"Sackett" by Louis L'Amour. A Review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Out of the Tennessee mountains rides another Sackett, stumbling onto new adventures and becoming the flash-point where justice and injustice, civilization and barbarism meet. Louis L'Amour, master craftsman of story-telling, introduces us to William Tell Sackett, but also roughs out the sharp edge that divides civilization-building from might-makes-right. Even the 18th Century Blackstone's "Commentaries on the Laws of England" plays a significant role in the adventurous project.
"Sackett" is a story of right and wrong, love found and almost lost, life and death, and working for the greater good rather than self-centered individualism. There are warm scenes of surprising compassion, even when it is costly. And there are moments when right finds it must stand up against might, even when it is life-threatening.
If you're looking for an enjoyable read that has some meat and muscle, "Sackett" is a good place to go. This is the kind of read that you can give to your teens, or sit down and enjoy for yourself. For some, the gender roles will likely throw them into conniptions. But over all, there is a decent sense of probity and modesty. I happily recommend the book.
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