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Jubal Sackett (The Sacketts #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  5,042 Ratings  ·  195 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
Feb 04, 2015 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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
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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Kate Roman
Jul 31, 2009 Kate Roman rated it it was amazing

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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Jacob Proffitt
Feb 03, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
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
Nov 25, 2012 JBradford rated it really liked it
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
Jul 15, 2012 Stan Crowe rated it really liked it
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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Hannah
Nov 26, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of the usual traits like his repetitive explanations of...well...just about everything. Trust me, if you missed it once, it was repeated many, many times. The other thing that was a little far-fetched was the basis of the novel. Jubal Sackett is off hunting, exploring, and minding his own business. Then he meets some Indians who ask him to go on a mission to find some of their tribesmen who went off exploring and ask them to come home. What? Who asks that of str ...more
Victoria
Dec 29, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
Shelves: classic, fiction, western
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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Deanne
Feb 10, 2017 Deanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This isn't usually my type of book, but I decided I needed to acquaint myself with the famed L L's works. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of "Follow the River" because of all the survival, journey through the wilderness and mountains, deal with Indians, learn about the tribes and their folklore, etc. It also has a hint of mystery which made it intriguing and makes me curious to read the next one. I didn't realize this was a part of a series, but it was perfectly understandable ...more
John
Since the L'Amour books featuring Barnabas Sackett (the original patriarch of the Sackett clan) are so incredibly lame, I'm surprised how much better he did at writing about Barnabas' sons. It probably has something to do with the Barnabas books being largely set in England--a country L'Amour wasn't nearly so good at portraying.
There isn't much plot in JUBAL SACKETT. Mostly, it's about the titular character exploring the wilderness and trying not to die. Indians try to kill him, Spanish soldiers
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Kayla
Dec 20, 2013 Kayla rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2012 Laudys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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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Sherrie
Jun 20, 2011 Sherrie rated it liked it
*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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Cade
Aug 28, 2009 Cade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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S
Sep 13, 2010 S added it
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
Nov 28, 2011 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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.
Scott Lyson
Apr 26, 2015 Scott Lyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"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."
Mary
Sep 05, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
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
Marlowe
Jan 24, 2017 Marlowe rated it really liked it
I picked this up without realising that it's part of a larger series. In fact, I didn't realise it at all until I had finished the book and went to GoodReads to see what other people think of it. Point being, this works perfectly well as a stand-alone.

It follows the story of Jubal Sackett, son of Barnabas Sackett, as he travels ever farther west - intent on seeing whatever is beyond the next horizon. On the way, he receives a quest to find a princess, makes friends, makes enemies, and falls in l
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Kate Sherrod
May 01, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Caleb Hettinga
Jan 29, 2014 Caleb Hettinga rated it it was amazing
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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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Dyana
May 16, 2015 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stan
Jul 21, 2009 Stan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Angie Lisle
Sep 26, 2015 Angie Lisle rated it really liked it
This has been my favorite book in the series so far - would've been five-star if L'Amour had just left out the animals, the first being Jubal's pet buffalo and the second being the Mammoth/Mastodon. Pure fantasy on L'Amour's part and I had problems buying it. Through his entire body of work, L'Amour repeatedly mentions that Columbus wasn't the first to discover America - the Mammoth scene in this book made me think that maybe L'Amour should've stepped out of this series to do another stand-alone ...more
Raul Barajas
Jan 15, 2016 Raul Barajas rated it really liked it
The book, Jubal Sackett, was a well structured and written book which introduced Jubal in a manner that allowed me to follow the events more closely with suspense. Started off slow, but allows me to get to know Jubal’s background, which characterizes him as a person in the Sackett family. Through Jubal’s exploration for a home in the Western Frontier and a bond with an experienced Kickapoo warrior named Keokatah he finds friendships, enemies, interests, and adventure which had me waiting for eve ...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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Todd Coburn
Oct 12, 2016 Todd Coburn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western
"Jubal Sackett" tells the tale of Jubal Sackett, The second of the Sackett line in America, as he sets off into the pre-American Wilderness.

The book exhibits L'Amour's classic style. His men are strong, courageous, thinking men, who value law, justice, humor, and fair play, and who will risk themselves to set a wrong right, to protect the innocent, or sometimes just for fun. His women are clever, intelligent, feminine, strong, and beautiful. His writing makes the reader feel the wind, taste the
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Ryan Mishap
Mar 08, 2009 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it
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
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Alana Sholar
Sep 30, 2012 Alana Sholar rated it it was amazing
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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Ed
Jul 31, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#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
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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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