Publishers Weeklyjun 1 1986
Readers of L’Amour’s Westerns and his recent medieval saga The Walking Drum will not be disappointed by this contemporary epic. Proving that he is above all a great raconteur, the prolific L’Amour sets his latest in Siberia where a downed American test pilot, Joseph “Joe Mack” Makatozi, has been taken after his capture by the Russians. Part Sioux, Joe Mack escapes prison only to face the seemingly impossible odds of getting across Siberia to the Bering Strait, where like his ancestors, he can cross into North America. Joe Mack is a classic American hero, thrown back into the wilderness and forced to rely on his wits and his ancestral skills to survive the deadly cold and elude his Soviet pursuers, including his nemesis, a Siberian tracker. L’Amour brings the same colorful realism to this sweeping adventure that has made his Westerns so beloved. 350,000 copy first printing Literary Guild main selection.
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In the 1950s, L’Amour began to sell novels. L’Amour’s first novel, published under his own name, was Westward The Tide, published by World’s Work in 1951. The short story, The Gift of Cochise was printed in Colliers and seen by John Wayne and Robert Fellows, who purchased the screen rights from L’Amour for $4,000. James Edward Grant was hired to write a screenplay based on this story changing the main character’s name from Ches Lane to Hondo Lane. L’Amour retained the right to the screenplay and did so, even though the screenplay differed substantially from the original story. This was published as Hondo in 1953 and released on the same day the film opened with a blurb from John Wayne stating that “Hondo was the finest Western Wayne had ever read”. During the remainder of the decade L’Amour produced a great number of novels, both under his own name as well as others . Also during this time he rewrote and expanded many of his earlier short story and pulp fiction stories to book length for various publishers.