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Title: Sackett Brand
Series: Sacketts #10
Author: Louis L’Amour
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
William Tell Sackett and his new bride Ange are making a start of it. With the gold they had, they bought enough supplies to start a new life in the West with cattle. When Tell goes ahead to scout, he’s shot and falls into a river. He escapes those hunting him and makes his way back to where Ange had the wagons. There is no trace of the wagons OR Ange.
Tell survives and hunts down information after finding Ange’s body. A rancher, co-owner of the Lazy A, is responsible. Nobody knows that he killed Ange and he must kill Tell to keep his secret, for NO one will work for a man who kills a woman. Said rancher hires a large group of gunfighters under the claim that Tell tried to kill him.
The word goes out that a Sackett is being hunted. Other Sacketts come a running and Tell only has to survive until they arrive. Of course, he has to survive 40 gunfighters who are all hunting him.
He survives and the other Sacketts take down the gunfighters. The book ends with Tell surrounded by his family.
Gotta admit, it took me by surprise when L’Amour had Ange killed. I did not see it coming, especially so early. It really affected how I read the rest of the book. While it gave Tell a real motive to survive and for revenge, L’Amour’s writing of Ange’s death probably affected me more than it did Tell.
This was a very quick read and it was even quicker given certain stock phrases and ideas that L’Amour uses in almost every book of his. You don’t read these for originality at all but to see the Right prevail and the Wrong fail. Truth and Justice. Sometimes you need to read that those Ideals actually do exist and that there are men willing to bear the burden of being responsible for them. I read this in about 2-3hrs, so it was quick.
There just isn’t much else to say. These reviews of the Sacketts are more about getting the synopsis so when I look back in 10-15 years I don’t have to feel like I need to read these again.