The Road to Reckoning

The Road to Reckoning

Book - 2014
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A novel that hits right to the heart of fans of Cold Mountain and True Grit . Set in 1837, this is the completely compelling story of 12-year-old orphan Thomas Walker and his treacherous journey home through the wide open lands of America.

"I, to this day, hold to only one truth: if a man chooses to carry a gun he will get shot. My father agreed to carry twelve."

Young Tom Walker cannot believe his luck when his father allows him to accompany him on the road, selling Samuel Colt's newly-invented revolver. They will leave behind the depression and disease that is gripping 1830's New York to travel the country together.

Still only twelve years old, Tom is convinced that he is now a man. Fate, it seems, thinks so too...

On the road west the towns get smaller, the forests wilder, and the path more unforgiving. A devastating encounter cuts their journey tragically short, and leaves Tom all alone in the wilderness. Struggling to see a way home, he finds his only hope: ageing ranger Henry Stands, who is heading back east. Tom's resolve to survive initiates an unlikely partnership that will be tested by the dangers of the road ahead, where outlaws prowl.

Publisher: London :, The Borough Press,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780007511310
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAU
Characteristics: 229 pages : maps ; 23 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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