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Son of the Great River Paperback – March 12, 2009
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By avoiding contemporary settings and concepts Meeks is able to go to the core values that face each of us as we move from childhood into the adult realm - curiosity, challenge, survival, introduction to tradition and the laws of the 'tribe' (a concept that most assuredly persists to today, no matter the level on which we examine our society), friendship, love, the mystery of death, the innate evils of greed and corruption that confront any 'pioneers'. By playing out this well-constructed drama in an age from the past untainted by the destruction we have brought to the globe via 'civilization' Meeks invites the interest of his reader into fresh territory. His characters are three-dimensional, never approaching the tropes usually associated with sci-fi novels, and become people we want to know.
As with any first novel, there are areas that the author needs to reconsider, such as uses of words that are too contemporary to fit into the timeless atmosphere he wishes to achieve, words such as 'puny' and 'ruckus'. And there are moments in the adventures of the young hero Saffu where more poetic description of the landscape would offer breathing space for the pace of the writing. But these are small issues and Elijah Meeks is such a fine communicator that doubtless attention to such details will be addressed in future books. As for SON OF THE GREAT RIVER there is enough fine writing and storytelling to make this book appeal to a much wider audience than the suggested 'intermediate audience'. This is a very fine first novel! Grady Harp, June 09
I noticed how death awakened something inside these young boys. It motivated them to go on the adventure of a lifetime, and not, let death take this away from them. Each lived their lives authentically and uniquely. They followed the path their heart's craved within their soul.
This book is masterfully put together to give inspiration to and motivation to anyone who has not decided to take their own journey into the heart and soul of human existence. As you read this book, you will find yourself asking the questions: Am I living authentically? Am I living the life of my dreams? Am I really following my heart? If not, why not?
The Path into Healing
This is an enjoyable tale that reminds me of a quaint mixture of Pocahontas, White Fang and the Horseclans Saga. Plenty of primitive splendor comingled with an epic adventure rich in people and interesting places. I cracked open this novelette with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. The story has some excellent illustrations to aid in the spinning of this yarn. In conclusion I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in some light reading. =)