In this powerful biographical novel, Richard Wheeler-- winner of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement Award and five Spur Awards-- tells the amazing tale of the American explorer and hero, John Fremont, and his attempt to find a railway route to the west along the 38th parallel. Trapped in the snowbound Colorado mountains, Fremont must fight his way out. He battles the frigid elements in a harrowing journey over the backbone of the continent. In this tale of desperate danger and fierce courage, Wheeler presents the reader with a survival saga par excellence-- a struggle of man against man, man against nature, man against himself-- and a novel you will never forget.
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by Richard S. Wheeler
by Richard Wheeler
by Michael Zimmer
by Alan LeMay
by William S. Burroughs
"Explorer John C. Fremont's expedition to San Francisco to map out a railroad route along the 38th parallel in the winter of 1849 came to a halt in the snow. Multiple voices take on the task of telling the story of a man who was an enigma but still attracted many followers. As Wheeler tells the story from multiple perspectives, listeners hear FremontÕs wife, her young daughter, a rough-hewn adventurer, and an elegant British officer, among others. The many perspectives provide vivid descriptions of FremontÕs journeyÑsuch as dying mules and men. Listening to this tale of hunger and cold may give some listeners a chill even as it fascinates. J.A.S. 2014 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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