The Northwest Passage by Henry Nary

The Northwest Passage

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A classic tale of love, betrayal, and revenge set in the mid-1700s.

In Nary’s debut historical novel, when bold and ambitious Robert Rogers sets out to find the Northwest Passage, he can’t imagine anything—or anyone—stopping him. Seduced by adventure and a loner by nature, he plans to devote his attention to hunting and exploring until a chance encounter leads him to young Hannah Dunbright and her father, who are desperate for shelter. Robert allows the two to stay in his family’s cabin (his mother and brothers also live there), and the inevitable romance happens. As Hannah and Robert share their first kiss, Hannah marvels that she “find[s] it odd having always been one with logic and order. This is no logic here, and things are very much out of order!” Hannah insists that Robert pledge his loyalty to her, and he does so, little knowing that this pledge will be tested, and soon. Within hours, Hannah and her father are taken by Andre Durantaye, a white explorer living among the Native Americans. As the two remain captive, Robert believes he will never see Hannah again and soon meets Elizabeth Browne. Before long, a dangerous love triangle emerges. While Robert struggles with his divided emotions, he feels another pull—that of fighting for the British crown. The hunter puts his energies toward rallying an army company together that is prepared to defend Britain’s interests in the French and Indian War. Readable and exciting, this tale of love and adventure animates the 18th century. Robert changes as a character, developing into a stronger man as his internal and external battles shift. Set against the historic backdrop of a young nation, this epic novel is packed with true-to-life drama and complex characters.

A riveting frontier read for history buffs, romantics, or anyone who loves a good story. 

Pub Date: July 15th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4134-7080-2
Page count: 564pp
Publisher: ArchwayPublishing
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2015