The Empty Land

The Empty Land

by Louis L'Amour
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The Empty Land by Louis L'Amour

For thousands of years the lonely canyon knew only wind and rain, wild animals, and an occasional native hunter. Then a trapper found a chunk of gold, and everything changed overnight.

In six days a town called Confusion appeared . . . and on the seventh it could disappear, consumed by the flames of lawlessness and violence. On one side are those who understand only brute force. On the other are men who want law and order but are ready to use a noose to achieve their ends. Between them stand Matt Coburn and Dick Felton: one a hardened realist, the other an idealist trying to dig a fortune from the muddy hillside. Outnumbered and outgunned, Felton and Coburn can’t afford to be outmaneuvered. For as the two unlikely allies confront corruption, betrayal, and murder in an attempt to tame a town where the discovery of gold can mean either the fortune of a lifetime or a sentence of death, they realize that any move could be their last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553253061
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 235,525
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)

About the Author

Our foremost storyteller of the American West, Louis L’Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and women who settled the frontier. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print around the world.

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1908

Date of Death:

June 10, 1988

Place of Birth:

Jamestown, North Dakota



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The Empty Land 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Evadsllim More than 1 year ago
In a world where corruption runs rampant, it is nice to read a story where the very character of the good element wins out over the power of the evil element. A common theme? Perhaps, but L'Amour weaves the philosophical argument between necessary violence and no violence at all into the story of the life of a new town built on the discovery of gold. The prospector, Felton, dreams of Schools and a Church, while the lawless element of the boom town crowd conspires to destroy and steal. Matt Coburn has seen it before. Many times. And only Matt knows what it takes to make Felton's dream a reality. But it may mean using violence equal to that which the thieves and murderers will use against them. Will it be worth it? Or is Matt Coburn just another killer as well?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please. Can we just be friends?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next res. Btw the cheat for cussing is < _ > without the spaces. Half way through the word. Anyways i gtgtb. Laterzzzz
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Then treat her like she deserves! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One woman who loves the protagonist cannot abide by the use of violence to tame a lawless town. Another woman has grown up with an inside view of many such towns. And these women represent the views of many folks in the town of Cofusion (in the Confusion Mountains). Our main character is caught in the middle, but he knows how to bring civilization to Confusion. But will he do it? Great read!
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