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The Trail to Seven Pines

(Hopalong Cassidy #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,176 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Hopalong rides into a firestorm of violence and  betrayal. On the rain-drenched trail to the  lawless town of Seven Pines, Hopalong discovers two men  -- one dead, the other badly wounded. Returning  with medical help, Hopalong finds the wounded man  has been shot through the temple. Who would  commit such a murder? To find out, Hopalong hires on  at Bob Ronson's Rocking R ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Bantam (first published 1992)
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Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
On the rain-drenched trail to the  lawless town of Seven Pines, Hopalong discovers two men—one dead, the other badly wounded. Returning  with medical help, Hopalong finds the wounded man  has been shot through the temple. Who would  commit such a murder? To find out, Hopalong hires on  at Bob Ronson’s Rocking R Ranch. There he learns  that more than a thousand cattle have been run off  by men keeping one scheming eye on the ranch and  the other on the monthly stagecoach shipments of  gold. Hopal ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
Hopalong Cassidy, iconic western hero of stories and films, is minding his own business, traveling to the violent town of Seven Pines, when he discovers two men on the trail—One dead and one severely wounded. He leaves to seek medical assistance but upon his return he finds the wounded man has now been shot through the temple. That’s certainly enough for Hoppy to get involved and find out who would murder the man in cold blood. He hires on as a ranch hand at the Rocking R Ranch and proceeds to i ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Latest road trip, latest audio book. We like westerns and neither of us were really familiar with Hopalong Cassidy--apparently, he's a cowboy legend about whom lots and lots of stories have been written. Hoppy, as he's called by his friends, consistently saves the day. He is smarter, wilier, and more humble than most, but it's his accurate shooting that ultimately saves the day--which happens several times throughout this adventure. It was fun to listen to, but even more important, it was easy t ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: westerns
One of L'Amour's Hopalong Cassidy tales. I'm giving it 3 and a half stars. It was entertaining and certainly held my interest. There was some redundancy here and there but I always looked forward to picking it up again whenever I put it down.
Anderson Rearick III
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book by Dad’s favorite author, Louie L’Amour, was New York Times bestseller in hardcover. I can see why. L’Amour is completely comfortable with the setting and characters, even if he disliked the movie Cassidy’s character interpretation. According to the afterward he asked that his name not be connected with the text. L’Amour wanted the more rough, foul talking cowhand who’d been shot in the leg (creating his distinctive hopping gait) as envisioned by his creator, Clarence E. Mulford. Seven ...more
Christopher Taylor
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Hoppy is on his way to Montana and gets distracted by a building range war when he stumbles across a murdered man during a thunderstorm. Like most L'Amour books, this starts out intriguing and exciting, and is filled with true-to-life descriptions and settings.

Earthquakes feature fairly strongly in this story, unusual for a western frontier novel, and the range war goes in an unexpected direction as well. Those who are expecting Hopalong with ivory handled silver colts and dudley do-right attitu
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This doesn't take a lot of attention, so it is a good gym read. Not great lit, but I have always had trouble reading great lit while bouncing up and down and checking my heart rate. Certainly a cut above the TV or the music that is played in gyms. And the action keeps you interested.

I have a bit or a love hate relationship with Louis. His plots are predictable and so are his characters
But he can be suprising in the details. L'Amour researches his books so the locations are accurate, the activit
Ward G
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
One of the early Hopalong Cassidy novels.

This one a very nice example, of the western genre.
An interesting start. As well as a nicely paced tale.

Involving mysteries, cattle rustling, and gun battles.

Hopalong did not pan on staying. From experience, he knew things would become deadly.
As a cattle ranch, in decline.
Has the outlaws and criminal masterminds circling it.

Soon he is drawn into the fight. As he tries to discover.
Who are the men, behind the outlaws.
Looking to take it all for themselves.

Greg Nuttle
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I just recently posted that one Louis L'Amour book a year seems about right, and then immediately violated my own rule by reading another one a month later. I don't know if it's that, or the fact that I'm just not digging the Hopalong Cassidy stories so much that made me not love this one so much. Hoppy's just too perfect. He never makes a mistake and he's never really threatened. I like the traditional Louis L'Amour novel where the protagonist takes a whooping but still prevails at fisticuffs w ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Another Louis L’Amour book down. It’s book three in the Hopalong Cassidy series. Not bad but nothing special. Hopalong Cassidy rides into Seven Pines. There is some cattle rustlers. There is a quick draw gunslinger that Hopalong has to beat in showdown for the book to end. There is a beautiful woman part of the mix of the story to add some western romance. In this book, Hopalong is a hired gunman to protect the cattle from the rustlers. Hopalong meets up with some old buddies to save the day and ...more
Deanna Hansen
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Great wild west story in the style of Louis L'Amour wrapped around Hopalong Cassidy. Lots of colorful characters like rustlers, stage robbers, gold miners and ranch hands focusing on stolen gold and a range war.
Jay Wright
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
L'Amour did not like these books. He did them under contract and a pen name. Not admitting authorship. The books are decent and reflect the quality of the books to come. Clearly he had developed some skill as a writer by this time and he rendered good portrayals of Hop-a-long Cassidy.
Carol Gleason-rechner
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hopalong Cassidy gets 'er done.
Joe Aldrich
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good. Read it. Carry on.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
These Hopalong Cassidy books were written for visual consumption and I like that I can visualize what's happening as I read them.
Aaron (Okuyo) Toponce
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-recommended
Again, another great book in the Hopalong Cassidy series. I did struggle with identifying some locations, so I got turned around in the geography a few times, and some of the characters I had a hard time keeping straight, but other than that, I thought this was another great read.

Many characters in this book have their own distinctive personalities, which makes the book a better read than most of Louis L'Amour's bibliography. Further, Hopalong doesn't get the girl (it was part of the agreement b
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, western
#2 in the Hopalong Cassidy series by author Louis L'Amour, writing as Tex Burns. L'Amour hid these novel under a pseudonym because his publisher demanded a kinder and gentler Hoppy in the TV and movie William E. Boyd persona rather than as the hard-bitten cowhand in the Clarence E. Mulford tradition whose series of novels L'Amour had been picked to continue.

The Hopalong Cassidy Novels #2 - Hopalong rides into a firestorm of violence and betrayal. On the rain-drenched trail to the lawless town of
James Sorensen
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is book two in L'Amour's Hopalong Cassidy series. Originally written under the name Tex Burns. Hopalong is on the way to Seven Pines when he runs across two men murdered along the trail. In an attempt to fins the killer Hopalong becomes embroiled in a confrontation between Bob Ronson's Rocking R Ranch and the 3 G Ranch led by the Gore Brothers. The Gore's and their thugs are rustling Rocking R cattle and Hopalong is hired by Ronson to stop it. Will Hopalong find who killed the two men, will ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Every once in awhile a guy just has to read a book where he doesn’t have to think. This was one of mine for the year. I’ve not read many of L’Amour’s western books, at least his westerns. His LAST OF THE BREED is one of my favorites. I can’t even rate Seven Pines. It automatically gets two stars because it is a book and not TV . It is a pulp western published in the 1950s, predictable but entertaining.

Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd in a series of 4 stories that Louis L'Amour wrote about Hopalong Cassidy. I enjoyed it very much ... read the whole thing in 1 day! Hopalong is a great character and L'Amour paints a great picture of what life was like in the post-Civil War era out near the Rocky Mountains in what we now think of as the 'Wild West'. L'Amour put some great characters in this story of crime, mystery and range wars.

I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys westerns.
Tony Petry
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: westerns
This is one of the Hopalong Cassidy books that L'Amour wrote and then spent years denying that he'd written. He apparently didn't want his name associated with them because the publishers altered L'Amour's characterization of Hopalong. It wasn't the writing because these are solidly told stories and quite good. They were only published by the family after L'Amour's death. It was just the characterization I had a problem with.
Jul 14, 2008 rated it liked it
It was really fun to read a western. My grandpa loves this author. I read it while I was spending a summer overseas and so it made me miss my America! Anyway, kind of dry, but fun to read a good old novel.
An Odd1
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
**** "The Trail to Seven Pines" is the second Hopalong Cassidy western by Louis L'Amour. Somewhat repetitive of the first, orphans being rustled, somewhat different, the youngest daughter is fooled by the smooth villain. I don't like stupid women, but L'Amour has admirable real men.
I found the depth of L'amour's writing in this Hopalong Cassidy story to be a little more thoughtful than that in "The Riders of High Rock." There are traces of the type of writing found in "The Lonesome Gods" in this book.
Ms. Mielke's Class Make sure you post how your sheets tell you to!!!!
On the rain drenched trail to the lawless town of seven pines, I discover two men one dead the other badly hurt. Returning with medical help, I find the wounded man has been shot in the temple. If you want to find out more Read the book. JM
Mike Capanda
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louis Lamour was a great story teller. To have picked up where mulford left off and write 4 more stories about Hoppy and the crew from the Bar 20. I love it. Even if he did deny writing them . After u read them U can tell they r his work !
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I haven't really read any Westerns before. This one managed to keep my interest by moving quickly along and not staging anything out. It's written in a simple, straightforward manner, lending itself to bring a quick and easy read.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
Another L'Amour western. Nothing special here.
Ryan Mishap
Mar 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Hopalong, Cassidy, just Hopalong out of my view. I read these when I was a kid, so cut me some slack for having read them.

May 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
It was a pretty standard western. Nothing outstanding. The best part was the after word written by L'Amour's son.

Donated to the Library.
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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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