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Publisher's Summary

The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert. Strengthened by the love of two women—Miss Nesselrode, whose mysterious past fires her ambitions for the future and Meghan, a willful young beauty—Verne grows to become a rugged adventurer, a man strong enough to embrace the awesome power of the Palm Springs desert, and bold enough to stake a claim in the bustling world of opportunity that was early-day Los Angeles.
©1983 Louis L'Amour (P)2011 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"Riveting reading." (The New Yorker)
"This is L'Amour's finest book." (California Magazine)
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By Richard on 04-06-11

Good Oater

I like a good western novel and I like a lifetime saga. While this book only spans 20 years or so, it is still a saga of a five year old boy going west, and trying to remain alive. He has an evil grandfather that wants him dead and leaves him to die in the Mojave desert. There are interesting characters and L'Amour knows how to write a book. This is the western genre though so if you do not like stories like Lonesome Dove, then this is not for you.

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By Char on 02-08-11

Best Western Ever

I truly enjoyed this book. It was definitely his finest hour. I've read most of his books but this one was extra special and a longer book which I dearly love. Louie L'Amour was born in 1908 and died of pneumonia in 1988. According the publish date, he wrote it at about age 75. Absolutely excellent book and the narrator was good also. I will deginitely read this one again sometime. He and Zane Grey were definitely the epitome of our western culture of long ago. You won't be sorry you listened to this book.

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By B. C. Furzer on 09-18-16

excellent through and through.

Excellent storyline with bold characters and superb narration. A riveting, light read and fully entertaining.

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By Mark on 04-13-15

Great story

Great story. Very entertaining and very well read. Would also recommend Last of the Breed by the same order and read by the same actor.

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