#7 – a book written in the 20th century

100 in 2016The DaybreakersThe Daybreakers by Louis L’amour

I can remember being at Bookland in Signal Hill Mall when I was a kid. A store that closed last month leaving our small town without a bookstore. This is a tragedy in itself. Anyway, I remember being at Book land as a kid and walking past the Western Section. It was right beside the science fiction and fantasy section. An author with a strange, yet somehow cool sounding name filled up a majority of the shelves in that section.

I do not know why I have never read a Louis L’amour book, and I don’t know how it took me so long to read one. But, I finally did. Honestly, I did not even know where to begin. He died in 1988 and almost all of his 105 works were still in print then. I don’t know how many are still in print know, but I am willing to say that a good many of them are.

So, I started with some stories that were most familiar to me. As a boy, I had seen bits and pieces of the Western TV movie The Sacketts starring Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck. I started looking at the Sackett series by L’amour and I realized that it consisted of around 17 books. It helped me to narrow them down, but I still wasn’t quite sure where to begin.

It took me a while, but I finally determined that the TV movie was made from two separated books: The Daybreakers and Sackett. Since The Daybreakers was written first, I began there.

The story of Orrin Sackett and Tyrel Sacket along with their friends Tom Sunday and Cap Rountree had me from the first page. I am a sucker for a good shoot ’em up Western. and this is exactly what The Daybreakers is. Tyrel and Orrin Sackett make their way out west after an unfortunate event at Orrin’s wedding. They aim to bring order to a wild place. Orrin is man who is good with words and people. Tyrel is good with a gun. Each trait is necessary for maintaining the peace.

If you have never given Louis L’amour a chance, take a chance with this book. If you don’t like it, you will not have wasted a lot of time. If you do like it, then I suggest you move on to the next book Sackett (my thoughts here) about Orrin and Tyrel’s older brother, Tell.

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