Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book review: Mustang Man by Louis L’Amour

Louis L’Amour is one of my favorite authors. He wrote over a hundred western novels, and dozens of books in other genres. Some of his most famous westerns deal with a family by the name of Sackett. By and large they are good men who, when there is a need, can fight.

The caption on the back of Mustang Man reads “It was almost too much for even a Sackett to handle!” The story is about Nolan Sackett. He is known as a tough name, and even considered an outlaw. But he is basically a good man who stands right.

Nolan happens across several people who are hunting for 300 pounds of gold. Some people are willing to kill him with little thought. There are other tough men who are willing to fight for the gold. And in the midst of all this is a young woman, a beautiful young woman, who has the strongest claim to the gold. Nolan gets roped into helping her and ends up on the ride of his life.

I’m always amazed by how much Louis L’Amour can pack into just a couple paragraphs. The story is rich and deep. It is well told and moves quickly from one crises to another.

Here are a couple great lines from Louis L’Amour

"Reading without thinking is as nothing, for a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think."
- Louis L’Amour in “The Walking Drums”

"Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen."
- Louis L'Amour

If you like westerns give Mustang Man a try.

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