St. Louis, 1809. Three years after the triumphal return of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Meriwether Lewis never felt less like a hero. Trapped in a thankless political job, he's drinking too much and spending money like there's no tomorrow. When he's called to a mysterious meeting, Lewis hopes for a new adventure that will turn his life around. Instead, he finds himself drawn into a conspiracy to put him and William Clark at the head of a new American empire.
Lewis has his faults, but he's no traitor...and suddenly Lewis the explorer becomes the hunted. As for Clark, he's willing to risk everything to save his best friend from dishonor and disgrace. In the end, neither man can imagine the price they will pay for their loyalty to each other and to their country.
History and fiction merge seamlessly in this thrilling historical novel based on one of America's greatest unsolved mysteries. Lewis and Clark's last journey is a classic story of honor, vengeance, and redemption.
|Publisher:||Blind Rabbit Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Three years after the famous Expedition of Lewis and Clark, Meriwether Lewis lost his life under mysterious circumstances in the middle of the Tennessee wilderness. Suicide, murder, or accident - the mystery will probably never be solved. However, in To the Ends of the Earth, author Frances Hunter has woven the known facts of his last days into a cohesive and powerful novel of what might-have-been.
This is a novel of powerful characters - men who are legends in American history - and yet Hunter has drawn them as precisely and honestly as if they were men well known to us. We first meet Meriwether Lewis as a broken and tormented has-been with a ruined reputation, but soon the author reveals glimpses of the man he once was - not just through flashbacks of his famous expedition, but also through striking moments of lucidity in an ailing man tormented by his own inadequacies. Stalwart William Clark is almost larger than life, but unmistakably human in his faults - particularly in the way he overlooks his friend's shortcomings and in the way he treats his slaves. York is present, too, and although many modern history texts tend to sanitize reality by describing York as a valued member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Frances Hunter reminds us that even after that valiant accomplishment, he was still Clark's slave. Although many other historical characters round out this novel, including the villainous General James Wilkinson, the three central figures of Lewis, Clark, and York loom large in the overall narrative.
I found To the Ends of the Earth to be a powerful, stunning historical novel, full of larger-than-life characters pried from the pages of history and set in a new and wild America far removed from our modern world.
'To the Ends of the Earth The Last Journey of Lewis and Clark,' is a wonderful work of historical fiction. I'll admit that in the beginning, the first twenty pages or so, did not grab my attention at all. I found myself wondering how on earth I was going to get through this entire novel. Suddenly it was an hour later, I was over a hundred pages into the story, and completely intoxicated by it. The story is absolutely incredible, and once I got into it, I couldn't make myself put it down. We all know who Lewis & Clark were (if you don't, go find out on your own, I'm not going to explain it to you here.) but what we don't all readily know, is what happened to them after their three year expedition. That is what this book is about. It opens in 1809, and Lewis is a man in trouble. He's drinking too much, writing government vouchers for things that later will not be honored, postponing the writing of his novel, and lying to his best friend. Due to a corrupt adversary within the US government, Lewis sets out for Federal City (the then name for Washington DC) In tow, are all his journals, maps and notes from his previous expedition. En route, Lewis is faced with enemies and allies alike, sometimes making it impossible for him to tell the difference. Hearing that his friend may be in trouble, Clark packs up and leaves after him, hoping to save his friend. Its hard to explain what takes place on the journey to Federal City without ruining the story for those who would like to read it. Just know that its full of twists and turns, ups and downs, chaos and honor. It's a story you won't soon forget, and one that should be added to any historical fiction library.