OLD FASHION WESTERN STORYTELLING AT ITS FINEST!
TITLE: Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
AUTHOR: Andrew Joyce
GENRE: Fiction – Western / Historical Fiction
*** Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review***
Three men come together in the town of Redemption Colorado, each for his own purpose. Huck Finn is a famous lawman not afraid to use his gun to protect the weak. He has come to right a terrible wrong. After his wife’s death, Tom Sawyer does not want to live anymore; he has come to die. The third man, the Laramie Kid, a killer Huck and Tom befriended years earlier has come to kill a man. For these three men Death is a constant companion. For these three men it is their last chance for redemption.
This book is exactly what I needed! A pleasant, refreshing change from my normal preferred genre and my attachment towards emotionally damaged characters finding love and restoring hope stories. Redemption brings you back to basics delivering the classical enjoyments of a western style tale about adventure, finding ones true self, good versus bad, friendship and the importance and value of a man’s word.
Redemption is a spin off story of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, characters from Mark Twain’s book Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, taking place with Huck and Tom now as grown young men of the age twenty four. I was happy to discover that as a reader who hasn’t read the original Mark Twain book, it didn’t affect my appreciation of the story at all.
This story begins in 1861 in the middle of the civil war era and Huck and Tom have joined the war for an ‘adventure’. When Tom gets injured, Huck has to save him from a saw happy, limb chopping doctor and makes the decision to turn his back on the war to get his friend to safety. Huck seeks refuge from a family who reside at a nearby farm and assist in nursing Tom back to health but during their stay trouble confronts this kind family, Huck and Tom. Huck saves this family and themselves from a tragedy waiting to happen but he also saves a life of a sixteen year old ‘yankee’ solider Jed Bevins, who in time becomes one of his best friends.
Huck, Tom and Jed spend some time together before they set out on their own individual adventures, looking to explore or maybe trying to find something – a direction in life? a sign? a reason to stay? a place to belong? And it’s not until twelve years later when their lives cross paths again in a town called Redemption, only to discover their paths all lead to the same person, but for very different reasons. They realize they are very different individuals compared to who they were twelve years ago. They now have very different pasts and stories to tell, but the one thing that didn’t change was their friendship and together they help each other seek the salvation they all need to move forward in the next stage of the lives.
Andrew Joyce has done an amazing job capturing the essence and authenticity of this era complete with old fashioned slang and heroics throughout the story that kept the reader engaged and very entertained.
What I loved about this book were the admirable morals and values of the main characters, they each had a real down to earth, genuine, true ‘good’ heroic nature about them. Witnessing their characters mature, grow and develop throughout the story was inspiring.
Redemption is an easy, quick read that makes an impact on the reader with simple but powerful messages. One such message that really stayed with me is what Huck quoted to Tom, “Life is all about change…People, time and places change too.” – So true Huck, so true!
I highly recommend Redemption to readers of all ages and genres as I am sure these characters will connect and inspire you. I am certain you will take away some simple yet powerful messages of your own – and if that doesn’t appeal to you, who doesn’t love a true adventure?
So give it a go, it might just be what you need at this time too!