The Lonely Men (Sacketts #12) ★★★☆½

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Title: The Lonely Men
Series: Sacketts #12
Author: Louis L’Amour
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Western
Pages: 192
Format: Digital Edition



Tell Sackett gets unknowingly embroiled in the marriage problems of his brother and his sister-in-law. She wants to hurt her husband and the best way to do that is to hurt his brother, so she tells Tell that her son was kidnapped by Apaches and won’t Tell please rescue him. This will lead to Tell going into Mexican Territory and either being killed by the Apaches, the desert or the Mexican Army. Thing is, she doesn’t have a son.

But Tell gathers up a couple of other Lonely Men and chases down the Apaches. They rescue four children and hook up with the older sister of one of the captive kids. Once they rescue them, it is a running battle back to the States.The children and the older sister make it but only Tell and one of the Lonely Men do. Once back, Tell is embroiled yet again by his sister-in-law (who is very disappointed that he came back alive) and put in jail.He faces down a lynch mob and confronts her. She hires some badmen, who end up getting it from the Apaches and Tell leaves his sister-in-law in the desert with Apaches just behind them.

A good man might never hit or harm a woman, but a good man CAN step aside and stop providing protection to a bad woman.


My Thoughts:

This was some good old cowboys and indians adventure. I enjoyed this quite a bit and found it to be the perfect mix of western, rescue and goodguy versus badguy to make me happy. Just don’t have anything else to say about it I guess.



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29 thoughts on “The Lonely Men (Sacketts #12) ★★★☆½

  1. savageddt says:

    Im going to see if i can get into this oneday

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  2. sjhigbee says:

    I used to read tons of these books way back when I was in the middle of my exams and I wanted some escape. They are fast, appealing reads – though looking back, I shudder a bit at the role of the native Americans in the stories…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Why do you shudder?
      I can guess, but that tends to bite me in the backside when I do that. I don’t want to make assumptions about unstated things online 🙂

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      • sjhigbee says:

        They are basically the ‘baddies’ in many of the stories – and while a war was being waged for land and resources, which I appreciate – I think these days in an ideal world, there would be a foreword explaining this attitude was a hangover from that time. I recall that the Lone Ranger regularly used to leave Tonto outside the saloon, holding the horses, because he wasn’t allowed in with everyone else.


        • Bookstooge says:

          I figured you’d be writing something like this but wanted to hear it from you directly.

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          • sjhigbee says:

            Yes… those early Lone Ranger episodes make for uncomfortable viewing too – in my opinion… I have the same problem with the early James Bond moves, where the girlies are just that – bed-fodder and a foil to make the Great Man look cool and desirable.


            • Bookstooge says:

              I was referring to your pc’ness, not the lone ranger. Sorry for the miscommunication.

              Those doublethink ideas aren’t welcome here. You are, but not those ideas. And I understand if you can’t or won’t separate them. Just like I couldn’t separate myself from Christianity.

              This was why I asked you to spell this out. I didn’t want to say the above if that isn’t what you were referring to but since it was…

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  3. Nicole says:

    I do want to read a western one of these days. Maybe book 1 in this series would be a good place to start?

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  4. Norrie says:

    Ever since i watched Godless on Netflix i kinda have this feeling that i’d like to read some western books. But then i find one, read what it’s about and feel “meh”.
    I perked up again when i saw this cover, but then again, i don’t think i’d actually like it. They all have a theme and a certain “layout” if i may say so, and it’s just not as appealing as the TV show was.

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  5. Is this series a re-read? If so, what made me want to go through them all? Classic Western that simply doesn’t disappoint you? The only series you thought would be a nice fix for Western adventures? 😮

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Technically it might be considered a re-read, since I read most of Lamour’s stuff in highschool. But I don’t remember them, so I’m not counting this as a re-read.

      I chose this series because it is a series and gave me a starting and ending point in the western genre. I like to try non-SFF series to help round me out as a reader. Once I’m done with the Sacketts, I’ll probably check out if Zane Grey or Max Brand (the 2 names I know of for other western authors) and see if they have a series. If not, I’ll try a bunch of standalones.

      More exploring than anything else.

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