Sackett’s Land is a solid, junior/intermediate historical, swashbuckling adventure set at the beginning in the fens of Cambridgeshire, Britain and later in the rough, new world of America. It is a time of seafaring, sword fighting, and a sometimes fickle and vain ruling class used to having its own way.
Our young hero, Barnabas Sackett, narrates the story of how his rebellious nature brought him to have an urgent need to escape England, and with a few accidentally discovered old gold Roman coins and a sturdy companion, he decides to become a merchant in the colonies. Son of a soldier and brought up on tales of adventure and honour, Barnabas is resourceful and brave as well as cautious and suspicious. He also has a temper which is what lands him in difficulty in the first place.
Barnabas faces many dangers along the way and has many close calls but also is able to forge strong alliances that help him in his quest for freedom and a new life. First in a series from prolific author Louis L’Amour, this is an engaging book full of the atmosphere and details of the early settling of America, the American Indian, and the early pioneers. It is based on a real family “with true and factual experiences” from the Isle of Ely in Cambridgeshire. I think it is a book (and series) that will hold great appeal for young people, especially boys, and will bring this time period with its class system and seafaring exploration to life in a very compelling way. * * * * 1/2