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Off the Mangrove Coast

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Louis L'Amour is an American legend, a master storyteller whose tales of action and heroic adventure echo his own intrepid exploits. Relentless suspense, breathtaking danger, riveting characters-these are the hallmarks of L'Amour's classic fiction. Off the Mangrove Coast collects for the first time in one volume nine of his extraordinary stories-some long out of print and ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Bantam (first published May 2nd 2000)
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Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reminds me of my dad's stories. An interesting read from a different era.
Such a range of stories and settings means Louis L’Amour likely has written a story for any and everyone. In this collection some of the stories are familiar to me although I don’t think I have specifically read any of his books before. Those people who have read or heard or seen films made from his stories are all likely to have shared them with others over the decades. As I say, he has written widely and prolifically.
Partly why I chose this book at this time is to do with my own research into
Dillon Ketron
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book Off the Mangrove Coast by Louis L'Amour was a well written collection of stories. Louis L'Amour is an older writer he he wrote books of the old west ranging to a jungle river, city streets and boxing, and the shipping yards. He is a good writer but is more using old fashion writing technique with some harder words and more confusing way of speech at times.

This book ranges from the jungles of Borneo to the hidden canyons of the American West, from small-town fight clubs to a Parisian ca
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A posthumous collection of 9 short stories from the pulps. Adventure replaces author L'Amour's typical western tales.

Short Story Collections - Here are stories of men who fight for justice and dreams when the odds are against them. A charismatic boxer with quick hands and a hair-trigger temper itches to fight all comers-but if he's ever going to get a shot at a championship, he will first have to fight the man who ruined his father. A beautiful movie star finds a dead man in her apartment and be
Aug 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nine stories that mostly left me cold and uncharacteristically disappointed. I actually admire L'Amour's ability to string words together to make a vivid experience for his readers. But this story collection was so formulaic that I remained mostly unimpressed. If you're starving for testosterone-saturated fiction where one story feels a lot like the last one, this book may do it for you. I'm as big a fan of the adventure short story as the next reader; so maybe it's just a case of reading the wr ...more
Benjamin Thomas
This is an eclectic collection of short stories, many of them based on the author’s own experience and background. Louis L’Amour is mostly known for his western fiction of course but his fans know that he has also written “adventure” stories, crime stories and others. This collection includes a couple of western tales but most, including the title story are about WWII era adventure with a nice collection of greedy, grimy bad guys. There are also a couple of nice boxing stories here, enhanced by ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is clearly some of Louis L'Amour's early writing, a little rougher than his later books, but still enjoyable. While it doesn't have the pizzaz of his westerns for me, the short stories in this small volume are interesting for what they reveal about his early vagabond years. They are a jumble of seafaring stories, professional boxing, adventure stories, and detective stories, most of which he seemed to have some experience at one time or another. I have always liked L'Amour's storytelling, a ...more
Kate G
Jun 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While spending some time in our local library, I decided to try one of my husband's favorite authors. I chose a novel which turned out to be a good collection of short stories written by Louis L'Amour. He is a great author with a talent in writing action stories. He is well written, although his style and character development would appeal more to men. I liked all of the stories, but was disappointed with the treatment of the female characters. All of the female characters were damsels in distre ...more
Susan Fetterer
Every so often I love reading an anthology of short stories---a break from some long non-fiction volumes I periodically assign myself....for balance, I tell myself! Having always thought of Louis L'Amour as strictly a 'cowboy' writer, writing pretty much for men, I found myself delighted with this collection. It's a good exercise to read out of your comfort level every so often.
Kevin Findley
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boxing tales, a western, a detective story, a shipwreck and an insurance scam that turns into one the best psychological thrillers I've read in the last few years.

Anyone with even a slight interest in those genres should pick up this book.
W L'Am
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sorta random and I didn't really see the point, but it was an ok read.
May 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A few good stories, but I guess I do not like short stories. They can only develop one or two characters, and not very much, then it is over. Did not finish
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally I'm not a fan of short story collections, but I really do like Louis L'Amour and my sister and brother both liked it. I did to!
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually think of Louis L'Amour as a western writer. These short stories are not westerns. The settings are varied places around the world. Wonderfully written.
Alisha Kennedy
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved it! Louie L'Amour is awesome. In this collection of short stories, even though I loved them all, my favorite was The Diamond of Jeru.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed these short stories.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another good collection of short stories. I have a number of these collections and think they are better than his westerns. just good, cool and easy reads.
Ryan Mishap
Mar 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Another collection where L'amour tries to branch out from his Western niche, but you can dress up the cowboy in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, but he still walks like a cowboy.
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories by L'Amour based on his experiences as he traveled the world as a young man. Set in locals from Asia to Paris covering a wide range of scenarios. Vintage L'Amour.
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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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