Dick's Featured Review:
The Bergus Rifle by Louis L'Amour
by many to be the greatest western writer of them
all, Louis L’Amour has written more than 400 short
stories and novels, with millions in print at any
time. Many of these works have been made into
movies, such as “Hondo” starring John Wayne.
L’Amour has used
his study and personal experience as the basis for
many of his characters. He was a longshoreman,
lumberjack, elephant handler, flume builder, fruit
picker and an officer in a tank destroyer during
WWII as well as a professional boxer, winning 51 of
Rifle” has all the requirements for a good story.
Good characters, interesting plot and some
romantic interest. Bringing together these
factors with the historical and geographical
information L’Amour was famous for, we have a pure
With his wife and
son dead from a suspicious home fire,
Ronan Chantry heads west
to face his destiny. He heads into the mountains
and meets a group of mountain men. Together they
face Indians, both hostile and friendly. Life is
a constant struggle for survival and then they
find a lovely girl who seeks help finding a 200
year old treasure, and protection from a dangerous
uncle. And so the story continues. There’s
plenty of action to go around. Oh, and by the
way, we meet a tough old man who lives in a cave.
Etc. Etc., Read it and Enjoy!