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"The Riders of High Rock" was written in 1951, and although I did not enjoy it in the same respect as his later work, I did enjoy it. I had to smile when he used phrases like, 'on TIP-TOE Hoppy went behind the building' etc.. I would not recommend his earlier work to a "first time" reader of Louis L'Amour's work, but I found it interesting to see how his writing progressed. Even by the time he wrote Hondo in 1953, his writing had greatly improved-- "Hondo" (1953) and "Flint" (1960) are voted places in the 25 best Western Novels of all time. I love his books, especially the ones he wrote about the SACKETTS, beginning in 1965...By that time he had become known as "the greatest story-teller of all time" and "King of Westerns", etc.
I have not read any L'Amour book that I did not like, although some more than others.
I think it is worth the read!.
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