After discovering six gold Roman coins buried in the mud of the Devil's Dyke, Barnabas Sackett enthusiastically invests in goods that he will offer for trade in America. But Sackett has a powerful enemy: Rupert Genester, nephew of an earl, wants him dead. A battlefield promise made to Sackett's father threatens Genester's inheritance. So on the eve of his departure for America, Sackett is attacked and thrown into the hold of a pirate ship. Genester's orders are for him to disappear into the waters of the Atlantic. But after managing to escape, Sackett makes his way to the Carolina coast. He sees in the raw, abundant land the promise of a bright future. But before that dream can be realized, he must first return to England and discover the secret of his father's legacy.
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by Louis L'Amour
""We among the Fens were an independent lot," states Barnabas Sackett, the first of ten generations of frontiersmen chronicled by Louis L'Amour in his Sackett series. John Curless narrates this opening novel of the eighteen-book series with a strong, assured, and very English accent--and English is the point. As the book begins in Elizabethan times, the men "heading west" are not driving cattle across Kansas; they're racing Sir Walter Raleigh across the ocean to the New World. L'Amour's renowned sense of historical detail and accuracy inform both the story and dialogue, which Curless reads with a Shakespearean flair. A wonderful tale of pirates, savage country, and good-hearted rogues proves the Old West isn't just a place. It's a state of mind. B.P. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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