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The River of Kings

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The River of Kings

“The most exciting literary adventure fiction I've read since DELIVERANCE.”
    --- Howard Frank Mosher, author of GOD'S KINGDOM

In THE RIVER OF KINGS, bestselling author of FALLEN LAND Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands --- two brothers’ journey down an ancient river, their father’s tangled past, and the buried history of the river’s earliest people --- to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.

The Altamaha River, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” is one of the last truly wild places in America. Crossed by roads only five times in its 137 miles, the black-water river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, direct descendants of 18th-century Highland warriors, and a staggering array of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha is even rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the oldest European fort in North America.

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, and illustrated with drawings that survived the 1564 expedition, THE RIVER OF KINGS is Taylor Brown’s second novel: a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, myth and the shadows of family secrets.

The River of Kings
by Taylor Brown

  • Publication Date: March 21, 2017
  • Genres: Adventure, Fiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN-10: 1250111757
  • ISBN-13: 9781250111753