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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (February 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307908925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307908926
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The lure of the wilderness proves irresistible for a young trapper in this glorious American frontier novel . . . Burke includes fine episodes of derring-do and there is a thrilling climax, but character is his overriding interest, the way it is shaped by tests of endurance in magnificent, alien landscapes. A grand immersion into the past.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
“Steeped in Americana, this gritty testament to the fortunes and foibles of one man moves well beyond classic notions of romantic nationalism, revealing the complex core of a rapidly evolving environmental landscape. [A] beautifully conceived version of frontier life.” —Booklist

About the Author

Shannon Burke is the author of the novels Safelight and Black Flies (a New York Times Notable Book). He has also worked on several film projects, including Syriana. He lives in Tennessee.

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This was a thoroughly enjoyable trip to the old west. By the "old west", it means 1826 when civilization was essentially stopped at St. Louis and British and American trappers were trying to assert their country's land claims by trapping the heck of the land. Mr. Burke uses very well researched trapping expeditions to set up his story of the friendships and love of his narrator, William Wyeth. It is a rare blend of historical fiction and relationships. Neither overwhelms the other.

The characters have great variation. There is the old typical trapper, the artist, the dandy trying to make good, thieves, gentlemen and, of course, a pretty woman. They all have their reasons for going on a trapping expedition. Wyeth wants to prove himself to his father, Landry wants to prove he is a better man than perceived, the artist wants to draw, they all want adventure, they all have the rambling bug. The cast of characters are used well to draw the pictures of the times. But this is not just a romance or feel good friendship novel. There are also friends and foes of both European and Native American stock. There's plenty of western action and daring-do. What is unique about this book is how well Mr. Burke does both aspects in equal measure.
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The early 1800s is one of those times that we can't help but romanticize and so books that tackle this era often fall into ridiculous caricatures or historical accounts. Into the Save Country manages to avoid both traps and instead is a marvelous blend of real individuals in fictional situations. Placed in the late 1920s at the edge of the frontier (The Rocky Mountain range and Great Plains), the story revolves around names you will know (Jim Bridger, for instance) and some you won't, but the story itself is fully steeped in the trapper experience of the new frontier.

When William Wyeth heads out to prove himself to his father, he ends up with the trappers of the western frontier. There, he faces native hostility, bears, bison and the British. And while there is plenty of heroics and western adventure, there is also politics, friendship and, of course, love. It is an engaging tale that is completely believable and engaging, despite the fact that the characters are placed in situations that had nothing to do with the real-life experiences that some of those people actually experienced. I literally few through this in a day - it is short, but also incredibly engaging.
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