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Ride the River (The Sacketts #5)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,132 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
In Ride the River, Louis L’Amour spins the tale of a young woman who has to protect her family fortune from a murderous thief and teach him what it means to be a Sackett. Sixteen-year-old Echo Sackett had never been far from her Tennessee home—until she made the long trek to Philadelphia to collect an inheritance. Echo could take care of herself as well as any Sackett man, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 1983 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1983)
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Best Books of 1983
44th out of 101 books — 74 voters
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Mr. Matt
Feb 10, 2015 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it
"You? You're just a girl. What could you do in a fight?"

At five foot two and 100 pounds soaking wet, there's not much that men think slim, pretty Echo Sackett can do. So, when she goes to collect an inheritance crooked lawyers, city slickers, and street toughs try to con her out of her money. And when the con fails they try to steal it. And when the theft fails, they try to kill her. The only problem for them is that Echo isn't your ordinary sixteen year old girl. She's a Sackett. And being a Sa
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 15, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, western, chaste
Holy crap! Why didn't anybody tell me L'Amour wrote a female protagonist?!? And did an incredible job with her PoV as well!! I'm sorry, I just can't get over this. I mean, Echo Sackett is nine kinds of awesome with extra kick-ass on top! L'Amour might not have pioneered the female action hero, but this is an excellent entry and one devotees of the modern YA girl power movement will find comfortably familiar. I'm serious, L'Amour was decades ahead on this; Echo would fit seamlessly in the current ...more
Melissa McShane
This was a fun little romp, but boy oh boy does L'Amour's style grate on me. And the romance was...well, you could see the girl falling in love, but the guy seemed pretty indifferent right up until he wasn't. Still, very exciting action, and I loved the main character--she was tough but feminine and it really worked.
Tara Chevrestt
Sep 27, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it
Somewhere in the Tennessee hills in 1840, there is a young gal named Echo Sackett and she never wastes a bullet. When this fiesty girl aims, she hits what she is aiming for and can ride and hunt as well as any man. One day a traveling peddler happens to come across her family name in a newspaper and upon reading it, Echo must travel to Philledelphia because the newspaper states that there is an inheritance for the youngest living Sackett. Once arriving in Philledelphia, however, Echo discovers t ...more
Kate Sherrod
Jun 27, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it liked it
I'll admit to having put off picking up this one, even though so far the Sackett books have pretty much been a sausage fest (for all that each one of them is about the winning of a wife as awesome as each novel's hero deserves), partly because I wasn't sure how well Louis L'Amour could really do a female voice, mostly because it seemed from the opening paragraphs, that his version of said female voice was in backwoods dialect, and I'm still getting over the wounds dealt to me on that score by on ...more
Rogue-van (the Bookman)
This is a refreshing adventure that pits a small Sackett female against a bunch of big men a couple of decades before the Civil War. Neither city slickers nor run-of-the-mill woodsmen are going to steal from this mountain girl. Hardest thing about this story is finding a break in the action long enough so that you can put it down! (I've read it 6 times since it was published in 1983.)
Dec 30, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western
This is my favorite book of the Sackett series by L'Amour. I suspect that the fact that I was a young girl when I read it had something to do with it... I wanted to be as cool as Echo was.
Best one so far! I enjoyed reading from Echo Sackett's point of view. She was a tough mountain girl and she held her own. On to the next book!
Rebecca Hill
Jan 29, 2012 Rebecca Hill rated it liked it
Well this is the second book I have read by this author, and if the books were not free gifts I never would have read the first and definitely not the second. However, the author did improve in this second installation in both character development and story line. Ride the river is about a young girl traveling alone across a few states back in the day (late 1800's early 1900's) and complications which can arise in such situations. It deals heavily with commitments people make, how every associat ...more
Apr 01, 2015 Casey rated it it was amazing
How can you go wrong with Louis L'Amour. I picked this particular book from my complete collection and reread it again for the umpteenth time. Echo Sackett is a Tennessee mountain girl who travels to Philadelphia by herself to collect an inheritance. Shyster lawyers and bad men try to trick her out of her money and eventually steal it for a time. They just don't know who they've tangled with. Intrigue, romance, murder, history and family are packed into this giant novel of a little paperback boo ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Carmelina rated it really liked it
Shelves: westerns
Echo Sackett has no idea what is waiting for her when she journeys from her beloved mountains to Philadelphia to collect an inheritance. But one thing is certain those who think it will be easy so steal it from her have no idea what they are up against. After all Echo is a Sackett!

Echo's youth, slight build and the fact she is from the mountains make her look like any easy target. However, Echo is a strong mountain girl who is smart, adept at tracking, shooting etc proving to be more than a matc
Jeff Blaney
Jun 14, 2016 Jeff Blaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easy and enjoyable read

The pace and tempo of the action keeps you reading. As always L. GLamour delivers. There is never a bad read with Louis.
Aug 11, 2014 Frode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Echo Sackett is a caution. I chuckled at the way L'Amour allows her to slip back and forth between proper English and backwoods slang. It is a rare thing for this author to have a female lead character, but it comes off well. There is the added attraction of the Chantrys getting involved. Finian going to the rougher part of town was a delight. There is lots of action, no real character development, a little philosophy about family and history, a love story, and the appearance of some Clinch Moun ...more
Reyna Chase
Jan 31, 2016 Reyna Chase rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventurous
I've only read a couple Louis L'Amour books but even through those couple I'm amazed at how he can create stories all pretty much based around the ideas of the old west but they all seem so different fr each other with fleshed out characters who all seem different! Echo was such a strong heroine who was still very feminine which was nice to see. I especially appreciated her rifle skills, which were pretty great. The Chase was very exciting and every time we met a new character I was interested, ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Dyana rated it really liked it
This book is the fifth in the Sackett series and takes place quite a leap in time from the last book. The fourth about Jubal Sackett is circa 1620's and this one takes place around the 1840's - a 200 year gap in the story line. Here we have a type of swashbuckling woman heroine who is underestimated by every man she encounters that doesn't come from the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee where she was born and raised. She's only 5' 2" tall and 100 pounds of determined grit, feistiness, and femin ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
If you like Mattie Ross in True Grit or Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Ride the River is a book to add to you TBR list. Echo Sackett is a smart and independent 16 year old trying to elude the men who are trailing her through the wilderness in an attempt to steal an inheritance she is transporting in a carpetbag. The bad guys underestimate the small and pretty Echo, and she uses that to her advantage over and over again. Like other favorite protagonist, she is scared and just wants to go h ...more
Aaron Toponce
Jan 15, 2016 Aaron Toponce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first in the series (the only?) that has a strong female lead character Echo Sackett. What really struck me with her character, was how strongly L'Amour wrote in her personality. It was very clear that she was a bubbly, bright, expressive individual, with a great sense of humor.

Of course, being a Sackett, she's a strong-willed and high-skilled individual. In this story, she's collecting money that is rightfully hers, faces the "bad guys" that are envious of her claim, and she sh
Sep 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, action, western
#5 in the Sackett series chronologically (#16 in publication order). A minor story (written in 1983) meant to be one of at least 10 to bridge the gap between the cluster of stories that take place in the early-mid 15th century and the remainder of the series that takes place in the 1870s. Unfortunately, only the last of the early cluster (1985) was to precede the author's death in 1988.

Sackett Titles #5 - Sixteen-year-old Echo Sackett had never been far from her Tennessee home--until she made th
Angie Lisle
Oct 06, 2015 Angie Lisle rated it it was amazing
This book was a delightful surprise. I wasn't expecting much from the main character, Echo Sackett, because L'Amour's female characters in other books are often flat and one-dimensional. He blew me away with a strong female character.

I adored the ending of this book, mostly because I expected a different ending (the typical fairy tale ending - girl gets in trouble, dude rides in on a white horse to rescue her). On several occasions, L'Amour sets up a deus ex machina, only to have Echo sidestep
Jul 02, 2014 Jocie rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, well-written & entertaining read.

I took one star off because it wasn't very introspective or educational- there is no conflict of morals the main character has to over come- the book is just one long chase scene (She has treasure, and the bad guys want it- and the bad guys better beware!- sums it up).

I needed some clean, high-quality fiction, and this fit the bill!

Appropriate for kids: Very violent, but not usually gorey or graphic(although he mentions briefly of a baby's he
May 17, 2016 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: westerns
I really enjoyed this. A quick read, it had what you would want from a Sackett novel. Action, beautifully detailed descriptions of the countryside, and interesting characters. I liked Echo a lot. I wish we had more about her, but I am not sure how much of a role she plays in the later Sackett novels. L'Amour does, I think, a good job with the challenge of writing from a female point of view. She is not just a 'Sackett in skirts,' so to speak, nor is she a damsel in distress. She is a tough, witt ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Telisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2011 Ellen rated it really liked it
This here is what a woman should be.
Jan 04, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
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Welcome to another Retro Review. This one is a little different as you will see in my opening paragraph. I hope you enjoy it .

Publisher: Bantam
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: Purchased

In Ride the River Louis L’Amour spins the tale of a young woman who has to protect her family fortune from a murderous thief — and teaches him what it means to be a Sackett….

Sixteen-year-old Echo Sackett had never been far from her Ten
Chattery Teeth
May 13, 2014 Chattery Teeth rated it it was amazing
Strong female character. Love these Sackett books. 5th in Louis L'amour's chronological account of his Epic Going West series, The Sacketts.

Wasn't sure if he was capable of writing a good female character but Echo was great, charming, smart, and a joy to watch outsmart all these antagonists... But The Sacketts are pretty much Super heroes and, really, never make mistakes. Haha true story. The love story was cute and believable, and the action was smart, as always.
Jun 17, 2016 Jean rated it it was amazing
This was a different turn for L'Amour as the lead is Echo Sackett, a young woman. She's competent, feminine enough, and knowledgeable. Yes, she ends up getting help from some of the descendants of Yance Sackett, but it was reasonable given the situation.

I also like how it ties into the Chantry series (which I need to pick up, too.) I think if you like Westerns, even though this takes place between Philadelphia and Tennessee, that you'd like this book.
Jun 05, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This is the 5th book in the Sackett series. It has a female protagonist, Echo Sackett, and jumps in time from the previous book. Echo's family inherited a large some of money from a Sackett ancestor, and she went to Philadelphia to claim it and bring it home. On her journey, she encounters friends, adventure, and danger, and possibly finds love. The question is will she get home with the inheritance. A quick and action-packed read.
Garry Yuen
Jun 18, 2016 Garry Yuen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Louis L'amour book and it won't be my last; I loved it!

My first Louis L'amour book and it won't be my last; I loved it! I can't wait to know the Sackett clan in greater detail. The story also sparked an interest in learning early American history and folklore. I realized I don't really know anything about Daniel Boone other than being a hunter
David Rasner
Aug 23, 2014 David Rasner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
In Ride the River, Louis L’Amour spins the tale of a young woman who has to protect her family fortune from a murderous thief and teach him what it means to be a Sackett. Sixteen-year-old Echo Sackett had never been far from her Tennessee home—until she made the long trek to Philadelphia to collect an inheritance. Echo could take care of herself as well as any Sackett man
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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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