Road to Reckoning

Road to Reckoning



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  • Publisher: Touchstone Books
  • Format: Hardback | 237 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1476731632
  • ISBN 13: 9781476731636
  • Sales rank: 1,893,098

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One does not travel the path to vengeance alone Twelve -year -old Thomas Walker has never left New York City. His father, a traveling salesman hoping to earn money by selling Samuel Colt's recent invention, the "Improved Revolving Gun," takes young Thomas with him on the road. But even the world's first true revolver cannot save them from danger, and what starts as an adventure soon turns into a nightmare. Thomas soon finds himself alone, and must rely on his own wits, courage, and determination, as well as a wooden replica of the Colt revolver, to protect himself. Luckily, an encounter with a surly ex-ranger, Henry Stands, leads to an improbable partnership, and the two set out in perilous pursuit of vengeance. That is, if they can escape the thieves who lurk around each trail, river, and road--and who have already stolen so much from Thomas. In the spirit of "The Sisters Brothers" and "True Grit," this spare, elegant, and emotionally resonant story conveys, through a boy's eyes, a beautiful father-son story, as well as the fascinating history of how the birth of the revolver changed the course of violence in America. "Road to Reckoning" offers a window into the history of the American West and the heart of a boy yearning for love.

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"Road to Reckoning is a rare feat of storytelling. Robert Lautner has created something truly wonderful in the character of Thomas Walker--whose steady, strong voice I won't soon forget--and the vivid world he inhabits. This is a literary thriller in the best sense, simultaneously gritty and tender, rousing and lyrical."--Silas House, author of A Parchment of Leaves and Clay's Quilt