One of the best Louis L Amours that I ve read in a long time He may be old school but this is fiction that s easy to read, doesn t cause nightmares, and will make you grateful for this country we live in. Actual rating 4.5 After soaking up the brilliance that is To Tame A Land, the first L Amour novel I ever read, I was a bit leery of reading another of his books though I ve always enjoyed his short stories because I was afraid it would fall short HOWEVER That was not the case I would say that Last Stand is almost as good as TTAL, if not just as good Brilliant story, great characters villains and heroes alike , and marvelous tension throughout Plus, the SHIPS Lonnie and Junie especially And as it turns out THERE S A MOVIE Different name Apache Territory but it s definitely an adaption of Last Stand WOOT Anyway, if you re a fan of westerns, read this book It Was The Only Water For Miles In A Vast, Sun Blasted Desert Where Water Meant Survival So Logan Cates Naturally Headed For Papago Wells But He Wasn T The Only One Fleeing The Fierce Churupati And His Apache Warriors, Other Travelers Had Come There Too And When The Apaches Found Them, They Began A Siege As Relentless And Unforgiving As The Barren Land And Just As InescapableThe Last Thing Cates Wanted Was To Be Responsible For The Lives Of Thirteen Desperate Strangers And A Shipment Of Gold But He Knew That If They Were To Survive, He Was Their Last Chance He Also Knew That Some In The Party Were Willing To Die Or Kill To Get Their Hands On The Money If He Couldn T Get Them To Work Together, It Wouldn T Be The Desert Or Even The Apaches That Would Do Them In It Would Be The Greed Of The Very People He Was Trying To Save Louis L Amour was a big part of my childhood and I appreciate him for helping excite me to read and value stories So my four star rating is in large part due to nostalgia Last Stand at Papago Wells is one of my favorites because L Amour deviates slightly from the Western pulp formula There are flashes of very nice pulp writing and some interesting characterization and passages about the landscape and history that seem to push against Western myths a bit Chapter 2 seems particularly interesting in how it sets up the characters and how they come together at the well The harsh and desperate tone, coupled with some melodrama, gave this story an almost noirish quality that seems absent in most of the L Amour stories I ve read The Indians aren t developed, of course, but there s a minor attempt to make them interesting and not quite stock this attempt doesn t really flourish past this point though, which is unfortunate, but not unexpected Also, the real villains aren t the Indians at all The Indians are props rather than real characters, not unlike the inquisitors in Poe s The Pit and the Pendulum, which Papago Wells bears some resemblance to in terms of confinement, tightening space, and desperation resolved through a completely unrealistic deus ex machina Naturally the story has to ultimately finish in classic pulp Western fashion, but its subversion and containment is interesting to me I don t know that it is as bleak as, say, The Empty Land, but it beats the affirmations found in far too many pulpy Westerns Pseudo intellectual thought aside, I really just felt like some solid pulp from my childhood and this satisfied my craving perfectly. Louis L Amour, like Brian Jacques and P G Wodehouse, tends to tell the same story over and over again, with several stock convolutions This tends to bother some people I think it would bother me, if it weren t for the fact that the one story he tells is such a stinking good one, the kind of story you want to hear over and over and over again the same thing goes for Mr Jacques and Mr Wodehouse.This book is no exception. I am reading through Louis L Amour s novels in chronological sequence He wrote 92 novels This is my 16th one completed I love L Amour s writing You can tell that he had life experience as a cowboy But this one was not one of my favorite It was a very different plot and style, which was refreshing, but he had too many characters with too much going on and too few pages to make it all work The ending felt contrived and way too short But it was still a Louis L Amour western, so I enjoyed it Just not as well as some of his others. Several groups of people of people, including hostile Apaches, converge on Papago Wells In the Arizona dessert Soon the whites are fighting among themselves as well as with the Apache As bodies start to fall, a treasure of gold is exposed in the possession of one of the band Another exciting western by L Amour. Very enjoyable Disparate groups of travelers meet at a waterhole, pursued by Apaches The character of each of the defenders is tried to the limit as they learn that the deadliest enemies are each other. I liked the idea of several parties riding out and running into their own troubles before running into each other in the desert At that point it becomes a matter of searching for water in the desert and staying away from the Indians, and at times, each other.What I didn t like was that this book is 136 pages but I felt it could have been 75 and told the story just as well For me, I just had trouble keeping track of some of the characters Maybe if I read the book over a day or two that wouldn t be a problem, but I stretched this one over a couple weeks I felt the main characters were pretty wooden, or cookie cutter, and the love interest angle wasn t that convincing.It s a simple stand alone western and it gets the job done, which I believe is mainly to wile away the day without getting into too much trouble, are having to deal with too much accosting from the wife. L Amour always writes a good western The collection of people coming together at Papago Wells allowed readers to see how L Amour let s each one s backstory foreshadow how they d react when pushed hard between the Indians and the lack of food they re pushed hard.
Louis L Amour was an American author L Amour s books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print 86 novels, 14 short story collections and one full length work of nonfiction and he was considered one of the world s most popular writers Wikipedia
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- Last Stand at Papago Wells
- Louis L'Amour
- 14 July 2017 Louis L'Amour