A spiritual quest turns into an adventure of the West in this gripping installment in Western Writers Hall of Fame author Win Blevins’s breathtaking series about the discovery of America’s Northern rivers and mountains.
They came from civilization to wilderness, from the way of the Cross to the Path of the Sacred Pipe, from the wisdom of Europe to the experience of exhilarating life in the American wilderness. Among them is an innocent named Dylan Campbell.
A would-be priest, Dylan signs up with the Nor’West Company to bring God to the Indians. But as he travels across the awesome plains of the West and up the mighty rivers hurtling down from the mountains, Dylan discovers worlds beyond all expectation. He encounters a mystical wanderer called the Druid and witnesses frightening acts of violence and carnality as well as paths of beauty and enlightenment beyond all imagining.
At Fort Augustus, a beautiful woman teaches Dylan about love, lust, and betrayal. Among the fierce and bloody Piegan Indians, a strange, white-bearded enemy instructs him about fate. And in his quest toward the legendary High Missouri River, Dylan learns what it means to brawl and scratch and struggle—not only for his life, but for his soul.
“Rivers were the great highways into the West, and Win Blevins captures all their excitement.”
—Howard Hawks, director of Red River
“Win Blevins knows the mountain man years so well, he gives all his heart to doing what he loves to do best—tell a whale of a tale.” —John Cooke, author of South of the Border and On the Road with Janis Joplin
“The mystical wanderer, the Druid, is an extraordinary character, and the most surprising. What a saga!”–Fred McCabe, Publisher, The Jackson Hole Guide
“Win Blevins’ stories are free-spirited tales of mountain men and Indian people searching for new homes… Told with bawdy humor, action, romance, and a good measure of the unexpected.” – Elmer Kelton
“Early Win Blevins is just as good as Win Blevins today. Life in the mountains with the mountain men and those who explored first… Go along for the adventure!” –Gil Bateman, Co-founder of Wyndham Hill Records
“I have really enjoyed the Rivers West books by Mr. Blevins. I left this one for last because I thought, “A priest… Do I want to read about a character who is a priest?” But, there is nothing better than reading about someone brave enough to totally change their perspective through the teachers of adventure and toughing it out. This turned out to be my favorite of the series. (Maybe its tied with The Yellowstone.) Anyway, I’m glad I read this book!” – Alex Miranda, La Jolla, CA
“I stumbled onto this book while staying with a friend. It was an old edition, and he wouldn’t let it go. But I was hooked! I looked at Amazon and found out there was an e-book edition. Hello, The High Missouri, and a terrific adventure.” – Mary Anne Stinson, Indianapolis, IN, USA
“The mystical wanderer, the Druid, was my favorite character, and the most surprising. What a saga.” – Chet Helmsley, Austin, TX