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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.
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By C. and P. Horn on 09-25-17
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.