An AWARD WINNING Novel by Marc Paul Kaplan –
“The torrid action alone turns this into a worthwhile read, but the historical accuracy makes this book worthy of an unabashed recommendation. A gripping and historically rigorous account of a harsh America.” —Kirkus Review (Starred Review)
• NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS
Winner – Regional Fiction
Finalist – Historical Fiction
• INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS
Silver – Best Adult Fiction E-Book
• ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARDS
Finalist – di Vinci Eye
A disillusioned Jared Monroe rebels against the life chosen for him by his father and leaves Yale Divinity School. After he is forcefully rejected by his family Jared embarks on a journey with his dog, Brutus, to forge a new life and to regain self-respect in the West.
Maggie Saunders, a high-class prostitute, acts in self-defense against a wealthy and cruel customer. With no hope for justice, she escapes St. Louis in search of safety and a decent life.
Alex Stromberg, the ruthless son of a successful San Francisco merchant, is trapped by his domineering father and a shadowy past. After a series of impulsive savage acts Alex flees San Francisco hoping to be free of danger and his unforgiving father.
These outcasts coverage in Skagway, Alaska struggling to ride the crest of the Klondike Gold Rush. They are transformed by brutality and greed as they risk everything for the chance at wealth, freedom and salvation within the anarchy of Skagway and the unforgiving Yukon wilderness.
In this historical novel, each is swept to fates they could never have imagined, challenged to survive using strength and character they never knew they possessed, and giving readers a surprisingly compelling adventure.
“Kaplan cleverly collapses the three parallel stories into one coherent narrative, at first by sheer happenstance and then by shared existential purpose. His prose is simple and largely unadorned by literary embellishment, but that straightforwardness is the chief source of its resonance. For example, an old man succinctly captures Jared’s despair at the world’s nihilistic inhumanity: “Ain’t no right or wrong…You get away with what you can get away with. That’s the law of the Yukon.” The drama is briskly paced, with no deficit of spectacular violence and suspense. But the author’s true gift is for vividly revealing the way sparks of goodness strain to light an otherwise morally dark landscape. The combination of avarice and desolation is harrowingly depicted. Furthermore, the author’s historical research is impeccable. His meticulous descriptions of otherwise minor details—the geography, the supplies needed for a gold expedition, the currency of exchange—color the work with an aura of authenticity. The United States more than a century ago is nearly unrecognizable to contemporary eyes, still so unexplored and ungoverned by stable laws. Kaplan expertly portrays this strange cosmos, so foreign and yet so unmistakably American. The torrid action alone turns this into a worthwhile read, but the historical accuracy makes this book worthy of an unabashed recommendation. A gripping and historically rigorous account of a harsh America.”
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MORE REVIEWS AND QUOTES
“With hints of Jack London, Kaplan skillfully crafts an interwoven tale of adventure, transformation, and American violence in the gold rush era . . . His highly readable historical fiction unfolds as a first-rate read.”
“Not since Jack London has there been such a literacy and spiritual connection to wilderness and man’s best friend.”
—Charlotte Cook, former publisher and story editor
“Kaplan brings three lost souls together in a way that keeps the reader spellbound …”
—Robert Wuench, author of Ashes on His Boot