To the Far Blue Mountains (The Sacketts)
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TO THE FAR BLUE MOUNTAINS
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.
persuaded Jeremy to do the same. Kin and Yance have again gone beyond the mountains following a path of the Indians, worn by the feet of centuries going yonder. Soon I shall be meeting them, for it is into this land I am going at last. Not in two years have we seen Jubal. Somewhere he roams beyond the great river of De Soto, somewhere across the vast plains that lie yonder toward the sun, and I think he will stop no more until he walks the shining western mountains of his dreams, and this I
Where else so many dangerous reefs? Enchanted the isles may be, but they be a hell for mariners, with their ugly reefs rising unexpected-like from the depths. There and south of there is the sea of which I speak. Beware it. Many ships have vanished.…There’s an opening there sometimes, it comes and goes, sometimes it is in fog, and sometimes a spot of bright sunlight, but those who sail through never come back. Beware of a day when there’s no fish around, for then it’s to open, and well they know
daring things we will do! How we will walk the unknown paths through lands of sylvan beauty, facing the savage in his native habitat, far from the dust of London crowds! Warmed by wine, the rolling poetry of words and a fine sweep of gesture, a young man feels the world is his, with a pearl in every oyster, a lovely lass behind every window, and enemies who fade from sight at his very presence! Yet the moment of reality comes, and no eloquence will build a stockade, nor will a poetic phrase fend
He’d planted them well and cultivated them a mite before passing on, and it was no trouble to keep up the work he’d begun. We were all of us growing into the land, finding our living from it, and learning where the berries grew thick upon the bushes and where the nuts fell and the pools where the trout loafed in the shadows. Man is not long from the wilderness, and it takes him but a short time to go back to living with it, and we had the Catawbas to guide us. Peter Fitch took an Indian girl to
he were not on the same sea. He has been a pirate, and probably is yet, and more than likely has come in for supplies while he looks over what ships may be worth the taking.” “Did you see his vessel?” Jeremy asked, wryly. “She’s got thirty-six guns, and she’s fast.” “Fast she may be,” Yance said quietly, “but she’s at anchor now. They don’t move very fast with an anchor in the mud.” “What are you suggesting?” Pim asked. Yance grinned slowly, looking up from under his thick brows. “Well? If