Synopses & Reviews
The fourth volume of Louis LAmours collected short stories features more than forty of the masters greatest adventure tales in a keepsake edition to cherish for generations. This unique collection gathers stories guaranteed to thrill and delight readers again and again, establishing why Louis LAmour is truly Americas favorite storyteller.
Louis LAmours tales of adventure cannot be surpassed for sheer storytelling excitement, and they stand as a testament to his legendary appeal. Here are timeless stories of danger and daring, wanderlust and heroism, filled with ordinary men and women facing often insurmountable challenges with courage, dignity, honor-and heart.
Perhaps never before has a single volume contained so many breathtaking thrills: from the down-on-his-luck fortune hunter who risks everything to save a diamond-hunting couple walking straight into a jungle massacre to the mystery “hero” aboard a downed commercial plane dangling six hundred feet above certain doom. Youll trek across the harsh steppes of East Asia with an American widow and her young son among a fierce nomadic warrior people, and youll relive a harrowing tale of survival at sea against thirst, madness, and the elements as a common seaman redefines extraordinary courage as simply “doing his job.”
Whether joining an American captain running a cargo ship through Japanese-controlled waters during World War II, only to find his vessel hijacked by traitorous pirates, or marveling at the resourcefulness of a young woman pushed to the limits of endurance as she flees a killer through a primeval forest, these adrenaline-laced tales of mystery, suspense, murder, and survival never let up and will keep your heart pounding long after the final page.
From those numbering a few intense pages to novella-length works, the tales in this action-packed anthology bear all the trademarks of the masters touch-the historical accuracy, memorable characters, and timeless themes that have earned Louis LAmour his unique place among American writers.
"The fourth volume of the late L'Amour's short stories takes the author out of his familiar American frontier setting and into desolate and dangerous locales around the world, from 'a narrow fjord at the end of the earth' on the southern coast of Chile to a 'lonely isolated spot in the Coral Sea.' While the characters are not traditional L'Amour, as 'men of quick wit and valor' they share similar characteristics and values; freighter captain Ponga Jim Mayo, who plies the treacherous waters of the Indian Ocean during World War II (and is featured in nine of these 45 stories), succinctly sums up their worldview: 'I'll make my own rules and abide by the consequences.' The stories reflect the author's own youthful wanderings as seaman, soldier and professional boxer and, having been mostly written for pulp adventure magazines, are predictably formulaic. L'Amour's first publication, 'Death Westbound,' a Depression-era hobo story, crackles with his trademark prose: 'Sometimes the shacks were pretty good guys, but a railroad dick is always a louie.' No L'Amour fan will want to miss this collection. Afterword by L'Amour's son, Beau L'Amour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Presents a collection of tales of danger, hardship, and adventure in the Old West.
The fourth volume in a series of anthologies that will present the complete collection of short fiction by the popular novelist features forty-four of his action-packed tales of danger, heroism, sacrifice, and adventure, originally published in such collections as Yondering, With These Hands, and others. 150,000 first printing.
This volume--a treasure-trove of 35 frontier tales--kicks off a series that will, when complete, anthologize all of L'Amour's short fiction, volume by handsome volume.
About the Author
Louis LAmour is undoubtedly the bestselling frontier novelist of all time. He is the only American-born author in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of his life's work. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide.