In this powerful biographical novel, Richard Wheelerwinner of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement Award and five Spur Awardstells the amazing tale of the American explorer and hero, John Fremont, and his attempt to find a railway route to the west along the 38th parallel.
Trapped in the snowbound Colorado mountains, Fremont must fight his way out. He battles the frigid elements in a harrowing journey over the backbone of the continent. In this tale of desperate danger and fierce courage, Wheeler presents the reader with a survival saga par excellencea struggle of man against man, man against nature, man against himselfand a novel you will never forget.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
RICHARD S. WHEELER is the author of over fifty novels of the American West. He holds five Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to the literature of the West. He lives in Livingston, Montana, near Yellowstone Park, and is married to Sue Hart, an English professor at Montana State University in Billings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As the novel opens, we meet the national hero and explorer John C. Fremont. He begins the narration of the story of his fourth expedition, the search for a transcontinental railroad route. As he, his wife Jessie, and the men who join his party continue the story, two Fremonts emerge. Is he the heroic Pathfinder or a Captain Ahab figure who mesmerizes those with him to their doom? Richard S. Wheeler has created a historical novel that probes the danger of charismatic leadership and tells a gripping tale of survival and death. The Year of Decision by Bernard DeVoto and A Life Wild and Perilous by Robert Utley provide some background on Fremont and other Western figures mentioned in this well-researched fictional account.