The Ropewalk

The Ropewalk

by John Knauf

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Overview

Set in the late seventies, Egan Drummond, a thirty-six-year-old, twice-divorced history teacher, takes a job at a boarding school on the northeastern coast of Maine to escape the modern myth of the sustainability of a society built on out-of-control consumption. In this remote location, he finds himself positioned to pursue a long-cherished dream: with everyone gone for the Christmas holiday, he can work on a research project he'd been planning for some time.

But the peace he expects to find in the old building he's living in ends when he discovers another teacher, Margaret Gillespie, still there with her small daughter Sonya. Convinced there's someone else in the building, Margaret turns to the only person she can confide in-Egan. Through her he finds himself not only caught up in the events of her life, but also on a journey back from the edge of loneliness to an unexpected second chance as a man.

And he discovers something else-solid evidence that the first attempt of the Native Americans to drive the whites out of the New World did not happen the way it's been portrayed. It is the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity every historian dreams of. But in putting the pieces together, the picture that emerges is not the one he expected, and he discovers that the forces at work then are still at work, leaving him with the choice of guarding what he's learned, or making himself famous at the cost of everything he's come to cherish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532075803
Publisher: Author Solutions Inc
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)

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The Ropewalk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. The characters were real people with real feelings. The people didn’t do illogical things that were out of character just so the story could work out the way the author wanted it to. I have seen that too often in suspense books, and it really bugs me. Also, the author maintained the suspense without the gore and bloodshed that is usually associated with thrillers. There is a romantic subplot woven through the story that is both realistic and tastefully done. In fact, this is the type of story that could happen to any one of us. I gave it 5 stars because at the end of each chapter there was a hook that made me want to keep reading. Lots of action with unexpected surprises along the way. This book is so well written, it would appeal to anyone of any age, so I plan to give it as a gift for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family members. I anxiously await Knauf's next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.    A friend who helped edit the book recommended it to me.  I was spellbound!  
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomenal in all respects...the depth of the author's thoughts and writing, the storyline, the history, and the eeriness of the plot will keep you up late into the night and will also have you checking to ensure your home is securely locked to keep out any shuffling feet, make you more aware of noises that happen in the middle of the night, and it may even have you checking under your bed for uninvited guests. An old rope factory turned into a dorm and one that is empty except for Egan, Margaret, Sonya, and unrecognizable sounds is the setting for this suspenseful, marvelously written book. The two adult characters and one child are stuck in a dorm during a winter storm right before Christmas break. Margaret and Sonya are waiting for a ride home for the holidays, and Egan is trying to do research for his book. The trio connects and not much gets done except visiting, breakfasts, dinners, and trying to find out what the sounds are in the old place that keeps Margaret awake at night. Egan's "need to know" will become your "need to know" about everything that is occurring. Mr. Knauf is talented in all literary aspects. His writing is exquisite and very detailed. You will become quite attached to all three characters and their “sound” search and also to Egan's research. The historical research will keep your interest if nothing else. Finding an abandoned, ancient village and exploring the dorm and its many hidden rooms was so well described in Mr. Knauf's exceptional style that you will want to jump in and help find the treasures. This book was a mystery as well...something to be solved in the present and something to be discovered from the past. The author's exceptional writing style brings you close to the story and close to the feelings of the characters and allows you to become so absorbed in the story, you will be thinking about the book even when you aren’t able to read it. You will grab any spare moment you can to continue on this remarkable journey that Mr. Kanuf brought to his readers. It is a long book, but it does not get tedious because of the gifted author and his intriguing story. The 500-page book is definitely worth taking the time to absorb, learn, and enjoy. I can't say enough and give enough praise to Mr. Kanuf for his book. The Ropewalk has something for everyone....suspense, mystery, history, questioning, love, an extremely brilliant, thought-provoking ending, and most of all an outstanding read that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. A very engaging, captivating read. 5/5 This book was given to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.
SilversReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomenal in all respects...the depth of the author's thoughts and writing, the storyline, the history, and the eeriness of the plot will keep you up late into the night and will also have you checking to ensure your home is securely locked to keep out any shuffling feet, make you more aware of noises that happen in the middle of the night, and it may even have you checking under your bed for uninvited guests.An old rope factory turned into a dorm and one that is empty except for Egan, Margaret, Sonya, and unrecognizable sounds is the setting for this suspenseful, marvelously written book.The two adult characters and one child are stuck in a dorm during a winter storm right before Christmas break. Margaret and Sonya are waiting for a ride home for the holidays, and Egan is trying to do research for his book. The trio connects and not much gets done except visiting, breakfasts, dinners, and trying to find out what the sounds are in the old place that keeps Margaret awake at night. Egan's "need to know" will become your "need to know" about everything that is occurring.Mr. Knauf is talented in all literary aspects. His writing is exquisite and very detailed. You will become quite attached to all three characters and their ¿sound¿ search and also to Egan's research. The historical research will keep your interest if nothing else. Finding an abandoned, ancient village and exploring the dorm and its many hidden rooms was so well described in Mr. Knauf's exceptional style that you will want to jump in and help find the treasures. This book was a mystery as well...something to be solved in the present and something to be discovered from the past. The author's exceptional writing style brings you close to the story and close to the feelings of the characters and allows you to become so absorbed in the story, you will be thinking about the book even when you aren¿t able to read it. You will grab any spare moment you can to continue on this remarkable journey that Mr. Kanuf brought to his readers.It is a long book, but it does not get tedious because of the gifted author and his intriguing story. The 500-page book is definitely worth taking the time to absorb, learn, and enjoy. I can't say enough and give enough praise to Mr. Kanuf for his book.The Ropewalk has something for everyone....suspense, mystery, history, questioning, love, an extremely brilliant, thought-provoking ending, and most of all an outstanding read that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. A very engaging, captivating read. 5/5This book was given to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.