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Series: Sacketts #14
Author: Louis L’Amour
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
Flagan and Galloway Sackett are ambushed by renegade Indians and Flagan is captured. He makes an escape and heads naked and unarmed into the mountains. He has a runin with with some local tough and ends up being rescued by Galloway.
The brothers make it to town and decide that they want to settle down there. Unfortunately, the same local tough who gave Flagan a hard time is the son of the local cattle rustler who wants to settle down and rule the town. But when the Sacketts are in trouble, the whole gang comes piling in.
The Sacketts take out a sniper, beat the snot out of the cattle rustler and make a good place for themselves.
This was more about Flagan Sackett than Galloway. And really, Flagan already had his story in a previous book, The Skyliners. To add to my confusion, in that book, it ends up with Flagan seeming like he’s all set to marry a girl named Judith and take over a ranch from her father. So how does this fit in? In many ways this was the same story as the Skyliners but almost presented as an alternate history version.
I enjoyed the story a lot and really wasn’t thinking much about the above until I went through to my previous Sacketts reviews to write this one. I did some “indepth investigation” and apparently everyone else who has read this book has the same issues. Thinking about it, I’m wondering if Lamour had a scheduling deadline and needed to churn out a “story” quick with not even minimal work? I believe it was originally published in 1970 and it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case. Because its that or Lamour was going full on alzheimers and since he was still writing in the 90’s, weeeeeeeeeellllll…..
So a good fun standalone story as long as you don’t try to fit it into the overall Sacketts narrative.