The climactic saga of a young man's unforgettable journey through the subway tunnels of New York City and into manhood. Myles Jericho reaches deep into his soul to discover himself and in the process uncovers the city's conscience when he stumbles across a hidden tribe of Lenni Lenape Indians...
No place conjures the visual imagery as its name alone. From prized real estate to the world's most identifiable landmarks, it seems inconceivable that this incomparable island was once bartered away by a tribe of Indians for $24 worth of trinkets and beads.
But, was it?
When Myles Jericho skips school and hops aboard the D train in search of a day's adventure, he sees a Native American girl leap from the station platform into the depths of the New York City subway system. Obsessed with her disappearance, Myles follows her into the underground where he discovers an ingress-a doorway through a series of forgotten tunnels that leads him out to a hidden savanna. There, he discovers an ancient Indian tribe that has been living undisturbed for nearly 400 years. Shrouded from the prying eyes of the city by their ability to harness the reflective properties of light, Myles learns from tribe elder Munson that they are ancestors of the original Lenni Lenape who inhabited Mannahatta-the unspoiled Manhattan Island sold to the Dutch centuries ago in the transaction of legend. But Munson soon reveals the startling truth to Myles: the island was not sold for the $24 dollars in trinkets and beads of popular folklore, but a parcel of the original land--and--a vast treasure of gold hidden away in a cave.
When New York's Russian mob learns of the treasure, they amass a legion to infiltrate Mannahatta and wage war against the Lenape in a bid to destroy their village and steal the gold.
Must the Indians suffer yet another devastating blow at the hands of the white man? Or will the Lenape maintain their stronghold on the one remaining piece of land they have retained throughout the centuries?
A fast moving, coming-of-age story that combines legend with historical events, set in some of New York's most nostalgic locations, Somewhere Beyond Manhattan will keep you turning the pages of time and have you peering into the darkness of the famed New York City subway system.
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A refreshing page turner that absolutely has to be read if you hail from New York—or anywhere else for that matter. From the aroma of fresh bagels down to the smell in the subways, every spot-on detail underscores the fact that Fields writes from his experience as a native New Yorker. The first person narrative as told from the perspective of a disillusioned teen searching for adventure makes it that much more rewarding. Bravo!
Very nostalgic piece of writing, with a great story that's well told. Having grown up in Brooklyn and worked in New York City, I can tell you firsthand this book really puts you there. From Times square to Coney Island's beaches, his descriptive writing really creates the mood and atmosphere of every location. A treasure sure not to disappoint.
Would make a fantastic movie! The adventure of a lifetime unfolds when a young man accidentally discovers an Indian village on a savanna deceptively hidden in plain sight—right on New York’s doorstep! How in the world did he come up with this...and why didn’t I think of it?! History buffs will absolutely love this as will the coming-of-age fantasy fan base. You won’t read another like it, and I mean that in every good sense.