Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon have taken the adventurer Jack London’s life to a whole different plane! We know much about his life and times but this book explores his youth. Jack is 17-years-old as he boards a vessel with his elderly and ailing brother-in-law. The two are heading for Alaska in search of all mighty GOLD!!! Upon arrival, the two men stand at the foot of the Chilkoot Trail. Shephard blanches, realizing that this trail, alone, will kill him. Jack looks at it filled with awe and excitement. Shephard turns back, leaving Jack to his adventure. At once, Jack is a boy embarking on his first big adventure and a wizened man looking at the world with the knowledge that life isn’t always easy and is often filled with misfortune. The danger he finds is like nothing he could have imagined. He is kidnapped by murderous, greedy men and forced to mine for gold. He is attacked and nearly killed by a mysterious creature that feeds on humans. His savior ends up being another kind of captor from whom he must escape to survive. Amidst all these pitfalls and snares, Jack holds onto his spirit and strength and they are the only things that will get him through the worse days in The Wild!
Christopher Golden is a prolific writer of adult and young adult fiction. He writes in just about every genre…fantasy, historical fiction, murder mysteries. His imagination is astounding and his research thorough, interesting and often frightening. Tim Lebbon describes himself on his web site as a horror and dark fantasy author. Put these two together to write a book and you have some wacked out stuff! Just imagine all of the legends that swirl around the snows of Alaska, brought there by the many and varied peoples seeking adventure and gold. Now, imagine them all coming to life in the pages of this book about one of the greatest adventurers of all time! If you’re a fan of historical fiction, horror, adventure or Jack London, this is a must read!!! And stay tuned…there’s more about Jack to come!