Heck's Journey: Heck & Hope, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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An epic tale of strength, compassion, and adventure on the western frontier.
Orphaned at fourteen, Hector “Heck” Martin heads west, determined to see the far country and make a man of himself.
Along the way, he falls in love with bold and beautiful Hope Mullen. But Heck is too young and poor to marry, so he heads west again.
During a three-year journey, Heck crosses thousands of miles, becomes a bareknuckle boxer, a mountain man, and an Indian fighter, and meets the likes of Kit Carson and Jim Bridger as he explores the gorgeous and deadly frontier.
Then, stopping by Fort Bent, he receives a letter that changes everything. Hope’s family is daring the Oregon Trail.
Heck vows to intercept and help them. But the Mullens face serious troubles—both outside and within the wagon train.
Can Heck rescue Hope before it’s too late?
Heck's Journeyis a classic Western with a touch of romance. It’s perfect for fans of C.J. Petit and R.O. Lane.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 34 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 14 2023|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #75,402 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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go west and make his fortune
Highly recommend this novel.
I will definitely be buying more books by this author.
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I really enjoyed this entertaining old western tale. Deacon does a great job developing characters and the storyline.
Set in Kentucky, following the death of Widower Hector “Heck” Martin’s father, a man claims that Heck’s dad offered him as an indentured service for 7 years. It turned out that the master was lying and as Heck grew and was able to defend himself against his abuser he set out on his own.
Heading west, with only five dollars to his name, the 6 foot 5 fourteen year old happened upon a young man and two ladies stuck in mud with their wagon while two young men sat nearby laughing at the situation. Heck helps the trio get their wagon out of the muck and scared off the laughing boys.
In turn, Mrs Mullen invites Huck to her families ranch for dinner where he dines with Mr. Mullen and their family, Tom and his sister Hope. Tom and his father were gifted leather workers and Mr. Mullen was a former boxer. They made a saddle and boots for Heck while Mrs. Mullen and her daughter, Hope make him some new clothing. The family becomes attached to Heck and lets him live with them while Mr. Mullen teaches Heck how to box and teaches him some skills around the ranch.
Heck and Hope develop a relationship and although he continues on his westward journey, Mr. Mullen gave him the name and address of his friend, a boxing trainer in St. Louis. Before departing Heck and Hope make promises to each other about their future.
In St. Louis Heck becomes a skilled boxer and eventually the heavy weight champion of the world though only 14 years old and weighing only 160 pounds. Betting on himself, his makes a large sum of cash and sets out again on his westward journey.
Heck meets a stinky mountain man who save his life from a trio of robbers. The mountain man teaches him the to hunt and fish, deal with Indians, and took him through little know trails. By the time he was 17, Heck was a full grown, muscular mountain main with a thick beard and had earned a reputation of someone that should not be messed with.
The story develops as The Mullens sold their ranch and hook up with a wagon train on the Oregon trail where the family faced great dangers.
This quick and easy read was only 220 pages, but the fast-paced, action-packed story was well developed and kept me flipping entertaining pages through the wee hours of the morning.
I recommend this book and author to family, friends, and others who like this genre and are ready for a really good one.
Following a trail to grow up into a man of strength and integrity, he meets good people and others who only want to live by taking from others. He also meets the girl he just knows he is going to one day marry.
He finally arrives in the West and learns the ways of the wild and dying breed of mountain men. He loves the wilderness, but he finds himself restless and wanting more.
This is a great coming of age story with a sweet and innocent romance. It's a western, so of course there is the violence it took to survive where there was no law. I liked that the author was true to the period in showing the faith in God the majority of people openly professed in those days. Even many "bad guys" in that time period believed in God, and just felt they were a lost cause.
If rate this book PG-13 for the western style violence and brief mentions of rape.
I recommend this book.
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Heck leaves home in the Kentucky Appalachians after his father dies. His mother died when he was much younger. Shortly after his father passes, an old man comes and claims that his pa made arrangements with him to be an indentured servant. That ends when the old man tries to burn his pa's bible, which gets Heck going like nothing else.
I'll stop the recap there, and it only scratches at the story. Heck is a great character, strong of moral fiber and willing to work hard to improve his life. He falls in love with a girl along the way. The book is predictable if you want to think of it that way, but for me it was simply a good read. It's a short book with excellent editing and a fascinating knowledge of how life worked back in the mid-1800's.
I'm already reading book two as I write this. I do hope that Heck and family head to Oregon eventually, but for right now I'm a very happy reader. 5/5* Recommended.