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Wanders Far

An Unlikely Hero's Journey - Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series
Narrated by: Bill Buwalda
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Wanders Far lived in dangerous times and was faced with one difficult challenge after another. He was a skinny, quiet boy who was raised on the banks of a tributary of New York State’s Mohawk River, hundreds of years before colonists arrived. One lifetime was not enough for Wanders Far’s old soul.

From a very young age, his wanderlust compelled him down one path after another. No village could contain him.

He was happy living a simple life in the physical world during challenging times. The spirit world had other plans.

A wise, enigmatic shaman mentored Wanders Far and helped him cultivate the supernatural visions that haunted him. His guide could only help him so far.

He set out to become a runner, carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies. He ended up fulfilling a much greater destiny than he ever imagined.

This is the first installment in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

You might like this book if you like historical novels, westerns, supernatural thrillers, or books featuring distance hikers. If you like all of those, hopefully this book will be one of your favorites.

About David Fitz-Gerald:

David Fitz-Gerald is an author. Okay, make that amateur author. If you’re looking for the atheist activist author by the same name, keep looking - this book is definitely not for you! After a chaotic day as a business person, Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the listener to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing. Wanders Far is the first in a series of books in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

©2019 David Fitzgerald (P)2019 David Fitzgerald

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A Glimpse Into Another World

This book is a celebration of nature and family. I really enjoyed learning about daily life among the native people of North America, hundreds of years before Europeans reached its shores. This felt like someone telling a story around a campfire, although a couple things interrupted the "narrative dream" for me. One was the narrator's voice. It didn't *quite* work for me. This is probably going to sound weird, but I found it too cheerful. I would have preferred a deeper voice with more gravity. That might just be my personal taste. The narrator also pronounced the word "hearth" as "herth" the first two times, which was odd. The author also made some word choices that kept reminding me I was listening to a story written in the modern era. Examples are backpack and "photographic memory." I've done this myself so I know, it is incredibly tough to describe a completely different world without anachronistic-sounding words, still have the listener/reader understand you, and not slow down your story. The choices here didn't always work for me, but it's still a wonderful story capably told. Tales in Native American settings are often violent, and I appreciated that Mr. Fitz-Gerald didn't go too far in that direction. I think this really is meant for all ages. In the end, it was transporting.

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  • 09-18-19

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What a warm and loving story I loved that it took us through the families the love the war the travels everything I would recommend this book from 14 to 400 to read this excellent to the author and the narrator