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The Valley of Silent Men

The Valley of Silent Men by James Oliver Curwood
By: (1878-1927)

Subtitled: A Story of the Three River Country. James Kent has learned that he is terminally ill with perhaps only days to live, and so decides to confess to a murder and thus save an innocent man. Nobody believes his confession, particularly Marette, a mysterious girl who had shown up at Athabasca Landing only weeks before. Kent’s illness takes a turn and his death is postponed, and he sets about to find out more about the girl, who he ends up falling in love with, although she’ll not reveal her past to him, nor what she knows about the murder. A story of intrigue, suspense, action, and above all, a story of love in the furthest outreaches of the Great White North where three great rivers flow; the Athabasca, the Slave, and the McKenzie, and where somewhere is hidden The Valley of Silent Men.
(Summary by Roger Melin)

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[Frontispiece: From the girl's revolver leaped forth a sudden spurt of smoke and flame.]

THE VALLEY OF SILENT MEN

A STORY OF THE THREE RIVER COUNTRY

BY

JAMES OLIVER CURWOOD

AUTHOR OF "THE RIVER'S END," ETC.

THE VALLEY OF SILENT MEN

Before the railroad's thin lines of steel bit their way up through the wilderness, Athabasca Landing was the picturesque threshold over which one must step who would enter into the mystery and adventure of the great white North. It is still Iskwatam the "door" which opens to the lower reaches of the Athabasca, the Slave, and the Mackenzie. It is somewhat difficult to find on the map, yet it is there, because its history is written in more than a hundred and forty years of romance and tragedy and adventure in the lives of men, and is not easily forgotten. Over the old trail it was about a hundred and fifty miles north of Edmonton. The railroad has brought it nearer to that base of civilization, but beyond it the wilderness still howls as it has howled for a thousand years, and the waters of a continent flow north and into the Arctic Ocean... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 21, 2014
Subject: Wonderfully read
What a pleasure it was listening to this book! Roger Melin's reading brings the most out of this great work. Thank you!

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