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Orrin Sackett had to be pushed into a fight. But Tyrel Sackett was born to trouble. The night Tye stepped between his brother and a bullet changed them both forever. Now their trail pointed west, to a lawless frontier town called Sante Fe. Orrin took the job of marshal, while Tye commanded respect without a badge. When a loose end from their past turns up, one brother willOrrin Sackett had to be pushed into a fight. But Tyrel Sackett was born to trouble. The night Tye stepped between his brother and a bullet changed them both forever. Now their trail pointed west, to a lawless frontier town called Sante Fe. Orrin took the job of marshal, while Tye commanded respect without a badge. When a loose end from their past turns up, one brother will be forced to revert to his old ways—if the other’s dreams are to be realized.…...

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The Daybreakers Reviews

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2019-05-20 18:07

    …pride and whiskey are a bad combination…I’m intent on watching the mini-series / two part TV-movie (The Sacketts, 1979), so I’m reading the books on which it is based first. Namely: The Daybreakers & Sackett. They come conveniently collected in a Centennial Edition paperback.So, let’s see.What do we have here?The gunfight(s). Check.The moments seemed to plod, every detail stood out in sharp focus, clear and strong. Every sense, every emotion was caught and held, concentrated on that man coming up the street.The close shave with the locals. Check.They wanted me mighty bad, but that horse didn't like Utes any better than I did. He put his ears back and stretched out his tail and left there like a scared rabbit. My next shot was a miss. With [the] horse travelling like he'd forgot something in Santa Fe.The thwarted ambush. Check.A slow half hour passed before one of the men down below got ambitious. My rifle put a bullet so close it must have singed his whiskers and he hunkered down in the rocks.And so on and so forth. I’ll stop now, before I end up quoting half the book.The saga of the Sacketts is rather ambitious, and actually encompasses something like 19 novels and two short story collections. All of which deal with multiple generations of pioneers, town tamers, trappers, cowhands and gunslingers. Great fun all round.The Daybreakers tells the story of Tyrel and Orrin Sackett who flee west after settling a family feud in the only way that makes sense (with a gun, of course). What follows is a yarn involving everything from cow herding to “town taming” and dealing with land grabbing politicians (and a whole lot in between). What’s truly remarkable is how L’amour manages to tell so much story in only 250-odd pages. Respect.There is a wee bit of name dropping: Clay Allison, for one, makes a (very) brief appearance. It reads quickly, contains some terrific gunfights, and it’s highly entertaining. Not much more I can ask for when it comes to this sort of thing. The only real complaint is that the story goes darn fast for the amount of ground it covers… if you don’t hold fast you’re bound to fall off.”People have a greater tolerance for evil than for violence.”

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-05-10 22:31

    Deciding to read the Sackett novels in chronological order was bound to have some rough jumps as they were written throughout L'Amour's career—and completely out of order. This, the sixth chronologically, was the first he published. The fourth was the last (shortly after Ride the River, my favorite so far). So I've jumped back nearly 25 years in his career with this book. And you know that's going to show.The contrast between the books is actually an interesting one. The style is a little rockier, but not glaringly so. You have the same scene-gazing and lyrical daydreaming about the land and the values needed to thrive in wild country. And you have a strongly action-driven story and the same manly virtues of competence in service to higher ideals of justice, loyalty, and doing what's right in the face of lethal opposition.But at the same time, I thought Tyrel was much more . . . human? He was less certain of himself than any of the previous heroes. And the gifts of his heritage weren't quite so pronounced. Indeed, he starts the book functionally illiterate and that's a complete betrayal of how important reading has been to all the previous generations (where even Jubal the loner was a man fond of his books and praising the virtues of classical education). Tyrel's self-doubt was surprising, but also endearing, as it engaged me more deeply into his choices and decisions—not least because they felt more like actual choices and decisions rather than simple expressions of already-existing character and/or heritage.Which would seem to indicate that I liked it more, but that's actually not the case. I liked Tyrel more, that's true, but the story itself was more surface and less heart. It wandered a bit (though each piece had purpose in light of the overall story arc), and the challenges felt almost rote at times (breaking up a gold miner ambush ring, rousting rowdies, getting the tin star, cattle rustling, etc.). So the characters were more complex, but the story much less so.So it felt like his "loss" in characterization over time was almost exactly balanced by a "gain" in storytelling. Which gave the oddest impression that L'Amour stayed pretty much the same throughout his very prolific career.Okay, enough naval-gazing. This is a decent story, with a wonderful lead character and a strong supporting cast. I can see why readers were drawn to the Sacketts from the start with this as the lead-in.

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-04-28 20:30

    The Wild Ones, by artist Andy Thomas[image error] ★★★★½ This is a review of the audiobook, with excellent narration by David Strathairn. It is from first person POV, and Mr. Strathairn is at his best as a young gunslinger that uses his wits and reason as well as his talent to talk more than one man out of drawing against him. Mr. Strathairn does NOT use a falsetto voice for the innocent young female voice, but a butter soft Spanish accent. Very nice! Still, it is a Western in the truest sense of the word, so we get plenty of horses, cattle drives, Indian & bar fights, disagreements over found gold, and life-changing decisions as the two young Sackett brothers, Tyrel & Orrin, grow into men over the years. This is an old Western, written by the master, with a dash of “one foot on the floor” romance thrown in just to keep me happy.

  • Eva
    2019-04-28 16:02


  • Aaron
    2019-05-09 14:16

    The first in the long-running saga of the Sackett family, which is the sixth chronologically. Brothers Tyrel and Orrin Sackett head west and settle in Colorado, struggling against rough men and injustice as they gradually rise to the challenges of keeping their foothold in the frontier.My first Louis L'Amour, recommended by Ben, was my first experience with a traditional Western. I'd found a gradual but significant respect for the genre in movies and TV thanks to The Dark Tower, and also noting that a lot of the themes and qualities I enjoyed about fantasy also were pretty common in westerns. There aren't elves and magic, but there is still that exploratory sense of the frontier and a lack of law enforcement that involves something other than a quick death. This was an excellent chronology told by Tye Sackett, a young gun with a solid sense of right and wrong, filled with tense situations and cinematic gunfights. The characters and their arcs are believable and tragic. My only real complaint was how Native Americans are portrayed as barbaric and almost alien, otherwise I appreciated the virtues and flaws of all of the memorable major characters. If all of L'Amour's books are as starkly poetic as this had the capacity to be, I'm going to be a fan. I'd instantly recommend this one for anyone seeking a good introduction to westerns, considering how many familiar tropes are used to great effect.

  • Tashawna
    2019-05-02 17:02

    3.5-4 starsThis was the first book by Louis L'Amour that I've read, and I enjoyed it! :) I wouldn't call it my favorite type of book... it took me a while to read the whole thing, but I liked it. :) I liked Tye and Dru. <3 I also liked Orrin, though he is bad at picking a wife. ;P Seriously, that girl was terrible. That ending... it was sad! :( Well, it was pretty much the ending. I would've liked to see some more scenes of Tyrel and Dru, like their wedding... But I guess this is a western, not a romance. :PAnyhow, I'd recommend this to those who like Westerns! ;) There was swearing in the book, though, just so you know. Not really bad ones, but it's in there.

  • Chris Gager
    2019-05-01 15:17

    The master gets down to business right snappy as he has his narrator Ty Sackett kill a baddie and hustle up out of Tennessee in only a few paragraphs. Nothing remarkable about this, but the writing is good and the story less than 200 pages. It'll be over tonight! It's amazing how many authors chose the famous/infamous Llano Encantado as a setting. That's the "challenging" high plains environment of West Texas/SE Colorado/SW Kansas and NE New Mexico. Go west of Amarillo towards Albuquerque on I-40 ... nasty and mystical - a hard land to survive in.- Some hints of Cormac McCarthy here: Cities on the Plain, All the Pretty Horses.- One has mixed feelings about the killing of Indians(or, as my sister would insist, Native Americans) for pretty much any reason. Much is made of how the Old Don's family wrested, settled and "improved" his grant, but ... he did steal the land from the previous inhabitants didn't he???? The author seems pretty straightforward in his asides about the red men. Not a bigot in any marked way that I can see.Finished last night and a bit baffled as to why one would give this 4*. I mean, it's OK, but nothing special, and even has one little issue that I detected. It seems that the author(or an editor) went out of his/her way to keep this book short. There are numerous confusing temporal and location leaps and one needs to pay close attention to where/when the story is at any given time. I liked that the author assures the readers after the ending that all of the locations are authentic, and that he has personally been to every one of them - cool!- An easy 3* book.

  • Allison Tebo
    2019-04-25 19:20


  • Elana
    2019-04-26 17:28

    Favorite lines"You stick your finger in the water and you pull it out, and that is how much of a whole you leave when you're gone.""Violence is an evil thing, but when the guns are all in the hands of the men without respect for human rights then men are really in trouble.""Folks who talk about no violence are always the ones who are first to call a policeman and usually they are sure there is one handy.""People have a greater tolerance for evil than for violence. If crooked gamboling, thieving and robing are covered over folks will tolerate it longer than out right violence, even when the violence may be cleansing."

  • Elsie Stoltzfus
    2019-05-06 21:23

    Great! Mama just finished reading it out loud to the family. Very enjoyable.

  • An Odd1
    2019-05-11 18:05

    ISBN from 1980 Sackett ~18, fastest gun alive in Tennessee, "ugly" quiet, narrates brothers' flight west after he kills to save extrovert Orrin. Tom Sunday teaches Orrin letters, turns angry vengeful drunkard; ol' Cap Rountree stands by. Tye likes Señorita Drusilla 15 "shy of sixteen" p 16; Orrin hankers after yaller hair Laura Pritts, reminds Tye of "hammer-headed" p 11 ornery bronc, her pa kills for Spaniard's land. 1867 Santa Fe Trail p 22. Orrin "well-loved .. wide smile .. courage and humor enough for three men.. sing or yarn .. in fine Welsh baritone ..everybody listened" p 6. When broke "wasn't five dollars amongst us", Tom wants to share "thousand dollars in gold", Orrin wants to find heirs. Foretells "the feelings from that dispute would affect all our lives, and for many years" p 37. He "walked straight and stood straight" like the Army officer he once was p 87, but his grief turns outward to anger and booze, forgetting their close shaves when they saved one another. "Most men never discover what they've got inside. A man has to face up to trouble before he knows". Pritt "figured he could get away with anything .. had an exaggerated idea of how big a man he was" p 50. On 19th birthday, Tye is down injured, Cap fallen and silent, against nine Utes p 56. Lessons from pa, like tracking skills, are scattered throughout series. "Ollie Shaddock .. a good man" p 134 is one of many names who come back later. Scarier are villains let live, like Laura, who causes deaths of The Lonely Men later

  • Jean
    2019-04-26 19:25

    What a story! I read this decades ago when I was in high school; it was my introduction to Westerns. I loved it then and I love it now. In the Sackett series, this introduces my favorite Sacketts, Tyrel and Orrin (Tell is mentioned). This book has it all: Bad Guys (and Gal), Good Guys, Guys Who Choose Wrongly, and True Love. Since I moved to Texas and had the opportunity to see New Mexico, I can see how well L'Amour described the land. It was a different time with different attitudes and L'Amour makes the reader see that clearly.If you've never read a Western, then this is the perfect introduction to the genre. It is well worth reading.

  • Laura
    2019-05-13 14:31

    This is probably my favorite of the Sackett books, mostly because I like Tyrell a lot. Sadly, this is the only book he narrates, and therefore the only book he plays a significant roll in, at least as far as I know of. He gets plenty of mentions in other books, mostly along the lines of "What, you're a Sackett? Are you related to the Mora Gunman?" (To which Tell Sackett replies along the lines of "Sure, he's my younger brother. We couldn't ever tell which of us was a better man with a gun. Now how about you light a shuck and git.")Anyway, this book struck me as being amazingly similar to "To Tame a Land," which I also liked, and employed a trick that L'Amour had brought up in "The Tall Stranger." I noticed with earlier Sackett books that the characters sometimes repeat the same wilderness lore, so at a certain point, most of L'Amour's books are pretty much the same characters saying mostly the same things, with a little bit of variation in exactly who it is they're out-drawing/out-smarting. One thing that I really like about the Sackett Series is that if you go through them all, you probably get the broadest range of L'Amour's plotlines, plus some of his best and most unique stories.

  • Darell Schmick
    2019-05-12 20:31

    Tye and Orrin Sackett, fast guns and close brothers, make up for transgressions out east by forging their way out West and bringing law and order with them. Written by the Danielle Steele of the western genre, Louis L’Amour doesn’t disappoint in his sixth installment of the Sackett saga.L’Amour brings the reader right into the story--you feel the tension as an impending fast draw takes place, smell the gunsmoke, and (eventually) relax into the wonderfully described western big sky splendor. This is a fast read, and one that won’t disappoint. This is a great introduction to the genre too, if you’re unfamiliar.

  • Benjamin Thomas
    2019-05-17 21:17

    This is my favorite Louis L'Amour western novel (out of over 75 read). It's probably because I like Tyrell Sackett so much as a POV character but I also love the Sacketts overall, especially the three brothers depicted here. Along with that, it is one of the first L'Amour books I had read back when I was in my 20s so I suppose some nostaligia effects my judgement. I've even watched "The Sacketts" movie a few times which depicts this story along with "Sackett" simultaneously.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-05 21:03

    I was in the mood for a western and in doing some research I read that this book was the best of the Sackett series. It was a very good book and I would have continued reading the series if the subsequent books had been based on the two Sackett brothers in this book. Apparently the remaining books are about a brother mentioned but wasn't a part of this book. It was fast paced and had all the elements of a great western novel!

  • Kaylee Tanner
    2019-05-18 17:27

    this was the perfect break from a bunch of non-fiction. the audio version was beautiful and captivating. the storyline was simple, sweet, and classic. no deep themes or poignant metaphors here, but I loved it and I now plan to have a Louis L'Amour novel always on hand for whenever I get bogged down by heavier lit

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-17 17:30

    Finished The Daybreakers and loved it, its so what like the movie which I happen to love, loved the characters and everything about the story just can't believe it took this long to read,while be reading the second part of it later.five stars all the way.

  • Vincent Darlage
    2019-05-15 21:21

    I really enjoyed this novel. It has some interesting character growth and changes, nice commentary about the era, and great character introspection.

  • Ronald
    2019-04-27 21:04

    read some time in 1979

  • Wyatt
    2019-04-25 18:31

    I read The Sacketts 3 The Daybreakers by Louis L’amour. The main character is tyrel sackett. In the beginning of the book he left tennessee heading out west with his brother Orrin to look for a home for his mom. They herded cattle all the way to santa fe with Tom Sunday and Cap Rountree. In Santa Fe there was a guy named Jonathan Pritts who was trying to take don louis’s land and the don owned thousands of acres. Tyrel fell in love with the don's granddaughter drusilla and Orrin fell in love with Jonathan Pritts’s daughter. Orin became the sheriff and Tyrel was the deputy. They stopped Jonathan Pritts and in the end Orrin got divorced with Pritts’s daughter and Tyrel married Drusilla. The writing, characters, and quality of the book is great. It even says on the cover of the book that Louis L’amour is the world's bestselling frontier storyteller. I also really liked the book too and the gunfights were exciting . This is one of the most important gunfights of the book and it is Tyrel against Tom Sunday,”There was an instant before he drew when I knew he was going to draw. It was and instant only, a flickering instant that triggered my mind. My hand dropped and I palmed my gun, but his came up and he was looking across it, his eyes like white fire, and I saw the gun blossom with a rose of flame and I felt my own gun buck in my hand, and then I stepped forward and left-one quick step-and fired again. He stood there looking across his gun at me and them he fired, but his bullet made a clean miss. Thumbing back the hammer I said,”Damn it, Tom. . .” and shot him in the chest.” My text to self connection is Tyrel doesn’t like to shoot people unless he has to and I wouldn’t shoot people unless I had to. My text to text connection is in other books about the west there is gunfights. My text to world connection is that this book is just like the west in real life when it was the 1800’s.

  • Oleta Blaylock
    2019-05-18 19:13

    This was the first of the Sackett family books that L'Amour wrote. Part of the problem is that he wrote the books as the story came to him and the stories did come to him in any order. I understand that he was planning up to 17 additional books after those that were already published. This is also the only book that has a real ending. L'Amour had a way of finishing a story and leaving you wondering what else happened. This is also the first novel that he published. Most of his writing had been short stories and serials in magazines. This is as good of a story as any of his others but this is the only one of the Sackett books that I have read that the boys didn't know how to read. All the other books they were as well read as any other man of the time.This story sees the end of the Higgins's feud. The last member of the family dies just as Orrin is getting married. Unfortunately the girl Orrin is marrying is the one that is killed. Tyrel kills Long HIggins and in order to avoid the law sets off for the west. It is long before he meets up with a cattle drive and runs into trouble. Orrin shows up and puts a stop to the trouble and the two set off on several adventures that span five years.There is lots of action and L'Amour describes lots of country in the areas were I have lived and grown up. This story is all Louis L'Amour so if you are a fan you should enjoy this book.

  • Matt
    2019-04-23 14:13

    This is a short but good read. I respect L'Amour as not only a master storyteller, but also a well-informed historian with a penchant for learning. His facts are spot on. When he said cattle were between $18-$34 a head in the 1800s, I looked it up, and that was their price during this time period. When he spoke about New Mexico having Spanish land grants and United States citizens moving in, I had just read about this in, "The Life and Times of Mexico." L'Amour has a deep respect for history.This is my third L'Amour book, and next to "Education of a Wandering Man," this was my second favorite. Many times you can tell the complexity of a story based on how predictable it was. I couldn't predict this book. Let's just say this book was the villain gunslinger, set out to kill my predictions, and every time I made a prediction, he was shot to Swiss cheese.

  • Michael
    2019-04-19 20:20

    It's nice to get these two books together in one collection for the same price as you would pay for each title individually in the Amazon Kindle store.Louis L'Amour was not one of the most technical or long-winded writers, he was short, succinct, and to the point and had a way that grabs you into the story immediately. The descriptions of the scenery, events, people, and situations made you feel as if you were right there living it side-by-side with his characters.With The Daybreakers and Sackett, you have the classic Louis L'Amour situations with the good guy fighting the bad guy, a life-threatening conflict, the good guy wins and gets the girl, with the added bonus of having two books in L'Amour's Sackett series of books.

  • Randy
    2019-05-10 18:19

    This is the sixth in the Sackett series and I am reading them in order. I think you get a real feel for a large chunk of history, reading these books. You also get a sense of what it was like to live during these times. The stories are fiction, but it is obvious that a lot of research was done in preparing to write them. The story lines are very good and while they don't have the vicious brutality and violence that most newer westerns have, they are rich in detail and never boring. I am thoroughly enjoying them! If you are new to L'Amour, these don't necessarily have to be read in order, but if you are planning to read the whole series, it would be best to do so.

  • Wendy Jensen
    2019-05-09 17:15

    One of L'Amour's best in my view. The realities of the old west is skillfully brought to life through the story of two brothers. It is as if stepping into another time and place. As with all good literature, life truths are naturally a part of the story. No preaching necessary. Greed and avarice, grudge bearing and cold heartedness may bring power and short term reward but will come to tragic ends.There are those who desire good from the very core of their being. Such men and women are not perfect and yet while challenged and tested to the nth degree, they triumph. Bloodied and bruised perhaps, and yet privately victorious.

  • David Trapp
    2019-05-06 19:19

    #6 in the Sackett series by LL. Brothers Orrin and Tye travel west with two others forging new trails and facing tough customers and renegade Indians. They literally have to fight for their survival. The book is written from Tye's perspective and along the way, he meets and falls in love the daughter of a powerful Spanish Don, Drusilla, a black haired beauty. This book really depicts the fight for survival while nurturing the quest for freedom and independence; capturing the true American spirit.

  • Rebekah Morris
    2019-05-09 16:02

    That was fun. Having never read any Louis L'Amour books before, but having watched the movie based on this book, I was interested to see what I thought. I liked it. It took me a few pages to get used to the style of writing and it being in first person, but after that, I was hooked. The characters came alive and I felt as though I was listening to Tyrel Sackett telling his story. It was one of those books that you read and time disappears. I don't image this will be my last Louis L'Amour book.

  • Cindi
    2019-04-19 19:14

    Only my second L'Amour book but I liked his one better than the last one! This is part of the Sackett series written in the voice of Tyrell Sackett. Tye is funny and relatable which always makes for a good read. Add in a surprising ending and mix in a cute love story and it's even better! I think I see more Sackett books in my future!

  • jrthebutler
    2019-05-14 20:12

    Brothers Tyrell and Orrin Sackett head west to start a new life. Those were the years when decent men and women lived in fear of Indians, rustlers, and killers, but the Sackett brothers worked to make the West a place where people could raise their children in peace.