*written in 2014.
When I was a young boy in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I would spend some time in the summers at my paternal grandfather’s house. During those summer breaks, we’d do a lot of fun things. Two of my favorite things that we got to do together were camping and going to the library for long periods of time. Before a big camping trip, we’d definitely hit up the library and stock up on some good reads. I always ended up with some G.I. Joe or Indiana Jones “Find Your Fate” books and he’d always pick up books by Louis L’Amour.
On one trip, I ran out of stuff to read, so I grabbed one of my grandfather’s Louis L’Amour books. As was pretty much customary with L’Amour’s work, the book was a western adventure. I read it incredibly quickly, as I found it hard to put down. From that point on, I was a fan of L’Amour’s stories.
When I came across Fair Blows The Wind, I was excited to see that it was a beast of a book for L’Amour, as most of his are right around 200 pages and this was about 375 pages. I thought it was going to be an epic! Reading the description on the back of the book, I discovered that it wasn’t a traditional Louis L’Amour western tale. This one took place on the Carolina coast and involved Spaniards, pirates and a whole new historical world that I hadn’t yet explored through Louis L’Amour’s vivid words.
This book lives up to L’Amour’s standards and in some sense, exceeds them. It is a very different tale than what he usually weaves but it has a familiarity about it in style and execution. It is very much a Louis L’Amour novel and it very much isn’t. Fair Blows The Wind gives the L’Amour die hard a new piece of meat to sink their teeth into. It is as epic and adventurous as one would hope and as smooth as one would expect from him.
I don’t want to say too much because I enjoyed this work immensely and would consider it a disservice to spoil any of the really awesome bits. However, when I look back at the dozens of Louis L’Amour books that I have read over the years, this one sticks out as something special and unique.