I opened it anyway and 185 pages later, I was actually a little upset it ended.
This book is about a warrior named Barnabas Sackett who comes across a small fortune one day on a walk through his village. He then ends up having an instant enemy named Genester, so the book starts off quite extreme. Now that he has some coins with him, what is he gonna do? Sail to America to get some nice trades using what the English call grass and the Americans call gold? Bottom line, fortune is the top priority to people. During his adventure, Sackett ends up meeting some new friends in some insane coincidences and lives in the wild.
You want to hear something small? when the book said it was situated in 1599, I thought that was during the time shakespeare was alive and writing. The book mentioned it at the exact moment I thought of him. While some of the characters feel like the exact same as another, I feel that there's not enough room for character development or perhaps Louis L'Amour was worried he'd get bored. This might spoil the book, in a good way, but this is an entertaining book. Every action scene pretty much snuck up on me just like Sackett was being spied on. A lot happens, and a lot happens much quicker than the average book, kid's or teens.
Something else this book gets points from is the writing. It goes into partial slang of the late sixteenth century without becoming Shakespeare complicated or inane. That was the thing I was the most surprised about. Days pass without much detail put into them at all, and I generally love it when authors skip over, but I sort of feel like I missed out on an interesting story. But I read the front of the book one day and found out this is a series of twelve or seventeen, so I understand how not too much should be put in for the first outing. Still, Barnabas meets a ton of bandits on a ship and a few decide to join his team, and it was very sudden and didn't show much reason for their action. But I really enjoyed this book, because when your complaints are that you want more, want or wanted, that means you're liking it. I just might reach for #2.