A brave son of Ireland embarks on the adventure of a lifetime in this tale of the men and women mad enough to take on one of the wildest rivers in the West.
In the nineteenth century, those who followed the treacherous, sidewinding course of the Snake River were carried to some of the most beautiful country on earth: the untouched Pacific Northwest.
Flare O’Flaherty—son of Ireland, mountain trapper, and gambler—sets out on this incredible journey when he agrees to lead a group of missionaries downriver to the remote headquarters of the mighty Hudson’s Bay Company.
Along the way, he faces the greatest challenge of a wandering man’s lifetime in the form of Margaret Jewel, an extraordinary woman who teaches Indian children. He also meets a young Shoshone, Sima, in search of the white father he never knew. Together they find their destiny along the mighty river that bears the shape of a serpent and holds the promise of home.
Win Blevins brings the mountain men to life in all their toughness, their wildness, and their glory.” —A. B. Guthrie, Jr., author of The Way West
“Win Blevins has a terrific sense grand landscape of the West, and the grand characters who lived in it.” — Edward Abbey, author of The Monkey Wrench Gang and Desert Solitaire.
“Win Blevins is a modern master. In Snake River. Blevins artfully deals with the legacy of expansion—a boy disinherited from two worlds. Tragic, humorous, and vivid. – Michael and Kathleen Gear, Authors of ‘The People Of,” series.
“I was glad to have found this in e-book form. The books from the Rivers West series are terrific, no longer in print, and when you get them used they are often pretty dog-eared or very expensive. So, for whoever did it, thanks for putting this up in e-book form! I enjoyed every minute of it.” — Sampson Kranz, Moab, UT