Snowbound

Snowbound

Richard S. Wheeler / Jun 24, 2019

Snowbound In this powerful biographical novel Richard Wheeler winner of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement Award and five Spur Awards tells the amazing tale of the American explorer and hero John Fremont a

  • Title: Snowbound
  • Author: Richard S. Wheeler
  • ISBN: 9780765316622
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this powerful biographical novel, Richard Wheeler winner of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement Award and five Spur Awards tells the amazing tale of the American explorer and hero, John Fremont, and his attempt to find a railway route to the west along the 38th parallel Trapped in the snowbound Colorado mountains, Fremont must fight his way out He battles the frigidIn this powerful biographical novel, Richard Wheeler winner of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement Award and five Spur Awards tells the amazing tale of the American explorer and hero, John Fremont, and his attempt to find a railway route to the west along the 38th parallel Trapped in the snowbound Colorado mountains, Fremont must fight his way out He battles the frigid elements in a harrowing journey over the backbone of the continent In this tale of desperate danger and fierce courage, Wheeler presents the reader with a survival saga par excellence a struggle of man against man, man against nature, man against himself and a novel you will never forget.

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      • Richard S. Wheeler

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information There are other authors with this name One writes Marine Corps history Another, Civil War history Another writes in the political sciences Richard S Shaw Wheeler was born in Milwaukee in 1935 and grew up in nearby Wauwatosa.


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    1. I thought I would be reading about John Fremont as an experienced and adventurous explorer and I expected to be impressed and amazed at his accomplishments. I didn't know about his unique (in a negative way) personality and faults as a human being that would cause his management of his fourth expedition to be so outrageously poor and inhumane. The telling of the story by many different individuals who were in the party was extremely effective. The prose, the development of the story, the very re [...]


    2. I'm sorry to be different than many of the others but I wasn't all that happy with the book. Granted their was a lot of stuff that made you really wonder if this was real or fiction and there were times when I nearly gave up on it since it seems like many of the 'situations' were repetitive but I did finish the book, just would not 'highly recommend it".


    3. Excellent story of Colonel John Fremont's attempt to cross the Colorado mountains in the heart of winter 1844-45, to the detriment to the 25 or more men that travelled with him.


    4. Not many people know about the disastrous 1848-1849 winter trek of John C. Frémont and his men. Thirty-three men with one hundred thirty mules and plenty of supplies set out for California along the 38th parallel. Frémont brought along an expert topographer, a doctor, an artist, and many loyal men from his previous California campaigns. John C. Frémont was one of the premiere trailblazers of his time, yet through arrogance or poor judgement, or a little of both, he incurred devastating losses [...]


    5. A narrative retelling of John Charles Fremont's third expedition West on the 38th parallel where he got trapped in heavy snows and lost 10 of his men. The story is told from many of the expeditions viewpoints which help get a clear picture of the situation but more importantly of Fremont's character. For those who have grown up learning about Fremont as a hero, this will be an eye opening account into his character. As a historical retelling of an event I did find the lack of documentation of so [...]


    6. This book is about John Fremont's disastrous 4th expedition along the 38th parallel. In the afterword the author acknowledges that there was conflicting info about Fremont and in this book he comes off as a big jerk. Fremont supposedly is looking for a rail route along the 38th parallel. He chooses to do this in the dead of winter in one of the worst winters known. He looses 130 mules and men too. The expedition takes him through the San Juan Mountains in Southern CO. against all reasonable advi [...]


    7. The noveliization of John Charles Fremont`s tragic fourth expedition through the Colorado mountains in the dead of winter. The mystery of a man who could lead his expedition to a wreckless assault of the San Juan Mountains in the dead of a horrible winter without regard or sympathy for his men or their familys, without regret for deaths or consequences of poor decisions, and always lay the blame for anything bad that happened on somewhere else. Excellent story and drama, I really enjoyed the sto [...]


    8. This book is very clever, very well written. The problem is you end up hating Fremont within the first few chapters. Knowing you have another 200 pages of his blunders and horrific mistakes to get through, makes it that much harder to read. His wife was fascinating. I would love to learn more about her. He treated her so poorly and yet she always championed him and his causes, turning him into a legend. I would love to know how you do that to someone who doesn't treat you right. I would like to [...]


    9. Richard Wheeler is a great storyteller. While reading this, I thought it was fiction. After I finished and found out that Fremont was a real person, it made the story even more amazing. Wheeler developed the characters well and kept me completely engaged with the story. A great read and great writer.


    10. This is the story of John Fremont who is trapped in the snow in Colorado. He is on a quest to find a path for the railroad along the 38 parallel ending in San Francisco. He had a very different personality which was expressed in each chapter as the story was told from that person's perspective. Well writen, but a little gory.


    11. A very interesting story of severe hardship. And it is about a man that I have been following around (virtually) in the mountains most of my life. I've even stood underneath the peak named after him but not yet stood on top. Where is it? The Wind Rivers. Good story. The writing is so-so. Mr. Fremont was not a very admirable guyw on new fiction shelf at WHI


    12. Excellent biographical novel about crossing the US along the 38th parallel in dead of winter under the guise of mapping out a railroad route or the possibility of one. In reality it is more about the esteemed leader John Fremont's own personal mission to push boundaries. An on the edge of your seat story of as the cover says "man against man, man against nature, man against himself"


    13. Fictionalized account of Fremont's trek through Colorado during the winter. This was not the brightest thing to do and the book gives a straight forward account of what the men and mules went through.






    14. Another just ok book covered exploration of a possible site for a railway between New York and California. The perils of travel in the winter and what power/fame does to the seeker.



    15. Excellent historical novel that really gives a vivid pictures of the trials this ill-fated expedition went through. Told from different perspectives and points of view.




    16. The only thing that could make this book better is if it was longer! I love to read about people against winter!


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