The Revenant by Michael Punke
A Novel of Revenge

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12 Critic Reviews

Told in simple expository language, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution.
-Publishers Weekly

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A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

 

About Michael Punke

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Michael Punke lives with his family in Montana. A former Michael Punke lives with his family in Montana. A former Michael Punke lives with his family in Montana. A former partner in a Washington law firm, his diverse professional partner in a Washington law firm, his diverse professional partner in a Washington law firm, his diverse professional experience includes work on the White House National Securitexperience includes work on the White House National Securitexperience includes work on the White House National Security Council and on Capitol Hill. Punke is the history correspoy Council and on Capitol Hill. Punke is the history correspoy Council and on Capitol Hill. Punke is the history correspondent for "Montana Quarterly" magazine and is the author of ndent for "Montana Quarterly" magazine and is the author of ndent for "Montana Quarterly" magazine and is the author of a novel, "The Revenant", about the adventures of a nineteenta novel, "The Revenant", about the adventures of a nineteenta novel, "The Revenant", about the adventures of a nineteenth-century frontiersman. Punke is also the author of a work oh-century frontiersman. Punke is also the author of a work oh-century frontiersman. Punke is also the author of a work of nonfiction, "Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Dif nonfiction, "Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Dif nonfiction, "Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917", a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Boosaster of 1917", a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Boosaster of 1917", a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. ksellers Award. ksellers Award.
 
Published January 6, 2015 by Picador. 273 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Westerns, Crime, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Revenant
All: 12 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

A debut from Washington, D.C., attorney Punke describes the perilous adventures of a 19th-century frontiersman bent on revenge...A good adventure yarn, with plenty of historical atmosphere and local color.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 20 2016

Told in simple expository language, this is a spellbinding tale of heroism and obsessive retribution.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Mar 03 2015

It is an epic tale of mythic proportions, a testament to one man’s courage and indomitable will, and much of it is based on fact.

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BookPage

Excellent
Reviewed by David W. Schweid on Jan 06 2015

This is Western writing at its best. Readers are immersed in a landscape that had only recently been explored by whites for the first time, thanks to the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. This thrilling book is easy to read, but hard to put down.

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Library Journal

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Cohn on Dec 23 2015

A must-read for fans of Westerns and frontier fiction and recommended for anyone interested in stories that test the limit of how much the human body and spirit can endure.

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Reviewed by LEAH DEARBORN on Jan 02 2015

Compelling historical background gives flesh and blood to a dangerous yet vibrant time when a web of soldiers, tribes, and competing fur trade companies roamed the plains around the Upper Missouri.

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scott william foley

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Reviewed by Scott William Foley on Jan 22 2016

...few of us are heroes, and many of us become obsessed for rather selfish reasons. Glass is no exception. His flawed character coupled with his indomitable will to survive makes for a fascinating read.

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scott william foley

Good
Reviewed by Scott William Foley on Jan 22 2016

This book is a fast, exciting, action-packed read that flows incredibly well especially considering how much information it seamlessly infuses.

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Speculative Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Tyson on Jan 26 2016

While the movie was quite powerful, the book (as always) gives you so much more rich detail. There are a lot of books that deal with revenge but The Revenant is well done and tells the true story or one of the most famous frontiersmen of them all. A rare book that deserves praise. Recommended.

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Fourth Street Review

Good
on Jan 24 2016

Written in taught prose and visceral detail, Punke brings Glass’ incredible tale of survival and his obsession with revenge to life. Weaving a mix of fiction and historical fact, this novel is fascinating, if not quite a pleasure to read.

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The Internet Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Dennis C. Rizzo on Sep 27 2015

The Revenant is told in the style of an old Western. Some may find it outmoded, while others will think it too full of blood and gore. But it delivers a solid image of what life was like for those who ventured forth to build an economic empire out of the wilderness.

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The Internet Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Sue Ellis on Mar 23 2015

Formerly the history correspondent for the Montana Quarterly and adjunct professor at the University of Montana, Punke spent four years researching and writing the book in his spare time. His thoroughness paid off. I recommend The Revenant to anyone who enjoys an authentic American adventure.

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