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“This is storytelling at its best.”
—Fortean Times Magazine
“... poignant ... heartening ... insightful ...”
“...a masterpiece. ...achingly brilliant and touching. ...chilling and profound. This is a book that will rattle your soul, but then will sing it to sleep with a blues melody.”
—5-Star Amazon Review
“I can't even begin to tell you what an impact this book has had on me!”
—5-Star Goodreads Review
Richard M. Brock is the independent author of Cross Dog Blues (2015) and Up A Tree (February 2, 2021). He maintains 4.7-star average reader review and over 18,000 Facebook followers. “This is storytelling at its best,” says Fortean Times Magazine. And from Kirkus Reviews: “poignant” “heartening” “insightful” “Brock’s prose is a perfect blend of Mark Twain-style color undercut by modern humor.” “True brilliance...in the finest American tradition.” Originally from the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, he now lives in Colorado.
“If I’d known it was a full moon that night, I never would have crossed Crane Swamp, pirates or not. It all made sense when we saw that moon.”
The trouble begins for young Ruby Finn Heckler and his best friend Quinn after an accident with a stolen rifle. Their attempt to fix their mistake ignites a local skirmish with one of the most influential families in America and leads to Ruby's "death"—or so everyone thinks. Plenty alive and sensing an adventure, Ruby disappears, and within days, he is thousands of miles from home, reunited with Quinn, and imprisoned on a mysterious ranch run by an enigmatic outlaw. And that, as Kirkus Reviews says, "is when the real craziness begins."
Told through the spirited and unspoiled eyes of a child from the northern woods, this modern-day Huck Finn is broadly entertaining and humorous on its surface while tapping into a much deeper dialogue about the vast hidden realities of life in twenty-first century America.
Tom and Huck
for the 21st Century