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Sackett's Land

(The Sacketts #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  7,970 ratings  ·  440 reviews
After discovering six gold Roman coins buried in the mud of the Devil’s Dyke, Barnabas Sackett enthusiastically invests in goods that he will offer for trade in America. But Sackett has a powerful enemy: Rupert Genester, nephew of an earl, wants him dead. A battlefield promise made to Sackett’s father threatens Genester’s inheritance. So on the eve of his departure for Ame ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by Bantam (first published 1974)
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Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I recall the fuss and hubbub amongst the intelligentsia when Ronald Reagan presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to L’Amour back in 1984. Akin to the nature that led me to walk through the picket lines surrounding the film Last Temptation of Christ, I checked out a book to see for myself. I am not even sure why I picked this one up; I may have just seen his name on the book cover and started reading.

What I found at first was surprising: not a Western in the clearest sense, but rather a set
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have read every Louis L'Amour book he wrote. That's something like 125 stories. I have them in a box in my garage...just in case I need to have a two hour western read.

I'm not sure you can say that Louis L'Amour was a great fact, I'm pretty sure that would be a hard to defend statement.

But, I can confidently say that Louis L'Amour was an important writer.

For better or worse, I used his stereotype of a man as a model for how I wanted to approach the world and other people. As a 12, 1
"We are all us, it has been said, the children of immigrants and foreigners - even the American Indian, although he arrived a little earlier."

So begins the preface of the first book in Louis L'Amour's Sackett's series and it struck a chord due to the xenophobic paranoia in the current administration in Washington D.C. and the conduct of I.C.E. For those familiar with L'Amour this is a departure from the Western genre he was famous for. It is the first book in the series but not the first written
Henry Avila
Farmer Barnabas Sackett , in 1599 England, is walking on the muddy ground.But not for long, he takes a tumble and falls on his face.Getting up from his humiliating fall,luckily nobody sees it,Sackett feels something in his hand.An old coin that looks Roman.Searching around he finds a bag, with a few more.The poor man knows that some people will give Barnabas a lot of English money, for his discovery.Selling the coins to Mr.Hasling,an antiquarian.Traveling home Sackett gets into a fight with a no ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western, action
I'm not sure exactly what I expected with this, but I was entertained, at any rate. As the start of the dynastic family L'Amour leveraged throughout his career, I supposed I should have expected more or less what I got. Barnabas Sackett is, indeed, a kind of ur-Sackett in that he embodies most of those qualities I vaguely recall from my childhood. He's assertive, competent, honorable, makes friends as easily as enemies, and is always working towards peace, family, and home.

Interestingly, I find
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I read this long ago and I have it (in an omnibus edition with several other L'Amour books...I have a few other omnibus editions). This will not appeal to some of you, it will not appeal to some who have liked other books we agree on. But I like it. I was introduced to L'Amour's books at a time when I had limited access to books. I found that in general I like his work.

Louis L'Amour is probably best know for his westerns and his best known westerns are probably the ones that have to do with the
Mr. Matt
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Barnabas Sackett doesn't look for trouble, but trouble finds him. After finding (and selling) some old Roman gold coins, Barnabas is feeling good. He goes into town and sells the coins to an antiquarian. Afterwards he has a spring in his step and a few extra coins in his pocket. When a pretty young woman in a carriage asks him for water, Barnabas jumps to help her. Unfortunately he attracts the ire of the young woman's gentry suitor.

The confrontation between Barnabas and the young dandy leads Sa
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently the Sackett books are THE L'Amour series...he wrote like twenty of these books and I happily got them all for like 15 bucks at my local used bookstore. Anyway, they apparently follow the story of the Sackett dynasty (henceforth referred to as House Sackett) over at least a hundred and fifty years. Relatively ambitious stuff, and probably not what one would expect from L'Amour, whose massive bibliography is mostly standalone novels. That said, these are not bloated historical ruminatio ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
The first L'Amour book I read was very much what I expected. A cowboy, good but 'bad', conquers all. It was a fun read.

After that first venture into L'Amour-land, I asked for some advice and was steered toward the Sackett series.
Imagine my surprise when I picked up this book and found myself in England! I guess it only makes sense that a saga about a family in the New World would begin at the beginning, but I hadn't thought through that.

As 'old time England' books are much closer to my standar
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a raucous, swashbuckling adventure tale of the onset of the Sackett family starting in 1599!! I had never read anything by Louis L'Amour and was impressed with the writing style and skill (I don't know what I expected!), and the action and adventure! Yes, it was a little far-fetched, but it really held the reader's attention and was fast-paced, making you want to continue with the next book right away!
I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it, especially if you've been in a reading slump
Kate Sherrod
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
You've got to admire, or at least smile at, this founding document of the fictional Sackett dynasty, not only for its main character's, Barnabas Sackett's* minute consciousness of the fact that he is a founder of a dynasty, but for how he (again, very consciously) goes about doing so. For while, as his companion Jubain tells him early in the story "some of the great families of the world were founded with nothing but a sword and a strong right arm," Barnabas is all about establishing something o ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
This story had loads of potential, but Louis L'Amour wasn't the sort of writer to do it justice. SACKETT'S LAND cries out to be a historical epic in the vein of James Michener or James Clavell, but in L'Amour's hands it feels like something serialized for a pulp adventure magazine.
This book has two things going for it. First, L'Amour is brilliant at describing the land. If novels were about trees, rocks, mountains, valleys, deserts, and rivers, instead of people, then Louis L'Amour would be the
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
By now I have figured out that I can't manage to read as eclectically as I used to because lately I get on reading jags and can't seem to get away from certain genres.

So the genre of this season is apparently going to be westerns. Yup, you heard me right. I wouldn't have ever thought I would be admitting that to anyone, but it's true.

Why westerns? It's a question I've often wondered, and I finally feel like I have a good answer.

Westerns are the only truly American form of literature. Westerns ar
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I just can't get past the apparent conceitedness of his characters- the too-good-to-be-true hero and the way things always seem to fall into place perfectly for him. In this book at the end, the girl is telling him she wants to come to America with him despite the fact that she will often be alone. Then she says, "But not for long. If you are half the man you appear to be, I will have a family soon." Are you serious?!! *barf* The story is usually good, but I just can't swallow the shallow charac ...more
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
next time you take a roadtrip, do yourself and your fellow passengers a favor - buy as many of the sackett books as you can find at truck stops and read them aloud. maybe not super intellectually stimulating, but wonderful stories of frontier-style adventure.
This was my first exploring into the works of Louis L'Amour and it lived up to the hype! Looking forward to the next adventure in of the Sackett's!
Paul Falk
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Legendary author Louis L'Amour takes us across the Atlantic to England to meet Barnabas Sackett in this first of the series. This character-driven storyline takes us through a fiasco of being wrongfully accused of robbery by the Crown of England. If caught, he could face a long prison sentence or perhaps even death. Two options he could do without. This is one mess that Barnabas wasn't able to talk his way out of. With the wind on his back, he set sail for America, land of opportunity.

As a resul
Evan Filby
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rather than include every Sackett book by Louis L'Amour in this list, I chose this one as a basis for a "blanket" review of the series. They are popular -- as is/are the movie version(s) -- because they are built around admirable characters involved in high-action adventures. The plots play out against a broad sweep of historical events. But L'Amour does not try to portray the "movers and shakers" of an era -- the true historic figures -- except possibly in passing. Instead, his Sackett protagon ...more
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
I list this not so much because I think it's the greatest book ever, but because I think everyone should read at least one Louis L'Amour, and at least one of the Sackett novels. Kind of an American tradition. I confess that a L'Amour novel is to me what chocolate is to someone else--a guilty pleasure that I have to indulge in every so often. Just a fun read, and one made more interesting when reading in conjunction with a McCarthy novel or another piece of modernist literature about the West. Wh ...more
It’s been many years since I’ve read any of the Sackets. This one was not one of them. At the time I was more interested in the bad gunslinger mentality.
I loved this book! Louis L’Amour has captured the American spirit of daring, adventure, & ambition. Although most likely not completely accurate historically, it gives a wonderful insight into the men & women who forged a new life, a new nation.

“And Jeremy Ring?
He rode because he was Jeremy Ring, a gallant follower of lost or flimsy cau
Scot Parker
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a historical fiction novel, set in the 17th century, a bit earlier than most of L'Amour's works. I found this series more entertaining when I was an early teenager. As an adult, I was bothered by L'Amour's black and white portrayal of this historical period and the moral and ethical questions surrounding colonialism. L'Amour holds manifest destiny up as an ideal in this work; the heroes are the people who pursue this ideal and anyone who does not is either weak or a villain. Indians are ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rosa by: Omar
Shelves: finished-in-2018
This isn't your typical Louis L'Amour western, but it is still in class L'Amour style. A great story with suspense and historical information. My 12-yr. old son really enjoyed this as well. I listened to the audiobook version of this.
Matthew Hunter
Sackett's Land is my first read of Louis L'Amour. I liked it, but didn't love it. LL handles romance clumsily at best. His soulmate appears to be a woman willing to handle guns and kill people alongside her man. "I always said that I wanted a woman to walk beside me, not behind me," says main protagonist and narrator Barnabas Sackett. I agree! I just prefer that "walking beside" never involve his-and-her swashbuckling and gunplay.

LL writes like the manliest of men. It's as if Ron Swanson from Pa
George K.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
"Οι πρωτοπόροι", εκδόσεις ΒΙΠΕΡ.

Το βιβλίο αυτό, χρονολογικά, αποτελεί το πρώτο μέρος της ιδιαίτερα γνωστής σειράς γουέστερν του Λουίς Λ'Αμούρ, όπου σε κάθε βιβλίο πρωταγωνιστούν μέλη της οικογένειας Σάκετ. Στο συγκεκριμένο, βρισκόμαστε χρονικά πολύ πίσω, στο 1599, και παρακολουθούμε τον Βαρνάβα Σάκετ, ο οποίος έχει μεγάλα όνειρα, που έχουν να κάνουν με τον Νέο Κόσμο, την άγνωστη και τεράστια Αμερική, με τους κάθε λογής Ινδιάνους, τις απέραντες πεδιάδες και τα βοσκοτόπια, τα βουνά και τα ποτάμια.
Christopher Taylor
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Louis L'Amour said that he didn't write westerns, he wrote frontier fiction. He was always bemused by how historical fiction set in the American frontier was this special -- usually denigrated -- category.

This, the first of the epic, sweeping Sackett family series, starts in rural England, and ends up on the shores of the United States. Barnabas Sackett is a fenlander, living on his own when trouble strikes him. Fortune allows him to find ancient lost coins, which he manages to use to flee his
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Just finished Sacketts land and I remembered why I don't like Louis L'Amour and his books. They are not believable or the have some gimmic.
"Sacketts Land"the beginning book of the Sacketts saga is the tail of Barnabus Sackett. Before he comes to America. In 185 pages he escapes death from a lord that he insultes Three different times. He is pressed into a ship by an evil captain and escapes. Escapes  capture twice more by the same Captain.He escapes being killed by the Indians. On his return to
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Audiobook. My musings.."Hmmm...I have never read a Louis Lamour novel… I suppose I should…" I was talking to my father-in-law who is a Louis l'Amour connoisseur and asked him if I were to read one of his books which one should I? This is the one he suggested to start with. Bam. It was exciting and adventurous in a swashbuckling slash new frontier slash 'fight around every corner' sort of way. My boys might love it. In fact I'm going to encourage my 12 and 13-year-old to read it I feel 'The Sacke ...more
I think this is really the series that cemented my true interest for Mr. L'Amour's books. It's a good book and series and paints the picture of a very interesting family. Their loyalty to each other and their family honor makes for a lot of good stories. The only part of this series that really saddens me is in the preface where it's stated how long the series and its connecting spin-offs were supposed to be. It's sad that Mr. L'Amour was never able to finish what he intended for it. This book t ...more
I definitely consider this a cozy read. I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading the next in the series. This one is quite short so hard to establish a lot but there is some good groundwork that's promising for the next installment.
The only thing that slightly nagged me was how quick characters were to blindly follow Barnabas, but then again the times were different and he does come across very trustworthy.
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone visiting Arizona
No one writes a western like Lamour! I read all of Lamour's books while living in Arizona (you can't live somewhere like Arizona or New Mexico without reading a Louis Lamour book - it's like living in Florida without reading Carl Hiaasen). Reading his books brought the Arizona desert to life - everywhere I looked, I could relive his books. And the Sackett books, by far, are my favorites by Lamour. And, yes, testosterone flows through these books (but, hey, it's the wild west ya'll!)
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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".

Other books in the series

The Sacketts (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • To the Far Blue Mountains (Sacketts, #2)
  • The Warrior's Path
  • Jubal Sackett
  • Ride the River
  • The Daybreakers
  • Lando
  • Sackett
  • Mojave Crossing
  • The Sackett Brand
  • The Sky-Liners
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