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Over on the Dry Side

(Talon and Chantry #7)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,918 ratings  ·  69 reviews

The abandoned cabin seemed like a good place to settle down. . .except for the dead man in the front yard. But Doby Kernohan and his father traveled a long way seeking a new start, and they were in no position to be choosy. Unfortunately, the mysterious man's violent end was
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Published October 13th 2020 by Random House Audio (first published October 1st 1975)
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A dead body, an empty cabin, a mysterious girl, a lone rider, and a gang after a treasure make for a very exciting western adventure. I was looking forward to a tale told alternating by a sixteen year old boy with lots of grit and a hard man with cold gray eyes from two talented narrators splitting the audiowork.

Doby Kernohan and his pa find a murdered man and a deserted cabin. They are tired of drifting so settle in to work the land. Doby worries there is trouble coming and he isn’t wrong when
Thomas Todd
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, sjpl
Hard to believe but this was my first sampling of Lamour. Most definitely won't be my last. ...more
Jeff Dickison
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good L'Amour tale as Owen Chantry must revenge his brother's death while fighting off bad guys and hunting for a supposed treasure. And at the same time he must win fair maiden's hand. Well told with lots of action. Recommended to western fans! ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
We got a free stack of L'Amour paperbacks about a year ago and every so often I pick one from the pile to read. Maybe I've gotten spoiled by T.V. Olson, Lewis Patten, Elmore Leonard, Clifton Adams and others but, man, this was torture to get through. The story is fine but L'Amour insists on sabotaging the pace by having Chantry, the lone gunman hero, always lecture the other characters, and the reader, about life in the west. He's the most longwinded gunman to draw a shooting iron. Also making t ...more
Barbara Lee Wood

Another great fast moving twisting western by a great author. A man a d his so come upon a cabin, with the body of a dead man laying in the door way. They check the man to see if there's any identification on him, and of course there isn't. The cabin was in disarray, dusty, but we'll built with sturdy homemade furniture.
The father and son clean the cabin and bring in their few items.
I think everyone who likes Louis L'Amour books should read this adventure. It's an i
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
Doby Kemohan and his father settle down in an abandoned cabin. Except for the dead man in the front yard, it is an idea location, or so it seems. They get caught in a fight involving murder, greed, and vengeance and have to deal with a circle of violence.
Brittney Dietzel
In Over on the Dry Side, Doby Kernohan and his father found an empty cabin but when they walked up to the house there was a dead body on the front steps. They are looking for a new start away from the city and people so they took the cabin. After about a month of living in the cabin a man shows up, it is the owner's brother, Owen Chantry. When Owen comes around some trouble starts with this cowboy gang and Owen, they come around and try to find some treasure they think is there. Which leads to v ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that the treasure that the bad guys were looking for wasn't what any of them would consider treasure. I also thought that L'Amour pointing out that book reading was not a common thing in the west. None of these people could fathom that a manuscript from an ancient civilization would have any value. To them it was just a book and of no importance. I often think that many still feel this way and it is very sad. Reading can take to so many times and places that most of us will never be able ...more
Christopher Taylor
A fine L'Amour story about the wilderness and survival and part of his running Fallon/Chantry/Sackett family series. A teenaged boy and his father come upon a cabin in a fine valley with a long-dead man on the porch. What happened to him? Was it the local Apaches? Outlaws? All they knew is that his name was Chantry.

Along comes Chantry's brother Owen, and things get complicated. There's a girl, there's hidden treasure, and there are bad men hunting the treasure. But what if the treasure isn't gol
Peter Sidell
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I keep expecting L’Amour’s books to be less enjoyable. Its been a long time since I read the first one. I just finished two I had as paperbacks - wanted to clear out my paperback backlog. Now I wish I’d reqd them sooner. My reading habits are inclining towards reading everything written by an author I have enjoyed. With L’Amour that would/will keep me busy a long time.
The stories are simple.
I recall years ago telling my father that L’Amour’s stories were too simple. My father had become a big L’
Max Romano
This is a great novel for in between heftier tomes. It reads very fast and the prose is not challenging.

Overall its a good western with a nice mix of classic characters and references to literature, myth and history.

The novel features a small cast of characters and the use of a first person and third person perspective create a nice dynamic that ultimately is a little under cooked.

While the action is brisk and comes to a satisfying conclusion there were several details that did not add up und
Ward G
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
On the move west.
The Kernohans come across a homestead.
With the owner laying shot dead across the threshold.

The father falling in love with the well made home.
After tending to the owners remains.
Decides it is to well made, just to fall into abandon and decay.
Father and son end up making it their own. Here they will stay and put down roots.

A stranger arrives, kin to the slain man.
An outlaw gang also wanting the land, for their own reasons.
A possible secret treasure, concealed by the dead man.

Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy books written by Louis L'Amour. I have read many of them so they tend to have the same format- strong tough guy- wins out in the end- kind of thing. This story is about a boy and his dad coming upon a nicely built homestead. They find the owner dead on the step. Since they are out in the middle of nowhere, they decide to clean the place up and try to make it a home. In the meantime, the man who owned the cabin's brother comes on the place. He allows them to stay because of all the work t ...more
Patrick Stirling
I'm reading Robin Hobb's Fitz and The Fool trilogy, and started the final one (Assassin's Fate) immediately after finishing the second volume. These are great books but quite intense and I felt a little OD'd on them. And, fortuitously, bookbub had this book on sale. I loved L'Amour as a kid so knew what to expect and grabbed it, and read it in one sitting. He was a great writer - not in the literary sense but in the page turning, story telling sense. In the vein of H Rider Haggard and Conan Doyl ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rarely give any book five stars, but this beautiful novel rises above L'Amour's normal fine yarn-spinning. It's told from multiple perspectives, third person and first person in the name of a sixteen-year-old eager to prove himself a man.
The story puts the beauty of Nature on display as much as the human experience. Wisdom of being prepared in the wilderness comes thru too. All together the novel reads much like a parable, designed to teach and entertain. That skill, that morality is to be sa
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I needed a quick and easy book so I pulled this one from my bookshelves. I own the book so I know I've read it before but I had no memory of the plot. Louis L'Amour books can kind of run together after a while, but I liked that this one was a little different with the dual protagonist. The older, wiser, more experienced hero and the teenager who likely reminds him a little of his younger self. Did L'Amour ever write more about Doby? I'd love to read what happened to him ten years later. ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty much the L'Amour formula defined, which is always enjoyable but nothing too special once you've read it a few times. What bumped this up from 3 to 4 stars for me were the sections from the perspective of the 16-year old Doby, which were quite entertaining and (from what I recall) quite accurate in terms of the thoughts, longings, and dreams of boys that age and the less than wise actions that can follow as a result! ...more
Jay Wright
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy and his father arrive at a home with a body at the front door. The house and the barn are in good shape and they move in. A young girl shows up and the story of the murdered man is slowly revealed. Another man shows up and they discover he is the brother of the murdered man. The murderers are still looking for a treasure, but is the treasure a monetary one? The story is developed from there.
Sandi Baker
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grit finds a home!

Who said a Cowboy tale was simple entertainment? Lamont had has something.special waiting for you when you read his novels. His people are real, his characters jump from the page like one is telling about a REAL person! Good caricature, and real tales are hard to put down. Look for many a night of page turning!
Matthew Taggart
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was really good. I found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading. The characters were interesting, the plot twists were fun as well. I loved the way Chantry and his brother communicated with each other. I will say that the ending happened a little abruptly for me, but other than that, a very satisfying yarn!
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was told from two points of view, the narrator's and the 16 year old boy's. It felt like sooooo much time passed in this book with not much happening. It had a curious theory about the lost treasure everyone sought. ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s always so refreshing to read a book where good guys and bad guys are clearly defined and the good guys always win.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was how the narration switched between first and third person.
Pat King
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story. Haven't read much Western and it held my attention. ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my debut reading Western genre and it was ok. The book was interesting. Now I know why "Westerns" are called Westerns. ...more
Eric Wright
A real rootin-tootin-shootin-easy-readin-entertainin western with a bit of romance thrown in.
Jerome Kowalski
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edge of your seat reading

Excellent reading, was hard to put down and found out that when I put it down I had read the complete book.
Mary Mcqueen
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hadn’t read L’Amour in a while. He really takes you to the West. Girl, treasure, gunfights, and nature.
Robert Lariviere
larry brashear
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What can I say after all if it is written by this Author all i can say is it is a wonderful exceptionally fine book!
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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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