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Jubal Sackett (The Sacketts #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,174 ratings  ·  150 reviews
In Jubal Sackett, the second generation of Louis L’Amour’s great American family pursues a destiny in the wilderness of a sprawling new land.

Jubal Sackett’s urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands. He seeks a Natchez
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Bantam (first published May 1985)
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Mr. Matt
This book definitely started off slower than the other Sackett books, but my goodness, what a great book. Jubal Sackett, the quiet son of Barnabas, is a loner, a dreamer, an explorer. Like his father, he has a love for the land. He is not content to stay in the wild frontier of the Carolinas or even the rugged Tennessee valley. Jubal, virtually half native by upbringing and inclination, wants to see the great mountains that divide this new continent. The tug of the distant frontier, the lure of ...more
Kate Roman

So it was that in the last hour of darkness I went down the mountain through the laurel sticks, crossed a small stream, and skirted a meadow to come to the trace I sought.

Nearly one hundred years before De Soto had come this way, his marchings and his cruelties leaving no more mark than the stirring of leaves as he passed. A few old Indians had vague recollections of De Soto, but they merely shrugged at our questions. We who wandered this land knew this was no "new world". The term was merely a
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Mike (the Paladin)
I got this audio version of the book from the library recently to listen to when I was busy with mindless tasks...or just wanted something on when I was "relaxing". I read it many years ago and recalled it as I listened. On the whole I like Louis L'Amour and this is an early title(in the story's time line) of his most "iconic" fictional family the Sacketts.

I've read several reviews of the L'Amour books here and one thing I've seen criticized in them (though not "real" often) is his treatment of
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Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed this one, too, though not quite as much as the last. Which is odd, now I think on it. I liked Jubal much more than Kin, and his story is nearly as strong. I think I didn't connect very well with Jubal's goals, though, and his "dream" of going ever further west and seeing things no other white man had seen didn't really thrill me much. Which is a shame, because Itchakomi is by far my favorite heroine so far, too (though I found the chapter from her perspective a bit jarring).

Again, we s
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JBradford
I stopped in at the VA Medical Center a couple days ago to update my prescriptions and looked over the collection of pocketbooks on the swap table in the waiting room while waiting to be processed, and I found a bunch of paperback books by Louis L’Amour. They were old pocketbooks, which is only natural, because I have been reading Louis L’Amour’s novels since I was a teenager. I grabbed one that I did not recognize as having read before, with a reason for taking it mostly being because of the pi ...more
Stan Crowe
I have to say that this one really surprised me. I've never been a L'Amour fan, to be honest (though my mom's dad had read, I think, every last one of his novels), but I think I could get into L'Amour easily if I tried.

Normally, I wouldn't have enjoyed a book written like this: there was a high level of repetition, some plot resolutions that seemed just a bit too easy (and that were, by and large, foregone conclusions), and some bald foreshadowing that could easily have killed off any suspense b
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Victoria
As a wee little lass I remember my dad and big brother constantly reading Louis L'Amour. In a flurry of nostalgia I decided to read Mr. L'Amour primarily as a "reading bond" with them. My dad now reads Lee Child, John Grisham, or the local paper. My brother, well, he is the intellect in the family so he now prefers lofty literary tomes.

But when I told them I was reading Jubal Sackett, they both gave a sweet sigh of approval. Despite the fact that they haven't read these books in decades, Louis
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Kayla
It may have taken me two months to read this book (I've been busy with school), but I finally finished it!I started it during spring break and finished it during the two weeks of my summer break.

Overall this was a good book. It is the longest book in the Sackett series and I felt like L'Amour could have edited it down a bit. He also wrapped the book up in his typical rushed ending fashion by throwing in a mammoth (that's right-mammoth mastodon!) fight/attack seen in the last few pages.

I did lik
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Laudys
My aunt found this book at an airport and gave it to me. I put off reading it for so long, 'cause I don't really read western. I just don't find the genre that appealing... but this book. This book.

I've read it more times that should be allowed to. It's one of my default fall-to book. I just grab it if there's a prospect of me getting stuck in a waiting room and I proceed to devour it every time (and yes, I may have developed a crush on Jubal Sackett along the way).

The plot is just stuff happeni
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Scott Lyson
"A cold wind blew off Hanging Dog Mountain and I held no fire, nor dared I strike so much as a spark that might betray my hiding place. Somewhere near, an enemy lurked, waiting."
Sherrie
*spoilers*
this was my first louis l'amour book. i thought it was good and interesting to read about this time period of american history. my only complaint is that most of the book was jubal watching for enemies, "there was movement! it's an indian!" etc. that got kind of boring. also i was really intrigued by the mummies he found in the cave and the "find them" plot. then at the end, he totally leaves that plot hanging. that was a huge bummer. oh well. but i enjoyed reading it. not sure if i'll
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Ed
#4 chronologically in the Sackett series (#17 in publication order). Author L'Amour died 3 years after this series entry was published. He had planned on writing over 20 more series entries to fill the gaps in the Sackett saga; as it turned out their is a gap of over 200 years between this entry about the dawn of the American westward exploration in the 1620s and the next entry #5 Ride the River (1983) which takes place in the pre-Civil War period of the 1840s-1850s. As opposed to the taut weste ...more
High Plains Library District
As a wee little lass I remember my dad and big brother constantly reading Louis L'Amour. In a flurry of nostalgia I decided to read Mr. L'Amour primarily as a "reading bond" with them. My dad now reads Lee Child, John Grisham, or the local paper. My brother, well, he is the intellect in the family so he now prefers lofty literary tomes.

But when I told them I was reading Jubal Sackett, they both gave a sweet sigh of approval. Despite the fact that they haven't read these books in decades, Louis
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Dyana
I am retired with a lot of time to read and ponder why I have never read any Louis L'Amour books before. I guess I always thought they were just "westerns". How wrong I was. In the back of this book the author writes: "I think of myself in the oral tradition - of a troubadour, a village taleteller, the man in the shadows of the campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered - as a storyteller. A good storyteller." Louis L'Amour is definitely a fantastic storyteller. This book was engrossing ...more
Cade
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So I didn't have to actually read the end of some sentences as I could predict what they were going to say. When it comes down to it, you just have to pick up a Louis L'Amour every now and then. The best part of this book - the inscription - it was a Father's Day gift to my Dad in '84 or '86 (hardback even) from my sister when she only had two kids.
Lorraine
I have read many Louis L'Amour books, but this is the one I remember the most. This was an exciting story that I read many years ago and enjoyed very much. Jubal Sackett left his family home to explore America. I can't remember exactly where he went, but he saw buffalo in great herds and saw Niagara Falls and (I think) the Grand Canyon.
Caleb Hettinga
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Book Review #2

1.) Introduction: This novel is titled Jubal Sackett, and was written by Louis L’amour. Bantam Books, Inc published this book in 1985. This book is an adventurous survival story that involves Indians, fighting, survival, and love.

2.) Brief Summary: The story starts out with Jubal Sackett, an English-blooded, American-born late teen alone in the woods of the Appalates Mountains. He is exploring the east coast out of curiosity, surviving off th
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Dawn
I purchased the start of this series about a decade a ago. It is unknown why I have not picked up the books until this year. Unfortunately I started with the third book in the series. The fortunate part was it made no difference as I was able to read the book and enjoy it.

Jubal Sackett is the third son to Barnabas Sackett, who left to go west and explore the new territories. His mother took his younger brother and sister back to England to continue their education and raise them in society. Jub
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Kate Sherrod
Each of Louis L'Amour's Sackett novels becomes my new favorite as I read along, but I'm starting to see a bit of a pattern forming of which I might tire. That pattern being that each novel is, in no small part, about its chosen Sackett's quest for a wife with whom to make more Sacketts to be waiting there to greet the rest of the white folks when they finally get around to settling the interior of the North American continent.

So far, though, there is plenty of variety within that narrative, and
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Stan
I have to say that this one really surprised me. I've never been a L'Amour fan, to be honest (though my mom's dad had read, I think, every last one of his novels), but I think I could get into L'Amour easily if I tried.

Normally, I wouldn't have enjoyed a book written like this: there was a high level of repetition, some plot resolutions that seemed just a bit too easy (and that were, by and large, foregone conclusions), and some bald foreshadowing that could easily have killed off any suspense b
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Mary
The exposition of “Jubal Sackett” by Louis L’amour starts you on the journey with Jubal Sackett, a yeoman, who is heading westward. You learn he is being followed by someone or something which you later you find out the identity of. In this first chapter or so you get to know who Jubal Sackett really is, and some of his family back ground. He talks about his father, his mother and brothers and sister, how they are in England and how his father is here in the Americas but he has left him behind. ...more
Alana Sholar
What can I say I understand and appreciate all of Louis L'Amour writing. I own everything he ever wrote most of which are leather bound covers. I started collecting his work at the age of 18 and was sent the last few things he wrote after he passed.

Louis L'Amour was a great story teller -- I can always picture each place, taste the food, and feel the pain as I read his words. Louis L'Amour books have been turned into movies, and enjoyed by many.

Stars such as Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott just to n
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Ryan Mishap
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
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Carl Brush
You can’t beat Louis L’Amour. Phony as much of his prose is (Greener the grass will grow than in the land we left behind.), he keeps pulling you into the story. Or at least he keeps pulling me. Within the first fifty pages, his hero breaks his leg while alone in the forest, begins starving, is mauled by a panther. Surely you want to see how he gets of that one.
Then there’s the buffalo Jubal Sackett breaks to the saddle and trains not to eat his corn. Then there’s an (almost) plausible battle wit
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Jason
My march through Sackett history continues with the fourth volume in the series, this one featuring the title character, who's one of the sons of Sackett patriarch Barnabas, and the first to head into the wild, unexplored American West.

This book will likely be of interest to anyone curious about the Sackett saga, and though I didn't find it to be ultra exciting, it's nonetheless solid—sort of like the Sacketts themselves. This book is longer than most of L'Amour's, making it of average novel len
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Carol and Gary Curtis
Good book. Overly long, partially to establish the ground for future stories. As always, L'Amour includes a lot of history, much of it very enjoyable and usfull for his general plot. Since not the book revolves around Sackett's search for the Sun woman and what happens afterward, this could be called a romance in advent ion to other descriptions. Very entertaining and worth the time.
Denise
I can see why the men in my family enjoyed the writing of L'Amour. First one I've read. The history was interesting, with enough action, plot, romance, and moral characters that you cared about to keep reading. I found the spelling of the Indian names interesting, and the way the tribes made alliances, merged, learned about horses. Quick, fun read.
Vali
This is the last L'amour novel I read out of about a dozen, because it was the longest. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It was recognizably a L'amour novel, but a lot more as well. Set in the 1620's, it's about a pioneering mountain man exploring unknown territory west of Appalachia. Perhaps L'amour had grown in his writing, or perhaps in 1986 he had more leeway in his writing than he did in his cowboy novels of the 50s. In Jubal he offers superstition and sixth sense. He explores the the ...more
Craig
The fourth book in the Sackett series by L'Amour. This book focuses on Jubal Sackett, the 3rd son of Barnabas Sackett and the action takes place around 1630. Jubal (like his father) is a wanderer whose greatest desire is to seek and know the new lands to the American West. His travels with an Indian (a Kickapoo warrior) take him from the Carolinas west up the Tennessee and Ohio rivers into the Mississippi and from there to the western Rocky Mountains. Along the way, they encounter many Indian tr ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Sacketts (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Sackett's Land
  • To the Far Blue Mountains
  • The Warrior's Path
  • Ride the River
  • The Daybreakers
  • Lando
  • Sackett
  • Mojave Crossing
  • The Sackett Brand
  • The Sky-Liners
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