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The Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner
  

The Road to Reckoning

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A novel that hits right to the heart of fans of Cold Mountain and True Grit. Set in 1837, this is the remarkably poignant story of 12-year-old orphan Thomas Walker and his treacherous journey home through the wide open lands of America.

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The Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner

A novel that hits right to the heart of fans of Cold Mountain and True Grit. Set in 1837, this is the remarkably poignant story of 12-year-old orphan Thomas Walker and his treacherous journey home through the wide open lands of America. 'I, to this day, hold to only one truth: if a man chooses to carry a gun he will get shot. My father agreed to carry twelve.' Young Tom Walker cannot believe his luck when his father allows him to accompany him on the road, selling Samuel Colt's newly-invented revolver. They will leave behind the depression and disease that is gripping 1830's New York to travel the country together. Still only twelve years old, Tom is convinced that he is now a man. Fate, it seems, thinks so too ...On the road west the towns get smaller, the forests wilder, and the path more unforgiving. A devastating encounter cuts their journey tragically short, and leaves Tom all alone in the wilderness. Struggling to see a way home, he finds his only hope: ageing ranger Henry Stands, who is heading back east. Tom's resolve to survive initiates an unlikely partnership that will be tested by the dangers of the road ahead, where outlaws prowl.

Reviews

'Compelling, gripping and beautiful ... a poetic page-turner with precision and heart. In Thomas Walker and Henry Stands Robert Lautner has created characters who live in the memory long after the book is closed'
STEPHEN KELMAN, author of Pigeon English

'This quiet triumph of a novel, a sad and impeccably nuanced tale set against a finely drawn landscape of early pioneer America, left me just amazed and delighted: it will surely establish Robert Lautner as a storyteller of the first order'
SIMON WINCHESTER, author of Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

'A twisty, gripping first novel from British author Lautner...a robust debut that wears its meticulous research lightly'
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About the Author

Robert Lautner was born in Middlesex in 1970. Before becoming a writer he owned his own comic-book store, worked as a wine merchant, photographic consultant and recruitment consultant. He now lives on the Pembrokeshire coast in a wooden cabin with his wife and children.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th January 2014

Author

Robert Lautner

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Publisher

The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9780007511310

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