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To the Far Blue Mountains (The Sacketts #2)

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TO THE FAR BLUE MOUNTAINS

In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L’Amour weaves the unforgettable tale of a man who, after returning to his homeland, discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible.

Barnabas Sackett was leaving England to make his fortune in the New World. But as he settled his affairs, he learned that a royal warrant had been sworn out again
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Published September 30th 2003 by Bantam (first published 1976)
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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
Kate Sherrod
..."There is game."
"Poaching?"
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
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Stacey
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
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
Dyana
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
Misty
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.
Frode
I enjoyed it. The references to the other two families, Talons and Chantrys, were a nice touch, just worked into a conversation regardin the Talons and with a small episode regarding the Chantrys. I had read this years back, and with the exception of the end, I remembered little of it. The author muses about political systems, repressive rulers and the upperclass, the qualities needed to survive on the frontier, the wish for a better way of life, and the desires of some to create a better future ...more
Laura
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.
Matthew Hurley
"No man ever raised a monument to a cynic, or wrote a poem about a man without faith." —Barnabas Sackett
Annette
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
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Aslaug Gørbitz
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
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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,
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Dennis Goshorn
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
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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Chuck
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
Craig
This second volume in L'Amour's Sackett series, details the life of Barnbas Sackett, who fled England under a warrant for his capture (on trumped-up charges) to seek his fortune in America. His quest was not just to find refuge in a colonial settlement on the seacoast, but to penetrate into the Blue Mountains and beyond. Barnabas is a frontiersman and adventurer. L'Amour did his homework on this period of history and displays his vast knowledge of 16th Century English life, a sailor's lot and na ...more
David Rasner
Barnabas Sackett will be tortured and put to the gallows by Queen Bess, who believes the gold coins financing his first expedition to the Americas was treasure lost by King John. Barney must evade searchers at every port, and clear his name before he can begin afresh in the New World.
Kate
Classic genre fiction. Egregious overuse of cliched (i.e. both hilarious and awful) American wilderness philosophy, but great action! Pirates! Mutinies! Naval battles! Midnight escape rides! Sword fights! Indian raids! Crocodile fighting!
Connor Smith
The book had its interesting and not so interesting parts about it. The beginning few chapters were on the low end, but towards the middle and end you get into it more. The ending really makes you want to read the next book.
Celeste Batchelor
Again, I loved this book. Louis L'Amour must study a lot of facts before he wrote his books because they are laced with historical events, names, and places. I want to stop and write down more of these references as I read them the next time through. I should be doing that the first time through, but right now I'm lucky to get them read at all. Some day I'll get around to studying all the little side notes I make. LOL!

My only complaint about this book was that occasionally there seems to be an i
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Jeremy
The second book in the Sackett series felt very similar to it's predecessor. Exciting stories, statistically improbable luck, relatively shallow character development, and a few wise philosophical musings. I enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll continue the series, which is a lengthy one.
Alfredalmond
You can't miss with Louis L'Amour. A great story to become a part of. Strong morale likeable characters seeped in real fact-- they don't build them like that any more...
Trevor Parker
This book was a bit better than the first in the series, but not quite enough to earn four stars. I enjoyed Sackett's character: a man of honesty and principal who acts according to a very defined moral ethic. And in these two books I have grown to know and like him quite a lot.

The descriptions of the American Wilderness made me something akin to homesick. I yearned to be in the virgin forests, exploring new areas, and letting my heart answer the beckoning call of the distant and mysterious moun
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Carol and Gary Curtis
A very good book and story. Starts a little slowly but picks up once Barnabas gets to America. Not the traditional western but an excellent story.
Melissa
There wasn't good word flow in this book. Time was choppy as many years at a time were skipped. Barnabas doesn't even go to the mountains until the very last chapters, in the meantime, it's rather repetitive with Indian attacks and trading by the sea. It wasn't a captivating adventure story for me.
Peg Lotvin
About half way finished. I like this book a lot. This is the second in the Sackett saga, a series of books trying to tell the history of the country through the lives of one family. Barnabus Sackett is the patriarch, though he is a young man fleeing England to the New World in this volume. L'Amour is an amazingly good writer. I love his turn of phrase, his descriptions and the obvious research he has done on the life of common people of the time. Have to disagree with the writer who thinks L'Amo ...more
Brian Merrill
To the Far Blue Mountains is the second (chronologically) in the Sackett series and (along with Sackett's Land) tells the story of the first of the Sackett family, Barnabas Sackett and how he settled in America around 1600. Louis L'Amour, best known for his Westerns, does not get enough credit for this series, a true family saga, the story of a man who had a dream to own his own land in the wide open spaces of this new land called America, and to start a family so that his children would grow up ...more
Sean
This is a book told from the perspective of an Englishman who looks west and imagines what the new world would be like and goes. Brilliant historical fiction.
Ryan Stewart
This one has been my favorite book of them all. The way he brings everything together was awesome.
Chad
I enjoy Louie L'Amour books and I liked this one along with all his others. Book 2 in the Sacketts series picked up were the first one left off and sets up for the lengthy series to come. Mr. L'Amour keeps his stories simple and therefore easy to read or listen to and the story goes by rather quickly. A quick, fun read for anyone!
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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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