The Wild (The Secret Journeys of Jack London #1)

The Wild (The Secret Journeys of Jack London #1)
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Age Range
10+
Release Date
March 01, 2011
ISBN
0061863173
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The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own thrilling, real-life adventures. But there are parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things so horrifying even he couldn’t set them down in writing. These are the Secret Journeys of Jack London. We meet Jack at age seventeen, following thousands of men and women into the Yukon Territory in search of gold. For Jack, the journey holds the promise of another kind of fortune: challenge and adventure. But what he finds in the wild north is something far more sinister than he could ever have imagined: kidnapping and slavery, the murderous nature of desperate men, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts of the wilderness that prey upon the weakness in men’s hearts. Acclaimed writers Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator Greg Ruth, have crafted a masterful tale both classic and contemporary, a gripping original story of the paranormal in the tradition of the great Jack London.

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Exciting mix of magic, gold, and paranormal
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One of my favorite books in the fifth grade had to be WHITE FANG by Jack London. I loved London's adventures that involved the wild wilderness. Both this book and CALL OF THE WILD were escapism at it's best.

Now imagine if some of Jack London's tales were hidden and were so scary to the point of being unbelievable.

In THE SECRET JOURNEYS OF JACK LONDON seventeen-year-old Jack London is off on a journey to the Yukon's gold fields in 1893. Along the way he encounters many things which include paranormal creatures that seem to have a special interest in him. It's up to Jack to use all his wits if he wants to survive.

I loved this story which engages the reader right at the very start. The authors paint a very vivid picture of Jack's many adventures in the Yukon. Jack wants adventure and in this book he gets it! You can see the harsh wilderness, the gold towns of the 1890s, and the greed of those who feast on the weaknesses of others.

The words are rich and lush. I wanted to read each page slowly, just to savor the images. I especially loved how the authors added a paranormal element here. I love their own twist of some legends which include the Wendigo, a cannibalistic monster with an unending hunger, and Lesya, a half woman/half tree creature of Russian folklore.

This story does a great job of mixing folk tales, mythology, magic, gold, and a hero that is well known to many. I found myself totally engrossed in Jack's adventures.

Also what was interesting was finding out Jack's mother was in fact a real medium. Having a ghost only added to this engrossing tale.

Fans of classic Jack London stories will enjoy this tale as will a new generation of readers.



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