Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review: Resolution: Huck Finn's Greatest Adventure

Resolution: Huck Finn's Greatest Adventure
By Andrew Joyce
Genre: Historical Fiction/Action Adventure

It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.

By happenstance, a fifty-nine- year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.

Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.”

When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man.

With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.

On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and hostile Indians, but those adversaries have nothing over the weather. At seventy below, your spit freezes a foot from your face. Your cheeks burn—your skin turns purple and black as it dies from the cold. You are in constant danger of losing fingers and toes to frostbite.

It is into this world that Huck and Molly race.

They cannot stop. They cannot turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance—including theirs.

My Review

If history textbooks were as well-written and interesting as Joyce's novel, I would probably have paid more attention in school. One of the things that stood out to me the most was the dialogue. It's so important. It can make or break a story, and I am happy to say that the dialogue in Resolution made the book. I could visualize the environment, the time period, and each of the characters.  I loved Huck and Molly. Their banter and love are great. There is a ton of action in this novel. I think fans of historical fiction would go nuts over this book. 5 stars.

Author Bio 

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written four books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, RESOLUTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, YELLOW HAIR.

1 comment:

Emily said...

I couldn't agree more with your take on this book, Sage, especially your opening statement. Too bad Mr. Joyce didn't write the textbooks! I've found RESOLUTION (and in fact all three of his books) to be entertainingly educational. Thoroughly enjoyed the interplay between Huck Finn and Molly Lee, admired their courage and integrity and their determination as they risked their lives in the icy wilderness to get a wounded fellow human being back home. And I held my breath when the wolves showed up. Great book!