The Sacketts Books

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The Sacketts is a series of western novels about the Sackett family written by Louis L’Amour, the bestselling American writer that made a name for himself with his incredible westerns. The first novel in the series that featured a Sackett was “Sackett’s Land” that was first published in 1974 to almost overnight popularity. The series of novels follow members of the Sackett clan such as Parmalee, Galloway, Flagan, Falcon, Lando, Nolan, Logan, Echo, Kin-Ring among others.

Order of The Sacketts Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Daybreakers 1960 Description / Buy
2 Sackett 1961 Description / Buy
3 Lando 1962 Description / Buy
4 Mojave Crossing 1964 Description / Buy
5 The Sackett Brand 1965 Description / Buy
6 Mustang Man 1966 Description / Buy
7 The Sky-Liners 1967 Description / Buy
8 The Lonely Men 1969 Description / Buy
9 Galloway 1970 Description / Buy
10 Ride the Dark Trail 1972 Description / Buy
11 Treasure Mountain 1972 Description / Buy
12 War Party 1973 Description / Buy
13 Sackett's Land 1974 Description / Buy
14 To the Far Blue Mountains 1976 Description / Buy
15 Lonely on the Mountain 1980 Description / Buy
16 Ride the River 1983 Description / Buy
17 The Warrior's Path 1984 Description / Buy
18 Jubal Sackett 1985 Description / Buy
19 End of the Drive 1997 Description / Buy

Chronological Order of The Sacketts Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Sackett's Land 1974 Description / Buy
2 To the Far Blue Mountains 1976 Description / Buy
3 The Warrior's Path 1984 Description / Buy
4 Jubal Sackett 1985 Description / Buy
5 Ride the River 1983 Description / Buy
6 The Daybreakers 1960 Description / Buy
7 Lando 1962 Description / Buy
8 Sackett 1961 Description / Buy
9 Mojave Crossing 1964 Description / Buy
10 The Sackett Brand 1965 Description / Buy
11 The Sky-Liners 1967 Description / Buy
12 The Lonely Men 1969 Description / Buy
13 Mustang Man 1966 Description / Buy
14 Galloway 1970 Description / Buy
15 Treasure Mountain 1972 Description / Buy
16 Ride the Dark Trail 1972 Description / Buy
17 Lonely on the Mountain 1980 Description / Buy
18 War Party 1973 Description / Buy
19 End of the Drive 1997 Description / Buy
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The Sackett family is an American pioneer family that lives the vivid life full of adventure and spirit in the American frontier. The women and men of the family challenge the uncharted wilderness as they embark on a quest to fulfill their dreams. From generation to generation, they have been driving westward with fierce independence, a love for wild and free spaces, and wanderlust. Each novel in the series is a standalone novel featuring one member of the Sackett family facing up to an epic historical adventure, impossible odds, and challenges. They finally succeed by staying true to the strong Sacket family tradition of never giving up.

“Sackett’s Land”, the first novel in the series introduces Barnabas Sackett, the patriarch of the Sackett family in England. Barnabas is not looking for any trouble but soon finds himself deep in it. He is feeling on top of the world after he found some old Roman coins that he sold for a good sum of money to an antiques dealer. With a spring in his step, he helps a woman only for her gentleman suitor to turn on him, forcing him to flee the country.

The confrontation soon sees him head to the Americas, where he finds himself jumping from one adventure to the next. His adventures have him engage with a range of intriguing characters including crooked traders, pirates, moors, and native chieftains. Even as he experiences many setbacks, he grows from strength to strength, always finding a way to overcome all threats and obstacles in his path. The novel is testament to Louis’s excellent story telling skills that have seen him win some of the most prestigious awards over the years.


The sixth novel in the series “The Daybreakers” and the eighth novel “Sacketts” were adapted into the Sacketts TV series that aired in 1979. Produced by Douglas Netter Productions, the series starred Sam Elliot as Tell Sackett and Tom Elliot as Tom Selleck.


Sackett: The eighth novel in the series that was also made into a TV series is one of the best novels in the series. The novel tells the story of William Tell Sackett, who finds himself a drifter without a place to call his own but determined to find one. He finds just the place he had been looking for South of the Tetons. He also finds a beautiful, resourceful, and courageous woman only to learn that he may have to choose one treasure over the other.

Jubal Sackett: The fourth novel in the series is about Louis L’Amour a second-generation member of the Sackett family, who is looking to set himself up in the American Wild West. Just like his father, the man had always had a wanderlust that has driven him west until a Natchez priest asks for something impossible. Undertaking what he believes to be an impossible quest he ventures into the endless grassy plains, guided by a Native American exploration party. His quest takes him from the relatively safe East American coast to almost constant danger from an implacable enemy.

The Daybreakers: The sixth novel in the series that together with Sacketts was made into a TV series, is an incredible tale of Tyrel Sackett. Tyrel Sackett had once stopped a bullet from hitting his brother, an event that had changed both of their lives forever. Together, the two brothers had headed to the frontier town of Santa Fe, where Orin became a marshal while Tye reverts to his old lawless ways.


Many of The Sacketts series lovers love the “Riders of the Purple Sage” series of novels by Zane Grey. These are classic westerns that tell of the sex, sentimentalism, conflict, crisis, violence, action, and adventure of the Wild West.

Fans of the Sacketts series of novels also enjoy The “Sheriff Chick Charleston Mysteries” Series of novels by A.B. Guthrie Jr. The series of westerns follow the adventures of sheriff Chick Charlestone, who works with very little support in the Wild West. Nonetheless, he has a good understanding of human nature that makes him very effective at his job.

Barnabas Sackett was just an ordinary farmer whose fortunes changed in 1599 when he found six gold Roman coins. Barnabas had decided to move to America. He saw the potential the nation had to offer and he concluded that its lands would provide him ample opportunity to succeed.

So Barnabas purposed to spend the gold coins on goods he could offer for trade once he got to America. Even as he fought off a powerful enemy in Rupert Genester, the nephew of an earl, Barnabas did not know the extent to which his actions would shape the future of an entire generation.

Barnabas Sacket’s story is told in Sackett’s Land, the first novel in the Sacketts series. The Sacketts series is a collection of books that tell the story of the Sacketts, a family that left England for America.

Rather than following the rise and the fall of a single clan, as most historical fiction authors tend to do, Louis L’Amour brings the Sacketts over to America and then divides them into groups and sub-groups, proceeding to follow the adventures of individual characters as they attempt to make their own mark on their new home.

The Sacketts are a loyal bunch. Even after they go their separate ways, their thoughts are never far from one another. And whenever any of them is threatened by foes, the others are always ready to come running and more than willing to unleash vengeance upon those who would harm a Sackett.

Each Sackett novel is spent following the exploits of a particular Sackett as he or she goes about maneuvering the untamed wilderness of America. The various Sacketts are driven by distinct goals and objectives and they show an unwavering determination to keep fighting and striving no matter the odds.

Even though these books chronicle the lives of a single family, each book tells a complete story. At the center of the entire series are the characters of William Tell, Orrin, and Tyrel Sackett.

The brothers are fiercely devoted to one another. And even though they often spend long stretches of time without seeing each other, William, Orrin, and Tyrel will leap to one another’s aid at a moment’s notice if trouble comes.

Besides the main Sackett novels, Louis L’Amour also wrote a number of companion stories set in the same world.

+The Sacketts Awards
Bendigo Shafter’ which followed Ethan Sackett’s story won the U.S. National Book award in 1979.

+The Sacketts Books into Movies/TV
Two of the Sacketts novels (The Daybreakers and Sackett) were translated into a TV-Movie that was broadcast in two parts in 1979. The movie featured Sam Elliot, Jeff Osterhage, and Tom Selleck.

+Best The Sacketts Books
Most fans of the Sacketts books seem to agree that while Louis L’Amour wasn’t that impressive a writer, he told some of the most entertaining stories the Western Literary genre has ever seen, with some of the best novels in this series including:

1). The Daybreakers
Orrin and Tyrel were so different as kids. Orrin kept out of trouble where possible and you had to really push and prod to get him to fight. Tyrel Sackett, on the other, couldn’t get enough of trouble.

When their paths eventually led the pair to the lawless town of Sente Fe, no one was particularly shocked when Orrin became a lawman. Of course, that did not stop Tyrel from commanding respect even without a badge.

Now a loose end from their past has returned and if Orrin and Tyrel aren’t careful, the coming encounter could change their lives irrevocably.

2). Sackett
William Tell Sackett spent a long time looking for a place he could call home. And he thought he had found just that when he stumbled upon a beautiful valley with a fortune in gold and a woman called Ange Kerry of priceless value.

Willian now knows that he will have to deploy harsh methods to protect his claim. His only hope is that his efforts won’t drive Ange away.

+Other Book Series You May Like

1). Sage Country Series by Dan Arnold
John Everett Sage was just another wanderer, a man without a purpose or a legacy. Then a runaway horse forced him onto an unexpected path and Sage became a man of significance with a lot more to protect from the harsh realities of the wilderness than he could have ever expected.

2). The Wanderer Series by G. Michael Hopf
John Nichols went to war to protect everything that was dear to him. Then he came back home to find that all those things had been taken from him. Now Nichols is a hired gun with vengeance on his mind.

What Is The Next Book in The Sacketts Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Sacketts Series. The newest book is End of the Drive and was released on May, 5th 1997.

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  1. I received the first book in this series as a gift. I honestly wasn’t going to read it, but checked out some reviews out of curiosity. I decided to give it a go, and I was pleasantly surprised. Louis L’Amour knows how to pace a story and his prose is wonderful, to say the least. He fantastically captures western life in a truthful way. I will read more in this series.

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