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Title: The Daybreakers
Series: Sacketts #6
Author: Louis L’Amour
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
Tyrel and Orrin Sackett leave the hills of Kentucky/whatever after killing a nogood scum. Joining a cattle herder, both young men begin the process of growing up and becoming respectable men. After learning how to herd cows, they set out to create their own herd. During this time they come across a mexican Don and his granddaughter and a huckster and his daughter from New England. Ty and Orrin eventually become lawman and mayor. When Orrin, who is now married to the blonde new englander runs for state senate, her father hires killers to take out Orrin to put his own man in power. It is up to Ty to keep his brother’s hands clean protect him and rescue the Don’s granddaughter.
Just a day’s work for a Sackett.
I mainly remember this from the movie, The Sacketts, starring Tom Selleck and Sam Elliot. You know what, there really is nobody who more fits the image of the rough and tough Sackett brothers than those two. Those guys are who I think of when it comes to your generic Western characters.
Anyway, this book covers a good amount of time. Enough for both boys to go from cowpunchers to established politician and lawman. Don’t blink or you’ll miss a couple of months. Part of the disconnect is that the cattle drives take months and months but only take a couple of paragraphs.
There is a lot of fighting, like you’d expect in a western. A couple of one on one shootouts, lots of Ty facing down various men, some killers, some just hardheads who needed a bit of fear put into their lives to give them perspective. The swell of civilization westward seems to happen quickly as well, but much like what we see happening on the internet today with torrent and sharing sites, it was inevitable. The speed at which humanity can communicate determines how fast things will change to accommodate the greatest number.
It was also very interesting to see L’Amour characterize someone from New England. And uptight scammer. It made me laugh because the kind of person from New England who couldn’t stay in New England would be exactly that. Spot on.