Synopses & Reviews
Its 1950, and Ben and Harry, two young men from Wisconsin, know their fun is about to come to an end. Ben will soon depart for the war in Korea while Harry will hit the books as a college freshman. They decide to end the summer on a high note with what will certainly be an adventurous canoe trip to Lake Superior, known to the Chippewa as Gitche Gumee.
On the way to Gitche Gumee, they row through terrifying rapids, fend off a ferocious black bear, and catch some of the biggest trout theyve ever seen in their lives. Encounters with a group of thieves, a few rambunctious girls from a local university, and intimidating businessmen also help them pass the time as they paddle down the Firesteel River.
Fifty years later, Ben and Harry decide to recreate their trip to Gitche Gumee. Once again, they pack their bags, ready their canoe, and set out for what theyre sure will be another unforgettable adventure. This time, however, the two men experience a completely different trip. They fish, hunt, and explore as they did when they were younger, but soon realize that their friendshipand the riveris not as they remember it.
Jones provides lavish descriptions of the natural world and pays witness to mans ever-growing distance from it.”
A stunner, a remarkable tale of high adventure in a style so readable and fun that I couldnt put it down.”
About the Author
Robert F. Jones
was a novelist, contributing editor to Mens Journal, and writer for Sports Illustrated and Field and Stream. In addition to Blood Sport
, he authored multiple other works of fiction and nonfiction, among them the award-winning Jake
and Upland Passage
. He spent much of his life in western Vermont.