western
Last year I read the autobiography of Louis L'Amour. The only 'western' I've ever read was "The Lonesome Dove". But, when I saw this Kindle book on sale for 99 cents, I went ahead and downloaded it. And, it was good!

Trace Jordan is on a mission to find the thieves who stole his horses & killed his partner. But, he's already been shot and he's getting weaker. A young lady, Maria Cristina, finds him and treats his wound.

The book is a western - complete with gunfights, Indians, and more. The pa
Dec 19, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, western
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Dean Sault
Jul 21, 2013 Dean Sault rated it really liked it
Trace Jordan escapes from Bob Sutton's men into a deep canyon, but he is wounded and collapses. When he awakens, Maria Cristina is tending his wounds. She is a rugged woman whose own family has been victims of Sutton's brutality. Their relationship slowly grows as they figure out how to escape their hiding place without being caught.

Like all L'Amour's western tales, scene description and attention to detail is masterful, painting a vivid image of the local in which the drama unfolds. Unfortunate
Fred Shaw
Sep 03, 2015 Fred Shaw rated it liked it
This is the first Lou's L'Amour novel/western I have ever read. There was of course the lone rider in the southwest, wounded and being chased by bad guys. He is found and treated miraculously by a Señora. There are Apaches in the mix and the lone rider faces the bad guys to save his new woman. He is wily, strong and fast at the draw, and the ending is as you might expect. I like the authors writing, his characters and the scenery he paints. I will read another. I have read other westerns, "The ...more
Westerns are not a genre that appeals much to me, so my rating of 2.5 stars certainly reflects that: I simply can't say I liked it. Good guys vs bad guys with a hostile natural environment thrown in for good measure; somehow, against all odds, the good guys win in the end. Yawn. Still, given that prejudice, I have to admit that this particular book was well-written. Not all the bad guys were totally bad; there was a female character who had her own strong personality that didn't quite fit all ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: louis-l-amour
A quick break back to fiction after finishing Lawrence in Arabia. I am returning to my project of reading the Louis L'Amour book in chronological published order.

The Burning Hills is my 9th L'Amour book this year and is one of two published in 1956.

This story opens with the hero of the book Trace Jordan's friend having been killed, their herd of horses rustled and him on the run from the rustlers. Having been wounded in the chase he finds refuge and help from pretty widowed senorita who he qui
Heath Lowrance
Oct 22, 2013 Heath Lowrance rated it really liked it
Trace Jordan is running from some corrupt land-owners and lawmen, and trapped like a rat in the rolling desert canyons. But the baddies are about realize that when Jordan’s back is to the wall, that’s when he’s at his most dangerous… I was a good 60 pages into this one, thinking perhaps I’d made a mistake, because it wasn’t working for me. But then, out of nowhere, it all started to mesh and I found myself really enjoying it.
Sep 11, 2016 Dan rated it liked it
This is the first and only book of Louis L'Amour that I have read. It is was an entertaining read. The story has very well defined good and bad guys and plays heavily off of the standard perception of the American West. Having traveled some through the arid lands of this country myself I felt a connection to the places described. I would read another but would probably not go out of my way to do so.
Jul 24, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
This was my first "western" and the story was more or less exactly what I would have expected. It is basically a novella where a posse of local guys are chasing after a guy who killed one of their friends. The guy being chased is the actual good guy who had only been trying to get his stolen horse back. Of course there is a beautiful woman involved, and it doesn't take a detective to figure out who gets the girl. A quick read.
Jun 15, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book, except for the idea that the man just has to overpower the (seemingly) unwilling woman..."Just ain't halter-broke," he said gently, "but you'll do. You'll do all right." As much as the author painted the woman as self-sufficient and a woman of her own mind, in the end, she succombs to the power of the man. Kind of a John Wayne sort of guy.
Apr 07, 2008 Rusty rated it really liked it
Shelves: western, louis-lamour
If you like stories about good guys who kick butt and get the girl and the bad guys who get it in the end, read Louis L'amour. He also has a knack for describing scenery, and every canyon, spring, etc. he mentions truly exists. He was a great authority on the American Wild West which is not quite how Hollywood often portrays it.
Mar 14, 2012 Bobbi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read, western
Wow! This is definitely up there with L'Amour's great works. The sense of movement and being on the move; knowing you're in the right but that powerful men don't care about right and wrong, finding love at the wrong time with right woman-it's all here. The storyline was excellent and kept pushing you down the trail. Really enjoyed this one.
Aug 06, 2016 Natalya rated it liked it
Shelves: nook
Quick historical read, hard to put down as it sucks you in from page one with its plot twists. Strong undercurrent of attraction between the leads but its secondary to the plot. A good read, interesting history regarding Mexican settlers, native american trackers, white rancho men settlers, general lawless atmosphere of the wild Texan west...
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 31, 2016 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: westerns
Wounded in a feud with the Suttons, Trace Jordon flees into the desert where he collapses. He is found by the beautiful Maria and learns that her family has also suffered at the hands of the Suttons. As they try to escape through the desert they also have to contend with the Apache.
Vatsal Makhija
Oct 23, 2012 Vatsal Makhija rated it liked it
Just another Louis L'amour novel. As much fun as most. We've got some very strong and attractive characters in this one: Borden Chantry, Tyrel SACKETT, Mike Bastian and Ben Curry. Pretty gripping. If you like westerns, you'll love this one.
Nov 18, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
I enjoyed it for what it it and what L'Amour books are supposed to be. I though the description of the action and the way the suspense was built were good. It was a good quick read between other books.
neal mirin
Mar 20, 2014 neal mirin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will always be the best writer

I think I have read all of his books two or three times,I never tier of them.I own 100 or more of his books and they will go to my Son when I pass . so if you see one read it
May 01, 2008 Rae rated it it was ok
Shelves: westerns
Trace Jordan, aided by a Hispanic halfbreed, runs from a bunch of ranchers who are out to avenge their dead leader.
Mar 27, 2012 Richard rated it it was ok
First western I ever read outside of "The Dark Tower" series. The similarities to Greek myth and the Homeric epics are pretty damn clear.
Jane B
Apr 08, 2014 Jane B rated it liked it
First Louis L Amour I have read. Quick read, moved nicely, a few twists and turns, good descriptions of the desert. I liked that the characters were not flawless.
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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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