The River of Kings

Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The Altamaha River, Georgia's "Little Amazon", is one of the last truly wild places in America. Crossed by roads only five times in its 137 miles, the blackwater river is home to 1,000-year-old virgin cypresses, direct descendants of 18th-century Highland warriors, and a staggering array of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha is even rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the oldest European fort in North America.

Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father's ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; they were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons are determined to solve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story alternates with that of Jacques Le Moyne, the first European artist in North America, who accompanied a 1564 French expedition that began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes.

Twining past and present in one compelling narrative, The River of Kings is Taylor Brown's second novel, a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, myth, and the shadows of family.

©2017 Taylor Brown (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Pay careful attention to the brothers' relationship

I was prepared to characterize the book as a writer's dream of a story told after midnight at the campfire if Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, and Alexandre Von Humboldt went camping and ran into Faulkner out on a date with Rachel Carson. BUT there are some well-wrought shifts in the brothers' characterizations that make the novel rise above the wilderness adventure genre. I got a kick out of what was in my mind homage to Heart of Darkness. For the right reader, this is not to be missed. And you will know early on if that means you.

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Epic River Journey Past and Present

Lyrical and mythic story about a historic exploration of early America by the French alongside a contemporary river journey of two brothers whos goal is delivering their father's ashes back to the river / ocean. Intense and spellbinding story! Narration is incredible - highly talented story teller!

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so good.

loved it. you should read it. thats all there is about it. the end. done