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To The Far Blue Mountains
Louis L'Amour
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To The Far Blue Mountains (The Sacketts #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,120 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
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 against him and that men were se
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published by Saturday Review Press (first published July 1982)
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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
Mr. Matt
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I always had a negative impression of Louis L'Amour (completely unjustified) and Sackett's Land was somewhat of a stretch, with unbelievable twists and turns that tested my willingness to believe. The sequel was, so to speak, a different story.

To the Far Blue Mountains continues the story of Barnabas Sackett. He returns to England only to face continued problems with questionable English justice. Wanted by the law he is forced to return to th
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
This was kind of a disappointment after the first. It has most of the same elements, and the same protagonist, but it's far more scattered with a wandering story and not much cohesion. In this one, Barnabas continues his determination to settle the new lands in America and to take his wife there where they'll have kids and crops and fights and stuff. That's more than a little crazy. L'Amour deals with that by not worrying about it, much. Which actually works, I think.

The problem is that lots of
Kate Sherrod
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
..."There is game."
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
I enjoyed this book, even as it drove me buggy. Barnabus spends most of the book seeking the far blue mountains...and going everywhere else for most of it. Stuff for him is also a little too easy while doing so, but it's still a good story. I don't like the ending, even as I was expecting it having read the book previously. Still upsets me, but it was handled well and in an interesting fashion to close the book. Well worth your time.
As a teenager, I was completely hooked on L'Amour's multi-generational SACKETT saga. More recently, I was struck by the desire to read this series in proper order.
The first book is called SACKETT'S LAND, and it tells the story of Sackett clan patriarch, Barnabas Sackett, as he journeys from England all the way to the New World and back again.
The first issue I had with SACKETT'S LAND was that it sucked. The second issue was, this being a family saga about the taming of the American frontier, WHY
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
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, audio
The continuing adventures of Barnabas, founder of the American Sacketts, L'Amour's most famous family saga. Still more of a swashbuckler than a western. I think I liked it better than the first book, but Barnabas was still too arrogant, too sure of his destiny, too skilled in things the reader had no idea he knew about.

It was frustrating how Barnabas kept exposing himself to his enemies, almost as if L'Amour was just trying to pad out a much shorter story by working in near-captures and daring e
Celeste Batchelor
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar/17: reread this again. Love this book. One of my favorites. Jared and I are pretty much continually rereading Louis L'Amour books.

Mar/11: Finished reading to my boys. They loved this series.
Oct/09: Second time read. I love these first couple of Sackett books. Barnabas Sackett is the man.
Matthew Hurley
"No man ever raised a monument to a cynic, or wrote a poem about a man without faith." —Barnabas Sackett
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the author gives you a wonderful view with his writing!!
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a very long time since I read this story. This is the continuation for SACKETT'S LAND. It picks up almost immediately where SACKETT'S LAND ends. The book spans twenty years and the life of Barnabas, Abby, Lila and the others. Their trials and successes. The birth of their children and the departure of Abby with Brian, the second son, and Barnabas's only daughter Noelle. This story has a very sad ending. There is a great deal of information throughout the story and much philosophy thr ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of the Sackett series, after Sackett's Land and the continuing story of Barnabas Sackett's life. Lots of excitment, lots of interesting history, lots of philosophy. A little sad at the end but a great followup to Sackett's Land.
Kevin Stilley
The first hundred pages seemed like more-0f-the-same rather than a sequel to Sackett's Land, but then it became better - much better. Pirates, more pirates, a huge Irish gal with "second sight", a mysterious Jesuit power broker, the Crown Jewels, English fens and American swamps, sword fights and Indian wars, finding and losing, and Louis L'Amour's own version of Plato's allegory of the cave. What's not to love?
Kim  L
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess I was tired of the old country and the pirates attacking the Sackett Clan. I thought that the story I was hoping for didn't start until the last 1/4 of the book
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an ending for Barnabas Sackett. Full of adventure, and fairly fast-paced.
Char Inman
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not wait to read book #3
F. Allen
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the early Sackett stories because they explore a time seldom revealed.

During the time of Jamestown Barnaby Sackett brings his young family to America. He and his wife raise four sons and a daughter in the wilderness. It is a great story.
Emily Dixon
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sackett series is the best L'Amour!
Brian Farnham
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. it takes you on a wild journey. I think it will make anyone question if they were born in the right generation.
Aaron Toponce
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written and intriguing with how the early pioneers of America felt and were dean to a new big land.
Jacob Aitken
One of L'Amour's best, no doubt. Takes place in the 1600s under Good Queen Bess. Several clever tie-ins with other L'Amour books regarding Talon and *Fair Blows the Wind.*
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
Dennis Goshorn
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 13-in-2013
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
Steve Evans
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put this one down. I've always loved Louis L'Amour and this is one of my favorites.
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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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The Sacketts (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Jubal Sackett
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