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Sackett's Land

(The Sacketts #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  9,760 ratings  ·  563 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, 185 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by Bantam (first published 1974)
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Matthew First you go to the store and buy a copy {or an online store and buy a kindle copy] then you turn to page one and start reading. ....... Goodreads is …moreFirst you go to the store and buy a copy {or an online store and buy a kindle copy] then you turn to page one and start reading. ....... Goodreads is where we post books we have read, want to read, or are reading so others can get an Idea of what to go get for themselves to read.
Michael Beck PG. No sexual interaction. Some "romance" between two characters, but fits the period well (which is to say the early 1600s).…morePG. No sexual interaction. Some "romance" between two characters, but fits the period well (which is to say the early 1600s).(less)

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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
Henry Avila
Farmer Barnabas Sackett in 1599 England, is walking on the muddy ground you can't call this a road. But not for long, he takes a hard tumble and falls on his face, getting up from his humiliating spill luckily nobody sees this, Mr.Sackett feels something in his rough hand. An old...ancient a better word, a coin that looks Roman.This time a thorough search around the place, he finds a bag with a few more metals.The poor man is not that anymore, knows some strange people will give Barnabas a lot o ...more
"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
I first read this book back in 1985. I was looking for a western novel to read when I decided to re-read the beginning of the Sackett series. One can never go wrong reading a L’Amour book.

In this book we follow Barnabas Sackett ’s life in England and his migration to America with a few key friends. They explore the unexplored areas of what will become the State of North Carolina. There is action not only on the sea but also on land. One of the things I like about L’Amour’s writing is he works hi
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, western
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
Sackett’s Land (#1 in the Sacketts Saga)

Oh! Barnabas! As a man of the Fenlands* he proves himself to be full of derring-do, spontaneous lunges and a strict belief in first impressions.

(*fens . . . the fens or fenlands is a marshy wet lands in eastern England. Swampy and with waterways Kya from “Where the Crawdads Sing” would long to see if she could schedule a swamp themed vacation tour. In 756 months of life I cannot ever remember hearing of such a place existing in England and in the last twe
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
James Field
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Of the thousands of books written by L'Amour, this is the first I have read. I'm not a fan of westerns, but this tickled my interest because it's the first book in a historical saga series about the founding and colonisation of America.
The writing is fine, but the story is laughable. Sackett, the hero, is the luckiest and best-at-everything man in the universe. The story starts with him tripping over a bag of ancient gold coins that finance his future plans, and then he defeats a gang of soldier
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
So I begin this journey to the Sackett saga....

The first book was a bit all over the place for me, but overall a good start to the series.

I like Louis L'Amour, but he tends to wander off topic and then not finish his thoughts, ending them abruptly, making it somehow confusing and at time frustrating read. He is not the only writer guilty of this. I run into this conundrum of half formed ideas that go seemingly nowhere, but shockingly make it into the final book, rather quite often.

That being s
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Rarely is the first book in a series a 5 star read. Loved it! Great adventure.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced adventure about a yeoman farmer in 1599 England who aspires to pioneer the new world of America. Well written characters and prose drive the action and left me reading the sequel.
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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: The first of the novels in the Sacketts saga, Sackett's Land tells of Barnabas Sackett, a man who travels to the "New World" of the Americas in the 1600s. His journey is a treacherous one; will he survive it?

My Review: I'm largely unfamiliar with the world of Louis L'Amour or westerns in general, but, I found this one to be mostly enjoyable, if a bit short. I hope that Mr. L'Amour fleshed out the later stories in the series more than he did this one. Still, as an introduction to a long
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
Jeff Dickison
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good swashbuckling frontier tale that highlights the best of L'Amour and the worst of L'Amour. The best: he knows how to write manly tales of action. The worst: he preaches at his audience about what makes a man of good character, over and over and over. This is why I consider Elmer Kelton the truly best writer of western fiction. His characters don't moralize, they just do what is necessary. Recommended to L'Amour fans. ...more
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
Joanna Jennings
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
So this loses one star for language, which I think in a print copy could be easily marked out. It loses another star because I always felt like I was trying to figure out what was going on. The character was for ever meeting people who seemed to be loyal to him rather quickly. The adventure parts were well-done (especially the one about the crocodile! I retold that one to my kids, and they were enthralled😆), but the background and character development seemed weak. Maybe I would’ve liked it bett ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I can't put my finger on why, but despite having pirates, killer crocodiles, savage natives, and continent-spanning voyages, I found this book to be a bit "meh". ...more
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! ...more
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
Conor McGreevy
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short and very sweet.

I listened to the audible audio version and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life.

I cannot wait to see what else is in store for the Sacketts!
Sackett's Land is a fast paced adventure story about how Barnabas Sackett, the patriarch of the fictional Sackett clan first visited Colonial America in 1599, where he would later settle and found a family of courageous pioneers and fighting men. The Sacketts tells the story of the American Frontier as it follows generations of the Sackett clan.

Barnabas Sackett is a bigger than life action-adventure-hero, twice as strong as most men, and skilled with sword, bow, and fists. I told my husband the
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
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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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