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A MUST READ! Apr 10, 2008
"Graves In The Wilderness" takes the reader on a historical adventure on horseback through the lives of Piper and Diego, two men who became brothers. Diego, nickmamed N'Kawa from his father, was a sole survivor after a brutal, merciless ambush of Comanche aggressors. The two brothers begin their journey through the trials and tribulations of the Civil War. They are forced to leave sorrows behind as they venture out to the early pioneer days of an underdeveloped Australia. In a mission to desperately begin a new life, leaving shattered memories behind, they are confronted with more tragedy and heartbreak. Their journey continues through bloodshed lands as a result of brutality, while a strong bond develops between them, sharing loyalty and compassion. The story is a touching tale of triumph, and loyaty. Although the two men suffer from loss of family, and all possessions, they never react with bitterness and hatred. Instead, they help to save the less fortunate at all costs, even their own lives. J. R. Gordon depicts strength of the human spirit through the two brother's who fight for their highly morals. This novel is as action-packed as the movie "Speed" as the wild ride takes you through chilling, unexpectful events. "Graves In The Wilderness" is rich in compassion, and as emotional as "The Patriot" with Mel Gibson. The author's knowledge of the historical events in the Civil war era, and the Indigenous culture was than impressive. The reader experiences "A Pure Adrenaline Rush" each time the two brother's are forced to fight in unexpected horror to protect the rights of the innocent. There is never a dull moment in this novel, and the enthralling read is emotional, and values human spirit as highly as a viewer can feel it in "The Next Karate Kid." A highly recommended read for all those who enjoy a story based on history, combined with action, suspense, and compassion. "Graves In The Wilderness" is a superb combination of "Rich Man-Poor Man" and "Gone With The Wind." Gordon's expertise in describing the lives of two completely different men, ading drama to the Civil War era, results in a sentimental narrative that any historical reader would not want to miss!
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Who Says Historical Dramas Are Boring? Sep 6, 2007
Texas, 1850's: Diego, born N'kawa to a family of Karankawa natives, is facing near death. His entire clan, ambushed by a merciless mob of Comanche aggressors, has been heartlessly exterminated, and, as the sole remaining survivor, he is suddenly face-to-face with the bloodthirsty wrath of his pursuers...
Out of nowhere, a group of ranchers led by Mac Campbell happen upon the scene of the slaughter, fortuitously dispatching of the Comanche warriors, the last one of which is slain by the young upstart, Piper, Mac's son. Diego initially refuses assistance from the ranchers in burying his family and comrades, but he soon makes his way to the family ranch in Argyll, ultimately being adopted by the Campbells and becoming the honorary half-brother of Piper himself.
The bond between the two young men strengthens considerably, keeping each one sane throughout the coming trials and tribulations: the ravages of the Civil War, the torrid instability that follows, and the eventual deaths of every other member of the Campbell clan. Before long, Piper and Diego resolve to escape the confines of their sorrows and venture out into the world, visiting lands they've never seen and embarking on adventures long dreamed.
Settling in a still-developing Australia, the brothers soon find themselves in the midst of yet another tumultuous time, but even with their combined wisdom and experience, neither is prepared for the tragedy and heartbreak soon to come...
Graves In The Wilderness is a touching tale of loyalty and triumph over adversity. An enthralling read, Gordon does a superb job of compacting a very action-packed, fast-paced read within the greater framework of a engaging, sentimental narrative. Furthermore, his knowledge of historical events and indigenous culture are more than impressive.
Graves's most salient attribute: the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. Despite their losses of family and possessions, Piper and Diego never succumb to bitterness or hate, but instead remained committed to continuing to help the less fortunate, even at the cost of their own lives. Such gallantry is a rare find in any day and age, so Gordon's depictions of it in the embodiments of the Campbell brothers is both welcoming and refreshing.
Graves In The Wilderness is a highly recommended read for fans of good old fashioned historical dramas - and, if you're not already a fan, this book will surely make you a new convert.
Fierce and Fascinating Sep 2, 2007
Graves in the Wilderness plunges readers into fast-paced historical adventure, vividly depicting the two heroes' journey through hardship and violence, as they travel from Texas to Australia. Gordon's storytelling is as fearless as the young protagonists.
Don't bother! Aug 9, 2007
This is a juvenile, poorly written book. The plot is as an interesting one, however, and might have been well served by someone who knew the writer's craft. It was also annoying to find so many grammatical errors in the text!
ACTION & MORE ACTION & EVEN MORE ACTION!!! Apr 1, 2007
Reading this book was a journey into a fantastic world created by a very talented author! J.R. Gordon has done a fine job of presenting memorable characters and scenes that even I found somewhat disturbing. (The first few pages will certainly get your heart racing & adrenaline flowing!) It's also refreshing to encounter a novel in which the dialog rings true and does not read as if people are presenting a speech. Congratulations, Jock! And I will keep my fingers crossed that this story does find its way onto the Silver Screen!