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Jubal Sackett (The Sacketts #4)

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In Jubal Sackett, the second generation of Louis L’Amour’s great American family pursues a destiny in the wilderness of a sprawling new land.

Jubal Sackett’s urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands. He seeks a Natchez
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Bantam (first published May 1985)
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Mr. Matt
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book definitely started off slower than the other Sackett books, but my goodness, what a great book. Jubal Sackett, the quiet son of Barnabas, is a loner, a dreamer, an explorer. Like his father, he has a love for the land. He is not content to stay in the wild frontier of the Carolinas or even the rugged Tennessee valley. Jubal, virtually half native by upbringing and inclination, wants to see the great mountains that divide this new continent. The tug of the distant frontier, the lure of ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I got this audio version of the book from the library recently to listen to when I was busy with mindless tasks...or just wanted something on when I was "relaxing". I read it many years ago and recalled it as I listened. On the whole I like Louis L'Amour and this is an early title(in the story's time line) of his most "iconic" fictional family the Sacketts.

I've read several reviews of the L'Amour books here and one thing I've seen criticized in them (though not "real" often) is his treatment of
Kate Roman
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So it was that in the last hour of darkness I went down the mountain through the laurel sticks, crossed a small stream, and skirted a meadow to come to the trace I sought.

Nearly one hundred years before De Soto had come this way, his marchings and his cruelties leaving no more mark than the stirring of leaves as he passed. A few old Indians had vague recollections of De Soto, but they merely shrugged at our questions. We who wandered this land knew this was no "new world". The term was merely a
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I enjoyed this one, too, though not quite as much as the last. Which is odd, now I think on it. I liked Jubal much more than Kin, and his story is nearly as strong. I think I didn't connect very well with Jubal's goals, though, and his "dream" of going ever further west and seeing things no other white man had seen didn't really thrill me much. Which is a shame, because Itchakomi is by far my favorite heroine so far, too (though I found the chapter from her perspective a bit jarring).

Again, we s
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped in at the VA Medical Center a couple days ago to update my prescriptions and looked over the collection of pocketbooks on the swap table in the waiting room while waiting to be processed, and I found a bunch of paperback books by Louis L’Amour. They were old pocketbooks, which is only natural, because I have been reading Louis L’Amour’s novels since I was a teenager. I grabbed one that I did not recognize as having read before, with a reason for taking it mostly being because of the pi ...more
Stan Crowe
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this one really surprised me. I've never been a L'Amour fan, to be honest (though my mom's dad had read, I think, every last one of his novels), but I think I could get into L'Amour easily if I tried.

Normally, I wouldn't have enjoyed a book written like this: there was a high level of repetition, some plot resolutions that seemed just a bit too easy (and that were, by and large, foregone conclusions), and some bald foreshadowing that could easily have killed off any suspense b
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of the usual traits like his repetitive explanations of...well...just about everything. Trust me, if you missed it once, it was repeated many, many times. The other thing that was a little far-fetched was the basis of the novel. Jubal Sackett is off hunting, exploring, and minding his own business. Then he meets some Indians who ask him to go on a mission to find some of their tribesmen who went off exploring and ask them to come home. What? Who asks that of str ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can see why the men in my family enjoyed the writing of L'Amour. First one I've read. The history was interesting, with enough action, plot, romance, and moral characters that you cared about to keep reading. I found the spelling of the Indian names interesting, and the way the tribes made alliances, merged, learned about horses. Quick, fun read.
Jacob Aitken
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: go-america
While all of L'Amour's novels are good, not all are great. This isn't great. When L'Amour is actually telling the story, it's quite fine. But when he "preaches" it kills the pace. Remember that scene in Pocahontas where the Indian girl starts singing about the harmony of nature? Jubal and Komi (Indian girl) have a philosophical discourse on the nature of Change that goes on for pages. Seriously, they do.

Aside from that, a good read.
As a wee little lass I remember my dad and big brother constantly reading Louis L'Amour. In a flurry of nostalgia I decided to read Mr. L'Amour primarily as a "reading bond" with them. My dad now reads Lee Child, John Grisham, or the local paper. My brother, well, he is the intellect in the family so he now prefers lofty literary tomes.

But when I told them I was reading Jubal Sackett, they both gave a sweet sigh of approval. Despite the fact that they haven't read these books in decades, Louis
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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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  • To the Far Blue Mountains
  • The Warrior's Path
  • Ride the River
  • The Daybreakers
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“She did not believe me. "You do not worship the Sun."

"The sun gives life to all things. Without the sun this would be a dark, dead world. Perhaps," I added, "the spirit we worship is the same, and only the names are different. The message from He who rules over us all may come to each people in a different way.”
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