To the Far Blue Mountains
by Louis L’Amour

A sequel to Sackett’s Land told by God and Barnabas Sackett about his establishing a settlement at the base of the Blue Mountains. It is a strongly libertarian story, but marred by supernatural elements such as characters with the gift of prophesy and by the vain character of Barnabas who is full of charismatic leadership and self-importance. The ending is ridiculous as he describes his own death in a battle with Indians as foretold. As in the western novels the hero is always careful to make his trail hard to follow, but the bad guys always seem to catch him anyway. In this book it is annoying that the hero, knowing the authorities are looking for him, continually exposes himself to them unnecessarily rather than let others in his group act as spokesmen.

Year Read: 2004

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