Lonely on the Mountain: A Novel (Sacketts)
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In Lonely on the Mountain, Louis L’Amour’s solitary wandering Sackett brothers make a stand together—to save one of their own.
The rare letters Tell Sackett received always had trouble inside. And the terse note from his cousin Logan is no exception. Logan faces starvation or a hanging if Tell can’t drive a herd of cattle from Kansas to British Columbia before winter. To get to Logan, he must brave prairie fires, buffalo stampedes, and Sioux war parties. But worse trouble waits, for a mysterious enemy shadows Sackett’s every move across the Dakotas and the Canadian Rockies. Tell Sackett has never abandoned another Sackett in need. He will bring aid to Logan—or die trying.
smiled. “Yes,” he said gently, “I suppose everyone has one or two.” Chapter VII By the evening of the second day, the stage rolled up to a stockade near the Ottertail River. Orrin stepped down and stretched, then extended a hand to the young lady and, after her, to the older woman. “It isn’t much of a place,” Orrin said, “but let me look around. I will see what can be found.” “Not much,” Gavin admitted. “Last time I was here, it was a good deal more comfortable to sleep in the haymow
right? We’re about to move out.” “I’m ready. I fell asleep over there; first time I’ve been caught napping in a long time.” He smiled pleasantly. “But I’m awake now. Let’s go!” Gavin walked to his horse, and Orrin Sackett swung into the saddle. Somebody wanted him defenseless. Who? Why? It could hardly be Logan Sackett’s enemies, whoever they were. They were over a thousand miles away. Or were they? Baptiste started the cart moving at a trot. The horse seemed fit enough to go all day.
couple of days for Orrin.” “We’ve been lucky on the grass,” Tyrel said, “bein’ so early in the year, but we’re drivin’ north.” “You’re durned right.” Cap sipped his coffee. “an’ from here on, the new grass will be slower, and farther west it will be almighty scarce.” Well, now. That fitted in with my own thinking, but I studied on it a mite. Orrin was probably on the river right now, ridin’ one of them steamboats up the Red River to Pembina. Once he got there, he’d have to find a couple of
Ox went to his knees, blood dripping from his broken nose and smashed lips. There was an awesome power in his huge arms and shoulders, but somehow those fists were always in his face, and Orrin’s evasiveness left him helpless. He got up slowly, of no mind to quit. As his hands came up, Orrin’s left hit him again, and the right crossed to his chin. He ducked under another right and hooked a right to Orrin’s ribs that seemed to have lost none of its power. Orrin stabbed a left that the Ox evaded.
a stick through a crack and worked it loose. I tried it a week ago and found it would work.” He smiled. “I was waitin’ for the Sacketts. I knew they’d come. They always come.” Laurie stepped back. Shanty’s expression had changed. The humor was gone now. His eyes were large. I knew he was ready. I knew he was a dangerous man. Cougar had eyes only for Logan, who was smiling widely. Outside in the town, I could hear the stir of cattle, a rattle of spurs on the porch of the store. Then I heard