Review: Sackett’s Land – Louis L’amour

Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (April 1, 1980)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553276867
ISBN-13: 978-0553276862
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Barnabas Sackett – Refugee from England.
Rupert Genester – Nephew to the Earl of Cambridgeshire.
Abigail Tempany – Daughter of a ships captain.
Brian Tempany – Ship Captain, helps Barnabas get to America.


Barnabas Sackett finds a sack containing ancient roman coins. While trying to determine the value of these coins, he insults the nephew of the Earl of Cambridgeshire. The man puts out what amounts to a death sentence on Barnabas. He decides to flee the country, and books passage on a ship for America. Along the way he must fight off the perils of the new land, as well as a group of pirates/bounty hunters determined to take him back for a cash reward.


My only exposure to the Sacketts was through novels and stories such as The Sacketts and The Daybreakers. I’m a huge fan of Mr. L’amour’s work though, and this one was no exception. I found it very interesting to travel back to the beginning of a family I’d already known. I get to see their struggles in the old country, and I get to see what the travel was like coming to the new country. Being a fan of history and genealogy, I found this aspect very interesting.

The great thing about a Louis L’amour novel is that while you read and are entertained, you are also educated. The novel is clean, there is no foul language, some western type violence, but nothing gory. I’ve been reading novels by this Master storyteller since I was very young, and always have had a love for his stories. I feel it’s probably appropriate for all ages, though some who are opposed to guns may find it objectionable.

For a great period piece set in the early years before our country was established, pick up this book. I think you’d love it, and I think it would appeal to those fans of westerns as well as historical fiction.

About the Author

Louis L’Amour is the only American-born novelist in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He published ninety novels, thirty short-story collections, two works of nonfiction, a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man, and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print.

Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and women who settled the American frontier. There are more than 260 million copies of his books in print around the world.

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