Guns of the Timberlands by Louis L’Amour
Publication Date: June 1st 1984 (first published June 1955)
Details: Paperback, 224 pages
Source: A gift.
Clay Bell spent the last six years fighting Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the B-Bar ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, now threatens everything Clay has worked for. Devitt, holding a contract with the Mexican Central to deliver railroad ties, wants to harvest timber off the land where Clay grazes his cattle. Backing Devitt are shady politicians, a dishonest banker, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. But as Colleen Riley, Devitt’s fiancée, realizes the brutal game he’s playing, her disapproval of his actions, and Clay Bell’s obvious integrity and charm, pull her toward a destiny that will tip the scales in their bloody battle over timber and cattle.
I’m only just getting into westerns and when a family member that reads a lot of them was moving, he gave me a couple of bags full. I’ve been slowly working my way through them by reading one a month and so far this is one of the better ones I’ve read.
With it being such a short book, I don’t know what I can really say about it. Unlike my last L’Amour novel, the length didn’t bother me because this one didn’t take place over years. The characters were interesting, I enjoyed the plot and the writing was great.
I’m still not loving westerns but every month they seem to get a bit better and now I’m starting to look forward to the next one.
3 out of 5 stars