Friday, June 24, 2016

Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure by Andrew Joyce Blog Tour!



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Thank you for the chance to take part in this blog tour! And I hope you all enjoy!
**I was given a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review. Review found below!**

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Title:  Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure
Author:  Andrew Joyce
Published:  April 13th, 2016
Publisher:   William Birch & Assoc.
Genre:  Historical Fiction/Adventure
Synopsis:
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.
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.
They cannot stop or turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance—including theirs.



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Review: 
I'm so excited I got to take part in this blog tour! I was given a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review. I choose to take part in this blog tour, because I have always loved Huck Finn and stories about Alaska and sled dogs. Put them together, and I couldn't pass it up! I love how it's written, reminding me of classics, namely those by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). It just felt right, and was also detailed, flavored with experience and passion. While not overly detailed, Mr. Joyce threw in fun facts along the way, such as the different words used to guide a sled-team, mush is common, but do you know what words are use for turning left, or right? Do you know what pedaling is? (It's where you run along side, or behind the sled to make it easier on the dogs!) Although they might seem random, they add just a little more flavor to the writing. He also uses words like 'mite' and 'reckon' which I can remember the last time I read in a book, but they add all the more to the feel and setting!


I really enjoyed reading the book, and highly recommend it to any historical fiction, or Huck Finn fans, along with anyone who enjoys a good adventure/survival story! It's well written and sure to please.

Excerpt:

Huck, tiring of the conversation, picked up the bottle and filled his and Molly’s glasses. Jass’ was still full. “Alright, Mister Knight, how do you plan on doing it? Take us out back and shoot us?"
“I must say you are taking this like a gentleman. No crying or begging for mercy?”
“Would I get any?”
“Any what?”
“Mercy.”
“Most likely not.”
Huck looked at Molly and nodded.
She stood with such force that she knocked her chair backwards and it started to fall. She had her gun out and in her hand before the chair hit the floor. The scraping noise of the chair as Molly stood turned the men’s attention from the gold to the table. It was the last act of their lives. Molly had a bullet into each one of them before they knew they were dead.


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About the Author:
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.






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3 comments:

  1. Since you invited comments on all things, including your book reviews, I'll take you up on that to say that I wholeheartedly agree with your review of RESOLUTION. It was interesting and kept me fully engaged throughout the entire story. Authentic voice, as you mentioned, transports the reader to the 19th century. Enjoyed my travels with Huck, Tom, and Molly in all three Joyce books, but RESOLUTION is now my favorite.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed my review. I haven't read the others two yet, but plan to go back and read them, especially Molly's story.

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    2. Hi Stephanie, glad to hear you'll check out the others...I think you'll especially like Molly Lee. She's a great lead...pretty, brave, wise, smart - and "smart-alecky" too! I really enjoyed her journey and watching her grow from a love-struck 18 y.o. girl to a wise and compassionate 50-something woman. Great read!

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