War Party eBook å Paperback

War Party eBook å Paperback

War Party [Read] ➻ War Party ➸ Louis L'Amour – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Bud Miles was a boy when he crossed the Mississippi But Bud buried his father after an Indian attack, and as the wagon train pushed on through Sioux country, the boy stood as tall as any man Tell Sack Bud Miles was a boy when he crossed the Mississippi But Bud buried his father after an Indian attack, and as the wagon train pushed on through Sioux country, the boy stood as tall as any man Tell Sackett killed cougars at fourteen and fought a war at fifteen Now Tell was hauling dangerous freight a soldier s wife and a fortune in gold knowing that someone wanted him dead Laurie Bonnet was a mail order bride who thought she was a failure on the frontier But when the chips were down, she was the only one who could save her husband s life In these marvelous stories of the West, Louis L Amour tells of travelers, gunfighters, homesteaders, and adventurers men and women making hard and sudden choices and fighting battles that could cut a person s life short or open up a bold new future on the American frontier.


10 thoughts on “War Party

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    Although I have loved old Western movies for as long as I can remember my favorites are Anthony Mann films starring Jimmy Stewart and Budd Boetticher films starring Randolph Scott I never had much of an urge to read Western novels I suspected they might be too simplistic, too pulpy Besides, what I loved most about these films was the way their heroes were both dignified and demarcated by their stark landscapes Without that commanding visual context, what would remain Yet through the years, on Although I have loved old Western movies for as long as I can remember my favorites are Anthony Mann films starring Jimmy Stewart and Budd Boetticher films starring Randolph Scott I never had much of an urge to read Western novels I suspected they might be too simplistic, too pulpy Besides, what I loved most about these films was the way their heroes were both dignified and demarcated by their stark landscapes Without that commanding visual context, what would remain Yet through the years, one name kept coming back to me Louis L Amour The drugstore racks were always filled with his books when I was a kid, and, compared to to other prominently displayed Western authors, like Max Brand and Luke Short, they appeared to my young eyes at least to be better written Then later, when I began to teach high school English, I was given a textbook that contained a L Amour short story entitled Trap of Gold In it, L Amour describes a prospector named Wetherton who discovers a desert mountain tower of crumbling granite contain a band of quartz that was six feet wide and cobwebbed with gold The vein itself lay on the downhill side and was sharply tilted so that as man working at the bein would be cutting his way into the very foundations of the tower, and any single blow of the pick might bring the whole mass down upon him Further, if the rock did fall, the vein would be hopelessly buried under thousands of tons of rock and lostYes, this was the sort of landscape I was looking for I could see Jimmy Stewart or Randolf Scott pitted against this tower Even after I stopped teaching the textbook, Trap of Gold stayed with me.Thus it was that, when I encountered a slim paperback volume of ten L Amour stories entitled War Party, and found that Trap of Gold was one of those stories, I decided to read the entire collection I was glad that I did.A few of these stories like Trap of Gold show men struggling against very specific sorts of terrain Alkali Basin, for example, shows how the life of a stagecoach station manager is continually troubled by large natural rock wall close to the station an excellent post from which Apaches can menace both the station and the incoming stage, and the aptly titled Men to Match These Hills in which a hired gun and the man he has been hired to kill use the features of the surrounding countryside to defeat each other And in The Defense of Sentinel, the town drunk the only person left in a town that has been warned of a coming Apache assault uses the town itself as his defensive terrain.Even when the landscape itself doesn t feature specific, its stark demands create a context wherein both women and men must prove themselves and assess the worth of each other One for the Pot, Booty for a Badman, A Mule for Sante Fe My two favorite stories, though except for Trap of Gold are A Gift from Cochise, in which the legendary chief assess the worth of two lonely people in the harsh countryside, and pays them a compliment, and War Party in which a wagon train filled with settlers from the east both encounter a band of warriors, and under the obligatory assessments the countryside requires becomes a war party itself.All in all, I found the collection War Party a worthwhile experience, and I believe I will return to the works of L Amour soon to continue my own assessments So far, so good


  2. Conan Tigard Conan Tigard says:

    War Party is a collection of short, western tales written between the years 1948 and 1960 by the most famous western author of all time Louis L Amour Each story is well written and full of action The main characters are interesting and every Indian in the book is an Apache Even the famous Cochise makes an appearance in one of the stories.By the time I started the fourth chapter, I realized that this novel was a collection of short stories rather that one single story I kept waiting for char War Party is a collection of short, western tales written between the years 1948 and 1960 by the most famous western author of all time Louis L Amour Each story is well written and full of action The main characters are interesting and every Indian in the book is an Apache Even the famous Cochise makes an appearance in one of the stories.By the time I started the fourth chapter, I realized that this novel was a collection of short stories rather that one single story I kept waiting for characters to overlap, but they never did At no point on the front or back covers, nor inside at the beginning of the book, did it ever state that this was a gathering of short stories Usually, there will be a listing of all the story titles, but in this casenothing I found this to be a little weird and a kind of confusing.Louis L Amour is my favorite western writer The flavors he creates as he bakes up a good story are second to none His knowledge of the Old West was well renown and he knew how to put pen to paper and create exciting stories of America s bygone days Of course, we look at Indians, now called Native Americans, in different ways than we did fifty years ago I cringe when I see the word savages used to describe them I am part Cherokee myself and have a fondness for Native Americans I understand that they attacked many a white man back in those days, but they were only defending this home from invaders, which in their case, was the white man.Overall, War Party is a great set of short stories about the Old West Louis L Amour has created quite a collection of stories that are sure to please any lover of western tales So, if you are wanting to curl up beside a roaring fire and read a few tales about life in the 1870 s on the great American frontier, find yourself a copy of this book and prepare yourself for a rip roaring good ol time.I rated this book an 8 out of 10


  3. Scott Lyson Scott Lyson says:

    What can bepitiful than a townless town drunk Louis L Amour was a writing machine, and each of the short stories collected in this edition could ve made for a proper novel Instead, they re a solid collection of stories similar to Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes They re done in L Amour s style and contain the perfect blend of adventure, rite of passage, violence, wisdom, suspense, romance, twists, and humor, told against the backdrop of the old West Maybe even a Sackett makes an app What can bepitiful than a townless town drunk Louis L Amour was a writing machine, and each of the short stories collected in this edition could ve made for a proper novel Instead, they re a solid collection of stories similar to Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes They re done in L Amour s style and contain the perfect blend of adventure, rite of passage, violence, wisdom, suspense, romance, twists, and humor, told against the backdrop of the old West Maybe even a Sackett makes an appearance Why there isn t a Louis L Amour hour of television on some network, I really don t know Each of these stories would make for a fabulous hour of television Not to mention how epic the story of the Sacketts could be in a television series Each story ends on a surprising twist, much like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and is completely satisfying yet, I really wish some of these were expanded upon


  4. Karen Karen says:

    I didn t read this whole book, it s a compilation of short stories But I read the Sackett related one Booty for a Badman , which I think should actually be BEFORE Sackett not after, because it s also about Tell, but before he meets up with his woman I also read one just following that which was quite enjoyable, about a woman left alone in scarey Indian country and how she earns their respect with her good shooting, and then ends up with a guy whose life was saved by her husband s death.


  5. Dyana Dyana says:

    I don t normally read short story collections but I am reading the Sacketts series, and this book is number 8.5 It is a compilation of independent short stories by Louis L Amour, and only one involves a character, Tell Sackett, from the series They are very entertaining and are tightly written they contain a plethora of information in only a few pages It s almost like each story could have been fleshed out to make a full length novel, but would the stories have been as effective in long fo I don t normally read short story collections but I am reading the Sacketts series, and this book is number 8.5 It is a compilation of independent short stories by Louis L Amour, and only one involves a character, Tell Sackett, from the series They are very entertaining and are tightly written they contain a plethora of information in only a few pages It s almost like each story could have been fleshed out to make a full length novel, but would the stories have been as effective in long form These are action and adventure tales and each contain the quintessential dusty plains, towns, strong women, hard working men, outlaws and Indians of the old TV westerns.I won t give a synopsis of all ten stories, but at least the Sackett entry and four of my favorites Booty for a Badman Tell Sackett is having no luck with mining He can earn a hundred dollars if he will carry fifty pounds of gold through treacherous territory to Hardyville for four men who are afraid of the Coopers, a band of bandits Riding in lonesome country he tops a ridge and sees a beautiful woman standing beside the trail like she was waiting for the stage Is she trouble and full of tricks The ending is a surprise.Alkali Basin Wells, a station agent, has requested blasting powder The vice president of the Overland Stage Co thinks it is a ridiculous request He and his niece are on their way to inspect the station The station is constantly attacked by Apaches, and he thinks blasting powder would be extreme to fight off the Indians When they arrive at the station, it doesn t take him long to figure out why Wells wants the blasting powder.Trap of Gold Wetherton wants to make life easier for his wife and son He discovers two upthrusts of crumbling granite and one is tilted and slashed with a vein of quartz cobwebbed with gold He soon determines that there is enormous wealth to be had but every ounce must be taken at the risk of life as he uses a pick ax to remove the quartz The deeper he goes, the richer the vein In picking out the quartz, he is cutting a deep notch and the unstable upthrust could fall in on him at any time Can he defeat his lust for gold or will he dig one day too many This was a nail biting tale One for the Pot Mail order bride, Laurie, runs away from her new husband Steve because of a sense of failure She can t even make a decent cup of coffee The Miller clan want Steve s land and have hired a killer to get rid of him and acquire his land Laurie tells the old man her story, he teaches her how to make good coffee, and convinces her to return home before Steve finds out she has left The ending is a big surprise.The Defense of Sentinel The official town drunk of Sentinel, Finn McGraw, wakes up and finds the town is deserted where did everyone go He gets excited with everything left unguarded It s all his for the taking including all the liquor, food and clothes he wants He soon discovers why everyone left when when he must defend the town alone against Apaches Funny ending.Author L Amour is a master storyteller, and these short tales are evidence of that The other five stories are entitled War Party, Get Out of Town, The Gift of Cochise, A Mule for Sante Fe, and Men to Match the Hills Each will remind you of the old westerns you could catch on TV many years ago Well worth reading this collection of short stories


  6. John John says:

    Though critics may accuse these stories of being predictable, morally simplistic, and lacking in modern sensitivity, they sure as heck make for satisfying action adventure yarns L Amour s writing is particularly strong here, bringing the Old West to vibrant life in a way very few authors can match L Amour s novels are generally hit or miss particularly the early ones , but his short stories are consistently excellent probably because their brevity keeps him from running out of gas halfway th Though critics may accuse these stories of being predictable, morally simplistic, and lacking in modern sensitivity, they sure as heck make for satisfying action adventure yarns L Amour s writing is particularly strong here, bringing the Old West to vibrant life in a way very few authors can match L Amour s novels are generally hit or miss particularly the early ones , but his short stories are consistently excellent probably because their brevity keeps him from running out of gas halfway through All of these tales feature characters who are larger than life, but Men to Match the Hills is the only one that comes close to being cheesy The rest are near perfect examples of the genre, though L Amour is certainly guilty of recycling various plot elements again and again, the way pulp writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs often did Within this same book, for example, we get two stories about pathetic schlubs single handedly holding off an Indian attack The Gift of Cochise was the basis for the John Wayne movie HONDO, which L Amour then adapted into a full length novel, and War Party was later reworked into BENDIGO SHAFTER Booty for a Badman adds a new chapter to the beloved SACKETT saga War Party would be considered a feminist classic if it were written by someone like Margaret Atwood or Annie Proulx Get Out of Town reminded me a little of the movie SHANE Trap of Gold is a nice change of pace no cowboys, no Indians, no gunfighting, no romantic interest , and The Defense of Sentinel is the only Western I know of in which the hero is an unrepentant drunkard.WAR PARTY is a great story collection I think even non L Amour fans can appreciate Anyone thirsting for frontier style adventure is guaranteed to come away satisfied


  7. Randy Tramp Randy Tramp says:

    Bud Miles, a boy, buried his father after an Indian attack He had to be a man because he and his mother traveled by wagon train to California.The excitement of seeing new land, the thrill of meeting strange people and the fear of encountering cruel enemies stirred up different emotions It s hard to imagine the pioneers traveling rough terrain, difficult paths, and nearly impossible situations But War Parties gave me a glimpse into that world I even found myself shedding a tear This has beco Bud Miles, a boy, buried his father after an Indian attack He had to be a man because he and his mother traveled by wagon train to California.The excitement of seeing new land, the thrill of meeting strange people and the fear of encountering cruel enemies stirred up different emotions It s hard to imagine the pioneers traveling rough terrain, difficult paths, and nearly impossible situations But War Parties gave me a glimpse into that world I even found myself shedding a tear This has become one of my favorite L Amour stories


  8. Hank Hoeft Hank Hoeft says:

    I picked up this book pretty much at random and started reading it thinking it was a short Louis L Amour novel, but found it a collection of short stories The stories are all excellent highly readable and never dragging I would have rated the collection higher than three stars, but several are formulaic enough to be noticeable that is the only minor criticism I have of this collection I m not really a Western fan, but I ve never read a Louis L Amour book I didn t enjoy, and this volume ke I picked up this book pretty much at random and started reading it thinking it was a short Louis L Amour novel, but found it a collection of short stories The stories are all excellent highly readable and never dragging I would have rated the collection higher than three stars, but several are formulaic enough to be noticeable that is the only minor criticism I have of this collection I m not really a Western fan, but I ve never read a Louis L Amour book I didn t enjoy, and this volume keeps that string going


  9. Ed Ed says:

    This isof an analogy instead of a single coherent linked story I was waiting for the plotlines to intersect, about half way through I realized they weren t but the stories were entertaining nevertheless The story told in the last chapter was short and sweet, probably the best because it was so tight and concise Naming one of the Apache leaders as Cochise was a nice touch although not necessary for the story.


  10. Peter Pactor Peter Pactor says:

    I m a Louis L Amour fan War Party is a collection of short stories everyone I considered a winner.I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories Even they I had read them several years ago, they were still fresh and like new.


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