The Run to Gitche Gumee by Robert F. Jones
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The Run to Gitche Gumee is pure Jones: an outrageous outdoor adventure heightened by ribald humor, violence, sex, pitch-perfect dialog, unforgettably eccentric characters, and a riveting plot. Part One opens as two boyhood friends on the cusp of manhood - Ben, who is about to go off to the Korean War, and Harry, who is college-bound to become a doctor - set off on the final adventure of their youth: a canoe trip down the Firesteel River to Lake Superior, also known as Gitche Gumee, or the Big-Sea-Water by the native Ojibwa. Armed with flyrods and shotguns, they plan to fish and hunt their way downriver, relishing their last blast of freedom in the great outdoors. But their idyllic ride becomes surrealistic - as unexpected encounters with millionaires, college girls, hipsters, and lunatics are by turns titillating, nerve-wracking and deadly. Part Two takes place fifty years later, when Ben and Harry, now confronting illness and marital strife, decide to recreate their canoe trip as a last hurrah. This time the bravado of youth is replaced with the wisdom of their years and the pains of their pasts. This time they have little left to lose. (5 3/4 x 8 1/2, 292 pages)

About Robert F. Jones

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Robert F. Jones was a novelist, contributing editor to Men's Journal, and writer for Sports Illustrated and Field & Stream. In addition to Blood Sport, he authored multiple other works of fiction and nonfiction, among them the award-winning Jake and Upland Passage. He spent much of his life in western Vermont.
Published February 18, 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing. 292 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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In Part Two, told by Harry, now a retired doctor dying of prostate cancer, the two men take the same river trip and find skewed parallels of their earlier adventures.

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Opening in the fall of 1950, the novel tracks best friends Harry Taggart and Ben Slater as they set out on their last fishing trip together before Ben ships out to Korea with the Marines and Harry goes premed.

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