Title: Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure
Author: Andrew Joyce
Genre: Historical Fiction
It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.
By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.
Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.”
When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six-hundred-mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.
On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and hostile Indians, but those adversaries have nothing over the weather. At seventy below, your spit freezes a foot from your face. Your cheeks burn–your skin turns purple and black as it dies from the cold. You are in constant danger of losing fingers and toes to frostbite.
It is into this world that Huck and Molly race.
They cannot stop or turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance–including theirs.
This book is a very good read and nicely stands alone by itself. One really doesn’t notice that it is the third book of a series. As an avid reader who enjoyed Tom Sawyer waaaaay back in the day, it took me a couple of head shakes to be able to accept Huck and Tom as the late middle-aged lawmen come adventurers but this book really made it believable.
I loved how the author portrayed western action – gun fights etc. – that was pure brilliance. This author could write Zane Grey like westerns and they would be fantastic reads. I really liked Huck and Molly (and Tom when he was around) and the book was a great read. Fans of adventure and edge of your seat thrillers can’t do better than this book.
For me, I had tiny issues with the number of challenges that Huck and Molly faced in their adventures. It seemed like it was never going to stop. To my mind, simply living in -70 degree weather for many many days in a row seemed to be beyond human endurance. If it wasn’t the cold, it was a storm, a mountain, a fall through ice, a wolf pack. I got a wee weary of that continual threat but that is my own issue.
The book is a superb read and very well written and one that will take the reader on an epic adventure with a beloved literary character who has grown up.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written four books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, RESOLUTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, YELLOW HAIR.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N