Road to Reckoning

Road to Reckoning

A Novel

Book - 2013
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When his traveling salesman father is murdered in nineteenth-century Pennsylvania, spirited twelve-year-old Thomas Walker forges an unlikely partnership with surly ex-ranger Henry Stands, who embarks on a perilous quest for vengeance.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781476731643
1476731640
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1476731659
9781476731636
1476731632
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 22 cm

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Reads_A_Lot
Feb 26, 2017

A good western, adventure, and coming of age story. Started out a little slow, but picked up once Henry entered the story. I love a young protagonist, so I enjoyed the narration by Thomas and his growing bond with Henry as they travelled cross country with bad guys on their heels. Recommend this for fans of True Grit.

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giovangee
Oct 04, 2016

* * * * 1/2 Thought I was going to get a Texas-style yarn out of a 50's western. Instead I was surprised and pleased to read a very compelling, engaging, historical fiction novel with all the elements worthy of a 3-part Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, a play, an art-house movie. Just a great read, and a intriguing escape. Hope the author writes more.

The comparison to True Grit is a good one, as this is a lean and gritty story about a boy whose journey with his father turns tragic, leaving him to fend for himself and avenge the murder. Unlike True Grit, the boy seems an unlikely avenger, finding his footing as he goes along with his stand-in father, Henry Stands. The spare but vivid language takes you back in time, and the plot is speedy and character-driven.

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IV27HUjg
Apr 19, 2015

Ebook or audio or large print please.

multcolib_alisonk May 08, 2014

Oh how I love a good small-w western (as opposed to the Western of the Zane Grey type - though perhaps I should try them!)

This has all the elements of a great story - introspective kid in peril, gruff, hard-living and reluctant savior, and no-good, unnatural varmints. Very satisfying all round. Fans of True Grit and the Outcasts, don't miss this one.

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