YOUNG MIKE FINK by Zachary Ball


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Neither biography nor a tall tale, this purports to reconstruct the life of semi-legendary Mike Fink, king of the keelboaters, whose skill and audacity made him a hero of the Ohio and Mississippi river men. But there is little gusto to the telling, only vestigial regional and period recreation and neither flair nor flamboyance to lend stature or dimension to the adventures he meets as keelboatman carrying goods and passengers from Pittsburgh to St. Louis. The story has potentials which just don't come off as the two-fisted hero and his trusty rifle, Bang-All, go through frontier motions helping a wagon train in trouble, and doing a shy boy's courting for him. But in toto, it has a low blood count.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1958
Publisher: Holiday House