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The Daybreakers

(The Sacketts #6)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,074 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
Orrin Sackett had to be pushed into a fight. But Tyrel Sackett was born to trouble. The night Tye stepped between his brother and a bullet changed them both forever. Now their trail pointed west, to a lawless frontier town called Sante Fe. Orrin took the job of marshal, while Tye commanded respect without a badge. When a loose end from their past turns up, one brother will ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published February 1960)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western

…pride and whiskey are a bad combination…

I’m intent on watching the mini-series / two part TV-movie (The Sacketts, 1979), so I’m reading the books on which it is based first. Namely: The Daybreakers & Sackett. They come conveniently collected in a Centennial Edition paperback.

So, let’s see.
What do we have here?

The gunfight(s). Check.

The moments seemed to plod, every detail stood out in sharp focus, clear and strong. Every sense, every emotion was caught and held, concentrated on that man c
Katie  Hanna
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am feeling . . . slighly broken.

In the best possible way.

This book is an intense, emotional ride--part wild roller-coaster of "where the heck are we" and part "RIGHT THIS WAY TO DOOM AND DESTRUCTION" and it really takes a lot out of a person, to go along. But I loved it.

- Tyrel Sackett was . . . well, let's face it. He was wonderful. I don't have *quite* the same depth of feeling for him that I have for Rye Tyler of To Tame a Land, just 'cause I'll never feel about any other cowbo
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
Deciding to read the Sackett novels in chronological order was bound to have some rough jumps as they were written throughout L'Amour's career—and completely out of order. This, the sixth chronologically, was the first he published. The fourth was the last (shortly after Ride the River, my favorite so far). So I've jumped back nearly 25 years in his career with this book. And you know that's going to show.

The contrast between the books is actually an interesting one. The style is a little rockie
Lisa Kay
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★★★★ This is a review of the audiobook, with excellent narration by David Strathairn. It is from first person POV, and Mr. Strathairn is at his best as a young gunslinger that uses his wits and reason as well as his talent to talk more than one man out of drawing against him. Mr. Strathairn does NOT use a falsetto voice for the innocent young female voice, but a butter soft Spanish accent. Very nice!

Still, it is a Wester
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition



Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aaron by: Ben
The first in the long-running saga of the Sackett family, which is the sixth chronologically. Brothers Tyrel and Orrin Sackett head west and settle in Colorado, struggling against rough men and injustice as they gradually rise to the challenges of keeping their foothold in the frontier.

My first Louis L'Amour, recommended by Ben, was my first experience with a traditional Western. I'd found a gradual but significant respect for the genre in movies and TV thanks to The Dark Tower, and also noting
3.5-4 stars

This was the first book by Louis L'Amour that I've read, and I enjoyed it! :) I wouldn't call it my favorite type of book... it took me a while to read the whole thing, but I liked it. :)

I liked Tye and Dru. <3 I also liked Orrin, though he is bad at picking a wife. ;P Seriously, that girl was terrible.

That ending... it was sad! :( Well, it was pretty much the ending. I would've liked to see some more scenes of Tyrel and Dru, like their wedding... But I guess this is a western, n
Chris Gager
The master gets down to business right snappy as he has his narrator Ty Sackett kill a baddie and hustle up out of Tennessee in only a few paragraphs. Nothing remarkable about this, but the writing is good and the story less than 200 pages. It'll be over tonight! It's amazing how many authors chose the famous/infamous Llano Encantado as a setting. That's the "challenging" high plains environment of West Texas/SE Colorado/SW Kansas and NE New Mexico. Go west of Amarillo towards Albuquerque on I-4 ...more
Allison Tebo
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: westerns
From my blog.

This book hooked me on Louis L’Amour and made me anxious to try more! Louis La’mour’s sparse but colorful style perfectly suited the fast-paced passage of time portrayed in The Daybreakers and he captured the grim, hard, inevitability of this setting and this plot with a steely hand that did not make it in any way depressing. And as for the protagonist – WELL. Within a few pages, Tyrel Sackett had joined my hallowed halls of favorite characte
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Favorite lines

"You stick your finger in the water and you pull it out, and that is how much of a whole you leave when you're gone."

"Violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights then men are really in trouble."

"Folks who talk about no violence are always the ones who are first to call a policeman and usually they are sure there is one handy."

"People have a greater tolerance for evil than for violence. If crooked gamboling, thieving
Elsie Stoltzfus
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great! Mama just finished reading it out loud to the family. Very enjoyable.
May 02, 2018 added it
Great book
An Odd1
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
ISBN from 1980
Tyrel Sackett ~18, fastest gun alive in Tennessee, "ugly" quiet, narrates brothers' flight west after he kills to save extrovert Orrin. Tom Sunday teaches Orrin letters, turns angry vengeful drunkard; ol' Cap Rountree stands by. Tye likes Señorita Drusilla 15 "shy of sixteen" p 16; Orrin hankers after yaller hair Laura Pritts, reminds Tye of "hammer-headed" p 11 ornery bronc, her pa kills for Spaniard's land.

1867 Santa Fe Trail p 22. Orrin
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a story! I read this decades ago when I was in high school; it was my introduction to Westerns. I loved it then and I love it now. In the Sackett series, this introduces my favorite Sacketts, Tyrel and Orrin (Tell is mentioned).

This book has it all: Bad Guys (and Gal), Good Guys, Guys Who Choose Wrongly, and True Love. Since I moved to Texas and had the opportunity to see New Mexico, I can see how well L'Amour described the land. It was a different time with different attitudes and L'Amour
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite of the Sackett books, mostly because I like Tyrell a lot. Sadly, this is the only book he narrates, and therefore the only book he plays a significant roll in, at least as far as I know of. He gets plenty of mentions in other books, mostly along the lines of "What, you're a Sackett? Are you related to the Mora Gunman?" (To which Tell Sackett replies along the lines of "Sure, he's my younger brother. We couldn't ever tell which of us was a better man with a gun. Now h ...more
Darell Schmick
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
Tye and Orrin Sackett, fast guns and close brothers, make up for transgressions out east by forging their way out West and bringing law and order with them. Written by the Danielle Steele of the western genre, Louis L’Amour doesn’t disappoint in his sixth installment of the Sackett saga.

L’Amour brings the reader right into the story--you feel the tension as an impending fast draw takes place, smell the gunsmoke, and (eventually) relax into the wonderfully described western big sky splendor. This
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, favorites
This is my favorite Louis L'Amour western novel (out of over 75 read). It's probably because I like Tyrell Sackett so much as a POV character but I also love the Sacketts overall, especially the three brothers depicted here. Along with that, it is one of the first L'Amour books I had read back when I was in my 20s so I suppose some nostaligia effects my judgement. I've even watched "The Sacketts" movie a few times which depicts this story along with "Sackett" simultaneously.
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for a western and in doing some research I read that this book was the best of the Sackett series. It was a very good book and I would have continued reading the series if the subsequent books had been based on the two Sackett brothers in this book. Apparently the remaining books are about a brother mentioned but wasn't a part of this book. It was fast paced and had all the elements of a great western novel!
Kaylee Tanner
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
this was the perfect break from a bunch of non-fiction. the audio version was beautiful and captivating. the storyline was simple, sweet, and classic. no deep themes or poignant metaphors here, but I loved it and I now plan to have a Louis L'Amour novel always on hand for whenever I get bogged down by heavier lit
Finished The Daybreakers and loved it, its so what like the movie which I happen to love, loved the characters and everything about the story just can't believe it took this long to read,while be reading the second part of it later.five stars all the way.
Monica Willyard
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshare, nls
I like this series very much. What I especially appreciate about this book is it's keen insight into how people think, friendship, and what turns a friend into an enemy.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Sackett stories are some of the best L'Amours, which makes them very good indeed. :)
Alyx Tschirhart
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sackett novels have yet to disappoint. I love how they are all similar yet different.
Vincent Darlage
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I really enjoyed this novel. It has some interesting character growth and changes, nice commentary about the era, and great character introspection.
read some time in 1979
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read The Sacketts 3 The Daybreakers by Louis L’amour. The main character is tyrel sackett. In the beginning of the book he left tennessee heading out west with his brother Orrin to look for a home for his mom. They herded cattle all the way to santa fe with Tom Sunday and Cap Rountree. In Santa Fe there was a guy named Jonathan Pritts who was trying to take don louis’s land and the don owned thousands of acres. Tyrel fell in love with the don's granddaughter drusilla and Orrin fell in love wit ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the Sackett family books that L'Amour wrote. Part of the problem is that he wrote the books as the story came to him and the stories did come to him in any order. I understand that he was planning up to 17 additional books after those that were already published. This is also the only book that has a real ending. L'Amour had a way of finishing a story and leaving you wondering what else happened. This is also the first novel that he published. Most of his writing had been s ...more
Michael Beyer
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is as much a hero's journey as Star Wars. In some ways it is more complex. And in many ways it is a better story.
Louis L'Amour is a master storyteller. He created the narrator hero, Tyrel Sackett, as a young Luke Skywalker. His natural Force abilities are those qualities which make him a competent Westerner and a powerful gunfighter. His brother Orrin Sackett takes the Han Solo role from rogue pilot to New Mexico Sheriff and eventual congressman. Jonathan Pritts is the evil Emperor. He
Eric Parsons
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first of the Sackett novels written by Louis L'Amour, the 6th in the actual saga. This one is told through the proverbial "fastest-gun-in-the-world" first person of Tyrell Sackett and follows him, his brother Orrin and their friends Cap Rountree and Tom Sunday as they head west to find a new home after Tyrell kills a man in their home state of Tennessee to save Orrin. After helping to drive cattle, they variously meet with some thieving "settlement men," headed by Jonathan Pritts. Orrin fall ...more
Michael W.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My oldest son loaned me a copy of "The Daybreakers," after we watched the 1979 movie "The Sacketts" with Sam Elliott, Tom Sellek, Jeff Osterhage, and Glenn Ford, which is based on the book. "The Daybrakers", first published in 1960 and reissued in 2000, is vintage L'Amour storytelling that follows two of the Sackett boys, Tyrel and Orrin, out of the Tennessee mountains to Mora, New Mexico. It accompanies them down cattle trails, through shoot-outs, into gold-mining, and on to lawyering and Law E ...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".

Other books in the series

The Sacketts (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Sackett's Land
  • To the Far Blue Mountains (Sacketts, #2)
  • The Warrior's Path
  • Jubal Sackett
  • Ride the River
  • Lando
  • Sackett
  • Mojave Crossing
  • The Sackett Brand
  • The Sky-Liners
“violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights, then men are really in trouble.” 25 likes
“You stick your finger in the water and you pull it out, and that is how much of a hole you leave when you're gone.” 19 likes
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