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The Full List Of Louis L’amour Books

Here is the complete list of books published by Louis L’amour, an American novelist and short-story writer best known for his Western novels and frontier stories. 

L’amour’s books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, making him one of the world’s bestselling authors in America.

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Who Is Louis L’amour?

Louis Dearborn L’Amour, a famous American novelist and short story writer, was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, on March 22, 1908. Louis continues to be one of the world’s most renowned writers and bestselling authors, with his passion for writing American frontier stories starting when he was young.

Western Author Louis L'amour
Western Author Louis L’amour

L’Amour enjoyed his free time by reading in the local library, particularly the works of British author G.A. Henty, whose historical boys’ novels taught him about war and politics. His extensive knowledge about the American frontier, family’s frontier heritage, and personal experiences, including working as a professional boxer, have helped him develop over 100 novels and stories throughout his lifetime, with more than forty-five of them made into films and movies.

He published his first full-length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953, where it sold more than 1.5 million copies, ultimately turned into a film starring John Wayne. Louis L’Amour’s books reached more than 300 million copies printed worldwide and translated to different languages.

In 1983, he became the first novelist awarded with the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom a year after.

Louis L’Amour died from cancer on June 10, 1988, at his residence in Los Angeles. His wife and two children continue to keep his legacy alive by carrying the publishing tradition with books written by the author in his lifetime.

Louis L’amour Booklist & Summary

Here is Louis L’amour’s list of works along with a short summary:

Louis L’amour Books # 1) Westward the Tide

Louis L'amour Books # 1

Book Summary: Matt Bardoul was a good man to have as a friend and a bad one to make trouble with. He was also a single-minded drifter—until he met his match in an outspoken beauty named Jacquine Coyle. She was headed into the Bighorn Mountains with her father and an expedition in search of gold. After Matt signs on to join them, he discovers that there is a group of outlaws in the party—gunfighters and thieves that Matt wouldn’ t trust for a minute. At first it’s unclear what they are planning, but before long Matt realizes that he’s the only man standing between innocent people and a brutal conspiracy of greed, lust, and cold-blooded murder.

A 5-Star Review: Louis Lamour was the best storyteller who ever existed. All his books (how many hundreds?) are great stories where, as you may know, the bad always defeats the ugly. Pure western, even if the story takes you to Asia or to the seven seas. Hard to put it down once you opened a Louis Lamour’s book. If you never had one of his books in your hands, get one and you will know what I mean. And you will want to read more and more of them. Addiction, sort of. – Sylgal

Louis L’amour Books # 2) The Riders of High Rock: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

Louis L'amour Books # 2

Book Summary: Hopalong rode into cattle country just east of the California line looking for his old friend Red Connors. He found Red holed up in a mountain cave with a bullet in his side and a story to tell. The ranchers around Tascotal had been losing their stock, and when Red caught the rustlers in the act, they hunted him down, shot him, and left him for dead. Jack Bolt, a savage, ruthless killer, has brought in a tough band of hardcases to run his operation. And now he’s sent them out to take care of the one man who stands in his way: Hopalong Cassidy. But Bolt’s about to learn the hard way that if you shoot down a man like Cassidy, you better make sure he never gets up again.

A 5-Star Review: Was given a copy of “The Troubleshooter” , another Hopalong Cassidy novel and was surprised the character was more “western” than the William Boyd films. Well written of course by L’Amour but added is the interesting account by his son of how the four “Hopalong” novels came to be written under the pen name of Tex Burns. Upon enjoying this novel I hoped to find the other three, and did so at Amazon and read them with equal enjoyment. If you want a sample collection of Lois L’Amour these books are a good place to start. – Les G

Louis L’amour Books # 3) Rustlers of West Fork: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

Louis L'amour Books # 3

Book Summary: In this first of four classic frontier novels, Louis L’Amour adds his own special brand to the life and adventures of one of America’s favorite fictional cowboys, Hopalong Cassidy.

In The Rustlers of West Fork, the quick-thinking, fast-shooting cowpuncher heads west to deliver a fortune in bank notes to his old friend, Dick Jordan. When he arrives at the Circle J, he discovers that the rancher and his daughter, Pam, are being held prisoner by a desperate band of outlaws led by the ruthless Avery Sparr and his partner Arnold Soper. Even if Hopalong Cassidy can free Jordan and Pam, he will have to lead them across rough and untamed Apache country, stalked by the outlaws who have vowed to gun him down. But Hopalong is no stranger to trouble, and before his guns or his temper cool, he’s determines to round up Sparr and his gang and bring the outlaws to justice … dead or alive! This classic tale of pursuit and survival is vintage L’Amour and adds new life and luster to the legend of Hopalong Cassidy.

A 5-Star Review: It is literally impossible not to love all
of his writings. Pure genius!! I have read all of his works many times over. Pure joy. – Tom C.

Louis L’amour Books # 4) The Trail to Seven Pines: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

Louis L'amour Books # 4

Book Summary: Hopalong rides into a firestorm of violence and  betrayal. On the rain-drenched trail to the  lawless town of Seven Pines, Hopalong discovers two men—one dead, the other badly wounded. Returning  with medical help, Hopalong finds the wounded man  has been shot through the temple. Who would  commit such a murder? To find out, Hopalong hires on  at Bob Ronson’s Rocking R Ranch. There he learns  that more than a thousand cattle have been run off  by men keeping one scheming eye on the ranch and  the other on the monthly stagecoach shipments of  gold. Hopalong is determined to stop those  responsible. But even the best gunfighter needs men he  can trust to watch his back, men willing to risk  their lives to do what’s right. With their help,  Hopalong fights to save the Rocking R, only to  find himself the target of a ruthless gunman in a life-and-death struggle for frontier justice.

A 5-Star Review: Hopalong Cassidy adventure by Louis L’Amour, enjoyed all four of L’Amour’s Hoppy adventures including this one. Great for western fans, especially for L’Amour fans.

Louis L’amour Books # 5) Trouble Shooter: A Novel (Hopalong Cassidy)

Louis L'amour Books # 5

Book Summary: Hopalong Cassidy is one of the most enduring and popular heroes in frontier fiction. His legendary exploits in books, movies, and on television have blazed a mythic and unforgettable trail across the American West. Now, in the last of four Hopalong Cassidy novels written by Louis L’Amour, the immortal saddleman rides again—this time into a lonely valley of danger and death.

Hopalong Cassidy has received an urgent message from the dead. Answering an urgent appeal for help from fellow cowpuncher Pete Melford, he rides in only to discover that his old friends has been murdered and the ranch Pete left to his niece, Cindy Blair, had vanished without a trace. Hopalong may have arrived too late to save Pete, but his sense of loyalty and honor demands that he find that cold-blooded killers and return to Cindy what is rightfully hers.

Colonel Justin Tradwar, criminal kingpin of the town of Kachina, is the owner of the sprawling Box T ranch, and he has built his empire with a shrewd and ruthless determination. In search of Pete’s killers and Cindy’s ranch, Hopalong signs on at the Box T, promising to help get Tradway’s wild cattle out of the rattler-infested brush. But in the land of mesquite and black chaparral, Cassidy confronts a mystery as hellish as it is haunting—a bloody trail that leads to the strange and forbidding Babylon plateau, to $60,000 in stolen gold, and to a showdown with an outlaw who has already cheated death once… and is determined to do it again.

When Clarence E. Mulfold—the original Hopalong Cassidy—retired, he chose the young Louis L’Amour to carry on the Hopalong tradition in four classic novels, including The New York Times best-sellers The Rustlers of West ForkThe Trail to Seven Pines, and The Riders of High Rock. Long out of print and now published for the first time under the author’s own name, Trouble Shooter is a vividly authentic tale of the Old West that bears the unmistakable Louis L’Amour brand of swift, sure action, hard-fought justice, and frontier courage. Capturing the unquenchable thirst for adventure, the passions that drove men, and the perils that awaited the, in an untamed new land, this extraordinary early novel gives us Louis L’Amour at the height of his powers—an enduring testament to America’s favorite storyteller.

A 5-Star Review: I did not know the history of Hopalong Cassidy until reading this book and at the back is the full history of Louis L’Amour’s contribution to this iconic character that I remember hearing about as a youngster and then later when my husband talked about watching it on TV. This is the 4th/final book that Louis L’Amour wrote and there is no shame in his doing so! – batyah

Louis L’amour Books # 6) Hondo (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Louis L'amour Books # 6

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

He was etched by the desert’s howling winds, a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the ways of the Apache and the ways of staying alive. She was a woman alone raising a young son on a remote Arizona ranch. And between Hondo Lane and Angie Lowe was the warrior Vittoro, whose people were preparing to rise against the white men. Now the pioneer woman, the gunman, and the Apache warrior are caught in a drama of love, war, and honor.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: This is one excellent Western. L’Amour’s themes are ever present here of the loner cowboy who starts to rethink his ways when he meets a woman and a young son toughing the land out on their own. Hondo Lane is more reliable than most in a tough spot, but he is not one for hanging around to raise a family. However, on his journey it is evident the respect he commands from those who know him. And it is not hard to respect L’Amour’s writing as he knows how to paint a picture of the landscape and make it a part of the story. He also builds his characters well, showing their outside actions but also getting their thoughts across. I feel like I know them all, Hondo being my favorite, followed by Vittoro. This is one excellent Western that can be read in a day. Definitely worth the time and easily worth the price. Enjoy! – Anthony Mitchell

Louis L’amour Books # 7) Showdown at Yellow Butte

Louis L'amour Books # 7

Book Summary: Tom Kedrick earned his stripes during the Civil War, fought Apaches, and even soldiered overseas. But in the high desert country of New Mexico, the battle-hardened Kedrick is entangled in a different kind of war, fueled by greed and deception. Hired by Alton Burwick to drive a pack of renegades and outlaws off the government land recently set aside for an Indian reservation, Kedrick begins to notice that things are not as they seem. As his suspicions grow, he realizes that he may be fighting on the wrong side of a land swindle. Disillusioned and outraged, Kedrick must take action against the very people who hired him–or be forced to witness the bloody massacre of innocent men and women.

A 5-Star Review: This is my favorite western writer. Louis L’Amour has a way of putting you into areas he writes about. His characters are believable and they pull you into the story. This book is no different it pulls you in and will not let you go until the story the last page is turned. – Phil W

Louis L’amour Books # 8) Crossfire Trail

Louis L'amour Books # 8

Book Summary: Rafe Caradec—gambler, wanderer, soldier of fortune—was as hard a man as the battlefields and waterfronts of Latin America could fashion, but he was as good as his word. As Charles Rodney lay dying in a dank ship’s fo’c’sle, Rafe swore to make sure that Rodney’s Wyoming ranch went to his daughter, Ann. In Painted Rock, Wyoming, Caradec found land for a man to love, miles of rolling grasslands and towering mountains. He also found that one of the most ruthless men in the territory had set his sights on both Rodney’s ranch and his daughter. But Rafe Caradec had given his word, and once he’d looked deep into Ann Rodney’s eyes, nothing short of death would stop him from keeping the promise he’d made.

A 5-Star Review: One of Louis L’amour”s best. The story of Crazy Woman ranch captures the rugged unforgiving life in the early pioneering days of Wyoming. When land, women and power was fought for by ruthless men. Seeking power and wealth these heartless men could only be stopped by the courage of men like Raf. – BKHuntsman

Louis L’amour Books # 9) Kilkenny (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Louis L'amour Books # 9

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Kilkenny wasn’t looking for trouble when he entered the Clifton House stage station, but trouble found him when a reckless youngster named Tetlow challenged him, drew his gun, and paid for it with his life.

Looking to escape a reputation that he never wanted, Kilkenny settles in the lonely mountain country of Utah, planning to ranch a high, lush valley. But the past is on his trail. Jared Tetlow is a powerful rancher determined to run his vast herd on the limited grasslands there—whether he has to buy out the local ranchers, run them out, or kill them. He’ll cut down anyone who stands in his way, especially a man he already despises: the gunman named Kilkenny—the man who killed his son.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: A range war with overwhelming odds and a merciless land grabbing cattle baron starts killing off small ranch owners and their families to make room for his huge herds of cattle. A vicious fast gunslinger leads the baton’s, killers and only one man effectively stands in their way. Great characters, fast action, page-turning, and classic old west. Well worth the time. – Sam B. Wagner

Louis L’amour Books # 10) Utah Blaine

Louis L'amour Books # 10

Book Summary: Colonel Utah Blaine, held captive by the Army of the Revolution, broke out of jail and headed north from Mexico with nothing but the clothes on his back. Then he found new trouble struggling at the end of a noose–and stepped in just in time to save the life of a Texas rancher. The would-be executioners were the rancher’s own men, looking to steal his land.

Now Utah has a unique proposition: Have the wealthy Texan play dead, introduce himself as the spread’s new foreman, and take care of the outlaws one by one. The wage to fight another man’s war? A hundred a month plus expenses. The cost of falling in love while he earns that wage? It wasn’t exactly part of the original agreement, but Utah will soon find out–unless the bad guys get to him first.

A 5-Star Review: Utah Blaine is another excellent western, full of excitement and worrisome tension. You never know if a character, good or bad, is going to live or die! True to the west in those days with very little law, the people made up the rules of law as best they could and as needed. Hopefully, the good and just wins out… – Debi L. Brown

Louis L’amour Books # 11) Heller with a Gun

Louis L'amour Books # 11

Book Summary: Tom Healy was in trouble. His theatrical troupe needed to get to Alder Gulch, Montana, and the weather was turning. Andy Barker promised Tom he could get them there safely, but Tom was reluctant to trust him: he had the lives of three actresses to consider, and his personal feelings for Janice further heightened his concern. Then King Mabry showed up. Although Tom didn’t like the way he looked at Janice, he could see that Mabry made Barker uneasy. So Tom invited Mabry to join them. Tom was right to be worried, because Barker had a plan. He knew that the wagons carried something more than actors and scenery. He and his men were going to steal it any way they could. And that included murder.

A 5-Star Review: Pioneers coming from East coast either adapted to a new way of life or returned or died on their endeavors for a new life style, not realizing the harshness and dangerous quest to better themselves! “Guns” became the most important instrument for survivorship in a new, rugged, wild, untried, land. Yet mankind survived to become the nation we are today. L’Amour’s prose is to me a terrific description! – Michael D. Anderson

Louis L’amour Books # 12) Guns of the Timberlands

Louis L'amour Books # 12

Book Summary: Clay Bell spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens everything Clay has worked for. Devitt, holding a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties, wants to harvest timber off the land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a dishonest banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But as Colleen Riley, Devitt’s fiancée, realizes the brutal game he’s playing, her disapproval of his actions, and Clay Bell’s obvious integrity and charm, pull her toward a destiny that will tip the scales in their bloody battle over timber and cattle.

A 5-Star Review: I rarely write reviews for LL because they aren’t necessary. I love every one of them. This one, however, is spectacular. He has outdone himself. The love interest stretches through the story in a more meaningful way than usual. The descriptions of the region are typically wonderful. The twists in the plot are clever. The pacing is perfect. What an amazing writer. – Sue

Louis L’amour Books # 13) To Tame a Land

Louis L'amour Books # 13

Book Summary: Rye Tyler was twelve when his father was killed in an Indian raid. Taken in by a mysterious stranger with a taste for books and an instinct for survival, Rye is schooled in the hard lessons of life in the West. But after killing a man, he is forced to leave his new home. He rides lonely mountain passes and works on dusty cattle drives until he finds a job breaking horses. Then he meets Liza Hetrick, and in her eyes he sees his future. After establishing himself as marshal of Alta, he returns, only to discover that Liza has been kidnapped. Tracking her to Robbers’ Roost, Rye is forced to face the man who taught him all he knows about books, guns, and friendship. Two old friends—one woman: Who will walk away?

A 5-Star Review: I am an avid fan of Louis L’Amour. There’s not one book he’s ever written that I don’t like. I think this is one of his best, including Flint and Cherokee Trail it’s one of my favorites. If you want to feel like you’re right there with one of those gun slinging Cowboys read Louis L’Amour because he makes everyone of his novels real. You can see the characters you can see the country you can be there. Only way he could have written more – Emma L. Killingbeck

Louis L’amour Books # 14) The Burning Hills

Louis L'amour Books # 14

Book Summary: Wounded, dehydrated, and escaping a violent feud with the men of Bob Sutton’s ranch, Trace Jordan is near collapse when he descends from the heat of the desert into a cool, secluded canyon. He wakes to find a beautiful woman gently nursing him back to health. Strong and proud, Maria Cristina has also suffered at the hands of Sutton and his men. The experience has left her hostile and defiant. Trace, intrigued by Maria’s grit and determination, can’t help trying to peel back her layers—but his attraction makes her a target.
 
Sutton’s men are watching and waiting for Trace to show himself. If he escapes, Maria will have to face them alone. But if he convinces her to go with him, Trace and Maria will have to survive a heat-blasted, waterless desert. And if that doesn’t kill them, the Apaches will.

A 5-Star Review: No one writes a laconic Western hero like L’Amour does. Though told with minimal dialogue, the drama, adventure, mystery, and romance don’t let go of the reader’s attention for a minute. This is not my favorite L’Amour story, it has all the classic elements of his great cowboy stories. If you’ve never read a Louis L’Amour story, start today. Your education about the west is . Not complete until you do. – Iris Chacon

Louis L’amour Books # 15) Silver Canyon

Louis L'amour Books # 15

Book Summary: “You’re not wanted in Hattan’s Point,” Matt Brennan was told moments after arriving in town. “There’s trouble here and men are picking sides.” But Matt decided he wasn’t going anywhere. Not until he found out what the dispute was about, and not before he got to know Moira Maclaren. She considered him nothing more than a drifting ranch hand, but Matt was determined to prove her wrong. To do so, he’d have to solve a mystery that was at the center of the growing violence in Hattan’s Point–a secret that could make a man rich . . . or dead. Probably dead.

A 5-Star Review: I started reading this story in the early morning and crawled in bed 12:30 that night. That is one of the benefits of being retired. Need I say that this is a “page turner”? Lots of action, gunplay, bare knuckle fist fights, sneaking around spying, and of course, the beautiful rancher owners daughter. With all that it’s still a story that you can read a chapter a night to one of your grandkids. I have always enjoyed watching a Louis L’Amour movie as they always had a certain reality about them. – Wes Benson

Louis L’amour Books # 16) Last Stand at Papago Wells

Louis L'amour Books # 16

Book Summary: It was the only water for miles in a vast, sun-blasted desert where water meant survival. So Logan Cates naturally headed for Papago Wells. But he wasn’t the only one. Fleeing the fierce Churupati and his Apache warriors, other travelers had come there too. And when the Apaches found them, they began a siege as relentless and unforgiving as the barren land…and just as inescapable.

The last thing Cates wanted was to be responsible for the lives of thirteen desperate strangers and a shipment of gold. But he knew that if they were to survive, he was their last chance. He also knew that some in the party were willing to die—or kill—to get their hands on the money. If he couldn’t get them to work together, it wouldn’t be the desert or even the Apaches that would do them in—it would be the greed of the very people he was trying to save.

A 5-Star Review: I’ve read many a stories by Louis L’Amour and have yet to be disappointed. I’ll not tell so much about the story itself other than to say it kept me wanting to read and read. I don’t have the time to read a book from beginning to end in one sitting but every time I read his novels, short stories, etc. I just want more and more. I’m pleased that LL wrote so much while he was here with us. I have a small fear that when I’ve read all of his stories that I’ll have to fight off a small bout of disappointment,….sort of like the last bite of that favorite ice cream,…you know, it tastes so good you don’t want it to end. – hammer

Louis L’amour Books # 17) Sitka

Louis L'amour Books # 17

Book Summary: BLOOD AND ICE
 
Majestically it rose from the icy waters, the gateway to the awesome wilderness of Alaska. Sitka drew all brand of adventurers, con men, criminals, and pioneers—men such as trail-tough, battle-hardened Jean LaBarge. He left the swamps of the Susquehanna behind for the rugged beauty—and deadly challenges—of this frozen frontier. But the empire-hungry Russians had already established a foothold in Sitka and they wouldn’t give it up without a fierce and treacherous struggle that stretched from San Francisco to the palaces of St. Petersburg. Now Jean faces the most dangerous fight of his life: a fight for a passionate woman and the right to claim Alaska for America.

A 5-Star Review: Loaded with action, adventure and a touch of romance. From a small boy in the swamps of Pennsylvania our hero swashbuckles his way all the way to helping close the deal to purchase Alaska from the Ruskies!
Certainly the greatest western writer novelist it amazes me how L’Amour moves seamlessly into another genre. Don’t forget to try Last of the Breed another great out of the genre novel by the master. – Kenneth Della Rocca

Louis L’amour Books # 18) The Tall Stranger

Louis L'amour Books # 18

Book Summary: Wagon trains heading west were forced to defend themselves against Indians, cope with injuries and illness, and struggle to find food. The group of easterners Rock Bannon was scouting for faced another problem. They were being deceived. When he warned them to remain on the Humboldt Trail, Sharon Crockett and the others refused to listen. Mort Harper, a stranger riding a beautiful black mare, had dazzled them with his charm and good looks. The southern route was the best way to go, Harper told them. But best for whom? Bannon wondered. That route led straight to the Salt Lake Desert. The conditions would be brutal. And if Harper wasn’t steering them toward those deadly alkali flats, where were they headed? And what would happen once they got there?

A 5-Star Review: Everything has been said about Louis L Amour the best western writer ever in my opinion read every one of his books at least twice they have good stories plenty of action and heroes we would like to be. – Trevor Beaver

Louis L’amour Books # 19) Radigan

Louis L'amour Books # 19

Book Summary: When beautiful Angelina Foley presents Tom Radigan with a Spanish grant and claims ownership of his land, he realizes he’s up against a cunning and deadly opportunist. Foley wants him off Vache Creek immediately, and with three thousand head of cattle, an outfit of hardcase gunfighters, and winter coming on, she is unwilling to take no for an answer.

But Radigan has worked four hard years building up his ranch. Fighting for it–and, if he has to, killing for it–is something he is more than willing to do. If Angelina Foley and her men think he is the kind of man to give up without a fight, they are dead wrong.

A 5-Star Review: I have been a Louis L’ Amour fan since the late 60s, and have read every one of his books at least twice. L’ Amour was a master at establishing atmosphere in his books. It helped, of course, that he had visited every location used in his novels. There are a handful that stand out as my favorites, and Radigan is near the top of the heap. I think it is a combination of the character development, L’ Amour’s descriptions of the location (I love mountains and snow, so that helps), and just his overall ability as a storyteller. Either you have it or you don’t, and L’ Amour had it in abundance. – Rev Jerry

Louis L’amour Books # 20) The First Fast Draw

Louis L'amour Books # 20

Book Summary: East Texas wasn’t much of a home for Cullen Baker. Few liked him, and some even tried to kill him. Yet after three hard years of wandering, he’s come back to farm the land that’s rightfully his. Only Cullen’s in for an unwelcome homecoming: his neighbors have long memories, the Reconstructionists have greedy hearts, and his worst enemy has teamed up with a vicious outlaw. But Cullen isn’t about to back down. Instead, he’s intent on perfecting a new way of gunfighting: the fast draw. And now, with enemies closing in on three sides and threatening the woman he loves, he’ll have to be faster than lightning—and twice as deadly—just to survive.

A 5-Star Review: I was born and raised in Bowie County Texas and familiar with the Caddo Indian tales and even hunted arrowheads near some of their burial mounds nearby. Fished on occasion on the Sulphur river. L’Amour’s description and dialect writing is as enjoyable as the story itself. I love to read his books. If you are older you will appreciate the simplicity of the writing and a good tall tale. His cowboy westerns would all make a great movie. – j-man

Louis L’amour Books # 21) Taggart

Louis L'amour Books # 21

Book Summary: Adam Stark had found gold. In the confusion of the mesas and canyons near Rockinstraw Mountain, Stark, his wife, Consuelo, and his sister, Miriam, were quietly working a rich vein while keeping their presence a secret from raiding Apaches. Worried that his wife might leave him, Stark wanted to make enough money to take her to San Francisco, where she could enjoy the style of life she craved.

But when Taggart, a stranger on the run from a vicious bounty hunter, enters their camp, tensions soon mount. Consuelo, against all good judgment, cannot resist testing Taggart. Is he the man who can make her happy? Will he give her the life her husband cannot? With thousands of dollars of gold in his packsadles, the Apaches are now no longer Adam Stark’s only threat.

A 5-Star Review: Excellent read. Lamour has a way of bringing a story to life that is real and exciting. Great story and very well told. – Norman Gibson

Louis L’amour Books # 22) The Daybreakers (Sacketts Book 6)

Louis L'amour Books # 22

Book Summary: Tyrel Sackett was born to trouble, but vowed to justice. After having to kill a man in Tennessee, he hit the trail west with his brother Orrin. Those were the years when decent men and women lived in fear of Indians, rustlers, and killers, but the Sackett brothers worked to make the West a place where people could raise their children in peace. Orrin brought law and order from Santa Fe to Montana, and his brother Tye backed him up every step of the way. Till the day the job was done, Tye Sackett was the fastest gun alive.

A 5-Star Review: This book was my first western from Louis L’amour and it got me hooked! He is a master of pacing and will keep you turning page after page late into the night. It’s easy to see why this is one of the most famous of the Sackett storylines. I read this and Sackett back-to-back and they’re both excellent. If you’re looking for a novel to test our L’amour’s westerns, start here! – Khris Reaves

Louis L’amour Books # 23) Flint

Louis L'amour Books # 23

Book Summary: He left the West at the age of seventeen, leaving behind a rootless past and a bloody trail of violence. In the East he became one of the wealthiest financiers in America—and one of the most feared and hated.

Now, suffering from incurable cancer, he has come back to New Mexico to die alone. But when an all-out range war erupts, Flint chooses to help Nancy Kerrigan, a local rancher. A cold-eyed speculator is setting up the land swindle of a lifetime, and Buckdun, a notorious assassin, is there to back his play.

Flint alone can help Nancy save her ranch…with his cash, his connections—and his gun. He still has his legendary will to fight. All he needs is time, and that’s fast running out….

A 5-Star Review: I have sought 4 paperback books I have owned for years, read and re-read them. They are more than just “good reading” and are GREAT stories. Don’t forget a great American novelist’s comment about THE WILLING SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF for a NOVEL. FLINT is such a tale. The dialogue is occasionally improbable but
it truly reveals the character and ethic of the main character: Jim Flint. He doesn’t always elaborate, and he carries
the story as the others cannot. My old paper copy of FLINT was on its last legs as were three other books, which I found on Amazon and received in good time. Take FLINT on a trans-Atlantic flight! – George Hillard

Louis L’amour Books # 24) Sackett (Sacketts Book 7)

Louis L'amour Books # 24

Book Summary: In Sackett, Louis L’Amour introduces readers to a wandering man with a desire to settle down and build a good life.

Hard circumstances have made William Tell Sackett a drifter, but now he hungers for a place he can’t name yet knows he has to find. South of the Tetons he comes upon a ghost of a trail that leads him through a keyhole pass into a lonely, alien, yet beautiful valley—a valley that holds a fortune in gold.

Then he finds an even greater treasure: beautiful Ange Kerry, a courageous and resourceful woman. Yet the harsh ways it takes to preserve his claim and his life could be the one thing that drives Ange away forever.

A 5-Star Review: Almost every story told by L’Amour is at least a 5 star wonder. The Sackett saga is incredibly vivid writing. You believe you could be there, men are men, most just drifting through life, at times taking a stand for right-versus-wrong, many drift into being criminals, and our hero must survive great odds and tribulations before triumphing. And the women aren’t to be trifled with, either on their own, or protected by their man. (We are focusing on Tell Sackett here.) So, you can ride the creek and cross the mountain with Tell, and you’ll get there. – Bert Brandt

Louis L’amour Books # 25) High Lonesome

Louis L'amour Books # 25

Book Summary: Considine and Pete Runyon had once been friends, back in the days when both were cowhands. But when Runyon married the woman Considine loved, the two parted ways. Runyon settled down and became a sheriff. Considine took up robbing banks. Now Considine is planning a raid on the bank at Obaro, a plan that will pit him against Runyon . . . and lead to riches or suicide. The one thing he never counted on was meeting a strong, beautiful woman and her stubborn father, hell-bent on traveling alone through Apache territory to a new life. Suddenly Considine must choose between revenge and redemption—and either choice could be the last one he makes.

A 5-Star Review: Everything you like about the old western movies is captured in High Lonesome. I’ve never been disappointed by Louis L’Amour. A noble outlaw in need of nothing more than a good woman’s love to turn him back to the straight and narrow. Who would have guessed that one such woman would be found in the barren deserts where the Apache prowled. That’s why I can read L’Amour’s books over and over and still enjoy them thoroughly. If you’ve read it before, read it again. If you’ve never read it and you love good Westerns, settle in for a few hours of pure entertainment. It’s not Hemingway, but it’s an enjoyable excursion into the romantic world of L’Amour’s old west. – Keith Jenkins

Louis L’amour Books # 26) Killoe

Louis L'amour Books # 26

Book Summary: Dan Killoe—over six feet of tough, raw, lightning fast man.  He had a trail heard and a mass of settlers to get across unknown territory to a new land.  Then he gave shelter to a stranger being hunted by Felipe Soto, scar-faced leader of the renegade Comancheros.  This time Killoe was borrowing more trouble than he wanted to handle.

A 5-Star Review: As always Louis L’Amour has written an exciting tale, full of action and danger. His stories have a way of bringing the old west to life, putting a reader right inside the era. Hollywood, who turned many of L’Amour’s stories into movies has a tendency to gloss over the very real hardships endured by our ancestors. No one goes hungry in a Hollywood movie, but they did in the real west and L’AMOUR portrays this. – Mystery loves history

Louis L’amour Books # 27) Lando (Sacketts Book 8)

Louis L'amour Books # 27

Book Summary: In Lando, Louis L’Amour has created an unforgettable portrait of a unique American hero.

For six long years Orlando Sackett survived the horrors of a brutal Mexican prison. He survived by using his skills as a boxer and by making three vows. The first was to exact revenge on the hired killers who framed him. The second was to return to his father. And the third was to find Gin Locklear. But the world has changed a lot since Lando left it. His father is missing. The woman he loves is married. And the killers want him dead. Hardened physically and emotionally, Lando must begin an epic journey to resolve his past, even if it costs him his life.

A 5-Star Review: Another great installment in his terrific Sackett series and it had a brief crossover to his book, The First Fastdraw. His stories frequently follow similar patterns, but sometimes vary a little here and there, still, I find a comfort in the familiar. He weaves in a lot of historical figures, historical facts, and details that provide some verisimilitude. This was a good tale where the protagonist ventures out into the broader world and learns and grows. There is a bit of a mystery, and no shortage of action. A satisfying read! – Holky

Louis L’amour Books # 28) Shalako (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Louis L'amour Books # 28

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

He was a white man as cunning as any Indian, a brooding man who trusted in nothing but his weapon and his horse. Shalako was determined to cross the bleak Sonoran Desert—the Apaches’ killing ground—by himself. But then he came across a European hunting party, and a brave and beautiful woman, stranded and defenseless. Shalako knew that he had to stay and help them survive. For somewhere out there was a deadly Apache warrior . . . and he had the worst kind of death in mind for them all.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: Louis had so much experience to draw from. It comes out in his stories in suttle droplets that those of us that know his life can appreciate. I have enough experience to appreciate the people and places he wrote about, but most of all I have the experience of his novels. I’ve been a fan for 46 years and treasure the reading experience of every book I’ve read. He is truly a legendary author and an extraordinary man whose own life is a novel greater than fiction. – Carp

Louis L’amour Books # 29) Catlow (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Louis L'amour Books # 29

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Ben Cowan and Bijah Catlow had been friends since they were boys. By the time they grew to manhood, Catlow had become an outlaw and Cowan a U.S. marshal. So when his old friend rode to Mexico to pull the biggest robbery of his career, it became Ben Cowan’s job to hunt him down.

While trailing Catlow south of the border, Ben meets Rosita Calderon. Intelligent and beautiful, her presence further complicates what is already a dangerous situation. While trying to protect his friend from Mexican soldiers and place him under arrest, Ben realizes that the price of getting Catlow back across the border might be more than he is willing to pay.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: As a young boy, I read every Louis L’Amout book I could get my hands on, often reading them over and over again but then I grew up and forgot about them. Now some 60 years later, I have rediscovered them and am getting even more pleasure from reading them. In doing so, I find myself wanting to saddle up a horse and follow the trails so brilliantly described, with a camera (not a Winchester rifle) in my hands. Of course, it’s an idealistic dream; I’ve only ridden a horse once in my entire life, and the places that L’Amour wrote about, and which still exist unchanged, are probably so harsh that I wouldn’t survive a week but, nevertheless, I have a hankering to do so. Writing doesn’t come much more evocative than this. L’Amour was above all else a storyteller and a great one at that. Do yourself and your imagination a huge favor and start reading; you won’t regret a single moment of the time you spend. – Michael_Rocharde

Louis L’amour Books # 30) Dark Canyon

Louis L'amour Books # 30

Book Summary: When Gaylord Riley walked away from the Coburn gang, he had money and a dream. He worked hard and built a cabin, gathered a herd of cattle, and fell in love with Marie Shattuck.

But when he is confronted with false accusations of rustling and murder, Riley is forced to defend his new law-abiding way of life. Outnumbered and facing a lynching party, Riley is surprised when his old friends return to lend him a hand. But how can they help him and keep themselves out of jail? With the local marshal already suspicious of Riley, the Coburn gang will have to plan well and move fast. But that shouldn’t be a problem. Their reputation was built by doing just that.

A 5-Star Review: The Best of the L’Amour novels. I have read most of them and find the short stories superior to the longer works. This novel however does not fall into the same quicksand that some of the others do, Key Lock Man for example. The story moves fast and there are not a lot of superfluous bordering on supernatural events thrown in to increase the number of pages. I think many LL novels suffer from such padding, but that does not happen with Dark Canyon. Very well organized and believable. Excellent all the way around. – Amazon Customer

Louis L’amour Books # 31) Fallon (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Louis L'amour Books # 31

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Macon Fallon had never needed more than a deck of cards, a fast horse, and a ready gun; he was counting on those things now as he led an unsuspecting group of settlers to an abandoned mining town. But while Fallon prepared to pass the ghost town off as a gold mine in the making, a funny thing happened: a real-life community started to take shape in the town he’d christened Red Horse. So when a band of vicious outlaws and a kid who fancied himself a gunslinger threatened to rip Red Horse apart, Fallon found himself caught in one predicament he’d never gambled on. He had come to Red Horse to make a quick fortune, but now he might have to pick up a gun and risk his life for a place he never wanted to call home.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: It is very easy to write a review about Louis L’Amour books. He was very fortunate to have lived and traveled the world as he did. When he wrote his books much research was done on the subject and places that he wrote about. I have read every one of Louis L’Amour’s books and now after a few years its time to re-read them all. You could not read any other books that will hold your attention as these do. Read them all. – triboy1

Louis L’amour Books # 32) How the West Was Won (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Louis L'amour Books # 32

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

They came by river and by wagon train, braving the endless distances of the Great Plains and the icy passes of the Sierra Nevada. They were men like Linus Rawlings, a restless survivor of Indian country who’d headed east to see the ocean but left his heart—and his home—in the West. They were women like Lilith Prescott, a smart, spirited beauty who fled her family and fell for a gambling man in the midst of a frontier gold boom. These pioneering men and women sowed the seeds of a nation with their courage—and with their blood. Here is the story of how their paths would meet amid the epic struggle against fierce enemies and nature’s cruelty, to win for all time the rich and untamed West.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: Revisiting this classic western so many years after the first reading was a cool experience. My dad was a huge fan of Louis Lamour and had a large collection of his books. As a young girl I would take one down and disappear into it for a few days. I am re-reading many of those books now and find them just as interesting and easy to get lost in. The author makes you feel like you can taste the dust, feel the sun beating down, and see all the obstacles in your path. I wish I had been able to rescue all of my dad’s Lamour books. – pebbles

Louis L’amour Books # 33) Hanging Woman Creek

Louis L'amour Books # 33

Book Summary: Barnabus Pike is no gunfighter and not much of a street fighter. Eddie Holt is a black boxer in a white man’s world. They’ve both taken their share of hard knocks. Now they’re looking to survive a brutal winter in a remote Montana line shack, collect their pay, and settle down for good. Then they cross paths with a hardworking Irish immigrant and his beautiful, spirited sister, who’ve been burned off their land. It’s a fight Pike and H

olt don’t want, don’t need, and don’t dare turn their backs on—especially when one of the perpetrators might be one of Pike’s old friends. Hunted like animals across the frozen countryside, Pike and Holt will risk everything—including their reputations, their dreams—and their lives.

A 5-Star Review: Excellent (and more introspective than the normal Louis L’Amour) story. The characters are believable (as much as I adore the Sacketts, in this book Mr. L’Amour explores a hero without extraordinary skills who, at the age of 30 may discover a direction for his life instead of just drifting) and the motivations ring true. The conditions and complexities of the (late) frontier are wonderfully brought to life. I think this book has become my new favorite! – Susan C.

Louis L’amour Books # 34) Mojave Crossing (Sacketts Book 9)

Louis L'amour Books # 34

Book Summary: Louis L’Amour takes William Tell Sackett on a treacherous passage from the Arizona goldfields to the booming town of Los Angeles.

Tell Sackett was no ladies’ man, but he could spot trouble easily enough. And Dorinda Robiseau was the kind of trouble he wanted to avoid at any time—even more so when he had thirty pounds of gold in his saddlebags and a long way to travel. But when she begged him for safe passage to Los Angeles, Sackett reluctantly agreed. Now he’s on a perilous journey through the most brutal desert on the continent, traveling with a companion he doesn’t trust . . . and headed for a confrontation with a deadly gunman who also bears the name of Sackett.

A 5-Star Review: This rating is given to a fantastic family saga, SACKETTS. Each of the Sackett books hold you spellbound. History abounds in these stories. Charactors are unforgettable, simple people trying to make a go of their life while leaving as much knowledge to their offsprings. You will love this series and will not be able to put each book down until you are finish. READ and ENJOY. I did. – Amazon Customer Lavonne Jones

Louis L’amour Books # 35) Kiowa Trail 

Louis L'amour Books # 35

Book Summary: Kate Lundy, owner of the Tumbling B, and Conn Dury, her foreman, told Tom the rules: men from the cattle drives are forbidden on the north side of town. People appreciated the money the cowboys spent but thought them too coarse to be near their homes. Enticed to come calling by Linda McDonald, daughter of one of the leading citizens, Tom Lundy broke the law and crossed the line. Later that night, he was dead.

Outraged by her brother’s murder, Kate vows to destroy the entire town. But when Aaron McDonald sends east for an army of hired guns, Conn Dury and the men of the Tumbling B soon wonder if the price of Kate’s revenge is too high.

A 5-Star Review: I’ts Louis L’Amour, for crying out loud. There is no better western writer, and I especially like his non westerns! The Walking Drum is a classic, as is his seafaring and science novels. The man doesn’t get the credit he deserves for this self-taught author is extremely educated and intelligent. I’ve read nearly every one of his books in print, which now exceeds 105. Highly recommended! – Gary B.

Louis L’amour Books # 36) The High Graders 

Book Summary: The story was that Eli Patterson had died in a gunfight, but Mike Shevlin knew it couldn’t be true: the man who’d been like a father to him had been a Quaker. But when Shevlin rides back to Rafter Crossing to uncover the truth, he finds that the quiet ranching community has become a booming mining town. Newfound wealth has not made Rafter a peaceful place, however, and the smell of fear and greed is thick in the air. As Mike Shevlin tries to unravel the mystery of Patterson’s death, he is led deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that controls not only the fate of Rafter Crossing but the heart of a beautiful but tormented young woman—and Shevlin’s own destiny.

A 5-Star Review: Good story with excellent characterization. I have read all of L’Amour’s books and this one ranks right there with Sackett’s Land and To the Far Blue Mountains. Last few pages are stunning. L’Amour’s present tense is not characteristic of him, but is a wonderful deviation. All the hopes, strivings, trials and tribulations of man shown to be as nothing once the timeline has progressed past the (an) individual. – Jay Selvey

Louis L’amour Books # 37) The Key-Lock Man

Book Summary: He had led the posse for miles through the desert, but now Matt Keelock was growing desperate. He was worried about Kristina. His trip to the town of Freedom for supplies had ended in a shootout. If caught he would hang. Even though Kris could handle a horse and rifle as well as most men, the possibility of Oskar Neerland’s finding her made Matt’s blood run cold. He knew the violent and obsessive Neerland, publicly embarrassed when Matt had stepped in and stolen Kris away, would try to kill them both if given half a chance. Matt tried to convince himself that Neerland had returned to the East. But Matt was wrong. Miles away in the town of Freedom, Oskar Neerland was accepting a new job. In his first duty as marshal, he would lead the posse that was tracking down Matt Keelock.

A 5-Star Review: I’ve been re-reading the L’Amour books in the order that he wrote them – and in the “Key-Lock Man” he gets the plot, the characters and the settings spot-on! A great read. – Edward L. Gervais

Louis L’amour Books # 38) The Sackett Brand (Sacketts Book 16)

Book Summary: In The Sackett Brand, Louis L’Amour spins the story of a courageous man who must face overwhelming odds to track down a killer.

Tell Sackett and his bride, Ange, came to Arizona to build a home and start a family. But on Black Mesa something goes terribly wrong. Tell is ambushed and badly injured. When he finally manages to drag himself back to where he left Ange, she is gone. Desperate, cold, hungry, and with no way to defend himself, Tell is stalked like a wounded animal. Hiding from his attackers, his rage and frustration mounting, he tries to figure out who the men are, why they are trying to kill him, and what has happened to his wife. Discovering the truth will be risky. And when he finally does, it will be their turn to run.

A 5-Star Review: All of Louis L’Amour’s “Sackett” books are great. I’ve read them all, but am now in the process of getting them all in Audible format. He has researched the areas he talks about not only using maps and text, but has been there and seen it, usually spending time in those places, learning and living the life of the characters he writes about. I love Westerns, and I’ve enjoyed reading every book by L’Amour that I have picked up. The visual aspect of the audible version is enhanced as you don’t have to read the text, and can sit back and enjoy just listening. – Jim Cowan

Louis L’amour Books # 39) The Broken Gun

Book Summary: Ninety years ago the Toomey brothers, along with twenty-five other men and four thousand head of cattle, vanished en route to Arizona. When writer and historian Dan Sheridan is invited to the missing brothers’ ranch by its current owner, he jumps at the chance. The visit fits right in with his plan to solve the century-old mystery—but it turns out that his host isn’t a fan of books, writers, or people who don’t mind their own business.

Soon Dan is living the dangers of the Old West firsthand—tracked through the savage wilderness by vicious killers straight out of the most violent pages of his stories. However, his enemies have made one serious mistake: Sheridan is no pencil-pushing greenhorn, and killing him won’t be as easy as they think.

A 5-Star Review: I read years ago that Mr. L’Amour said if he said a tree was in certain place that it was actually there during the time frame about which he was writing. I don’t know if it’s true but I love his books. I’ve been reading them since I was young teenager with strep throat. A friend of the family brought me a couple of L’Amour westerns and a Doc Savage book. I still read the westerns! Great stuff. The Sacketts seem like old friends. – Tony Mobley

Louis L’amour Books # 40) Kid Rodelo (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Joe Harbin hadn’t killed a man for a fortune in gold just to sit in prison and let Rodelo collect it. But when Joe and his men break out and head for the stash, they end up with a pair of unwelcome partners: Rodelo and a beautiful woman with a hidden past. To get fifty thousand dollars in gold across fifty miles of desert, the desperate band quickly learns how much they need one another—and how deep their greed and suspicion can run. At the end of the journey lie the waters of Baja and a new life in Mexico, but first they have to survive the savage heat, bounty-hunting Yaqui Indians, and the shifting, treacherous nature of both the desert sands and their own conflicting loyalties.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: love L’Amour –
while his stories in this genre are somewhat formulaic, he does a brilliant job of telling a good (and informative) tale each time. – Dr. Kelly Nicholson

Louis L’amour Books # 41) Kilrone

Book Summary: When Major Frank Paddock and Barnes Kilrone were dashing young officers in Paris, they both fell in love with the same woman. But now they are men in exile in one of the harshest territories of the American West. It is against this inhospitable backdrop, where survival itself is a day-to-day struggle, that Paddock makes a fateful decision that will plunge both men into a headlong battle for their lives and the lives they’re sworn to protect. As Paddock leads his company of soldiers in pursuit of a Bannock war party, Kilrone is left behind to guard the post’s women and children. And before the day is over, one of them, outnumbered and outgunned, will be trapped in a fight to the finish.…

A 5-Star Review: It’s a classic tale a lone rider, who has a past, enters an Army Post in the 1860’s A serious problem or two await him, and little by little he works out solutions that work. I enjoyed it, and if you like Westerns, this is one you should read! Louis L’Amour had the gift of making his characters come alive. I enjoy many of his books and short stories. – Sam

Louis L’amour Books # 42) Mustang Man (Sacketts Book 10)

Book Summary: In Mustang Man, Louis L’Amour takes Nolan Sackett on a dangerous journey into family betrayal, greed, and murder.

When Nolan Sackett met Penelope Hume in a cantina at Borregos Plaza, the girl immediately captured his attention. That she was heir to a lost cache of gold didn’t make her any less desirable. But Penelope isn’t the only one after her grandfather’s treasure; Sylvie, Ralph, and Andrew Karnes, distant relatives with no legal claim to the gold, are obsessed with claiming the Hume fortune for themselves. Their all-consuming sense of entitlement recklessly drives them to ambush and murder. Even if Sackett and Penelope are fortunate enough to escape this deadly trio and find the canyon where the gold is hidden, Indian legend has it that nothing will live there—no birds or insects. They say it is filled with the bones of men.

A 5-Star Review: This book is about Nolan Sackett, who saved Tell’s bacon in the previous Sackette Series, and the reader gets to see what he’s really like. Most folks in the western parts have him pegged as an Outlaw! But, is this the reputation he wants? Folks must read “Mustang Man” to get a more thorough view of Nolan and then decide for themselves! This is another great read by the best Western writer, maybe of all time!, Louis L’Amour! This will not be the last time you encounter Nolan’s character in the Sackett Series, so do not despair! Read and Enjoy another Sackett Novel! – Rebecca Stewart

Louis L’amour Books # 43) Matagorda

Book Summary: Tap Duvarney lost his innocence in the War Between the States and then put his skills to the test as a soldier in the frontier army. Now, leaving behind a devoted fiancée, he is trying to make his fortune on the Texas coast, working a ranch as the partner of his old friend Tom Kittery—and finding himself in the middle of a feud between Kittery and the neighboring Munson family. Around Matagorda Island, most people are either backing the Munsons or remaining silent. But the danger from outside Kittery’s camp is nothing compared to the threat within, as Tap begins to suspect that Kittery’s woman, a Texas-born beauty who misses the glitz and glamour of city life, isn’t everything she appears to be. Tap is quickly discovering that he must go to war again. But will it be with the Munsons—or with his closest friend?

A 5-Star Review: Indianola was wiped out in the late 1880s. Louie L’Amour takes this historic event and wraps a compelling story around it. He writes so well you’ll feel the storm all around you with a plot that is sure to keep you turning the pages or flipping your eReader. – Wayne Hastings

Louis L’amour Books # 44) The Sky-Liners (Sacketts Book 17)

Book Summary: In The Sky-Liners, Louis L’Amour introduces Flagan and Galloway Sackett, heading west from Tennessee to seek their fortunes. That’s when they came across an old Irish trader who offered them two fine horses if they would agree to escort his granddaughter, Judith, to her father in Colorado. Flagan saw nothing but trouble in the fiery young woman, but they needed the horses. Unfortunately, Flagan was right, for Judith had fallen for James Black Fetchen, a charismatic gunman whose courtship hid the darkest of intentions.

Now Fetchen and his gang are racing the Sackett brothers to Colorado—leaving behind a trail of betrayal, robbery, and murder. Flagan and Galloway can only guess why Judith is so important to Fetchen and what awaits them at her father’s ranch. One thing Flagan knows for sure: The tough and spirited woman has won his heart. But can he trust her with his life?

A 5-Star Review: I enjoyed every single word. I’ve given this book (5) Stars because that is how much I’ve enjoyed this entire series. More than a few tired morning from going to sleep to late. Each and every book was fully enjoyed. I had not read a western book before, but I’ve got to say I pick the right author to start with. Louis L’Amour was very gifted. He could place your mind right where he wanted it to be. I plan to retire in the areas he wrote about and I will feel I’ve been there before, thank to Louis L’Amour. Enjoy – r.doolittle

Louis L’amour Books # 45) Brionne

Book Summary: Major James Brionne brought Dave Allard to trial for murder. Just before the hanging, Dave swore his brothers would take vengenance. . .Four year later the Allard boys retumed to settle the score. Only Brionne’s son escaped. They murdered his wife, destroyed his home, and left Brionne nothing but the charred ruins of his past to haunt him. Seeking peace and a new life, Brionne and the boy headed west. But the Allards hadn’t finished with him. He knew they’d call him for a showdown-and this time he’d be ready . . . .

A 5-Star Review: I love the action of this book. It starts from the beginning and goes right up to the very end. The characters are real and don’t leave you in the wings wondering what’s going to happen next. The action is breathtaking and exciting. I’d recommend this to anybody who loves a good story that keeps you up and makes it hard to put down. – Adam Holmgren

Louis L’amour Books # 46) Chancy

Book Summary:

He was an orphan from the hills of Tennessee and he hadn’t eaten in three days. With the front of his stomach making friends with the back, he was in no position to let an opportunity slip by unnoticed. And when Chancy defended his new herd of cattle with a shotgun, he didn’t miss. The dead man left a pistol on the ground. Chancy needed a spare and, after stowing it in his bedroll, forgot about it. He had a cattle drive to finish and a profit to make.

But the gun had a history. Another killing had taken place and Chancy would never know the truth until it was too late. Now, locked in a jail cell with an angry, drunken mob outside and time running out, he must somehow find a way to prove his innocence.

A 5-Star Review: The opening paints the hero as a crafty, borderline thief, but one soon finds out that this lead character is a tough cousin of the Sacketts from the hills of Tennessee. His apparent duplicity is exactly what he claimed it to be, a way out of a bad jam for the “losers” in the deal. Little by little L’Amour develops the hero’s history, belief system, and sets the stage for what unfolds … a western tale you’ll find hard to put down. Kudos again for a great storyteller! – kent lundberg

Louis L’amour Books # 47) Down the Long Hills (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Everyone was dead. Indian raiders massacred the entire wagon train. Only seven-year-old Hardy Collins and three-year-old Betty Sue Powell, managed to survive. With a knife, a faithful stallion, and the survival lessons his father taught him, Hardy must face the challenges of the open prairie as they head west in search of help. Using ingenuity and common sense, Hardy builds shelters, forages for food, and learns to care for Betty Sue. But their journey through this hostile wilderness is being tracked by even more hostile men. And, as he struggles to keep them alive, Hardy realizes that their survival may depend on his ability to go far beyond what his father had been able to teach him.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: There is nothing else to say about Louis L’Amour. His books draw you in and don’t let you go, even when the last page has been turned. This story is the same. It is a masterful telling of the story of a 7 year old boy who saves his own life, the life of a 3 year old girl, and that of his big red horse by using his common sense and the training his pa gave him from the time he could walk. It kept my rapt attention from beginning to end and I didn’t want it to end. – Bonster

Louis L’amour Books # 48) Conagher 

Book Summary: As far as the eye can see is a vast, empty horizon. Evie Teale has finally accepted that her husband won’t be coming home. To make ends meet she runs a temporary stage station. But though she is diligent and careful, Evie must prepare for the day when the passengers no longer come and she must protect her children in an untamed country where’s it’s far easier to die than to live.

Miles away, another solitary soul battles for survival. Conagher is a lean, dark-eyed drifter who is not about to let a gang of rustlers push him around. While searching the isolated canyons for missing cattle, he finds notes tied to tumbleweeds rolling with the wind. The bleak, spare words echo Conagher’s own whispered prayers for companionship. Who is this mysterious woman on the other side of the wind? Conagher only hopes he can stay alive long enough to find her.

A 5-Star Review: I have enjoyed the writing of Louis L’Amour for years. This has been one of my favorite movies also, to the point that my tape(yes, vcr) is almost worn out. I thought I would try the book since most times, the book for me is better. I was not disappointed.
I was apprehensive at first because I thought they might have changed the book a lot when making the movie, but was delighted that was not the case. Books for me have always given me more depth for characters, etc. and I was pleased the dialogue from the book was used almost verbatim in the movie.
I am glad I got this and will enjoy it over and over. – sjd402

Louis L’amour Books # 49) The Empty Land (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

For thousands of years the lonely canyon knew only wind and rain, wild animals, and an occasional native hunter. Then a trapper found a chunk of gold, and everything changed overnight.

In six days a town called Confusion appeared . . . and on the seventh it could disappear, consumed by the flames of lawlessness and violence. On one side are those who understand only brute force. On the other are men who want law and order but are ready to use a noose to achieve their ends. Between them stand Matt Coburn and Dick Felton: one a hardened realist, the other an idealist trying to dig a fortune from the muddy hillside. Outnumbered and outgunned, Felton and Coburn can’t afford to be outmaneuvered. For as the two unlikely allies confront corruption, betrayal, and murder in an attempt to tame a town where the discovery of gold can mean either the fortune of a lifetime or a sentence of death, they realize that any move could be their last.
 
Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis LAmour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 1 and Louis LAmours Lost Treasures: Volume 2,  Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. 

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: Louis L’Amour is my favorite author. I started reading his books about 36 years ago and they are the rare ones that I can read over and over again and never get tired of. Mr. L’Amour had the rare talent and ability to paint a picture with words so well you can almost put yourself right in the scene. It helps that I grew up in the West and familiar with the land, animals, and plant life but L’Amour’s ability with words could put me right in the desert or in the mountains with his characters. His characters are always strong, sometimes colorful, and always there is something to learn from them. They were the stuff people in the West were made of. The main character in this story was no different, faced with enemies on all sides he proved to be a survivor. A great read. – Wendy K.

Louis L’amour Books # 50) The Lonely Men (Sacketts Book 11)

Book Summary: In The Lonely Men, Louis L’Amour spins the tale of a man who must elude an Apache trap—only to discover that his greatest enemy might be very close to home.

Tell Sackett had fought his share of Indians and managed to take something of value from his battles: a deep and abiding respect. But that respect is lost when Apache braves kidnap his nephew, forcing Tell to cross the border into the Sierra Madres to bring the boy back. What troubles Tell more, though, is the boy’s mother: Could she possibly be inventing a rescue mission to deliver her husband’s brother into an ambush?

Tell knows that the only things he can depend on are his wits and cold steel. But against such adversaries, even these formidable weapons may not be enough.

A 5-Star Review: This is another book in the Sackett series and features Tell Sackett. Unlike today, news travels slowly and Tell doesn’t know that the ex-wife of Orrin Sackett is “ex” and out to make sure Sacketts suffer. So when she informs Tell there’s a young Sackett who has been kidnapped by Apaches, he believes her and off he goes.

It is a fun book, full of adventure and wonderful descriptions of the land. Tell is one of my favorite Sackett characters and his observations are always interesting. The only problem is the book is short! It tells the story, though. It is just me wanting to spend more time there.

If you like traditional Westerns, you’ve probably already read this book. If you haven’t, then pick it up; you’ll enjoy it. – J. Sexton

Louis L’amour Books # 51) Galloway: The Sacketts

Book Summary: Louis L’Amour tells the story of two brothers who must struggle to survive in a wild and beautiful land to build themselves a ranch and a future.

Trouble was following Flagan Sackett with a vengeance. Captured and tortured by a band of Apaches, he escaped into the rugged San Juan country, where he managed to stay alive until his brother Galloway could find him. But the brothers were about to encounter worse trouble ahead. Their plan to establish a ranch angered the Dunn clan, who had decided that the vast range would be theirs alone. Now Galloway and Flagan would face an enemy who killed for sport—but as long as other Sacketts lived, they would not fight alone.

A 5-Star Review: Louis L’Amour is a master wordsmith. I’ve been fortunate to have read everything he’s ever written multiple times. And, like a good friend, I enjoy revisiting each L’Amour tome. Books have always been my friend. Thanks Mr L’Amour. You were a positive role model for a foster kid in Oklahoma 35 years ago. And I’m still riding for the brand sir. – Lt. Eric A. Sewell

Louis L’amour Books # 52) The Man Called Noon (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary:

As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

In one swift moment a fall wiped away his memory. Now all he knew for certain was that someone wanted him dead—and that he had better learn why. But everywhere he turned there seemed to be more questions—or people too willing to hide the truth behind a smoke screen of lies. He had only the name he had been told was his own, his mysterious skill with a gun, and a link to a half million dollars’ worth of buried gold as evidence of his past life. Was the treasure his? Was he a thief? A killer? He didn’t have the answers, but he needed them soon. Because what he still didn’t know about himself, others did—and if he didn’t unlock the secret of his past, he wasn’t going to have much of a future.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: I really enjoyed The Man Called Noon. There are already many reviews written that touch on all the positives about Louis L`amour and I agree with all of hem. My add on is that l liked the clean writing manner. What I mean by that is so many writers go into such details that you lost the story. This is a straight story teller that doesn’t go into the blue sky or the rustling leaves or the other adjectives that fill pages but you can do without. He gives you enough to set the scene without going overboard. Read and enjoy. – William L. McCracken

Louis L’amour Books # 53) Reilly’s Luck (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly—a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. For ten years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the glittering cities of Belle Époque Europe—until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire. 

But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover—one that would bring him face-to-face with the one person he least wants to see: his mother. With the help of a beautiful, street-smart rancher and the woman who was Will Reilly’s lost love, Val must close this last cruel chapter of his past before he can turn the page on an uncertain future.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: In my opinion, Louis L’Amour is the best western author of all time. Max Brand gave you great characters but only o.k. description of the countryside. Zane Grey was the opposite: great countryside but only o.k. description of characters. Louis L’Amour’s characters and countryside were a great mix of the two. And his research was impeccable. If he had a spring in the story, then at the time the story was based there was a spring. His research was meticulous. I am 60 years old and I have read Louis L’Amour since I was 14. His Sackett series is one of the best and his historical story, The Walking Drum, as well as his metaphysical one, The Lonesome Gods, are phenomenal stand alone books.

Enjoy this book and read the others I just mentioned. – Brett ‘Swantz’ Swanson

Louis L’amour Books # 54) The Ferguson Rifle (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: The classic Western, now newly repackaged as part of Bantam’s Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures program–with never-before-seen material from Louis and his son, Beau L’Amour.

It began with gold that had once belonged to Montezuma. Stolen and cached in a church in Mexico, it was recovered by two army officers who fled north for the French settlements. Along the way one stabbed the other to death. The remaining officer was eventually killed by Plains Indians, but he buried the treasure just before he died.

Now Ronan Chantry, a handful of trappers, and an Irish girl whose father was killed after telling her a few vague landmarks are searching for the lost treasure. But they are not alone. The girl’s uncle, Rafen Falvey, wants it, too. Like Chantry, he is well educated, bold, and determined. Under different circumstances the two men might have been friends. But in all likelihood it wouldn’t have made any difference. When it comes to gold, even friendship doesn’t keep men from killing each other.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: Louis L’Amour writes about the quintessential American hero. The details of time and geography are all accurate and while the story lines are captivating, the author paints evocative images of our land when it was new. – Rob Bosley

Louis L’amour Books # 55) North to the Rails: A Novel (The Talon and Chantry series Book 6)

Book Summary: When Tom Chantry comes west to buy cattle, he quickly runs into trouble. During a drunken scuffle in a bar, Dutch Akin challenges Chantry to a gunfight. Leaving town rather than face Akin, Chantry is quickly branded a coward.

Later, when hiring men to take his herd to the railroad, Chantry faces a dilemma: No one wants to make the long, dangerous ride with a leader of questionable courage. So when French Williams, a shrewd and ruthless cattleman, makes Chantry an offer, Tom reluctantly accepts his unusual terms: Tom must remain with the drive from start to finish. If he fails to do so, the entire herd will belong to French.

Tom quickly learns that life is not going to be made easy for him. The first man French hires is Dutch Akin.

A 5-Star Review: If you have read one of his books (which I have),you have pretty much read them all (which I have, multiple times). He was a formula writer and made no bones about admitting it. Good always triumphs over bad and the good guy gets the ranchers daughter as they ride off into or watch the sunset. In today’s world, it’s nice to park your mind and know that is going to happen. We need a lot more of it. Mr. LaMour provides a pleasant state of mind that this world could definitely benefit from. – jim grisham

Louis L’amour Books # 56) Tucker

Book Summary: “If a man won’t fight for what is rightly his, then he ain’t much account.” With this challenge from his dying father, young Shell Tucker rode out after three men who had stolen the twenty thousand dollars his father was carrying. Two of the men he hunted, Doc Sites and Kid Reese, were his friends. Dreaming of adventure, Tucker had wanted to join their gang. But now, with his father gone and the people back home desperately in need of the proceeds from the cattle drive, Shell was determined to uphold his father’s reputation and recover their money. He knew the odds were against him. Finding his friends would be difficult. Getting the money back would be nearly impossible.

A 5-Star Review: I have every book Louis L’Amour ever wrote in my library, and I’m slowly working on getting electronic versions of all of them. Nobody writes like L’Amour; in my opinion he has no equal, and likely never will. The world lost one of it’s greatest storytellers when he passed. And, while I enjoy each and every one of his books, Tucker is one of my favorites. A classic coming of age story that has absolutely nothing clichéd about it, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. If it’s possible that there’s anyone out there who hasn’t read L’Amour’s work, this is one of the stories I would most strongly recommend. – Roddy

Louis L’amour Books # 57) Under the Sweetwater Rim

Book Summary: Deep in Indian country, Major Mark Devereaux and his men find a grisly scene: a wagon train savagely attacked, with no survivors. One of the wagons originally with the group is missing; in it is a fortune in gold and Devereaux’s daughter, Mary. The slaughter, Devereaux learns, was not the work of Indians but of a murderous outlaw band. With the stakes rising in a deadly game, the only wild card is Lieutenant Tenadore Brian, who is riding with the missing wagon—against orders. Devereaux knows Brian is a good soldier, but is he good enough to protect a saddlebag full of gold . . . and the life of his daughter?

A 5-Star Review: This is another wonderful example of Louis L’Amour’s writing. This man puts other Western authors to shame. I am a fan of Westerns, based on my time, watching Gunsmoke with my maternal Grandfather. Kudos to Mr. L’Amour! – Peter N. Smith

Louis L’amour Books # 58) Callaghen (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Callaghen’s business is soldiering. For twenty years he’d fought all over the world, from China to the deserts of California; now he’s a private in the U.S. Cavalry, poorly paid, his enlistment about to run out. He’s ready to move on . . . until he comes across a startling discovery: a treasure map belonging to a dead lieutenant who may not have been all that he seemed. The map points the way to an underground river of gold . . . or does it? To find out, Callaghen will have to fight the toughest war of his life: against a fierce Indian warrior, a vindictive commanding officer, and a ruthless gang of outlaws who’ll turn what may be a river of gold into a river of blood.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: I have read almost every Louis LaMour book written. Most of them more than once. I love the fact that there is no cursing, foul language, immoral situations, or glorifying bad behavior. The stories are exciting, easily visualized, and one can place himself in the situations described. I have read lots of westerns, an era I admire, but Louis LaMour is the best of the best. – Robert

Louis L’amour Books # 59) Ride the Dark Trail (Sacketts Book 15)

Book Summary: In Ride the Dark Trail, Louis L’Amour tells the story of Logan Sackett, a cynical drifter who changes his ways to help a widow keep her land.

Logan Sackett is wild and rootless, riding west in search of easy living. Then he meets Emily Talon, a fiery old widow who is even wilder than he is. Tall and lean, Em is determined to defend herself against the jealous locals who are trying to take her home. Logan doesn’t want to get involved—until he finds out that Em was born a Sackett. Em is bucking overwhelming odds, but Logan won’t let her stand alone. For even the rebellious drifter knows that part of being a Sackett is backing up your family when they need you.

A 5-Star Review: Louis L’Amour is a delightful author. He said he rode every trail and camped in every spot that is referenced in the books he wrote. The Sackett stories are so well written. My Grandmother came West in a wagon train. From her stories I have recognized places that L’Amour writes about, and yet his story line gives us heroes and a real sense of what people went through to get this great land of ours settled. Everything he writes has truth in it and that makes it all the more interesting to me. I have read almost all of his books, and have read every one of the Sackett Books, and the ones about their relatives. If you are a Western fan, these books will give you satisfaction. His story telling is wonderful and takes me away from the present. This book gives us a female hero and she represents every woman that came west in those days. The folks in this story were not wimpy. I think I have read this book about a dozen times, at least. I never get tired of it. – Busy Reader

Louis L’amour Books # 60) The Man from Skibbereen

Book Summary: Crispin Mayo was a reckless young brawler who’d left his tiny fishing village for the vast American frontier. Headed west to join a railroad construction crew, he came upon an isolated station—and a mystery. The shack was abandoned, but fresh blood spattered the floor, and the telegraph was clicking away unattended. When Mayo stepped inside and put a hand on the telegraph key, he had no way of knowing the course of his life would change forever—and that he would become entangled with a band of Civil War veterans with a score to settle against the government…and a feisty young woman who’d risk anything to save the people she loved. Cris Mayo, who had never backed away from a fight in his life, was about to have his courage put to the ultimate test.

A 5-Star Review: Never wrong with Louis Lamore
Read and reread. Favorite author by far. Good knowledge of history of frontier and any parts of the world. – N H.

Louis L’amour Books # 61) The Quick and the Dead

Book Summary: When Duncan McKaskel decided to move his family west, he knew he would face dangers, and he was prepared for them. He knew about the exhausting terrain, and he was expecting the punishing elements. What he worried about was having to use violence against other men—men who would follow him and try to steal the riches that he didn’t even possess.

A 5-Star Review: Louis L’ Amour is widely looked upon as one of the most consistent and valued of Western novelists. He is often accused of writing variants of the same story, and, perhaps, I would agree this is not inaccurate. However, the more you read of him, the more you realise the variety he has presented to you. This book in particular is among his best. It’s a simple story, and doesn’t require a lot of depth. This does not mean it is an easy read. The detail that Louis LA Morton’s to use include the beautiful descriptions of the geography his book is set in. He knows the country, he knows how to use a gun, and so many more quirks unique the Western genre, and these truly set him apart. His stories are genuine, if redundant. Life is redundant, and history tends to repeat itself. There is nothing wrong with redundancy, especially when you realise that the author hasn’t been as redundant as you thought. – jakeusrehmus

Louis L’amour Books # 62) Treasure Mountain (Sacketts Book 13) 

Book Summary: In Treasure Mountain, Louis L’Amour delivers a robust story of two brothers searching to learn the fate of their missing father—and finding themselves in a struggle just to stay alive.

Orrin and Tell Sackett had come to exotic New Orleans looking for answers to their father’s disappearance twenty years before. To uncover the truth, the brothers enlisted the aid of a trailwise Gypsy and a mysterious voodoo priest as they sought to re-create their father’s last trek. But Louisiana is a dangerous land, and with one misstep the brothers could disappear in the bayous before they even set foot on the trail—a trail that led to whatever legacy their father had left behind . . . and a secret worth killing for.

A 5-Star Review: Another great read by the master storyteller himself. As Louis L’Amour delves into the lives of his characters I get drawn further into each story he creates. I marvel at how well he not only tells each story but how well he describes the life and circumstances surrounding the situation and each character – Garth D. Newell

Louis L’amour Books # 63) The Californios

Book Summary: Captain Sean Mulkerin comes home from the sea to find his family home in jeopardy. After the death of his father, Sean’s determined mother, Eileen, took it upon herself to run the sprawling Rancho Malibu—until a fire destroyed her hard-earned profits. Now, on the edge of financial ruin, Eileen hopes Sean can help them find a way out. The rumor is that her late husband found gold in the wild and haunted California hills, but the only clue to its whereabouts lies with an ancient, enigmatic Indian.

When Sean and Eileen set forth to retrace his father’s footsteps, they know they are in search of a questionable treasure—with creditors, greedy neighbors, and ruthless gunmen watching every move they make. Before they reach their destination, mother and son will test both the limits of their faith and the laws of nature as they seek salvation in a landscape where reality can blur like sand and sky in a desert mirage.

A 5-Star Review: This is one of the best examples of L’Amour’s forays into shamanism and spiritual matters. The flavor is mystical and thought provoking while still providing the rough and tumble of America’s Wild West that color so much of his writing. It’s a personal favorite for me. – steve curry

Louis L’amour Books # 64) Sackett’s Land (Sacketts Book 1)

Book Summary: After discovering six gold Roman coins buried in the mud of the Devil’s Dyke, Barnabas Sackett enthusiastically invests in goods that he will offer for trade in America. But Sackett has a powerful enemy: Rupert Genester, nephew of an earl, wants him dead. A battlefield promise made to Sackett’s father threatens Genester’s inheritance. So on the eve of his departure for America, Sackett is attacked and thrown into the hold of a pirate ship. Genester’s orders are for him to disappear into the waters of the Atlantic. But after managing to escape, Sackett makes his way to the Carolina coast. He sees in the raw, abundant land the promise of a bright future. But before that dream can be realized, he must first return to England and discover the secret of his father’s legacy.

A 5-Star Review: Barnabas Sackett is independent and loyal. The novel begins in Elizabethan England where Barnabas finds coins of antiquity. He takes them to a man who knows their value. But Barnabas has an enemy who seeks to ruin him or kill him, and Barnabas must evade him.
Barnabas longs to go to the New World. His journey there involves danger, conflict, and adventure. Through it all, he proves himself to be a man of ambition, courage, and loyalty.
I highly recommend this book. – Kindle Customer

Louis L’amour Books # 65) The Man from the Broken Hills (The Talon and Chantry series Book 4)

Book Summary: For years Milo Talon had been riding the outlaw trail, looking for a man who had betrayed his family. Only Hank Rossiter wasn’t the man he had been: old now and blind, Rossiter was trying desperately to hold on to a small ranch to support his daughter, Barbara. Suddenly Talon found himself in the middle of a range war, siding with the man he’d marked for payback. But had Rossiter really changed? And could his daughter be trusted by either of them? For Milo, getting to the truth meant a long hard fight to separate his enemies from his friends—and forgiveness from revenge.

A 5-Star Review: L’Amour very neatly wraps up the story of Em Talon’s betrayal by a trusted hand. Talon rides into a camp and is welcomed by the folks there who all ride for a local cattleman. Shortly after his arrival, a rival rancher’s hired guns show up and Talon quickly has to pick sides. Of course, he sides with the men who welcomed him to their fire. The story leaps from there. A handful of big ranches, thousands of heads of cattle missing, and seemingly all of the ranches are victims. Someone locks on to Talon snooping around and soon starts gunning for him. Only luck keeps the unseen killer from succeeding and Talon is racing against time to figure out who this man is and solve the mystery of the missing cattle. Another L’Amour page turner! – Abu Amiri

Louis L’amour Books # 66) Over on the Dry Side (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

The abandoned cabin seemed like a good place to settle down . . . except for the dead man in the front yard. But Doby Kernohan and his father had traveled a long way seeking a new start, and they were in no position to be choosy. Unfortunately, the mysterious man’s violent end was an omen of darker events to come, for a cycle of violence that had begun long ago was about to reach an explosive conclusion. Caught in a tangle of murder, greed, and blood vengeance, the Kernohans have no choice but to get involved. And when a mysterious beauty from deep in the surrounding hills and a deadly stranger named Owen Chantry arrive, what had at first seemed like good fortune suddenly becomes a terrifying fight for life itself.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: If you don’t know L’Amour you’re in for a treat. He is an extraordinary story teller and makes the reader fell that they are part of his story. He is detailed in his descriptions of his characters and the environment that face. He knows what is interesting and makes each book so. – Kindle Customer

Louis L’amour Books # 67) Rivers West: A Novel (The Talon and Chantry series Book 8)

Book Summary: His dream was to build magnificent steamboats to ply the rivers of the American frontier. But when Jean Talon began his journey westward, he stumbled upon a deadly conspiracy involving a young woman’s search to find her missing brother, and a ruthless band of renegades. Led by the brazen Baron Torville, this makeshift army of opportunists is plotting a violent takeover of the Louisiana Territory. Jean swears to find a way to stop this daring plan. If he doesn’t, it will not only put an end to all his dreams; it will change the course of history—and destroy the promise of the American frontier.

A 5-Star Review: Louis L’Amour is always a first rate story-teller and this one is no exception. Set a little earlier in the frontier days than your typical Western, it is from a time period under-utilized by fiction writers for some reason. As always you get a dose of L’Amour philosophy with an excellent story. This one was always one my favorite L’Amour books. – Daniel Durr, Jr

Louis L’amour Books # 68) The Rider of Lost Creek:(Kilkenny Book 1)

Book Summary: Lance Kilkenny has a debt to pay, and he isn’t about to let the friend who saved his life go down in a range war. But when Kilkenny tries to stop the fighting, he finds there’s more at stake than land or wire. Whoever is stirring up trouble has big ideas for the Live Oak country—and an army of hired guns to back them up. Nita Riordan, the beautiful and fiery owner of the Apple Canyon Saloon, warns Lance that the mysterious man orchestrating the conflict wants him dead. Lance realizes that if he doesn’t watch his step, he’ll pay the debt he owes with his own blood.

A 5-Star Review: L’Amour book all the way. Ending leaves you wondering and searching for the next venture of Kilkenny….hope I can find it. I have read over 108 L’Amour books and thus one does not differ from his award winning template of the hero’s strength talent and trying hard yo not get the woman…… Great read… – Lund Johnson

Louis L’amour Books # 69) To the Far Blue Mountains (Sacketts Book 2)

Book Summary: In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L’Amour weaves the unforgettable tale of a man who, after returning to his homeland, discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible.

Barnabas Sackett was leaving England to make his fortune in the New World. But as he settled his affairs, he learned that a royal warrant had been sworn out against him and that men were searching for him in every port. At issue were some rare gold coins Sackett had sold to finance his first trip to the Americas—coins believed to be part of a great treasure lost by King John years before.

Believing that Sackett possesses the rest of the treasure, Queen Bess will stop at nothing to find him. If he’s caught, not only will his dream of a life in America be lost, but he will be brutally tortured and put to death on the gallows.

A 5-Star Review: Louis L’Amour, what can be said about him that hasn’t already been said 100 times, he was a great storyteller and the Sackett’s were his greatest family. I’ve travelled the lands and read his words and harsh as those times were they also made a vast and great country grow and prosper, if only our modern versions cherished the selflessness that made these pioneers great, we would be a much better country today if we relearned the lessons of hard work. – Donald Godier

Louis L’amour Books # 70) Where the Long Grass Blows

Book Summary: Bill Canavan rode into the valley with a dream to start his own ranch. But when he managed to stake claims on the three best water holes, the other ranchers turned against him.

No one is more determined to see Canavan dead than Star Levitt. Levitt is an unscrupulous businessman who has been accumulating cattle at an alarming rate. Suspicious after witnessing a secret meeting between the riders of warring ranches, Bill begins noticing other dubious behavior: Why is Levitt’s fiancée, Dixie Venable, acting more like a hostage than a willing bride-to-be?

Canavan doesn’t have much time to figure out what’s going on. The entire valley is against him, and everyone is ready to shoot on sight.

A 5-Star Review: Again, It is a Louis L’Amour book people. It just doesn’t get any better than this! The best Western writer to come along. His characters become real to you and the land is recognizable.

Wonderful, Best Author – travelinggranny

Louis L’amour Books # 71) Borden Chantry: (The Talon and Chantry series Book 1)

Book Summary: The marshal’s name was Borden Chantry. Young, lean, rugged, he’s buried a few men in this two-bit cow town—every single one killed in a fair fight. Then, one dark, grim day a mysterious gunman shot a man in cold blood. Five grisly murders later, Chantey was faced with the roughest assignment of his life—find that savage, trigger-happy hard case before he blasts apart every man in town . . . one by bloody one.

A 5-Star Review: I have always found Louis L’Amour books a good read and entertaining. But adding in the element of the hero also having sleuthing skills (ala Sherlock Holmes) made for a really good experience for me.

I would recommend this to any western novel fan. – Captain Stansbury

Louis L’amour Books # 72) Fair Blows the Wind (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary:

As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

His father killed by the British and his home burned, young Tatton Chantry left Ireland to make his fortune and regain the land that was rightfully his. Schooled along the way in the use of arms, Chantry arrives in London a wiser and far more dangerous man. He invests in trading ventures, but on a voyage to the New World his party is attacked by Indians and he is marooned in the untamed wilderness of the Carolina coast. It is in this darkest time, when everything seems lost, that Chantry encounters a remarkable opportunity. . . . Suddenly all his dreams are within reach: extraordinary wealth, his family land, and the heart of a Peruvian beauty. But first he must survive Indians, pirates, and a rogue swordsman who has vowed to see him dead.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: This is my first Louis L’Amour book, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, it kept me engaged and has a cool way of fleshing out the character and the world around him. I’m very excited to continue reading his novels and am glad I started in order with the one – Joey Unitas

Louis L’amour Books # 73) The Mountain Valley War: (Kilkenny Book 2)

Book Summary: Trent came to Idaho seeking solitude. He built a cabin, broke a few wild horses, and quietly put his pas behind him. Then King Bill Hale began laying claim to all the land around Cedar Bluff. When Hale’s son kills one of Trent’s neighbors, Trent quickly steps forward to lead the fight. Their property had been legally filed on, but Bill Hale has the men, money, and political power to steal it from them. What Hale doesn’t realize is that Trent also has connections. With evidence that can ruin Hale’s scheme, Trent must find a way past Hale’s gang of thugs to the men who can help him. However, if he succeeds, his violent past will be revealed; if he fails, the others may forfeit their land. But Trent could forfeit his life.

A 5-Star Review: Read the entire Kilkenny series will read it again, L’Amour is the best western writer going I get
Saddle sores on my backside after reading his books they are so authentic and descriptive, makes you feel like your back in the days of the Wild Wild West …. – Floridian

Louis L’amour Books # 74) Bendigo Shafter (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: At what point does a group of strangers become a community?

When young Bendigo Shafter and a ragtag bunch of travelers settle in the rugged Wyoming mountains, they quickly come to depend on a toughness and wisdom many of them never knew they possessed. Led by the beautiful and resourceful widow Ruth Macken, the settlers battle harsh winters, renegade opportunists, and the destructive lure of gold. Through these brutally demanding experiences, young Bendigo is forged into a man. But when he travels to New York to reclaim the love of Ninon, his childhood sweetheart, Bendigo is faced with new challenges. Will hard-edged instincts, honed from years in the mountains, serve him in the big city? Does Ninon’s heart belong to the lights and glamour of the theater? And if his destiny deems it so, will he be willing to leave the community he toiled so long and hard to build?

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: Expect good reading from Louis L’Amour. You get it here. This is a great story about the beginning of a western wilderness community/town. Some great characters. Of course L’Amour makes you feel like you’re right there with them. The POV is from the star character Bendigo Shafter who you see go from teen to man. It’s about the American Indians and their interactions with the white settlers during the expansion of the United Stated in the 1800’s. Bendigo Shafter moves across the country trying to ‘find himself’ and his purpose in life. Although fiction, the places are real. I think this is one of the best books L’Amour has written. Excellent work. – Twostory

Louis L’amour Books # 75) The Iron Marshal

Book Summary: He was a tough enforcer for a New York gang. But when young Tom Shanaghy made one too many enemies, he skipped town on a fast-moving freight. He landed in a small Kansas town that had big dreams, no name, and the need for an honest lawman. Tom figured that a knuckle-and-skull man from Five Points would be perfect for the job. He didn’t know that a high-stakes cattle drive was headed his way and that leading it was a vindictive rancher bent on settling an old score, even if he had to destroy the town to do it. Tom had himself stuck in the middle of the feud before sunset on his first day in town. All he could do was hope that his years on the Bowery had left him with the smarts he needed to keep himself alive.

A 5-Star Review: Great novel that starts in the piers, brothels, and bars of New York that sends the hero west. Exciting adventure as only Louis L’Amour can write. – David E. Meadows

Louis L’amour Books # 76) The Proving Trail

Book Summary: They tried to tell him that his father had killed himself, but Kearney McRaven knew better. No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. And as he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that just before his father died, the elder McRaven had experienced a remarkable run of luck: he’d won nearly ten thousand dollars and the deed to a cattle ranch.

Not yet eighteen, Kearney was determined enough to track down his father’s murderer and claim what was rightfully his. Now, followed every step of the way by a shadowy figure, Kearney must solve the mystery of his father’s hidden past—a past that concealed a cold-blooded killer who would stop at nothing to keep a chilling secret.

A 5-Star Review: I like L’amour books because they are relaxing to my mind. They bring to mind simple times when it took little to be happy but a tough constitution to stay alive. He connects you with the vernacular to see yourself as a bystander in an old western town with more excitement than mystery. I have kinfolks who read his books decades ago and it makes me remember them when i open one of his old westerns. – j-man

Louis L’amour Books # 77) Lonely on the Mountain (Sacketts Book 14)

Book Summary: In Lonely on the Mountain, Louis L’Amour’s solitary wandering Sackett brothers make a stand together—to save one of their own.

The rare letters Tell Sackett received always had trouble inside. And the terse note from his cousin Logan is no exception. Logan faces starvation or a hanging if Tell can’t drive a herd of cattle from Kansas to British Columbia before winter. To get to Logan, he must brave prairie fires, buffalo stampedes, and Sioux war parties. But worse trouble waits, for a mysterious enemy shadows Sackett’s every move across the Dakotas and the Canadian Rockies. Tell Sackett has never abandoned another Sackett in need. He will bring aid to Logan—or die trying.

A 5-Star Review: It’s always great to read about the Sackett clan. Wholesome truth & the good guys keep winning. Lots of action & a great description of how it was 100+ years ago. – BuzzzPhotos

Louis L’amour Books # 78) The Warrior’s Path (Sacketts Book 3)

Book Summary: Filled with exciting tales of the frontier, the chronicle of the Sackett family is perhaps the crowning achievement of one of our greatest storytellers. In The Warrior’s Path, Louis L’Amour tells the story of Yance and Kin Sackett, two brothers who are the last hope of a young woman who faces a fate worse than death.

When Yance Sackett’s sister-in-law is kidnapped, he and Kin race north from Carolina to find her. They arrive at a superstitious town rife with rumors—and learn that someone very powerful was behind Diana’s disappearance. To bring the culprit to justice, one brother must sail to the exotic West Indies.

There, among pirates, cutthroats, and ruthless “businessmen,” he will apply the skills he learned as a frontiersman to an unfamiliar world—a world where one false move means instant death.

A 5-Star Review: The integrity of the writer is clearly in his writing. As he said, his writing would last for thousands of years–it was not pulp fiction, but historically accurate fiction of the lives of that time, with settings clearly existing. . Actually, a book has been compiled of this writer’s wisdom, his QUOTATIONS.. Words of wisdom of life, all culled from his writings by his daughter. A delightful book to own, a wonderful author to read. Having left school at age 15, Louis L’Amour never stopped reading most everything he could get his hands on. He never forgot his burning desire to leave something of himself behind that would give others pleasure to read, and to remember the settlement of the “frontier” of America; in fact, he himself never referred to his writing as Western fiction, but FRONTIER STORIES. Love to read Louis L’Amour! – Susanna

Louis L’amour Books # 79) Comstock Lode (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: The classic Western, now newly repackaged as part of Bantam’s Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures program–with never-before-seen material from Louis and his son, Beau L’Amour.

It was just a godforsaken mountainside, but no place on earth was richer in silver. For a bustling, enterprising America, this was the great bonanza. The dreamers, the restless, the builders, the vultures–they were lured by the glittering promise of instant riches and survived the brutal hardships of a mining camp to raise a legendary boom town. But some sought more than wealth. Val Trevallion, a loner haunted by a violent past. Grita Redaway, a radiantly beautiful actress driven by an unfulfilled need. Two fiercely independent spirits, together they rose above the challenges of the Comstock to stake a bold claim on the future.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 1 and Volume 2, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: At the same time as being a one-of-a-kind; this is also one of Louis L’Amour’s grand adventure stories that cover a lot of ground, life stories, personalities, and subjects such as mining and theatres in the 1800s; the author reveals minute and extensive knowledge in all these areas; his descriptive details are enjoyable and not overwhelming. I enjoyed reading Comstock Lode the way one might enjoy an aged red wine – I don’t know if such is the case; but the story has quality that makes one think that the author had the story in mind for some time before it was written. – Mir G

Louis L’amour Books # 80) Milo Talon: (The Talon and Chantry series Book 5)

Book Summary: Milo Talon knew the territory and the good men from the bad. He had ridden the Outlaw Trail and could find out things others couldn’t. That was why a rich man named Jefferson Henry hired Milo to hunt down a missing girl. But from the moment Milo began his search, he knew something wasn’t right. Three people had already died, an innocent woman was on the run, and a once sleepy town was getting crowded with hired guns. Suddenly, Milo Talon realized that there were still things he had to learn—about the woman he was trying to find, the man who had hired him, and the murderer who wanted him dead. But most of all, Milo had a few things to learn about himself. And he would have to work fast, because one mistake could cost him his life.…

A 5-Star Review: I like the story line and the setting and the challenges Milo faced.
He was left at deaths door and managed to recover. The character Molly was Courageous.
I recommend the 5 star rating because of the realism in the story.. – ProfDH1

Louis L’amour Books # 81) The Cherokee Trail

Book Summary: A woman ahead of her time, Mary Breydon knew how to get things done. Raised on a Virginia plantation, she learned how to care for livestock, respect her workers, and keep good books. But after her husband is killed, Mary must provide for her young daughter by running a stage coach station on the Cherokee Trail. With the help of an Irish maid and a mysterious stranger, Mary faces challenges that even the men eagerly anticipating her failure would have a difficult time overcoming. After firing the previous station manager with the aid of a bullwhip, she must track down stolen horses, care for a wayward boy, and defend against Indians. If that wasn’t enough, she also has to protect herself from the man who murdered her husband—and is coming for Mary next.

A 5-Star Review: I like this book Because of its colorful characters especially Mary b r e y d o n. She was strong and yet feminine tried to do everything possible to protect those around her and build a new life. I like to think in the end that you finally chose Temple Boone. Stacy would have been a little bit too much like the life she left behind and if she was going to change any like she was already changing she would go all the way and go for temple – Emma L. Killingbeck

Louis L’amour Books # 82) The Shadow Riders

Book Summary: Dal and Mac Traven left Texas young and idealistic. They came back from opposite sides of a living hell, a war that had torn the nation in two. They wanted only to reclaim their old lives…but one man held their future hostage.

Colonel Henry T. Ashford had gathered an army of criminals and renegade soldiers, leading them on a path of destruction and kidnapping through Texas to the Gulf. Among Ashford’s captives were the Travens’ sister and Dal’s tough-minded fiancée, Kate.

Now Mac and Dal must take up arms once again and ride together against Ashford’s army—ready to fight another war, if that’s what it takes to win the freedom of the women they love.

A 5-Star Review: I just saw the movie version of Shadow Riders again and thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie had plot differences from the book, but still remained a good yarn. The differences led me to reread the original book and It was excellent, too. Now those are Westerns! (No Cowboys and Indians, just Cowboys and Outlaws) I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. – C. Gunther

Louis L’amour Books # 83) The Lonesome Gods (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures) 

Book Summary: The classic Western, now newly repackaged as part of Bantam’s Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures program—with never-before-seen material from Louis and his son, Beau L’Amour.

“I am Johannes Verne, and I am not afraid.”

This was the boy’s mantra as he plodded through the desert alone, left to die by his vengeful grandfather. Johannes Verne was soon to be rescued by outlaws, but no one could save him from the lasting memory of his grandfather’s eyes, full of impenetrable hatred. Raised in part by Indians, then befriended by a mysterious woman, Johannes grew up to become a rugged adventurer and an educated man. But even now, strengthened by the love of a golden-haired girl and well on his way to making a fortune in bustling early-day Los Angeles, the past may rise up to threaten his future once more. And this time only the ancient gods of the desert can save him.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 1 and Volume 2, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: The Lonesome Gods, by Louis L’Amour, is a beautifully written book that takes place in the California desert. The main character, Johannes Verne, is a well-read, thoughtful young man who has always been overshadowed by his Grandfather’s hatred. Johannes finds himself longing to search the desert for something he left behind many years before when he was abandoned there by his Grandfather. This longing constantly drives him back to find whatever it was he lost. During his lonely years of growing up, the old worshiped gods of the desert, who had been long forgotten and may or may not even be real, keep him company. There are great amounts of wisdom woven into every chapter, and excitement, romance, and mystery intrigue you until the end. Anyone can benefit from this book, but especially those who know that there are secrets and adventure in the past and future of every person. – Jessica Schaub

Louis L’amour Books # 84) Ride the River (Sacketts Book 5)

Book Summary: Alone in the big city, a fierce young frontierswoman must outsmart a dangerous con man before she can stake her claim to the family fortune.
 
Sixteen-year-old Echo Sackett has never been far from her Tennessee home—until she makes the long trek to Philadelphia to collect her inheritance. In the wilderness Echo can take care of herself as well as any man, but she never imagined the challenge that awaits: a crooked city lawyer who intends to take advantage of her by any means necessary. Echo will need all of her wits to best this scoundrel and make it back home in one piece.

A 5-Star Review: This book was a delightful surprise. I wasn’t expecting much from the main character, Echo Sackett, because L’Amour’s female characters in other books are often flat and one-dimensional. He blew me away with a strong female character.

I adored the ending of this book, mostly because I expected a different ending (the typical fairy tale ending – girl gets in trouble, dude rides in on a white horse to rescue her). On several occasions, L’Amour sets up a deus ex machina, only to have Echo sidestep it or pull the rug out from under it by making decisions of her own. Echo ain’t no fancy city lady waiting for a man to come save her. She’s a mountain girl, born and bred in Appalachia (Tennessee), and more than capable of taking care of her dang self.

This book can read as a stand-alone from the rest of the series and I highly recommend it for young adult females. – Angie Lisle

Louis L’amour Books # 85) Son of a Wanted Man

Book Summary: An outlaw’s legacy…

In a remote corner of Utah lies the secret outlaw kingdom of Ben Curry. For fifteen years Curry has ruled supreme, as his men have pulled jobs from Canada to Mexico. But the king is getting old… he wants to turn his legacy over to someone younger, tougher. Mike Bastian is Ben’s adopted son, a young man who can handle a knife, a gun, his fists, but a man who’s never broken the law.

Now, as treachery explodes among Ben’s riders, and two honest lawmen—Tyrel Sackett and Borden Chantry—begin to zero in on the gang, Mike must choose…between his loyalty to Ben and his yearning for a different life. Yet when the guns start echoing off the Vermilion Cliffs, the time for choosing is over—and the time for battle has begun.

A 5-Star Review: Another coming of age novel by the master. Ben….Mike’s surrogate father is an outlaw’s outlaw.
Ben has presided with an iron hand over an outlaw gang who have been eminently suscessful for many years. Ben has raised Mike with the idea of having Mike take over the gang some day……the day has come. Other members of the gang have different ideas and they think they should lead the gang.
A power struggle ensues with plenty of western action and gunplay. Mike ultimately wins the battle but in between falls in love with Bens daughter and decides rather that lead the outlaw life he would rather settle down with the daughter on a beautiful ranch in a secluded canyon off the Colorado river. Great story, characterization and western action in only 225 pages….. L’Amour delivers…..but doesn’t he always! – Kenneth Della Rocca

Louis L’amour Books # 86) The Walking Drum (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary:

As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

Louis L’Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Now he guides his readers to an even more distant frontier—the enthralling lands of the twelfth century.

Warrior, lover, and scholar, Kerbouchard is a daring seeker of knowledge and fortune bound on a journey of enormous challenge, danger, and revenge. Across Europe, over the Russian steppes, and through the Byzantine wonders of Constantinople, Kerbouchard is thrust into the treacheries, passions, violence, and dazzling wonders of a magnificent time.

From castle to slave galley, from sword-racked battlefields to a princess’s secret chamber, and ultimately, to the impregnable fortress of the Valley of Assassins, The Walking Drum is a powerful adventure in an ancient world that you will find every bit as riveting as Louis L’Amour’s stories of the American West.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: For those who love Louis L’amour’s books yet who want a taste of something different then this book is for you, as it is set in the 12th century, and takes place in parts of the Old World not often explored in Western (as in world history Western, as opposed to the American Old West) literature. If you are looking for deep, soul-searching reveries about the nature of being human in the Middle Ages, or something, then maybe this book is not for you. There is a little of that, to be sure, but only just enough. It is more about the adventures of Kerbouchard, who is very much like Mr. L’amour himself. I realize this after having read a couple autobiographical works of his. Like L’amour, Kerbouchard is very well read, has a deep love and respect of books, writing, and learning, yet is very physical, independent, adventurous and of course, amorous. He chronicles his adventures and also gives out with information and little known historical facts, some gleaned from his wide reading, and some from his own experience. Which is pretty much what L’amour does in his writing. So, if you love L’amour, you’ll probably love this book. – Clayton

Louis L’amour Books # 87) Jubal Sackett (Sacketts Book 4)

Book Summary: In Jubal Sackett, the second generation of Louis L’Amour’s great American family pursues a destiny in the wilderness of a sprawling new land.

Jubal Sackett’s urge to explore drove him westward, and when a Natchez priest asks him to undertake a nearly impossible quest, Sackett ventures into the endless grassy plains the Indians call the Far Seeing Lands. He seeks a Natchez exploration party and its leader, Itchakomi. It is she who will rule her people when their aging chief dies, but first she must vanquish her rival, the arrogant warrior Kapata. Sackett’s quest will bring him danger from an implacable enemy . . . and show him a life—and a woman—worth dying for.

A 5-Star Review: This is probably my favorite Sackett story. It has all the adventure and depth of description of a L’Amour book but takes place in an earlier time than the usual westerns. Everything along Jubal’s journey is new to him and the reader gets to share in his adventures, the wonders, the mysteries, and the legends. Also, like the other Sackett tales, it contains L’Amour’s touch of romance and humor.

Jubal is a favorite among the many Sackett characters I’ve encountered. He shares his father’s wanderlust, competence, warrior abilities and retains the family mystic traits, more than his brothers. These are the qualities that let Jubal survive as he goes into the true unknown. It makes for a complex and interesting character.

Highly recommended. – Bull Run Bear

Louis L’amour Books # 88) Passin’ Through (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary:

As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

It seemed the perfect place to lie low. The owner of the ranch was an attractive gray-haired lady who had once been an actress. The other woman was a beautiful, fragile-seeming blonde. They needed repairs done, and he needed to disappear for a while.

The first sign that things were not as they should be was when a Pinkerton man questioned him about a missing woman. Then he accidentally found a will belonging to the previous owner of the ranch. After that, a young lady showed up in town making claims that the place belonged to her.

Worried that his hideout was turning into a battleground, he didn’t know what would be more dangerous, staying or leaving. For a man interested only in passin’ through, he suddenly found himself entangled in a deadly struggle. . . .

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 1 and Volume 2, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: What a wonderful story! L’Amour has a very distinct, old fashioned style which I find highly addictive. The plot moves very quickly with high drama and multiple twists. The characters are subtly drawn, evolving and deepening as the story evolves with the reader discovering more and more rather than having it handed to them. The setting and historical details are amazing. True poetry. This is a dynamite book. I was sorry it ended and will probably read it again. – Sue

Louis L’amour Books # 89) Last of the Breed (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: “For sheer adventure L’Amour is in top form.”—Kirkus Reviews

Here is the kind of authentically detailed epic novel that has become Louis L’Amour’s hallmark. It is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker, the Yakut native Alekhin, who knows every square foot of the icy frontier—and who knows that to trap his quarry he must think like a Sioux.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: I’ve read a lot of Louis L’Amour’s books and most of the ones I’ve read were set in the old West but he moved the setting to more modern times and the Soviet Union. I think it’s one of his best works and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and even gave a copy to my son-in-law who spent several years in the Army because I thought it would appeal to him since the main character has a military background unlike most of Louis L’Amour’s books where the main character is usually not formally trained but has learned everything from experience in the rugged land they live in. This main character shares some of that experiential training but also has extensive military training from the US armed forces. – burkbuilds

Louis L’amour Books # 90) The Haunted Mesa (Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures)

Book Summary: As part of the Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials!

The Navajo called them the Anasazi, the “ancient enemy,” and their abandoned cities haunt the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest. For centuries the sudden disappearance of these people baffled historians. Summoned to a dark desert plateau by a desperate letter from an old friend, renowned investigator Mike Raglan is drawn into a world of mystery, violence, and explosive revelations. Crossing a border beyond the laws of man and nature, he will learn of the astonishing world of the Anasazi and discover the most extraordinary frontier ever encountered.

Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

In Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L’Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L’Amour’s never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures: Volume 2.

Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.

A 5-Star Review: I found the story mysterious, and I am especially Fond of the Anasazi Indian Ruins twist. We have a home very near Mesa Verde National Park, and there is much mystery as to how they lived and where they disappeared! There is a very powerful vortex there, so was easy to go with the story expanding on the Utah ruins of The Ancient Ones. I did not understand why the main character stayed all the way over in Tammaron Resort near Durango, Colorado? The drive to Utah would only be an hour or so, but did not make sense when the story could have centered in Mesa Verde’s ruins, which are vast?! I love all his books, and am well under way with another of his Lost Treasure Series, The Walking Drum! So far 5 stars! – Tree

Conclusion

With a writing career spanning over three decades with over 300 million book sales, Louis L’amour goes down as one of the most popular western fiction writers in history. If you love action-packed western fiction, then we encourage you to check out our list of similar western authors here. And if you are looking for a book you can read for free, check out this month’s free read.

2 thoughts on “The Full List Of Louis L’amour Books

  1. Paul Christensen

    I have 80 of Louis L’amour’s books and have read them all at least 3 times. I just finished them again there is 4 or five I loaned out and never got them back so I got to find them and read them. I liked the Sackett’s a lot and Kilkenny and Last of the Breed. I wish he would have lived long enough to write the second book to see what happened.

    1. Bill Copeland

      Like you, I have almost all of his books and have read them many times each. All of them at least twice or three times and some of the 6 or 7 times. I have always loved to read and never read westerns until I went into the military and my brother turned me on to them. I started with Zane Grey and then came across one by Louis L’amour. I read it and have never gone back to any other westerns. Mr. L’amour was the king of westerns as far as I was concerned. I guess I am greedy because I mourned his passing because we lost a national treasure. He was a great writer. The best. He strikes at the heart of all people who have a restless nature and a desire for exploring and adventure. I am 74 and a Vietnam veteran and can say his books helped to keep me from going insane at times. His greatest epitaph, ” A Good Man Gone”.

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