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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739310925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739310922
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 15.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,728,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE on 18 Mar 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The events of this very solid and compelling story are clearly based on, or at least loosely inspired by, real events in Arizona in 1861. There are many parallels with the Boscom affair and the kidnapping of Mickey Free, events that led to the Apache Wars and the campaigns of Cochise. It's L'Amour's comprehensive knowledge of the history and landscape of Arizona that helps to make this book special. The writing is consistently good, occasionally sublime; "...the tips of the cottonwoods turned gold, like the sun-tipped lances of a moving army." L'Amour is particularly good with dialogue, a skill which is sadly lacking among most Western writers, making Zane Grey for example, almost unreadable. The only thing preventing "Hondo" from being great literature is the paper-thin characterization. Hondo Lane is an idealized, 'Hollywooden' hero and the villains lack any redeeming features that would make them credible. The depiction of the Apache is sympathetic, even to the extent that they too are often idealized ("No Apache ever hit his child"). The author's attempts to describe the developing feelings of the hero and heroine for each other are particularly gauche. L'Amour, it seems, cannot write l'amour. But, so what? If we want profound insights into human nature, we read Jane Austen. If we want the romance and drama of the Old West, we read Louis L'Amour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 1998
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Hondo is the typical western that has become extremely popular. Louis Lamour is famous for western books and this is one of his most famous. Hondo has been made into a movie that starred John Wayne. The movie is similar to the book except Lamour is able to bring out the landscape and characters in a way that film cannot reveal. Lamour makes the reader notice the size and beauty of the landscape and at the same time how barren and lonely it can be. The book is about Hondo Lane, a heroic cowboy. He is best described as a middle grounder. He is the type of guy that everyone respects, Indian and cavalry. The way he can communicate with both sides while still being loyal to the cavalry is one of the most admirable qualities about Hondo. He has an ability to tell both sides how it is and still get along with them. The story starts by Hondo losing his horse to Indians and coming to a farm ran by a woman and her young son. The process of losing his horse makes it evident early that his instincts and reactions are better than a normal mans. Hondo stays at the farm for a night as the guest of Angie Lowe and her son. Angie's husband had left but Angie said he would be back. Hondo departed the next day leaving Angie and her son at the will of Indians that were on the warpath. They stayed in Hondo's mind though and he returned to them after reporting to the cavalry of the restless Indians. He is not a trooper but is hired as a scout for the cavalry. When he returns Angie has had an encounter with the Indians and was only spared because of her son's bravery. Hondo stays with them and rescues them from the Indians that become savage after their chief is killed. Hondo Lane is like many western heroes in the classic western.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun 1999
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This was the first full-length novel by L'Amour (1910-1988) and it was voted in 1977 as one of the top twenty-five western novels by the Western Writers of America. It was also made into a classic film starring John Wayne. Hondo Lane, always accompanied by the dog Sam, is an Army scout in Arizona in the late 1800s. During an Apache uprising, he comes across a remote farm in which a woman, Angie Lowe, and her six-year-old son have been isolated for some time, her husband having abandoned them. Hondo tries to convince them to return with him to the Fort but she insists on staying. While at the Fort he has an altercation with the delinquent husband at the same time that the woman and her son meet and are befriended by the Apache chief, Vittorio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 1997
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Hondo is the best story I ever read. It is a tale that tells about a expereinced frontier man who mets a woman living on a ranch in the territory of a murderoouis Indian Chief, but when the chiief comes to the woman house, the woman had a son, she attempted to reason with him, an he agrees, to leave her alone.This is a exciting story written by Louis L'amour. It isa stories of murder. This book is not for a faint-hearted reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 1999
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Whether L'Amour wote this book from the screenplay, or vise versa, doesn't matter. This book is an American classic. This is my favorite of L'Amour's books, and the one book of his that will be remembered one hundred years from now. If you have any interest at all in frontier literature, you should read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melvynck on 27 Feb 2013
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Very very good.ready to read the next one now.reading the books makes you feel you are living the story yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian S Strudwick on 14 Jan 2013
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Over the last 30 odd years I've read just about all L'Amours westerns and loved them all especially the Sacket series. I'm now going to start all over again on my kindle.(when I can afford it).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L4811 on 13 Jan 2013
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Once i started reading this book i couid not stop,had this book finished in just under two days.As western's writers go Louis L'Amour,is the tops.
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