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LEGEND of the DAWN [ The Epic Frontier Adventure of a Lifetime ] [Kindle Edition]

J.R. Wright , Mia Manns
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Book Description

Having been drawn to the wild for a number of years, young Luke McKinney is forced to leave 1839 St.Louis for the North Country even sooner than he expected to go. At seventeen, along with a female companion and an elderly father figure, he is literally running for his life.

With the Law pursuing him and the wilderness unforgiving, he finds himself caught up in a survival system that has nothing to do with civilization or laws.

Then the unthinkable happens, the only love of his life is taken from him. It is during the pursuit of her captors that Luke finds a strength and determination that will shape his moral existence for the remainder of his life.

This is the first book of a trilogy that spans the lives of Luke McKinney and Breanne Bruyere, their undying love, through hell and high water, for over fifty years.

Daring, thrilling, romantic, historic. What else is there? 'Unforgetable!'

Editorial Reviews


This is a gripping frontier love story anyone with a heart and the desire for a great historical read ought to treasure...  San Antonio Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: J. R. Wright / DKW Books; SECOND EDITION edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008M9TKFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,253 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of the Dawn August 28, 2012
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Another thrill ride from a new author! This is the second book by JR Wright and the first of a trilogy that you won't be able to put down. With break neck speed you'll love the characters and wish the trilogy was already available. I can't wait until the second book is available so I can see what happens next! I was so immediately captured by this author that I read both of his books in successive nights. You won't be disappointed!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair frontier story. September 28, 2012
By Les
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Well written frontier story. Word flow was smooth and word selection was natural. This first installment involves bad guys, a frontier trek and Indians woven together with a tale of love found, forced separation and search for reunion. It has lots of action, but drags in places. All in all, an average read in my opinion.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average June 26, 2013
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I found this book average. Nothing spectacular, but not terrible. Couldn't figure out why I was one of the few who wasn't raving about it, but after reading it, I checked the other reviews and found a number of suspicious five star ones.

I rate a book on several things, one of which is historical accuracy, which shouldn't even be an issue nowadays. This one had me scratching my head about the Mormon missionary. I wasn't aware, even during that time, that they traveled alone and the part about their Bible saying something about the asses is bogus. Although not a Mormon, I've done enough research to know that just isn't true. The book is fiction, but if an author includes inaccuracies such as this, the story is called into question for me.

There seemed to be a lot of action packed into it after the first 30% or so but it still dragged in several places. The biggest problem I had was although it's the first of a trilogy, it leaves you forced to buy subsequent books to see what happens to the characters. Trilogy means each is complete in itself, but part of a group of three. This was not the case here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GREAT BOOK!!! July 28, 2012
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I read the previous book published on Kindle by this author and found this one equally as wonderful. It captured me near immediately and hasn't let go yet even though I finished it days ago. The flowed great and followed the era well. Great read. If your into historicals you can't go wrong. I'm giving it five stars because that's what it deserves. I have only one thing to say to Mr. Wright: Keep them coming!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of the Dawn April 8, 2014
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This is the first of a series that deal with two young people who have it rough and go to the wilderness to start their life together. Shortly after they are married, the young lady is stolen by Indians. Her young husband tries so hard to find her, but to no avail. He is told she is dead and they show him a body burned beyond recognition wearing her boots. She is really set free by the Indian chief, and a friend takes her back to civilization, where she is told her husband is dead. After making a search and not finding him she goes back east. This is a great pioneer story. It is very addictive. Don't miss it !!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a wonderful book! July 28, 2012
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Another great book by J.R. Wright. If you have read any other books by this author then you know this is another great one. I loved it from start to finish and couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read of survival and romance! November 26, 2014
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Great book that tells of frontier life that is harsh and unforgiving. Follow Luke McKinney as he heads to the wilderness and tries to survive. this is also a tale of an unforgettable love story and the reader is swept up in the saga. I can't wait to get lost in the rest of the books. The author did a great job making the reader feel like they had gone back in time. This is an amazing adventure that readers don't want to miss.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and factually accurate! May 2, 2013
By MissA
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This Was an excellent series of books. It was hard to put down. As I would finish one book, I could not wait to start the next. The factual events that were included were accurate to time and place as well as to the actual participants in many. I loved the way it was written to show the plight of the american indian. So many books are written to imply they were nothing but vicious savages, when in fact they were merely trying to live their lives as they always had. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys anything with the old west, native americans, or just plain looking for some good entertainment!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the romance I expected.
Admittedly, this isn't my genre. I'm a romance reader at heart, so 99% of the books I read are by women. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan Sanchez
3.0 out of 5 stars Picked for my library. Go on long trips frequently ...
Picked for my library. Go on long trips frequently and have a large selection on hand so I am prepared. Also part of my Hurricane prep. Once read I shall update the evaluation.
Published 7 months ago by B. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I bargained for...
I was glued to my chair from start to finish. A great story, well written. Heading over to get the next in the series.
Published 9 months ago by scriber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
Great book and great series! It is a series that you just want to keep on reading! You will have some late nights and you won't get much work done.
Published 10 months ago by Kathy Lebakken
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
I enjoyed this book very much. Some of the dialogue was silly but the story moved right along and I found myself reading whenever I had a few moments.
Published 12 months ago by RC
4.0 out of 5 stars an exciting story with a good stopping point in the series.
A fun and interesting book with almost as many happy times as sad. I look forward to the next steps in the lives of Brieann
Published 13 months ago by Christmas Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a nice novel that also give a look at how tough it was going west...
I just liked the easy read and the story telling that went along with it. A look at how tough it was in the early west.
Published 14 months ago by Yankees7
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend of the Dawn
This was a first for me. I usually read medical suspense. I started reading and was immediately hooked. I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy. Thank you Mr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Men, River Boats and Indians
A sweeping story of the frontier and the men and women that fought to live free and large. The action fits the times and each logical but unexpected turn enhances this tale of grit... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sam Wagner
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of "Jeremiah Johnson"
Reminiscent of "Jeremiah Johnson" but a slightly different story line. Looking for the second book of the series to see just how much it diverges from 'Johnson'. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Larry L. Peterson
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More About the Author

J.R.Wright was born on a sand hill farm in Oklahoma and presently resides in Texas. J.R. is the author of ten novels including the bestselling LEGEND of the DAWN trilogy. To reach J.R. email

And yes, Mia Manns is a real person. Not only has this brilliant young lady expertly edited J.R.'s most recent novels, she has taken up a larger role: one as co-author of the Spider Series. You will know her words when you come across them; they are the pretty ones.

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