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Publication Order of The Sacketts Books

The Daybreakers (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sackett (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lando (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mojave Crossing (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sackett Brand (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mustang Man (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sky-Liners (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lonely Men (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galloway (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ride the Dark Trail (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treasure Mountain (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
War Party (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sackett's Land (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
To the Far Blue Mountains (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lonely on the Mountain (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ride the River (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Warrior's Path (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jubal Sackett (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
End of the Drive (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of The Sacketts Books

The “Sackett” series is told in the first person and is narrated by different members of the Sackett family. Because of this, the series is very much the family history of the Sackett clan, as it traces the family moving from England to America, and then as the clan moves west. The “Sackett” novels cover more than three centuries of ground, historically. The novels are a series of westerns, also called frontier stories that were written by Louis L’Amour; there are also novels in this series that are considered historical novels. The series is made up of both novels and short stories.

The Sacketts originally come from The Fens of Cambridgeshire in East Anglia. The patriarch of the Sackett clan, Barnabas Sackett (who becomes a merchant captain) and with his wife (Abigail) builds a life on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, where they have kids. From here, you get the three different clans of Sacketts that come from Barnabas and Abigail’s sons: Cumberland Gap Sacketts, Clinch Mountain Sacketts, and Smoky Mountain Sacketts. A fourth, that are rarely talked about in the books, are known as Flatland Sacketts. Probably the most remembered of the Sackett clans, is the Smoky Mountain Sacketts from which some beloved characters come from. These include Tyrel and Orrin and William Tell Sackett.

Besides starring in their own series, the Sackett family is featured in other L’Amour novels and some short stories that they are the stars of. In some novels L’Amour wrote, there are even relatives, either close or distant, of the Sackett family; proving that the family was huge and related to just about everyone in L’Amour’s writing.

“Sackett’s Land” is the first book of the “Sackett” series. Barnabas Sackett has inherited the ability to fight, justice, and temper all from his father (Ivo); a man who was a feared man when it came to fighting. Barnabas heads to the New World to see what life he can make for himself there, due to the fact that he has been called an outlaw in England. He must be able to get past the dangerous unknown found in America and the pirates on the way to America before he can set down roots.

Fans of the novel found that the story was more than just a western, but actually told a profound story about coming to America and settling here and telling of life in England during the seventeenth century. Readers found themselves rooting for Barnabas as he struggles and fights to make a life for himself and get settled. There was great quality in the narration of the novel, and L’Amour was an author who could tell a great story with great writing throughout. L’Amour nails the descriptions of the landscapes and trees and trails and things that really complete the atmosphere being described here. His ability to describe in detail also allows the reader to experience what life must have been like back in those tough times.

Some readers did not like how the story being told was not very believeable and that the story has potential but is wasted by someone like L’Amour. They feel he serializes things to be published in a pulp publication. There are one dimensional characters who feel simply phony and make things feel flat. Some found that L’Amour is unable to sound as anything more than someone who is a mere outsider commenting on what it was like to live in 1599 England. Some felt that the author just makes things up as he goes with no clear plan of where things are going.

“To the Far Blue Mountains” is the second book of the “Sackett” series. Barnabas thought that his trip to America was already settled, and that it would be smooth sailing all the way. The trip was fine, actually, but when he gets into port, he finds that there are some difficulties getting through without finding men who want to drag him back to England. Apparently, there is a warrant out for him. Some think that the coins he sold, coins that were once owned by King John many years before, are just apart of a fortune he still possess. The Queen will not stop until she get him and the coins. But if they do catch him, he will not get to start fresh in America but he will be tortured and hanged.enb

Fans of the novel enjoyed reading about Barnabas who was found to be daring, honorable, and smart, not to mention a great character. The story was found to be fascinating, and some were surprised at how much Louis L’Amour knew about the historical parts in the novel (seventeenth century England and what Virginia and Carolina was like back then). Some found that this was author Louis L’Amour’s best work, and that is saying something as the man wrote over one hundred novels. There was hope, from some, that there would be more about this character and readers could not wait to get their hands on more of these books.

Some readers did not like how untrue the things that L’Amour claims is fact in this novel. Others found that the novel was both boring and predictable and full of cliché things. There was little development, both of the plot and characters. Some felt that once Barnabas gets to America, there is too much summing up events and the ending is not satisfying, and it leaves the readers wishing for more and feeling a little let down.

“The Sacketts”, which came out in 1979, is an adaptation for a television mini series that is based off two novels in the “Sackett” series. It starred Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, and Jeff Osterhage as three of the Sackett family members.

One of the novels from the series, “Bendigo Shafter”, won a U.S. National Book Award in 1980 for the Western category.

The series is so massive, with so many characters and locations and other things, that after L’Amour died, a book was released called “The Sackett Companion” that gave summaries of the novels, featured lists of characters and locations throughout the series and the book serves as kind of L’Amour’s guide to the series. All of this to help readers keep track of all the moving parts.

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2 Responses to “Sackett”

  1. Mike: 3 years ago

    What in the order of the
    Sacketts books is the book,
    The man from the broken hills?
    Chronological… Thnx


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