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Title: Treasure Mountain
Series: Sacketts #15
Author: Louis L’Amour
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
Tell Sackett along with one of his brothers, is trying to find out what happened to their father. Their mother is reaching the end of her life and she wants to know what happened to her husband those many years ago. Tell begins tracking down the last known job his father took and in the process finds out that his father might have been killed for a hidden fortune in gold.
Tell stirs up some issues that people would prefer to stay hidden. While Tell isn’t on the trail of the gold, others are and they don’t want Tell or his brothers to get any of that gold.
Tell finds out what happened to his father and finds his burial place. At the same time, the gold hunters close in and begin hunting the Sacketts, as Tyrel and Orrin have joined up with Tell. Tell plays hide and seek on a mountain with some of the killers and wins. The other 2 brothers take care of the rest of the badguys off-stage and everything is hunky-dory.
Tell meets a Trelawney girl and plans on settling down in the area so his Ma can live the last of her days in peace.
First things first. L’Amour in no way was concerned with story continuity when writing these Sackett books. There is a very loose continuity, but unlike a series today, he deliberately writes in the moment. As he says in his little blurb, he’s a myth teller, not a historian. It’s only taken me 15 books to really realize this. Wish it had sunk in a little sooner, would have made me stop trying to tie all the books together.
I’ve noticed that L’Amour likes to have his characters fight it out on the tops and sides of mountains. Raining or at night or something. It does make for a good exciting fight scene.
I like having a dash of western genre in my reading cycle so when I’m done this Sackett series (only 2 more books to go) I’ll be checking out either Zane Grey or Max Brand. Probably whichever one my library has a bigger collection of will decide which I go for.