The Altamaha River, Georgia's "Little Amazon," is one of the last truly wild places in America. Crossed by roads only five times in its 137 miles, the blackwater river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypresses, direct descendants of eighteenth-century Highland warriors, and a staggering array of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha is even rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the oldest European fort in North America. Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father's ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; they were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons are determined to solve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story alternates with that of Jacques Le Moyne, the first European artist in North America, who accompanied a 1564 French expedition that began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes. Twining past and present in one compelling narrative, The River of Kings is Taylor Brown's second novel, a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, myth, and the shadows of family.
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"Georgia's Altamaha River connects the past and present as multiple storylines unfold along the 137-mile coastal waterway. With Taylor Brown's lyrical prose and narrator Mark Bramhall's omniscient voice, it's as if the mighty Altamaha itself is the storyteller. In 1975, Hiram Loggins has a difficult fisherman's life on the river. Years later, in the present day, his two sons head downriver to scatter their father's ashes. Bramhall's resonant Southern drawl will have listeners practically floating alongside the brothers, whose dialogue is especially vivid. Chapters that take place on a real-life 1560s French settlement sound extraneous, partially due to Bramhall's heavy-handed French and Native American accents. The artwork of Jacques Le Moyne, who chronicled the French settlement, is described for listeners, and can be found in the print version. A.T.N. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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