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An epic saga based on true events of the American West —with the trailblazing fur trappers and the mountain men who lived it. This is an unforgettable journey into the untamed American frontier. Where nature is cruel, violence lurks behind every tree, and where only the strongest of the strong survive. This is a story of America. TO THE RIVER’S END Luke Ransom was just An epic saga based on true events of the American West —with the trailblazing fur trappers and the mountain men who lived it. This is an unforgettable journey into the untamed American frontier. Where nature is cruel, violence lurks behind every tree, and where only the strongest of the strong survive. This is a story of America. TO THE RIVER’S END Luke Ransom was just eighteen years old when he answered an ad in a St. Louis newspaper that would change his life forever. The American Fur Company needed one-hundred enterprising men to travel up the Missouri River—the longest in North America—all the way to its source. They would hunt and trap furs for one, two, or three years. Along the way, they would face unimaginable hardships: grueling weather, wild animals, hunger, exhaustion, and hostile attacks by the Blackfeet and Arikara. Luke Ransom was one of the brave men chosen for the job—and one of the few to survive . . . Five years later, Luke is a seasoned trapper and hunter, a master of his trade. The year is 1833, and the American Fur Company is sending him to the now-famous Rendezvous at Green River. For Luke, it may be his last job for the company. After facing death countless times, he is ready to strike out on his own. But when he encounters a fellow trapper under attack by Indians, his life takes an unexpected turn. A new friendship is forged in blood. And a dangerous new journey begins...


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An epic saga based on true events of the American West —with the trailblazing fur trappers and the mountain men who lived it. This is an unforgettable journey into the untamed American frontier. Where nature is cruel, violence lurks behind every tree, and where only the strongest of the strong survive. This is a story of America. TO THE RIVER’S END Luke Ransom was just An epic saga based on true events of the American West —with the trailblazing fur trappers and the mountain men who lived it. This is an unforgettable journey into the untamed American frontier. Where nature is cruel, violence lurks behind every tree, and where only the strongest of the strong survive. This is a story of America. TO THE RIVER’S END Luke Ransom was just eighteen years old when he answered an ad in a St. Louis newspaper that would change his life forever. The American Fur Company needed one-hundred enterprising men to travel up the Missouri River—the longest in North America—all the way to its source. They would hunt and trap furs for one, two, or three years. Along the way, they would face unimaginable hardships: grueling weather, wild animals, hunger, exhaustion, and hostile attacks by the Blackfeet and Arikara. Luke Ransom was one of the brave men chosen for the job—and one of the few to survive . . . Five years later, Luke is a seasoned trapper and hunter, a master of his trade. The year is 1833, and the American Fur Company is sending him to the now-famous Rendezvous at Green River. For Luke, it may be his last job for the company. After facing death countless times, he is ready to strike out on his own. But when he encounters a fellow trapper under attack by Indians, his life takes an unexpected turn. A new friendship is forged in blood. And a dangerous new journey begins...

30 review for To the River's End: A Novel of the American Frontier

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laur

    Just a couple of good old mountain boy wanting to trap beaver on their own terms, then the idea becomes reality and turns into a heap of trouble from the get-gp! The Mountain men vs. Blackfoot Indians, vs an opposed fur company man named Bloodworth intent on killing him, vs trouble in cold snowy frozen mountain weather..... all the while getting use to a new trapping partner, being hunted down, and saving an Indian woman who needs his help from a vicious and fierce Blackfoot chief named Bloody H Just a couple of good old mountain boy wanting to trap beaver on their own terms, then the idea becomes reality and turns into a heap of trouble from the get-gp! The Mountain men vs. Blackfoot Indians, vs an opposed fur company man named Bloodworth intent on killing him, vs trouble in cold snowy frozen mountain weather..... all the while getting use to a new trapping partner, being hunted down, and saving an Indian woman who needs his help from a vicious and fierce Blackfoot chief named Bloody Hand. Amongst all this action, they need to survive, eat, and capture beavers so the pelts can be sold, and they can make a living for next year. But situation after situation, brings a challenge. The two mountain men hunting are being hunted themselves and attacks are imminent. Let the traps be set, and bullets, arrows and axes fly. Great characters, plenty of action, storyline moves at the right pace, and a touch of humor as the bonds of friendship grow. I really enjoyed this one! Thanks to NetGalley for ADRC in exchange for my honest opinion. 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    I recently read To the River's End by William W. johnstone and J.A. Johnstone. I don't know if it will be a new series or just a stand alone adventure, but it was good. We get to follow Luke Ransom a young mountain man and trapper on his latest quest for beaver pelts in blackfoot country. The book is set in the end of the era of beaver pelts, the prices are sinking due to hats made of silk. In this western we get everything, all the struggles that we can think of in this setting and also a lot o I recently read To the River's End by William W. johnstone and J.A. Johnstone. I don't know if it will be a new series or just a stand alone adventure, but it was good. We get to follow Luke Ransom a young mountain man and trapper on his latest quest for beaver pelts in blackfoot country. The book is set in the end of the era of beaver pelts, the prices are sinking due to hats made of silk. In this western we get everything, all the struggles that we can think of in this setting and also a lot of humor. The book is out in store September 28th. I must thank @kensingtonbooks @netgalley for giving me this advance copy and @williamw.j.a.johnstone for writing it. #NetGalley #Kensington #ToTheRiversEnd

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I received this as an advanced reader copy through #GoodreadsGiveaways. I thought this was a fantastic read full of adventure and tense moments between the beaver trappers and American Indian tribes at the time. It was a quick pleasant read with beautiful landscape imagined from the great writing of the authors. I plan to look up more books written by this author & team. I like his style of writing and the easy flow of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Really enjoyed the book. First Western genre that I have read. Added a couple of words to my vocabulary--jape/japing and plew. Also found out horses love cottonwood trees!! Book read quickly.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    This isn’t my typical genre to read but I was looking for something different. It was surprisingly good! It had a good story, lots of action and a little light romance. The two main characters Luke and Jug are likable guys just trying to trap some beavers. Willow joins their group and the threesome become an unlikely family. Definitely recommend! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the early copy

  6. 4 out of 5

    KarenK2

    I received this from Netgalley.com. Luke Ransom partners up with Jug Sarain to hunt and trap furs while meeting trouble head on from all directions. A quick but rather predictable read. 2.75☆

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Luke Ransom (18) answered a St. Louis newspaper ad that William Ashley submitted stating that the American Fur Company needed 100 men to travel up the Missouri River to hunt & trap for furs. His partners: Rex Gorden (AFC trapper) & Charlton Lewis (AFC trapper) parted ways. Luke heard a shot & went to investigate Jug Sartain (seasoned trapper) had been shot by some Blackfoot injuns. Luke had taken care of the injuns, but he was quite sure there’d be more. Shoshone, Flathead, Crow, & Nez Perce were ca Luke Ransom (18) answered a St. Louis newspaper ad that William Ashley submitted stating that the American Fur Company needed 100 men to travel up the Missouri River to hunt & trap for furs. His partners: Rex Gorden (AFC trapper) & Charlton Lewis (AFC trapper) parted ways. Luke heard a shot & went to investigate Jug Sartain (seasoned trapper) had been shot by some Blackfoot injuns. Luke had taken care of the injuns, but he was quite sure there’d be more. Shoshone, Flathead, Crow, & Nez Perce were camped out there somewhere also. Green River Valley. Horse Creek. American Fur Company. Jim Frasier (AFC trapper) & Fred Willis (AFC camp tender) had been killed. Boutwell’s Tradin’ post. Andy Cruze (bartender) filled Jug’s jug with whiskey. Jug & Luke went to eat at the Chinaman’s cookhouse that was owned by Lee Wong. Red’s Saloon. Zeke Singleton & Ike hopper greeted Jug & Luke when they arrived for a couple of whiskies. Dan Bloodworth (AFC trapper) & Lonnie Johnson (AFC trapper) were notorious for causing trouble. Dan called Luke out. Knives it was. Dan would have a grudge forever against Luke for embarrassing him in front of a crowd. Back at campsite Jug & Luke were aware they had Blackfoot company: Hears the Wind, Two Bears & Iron Pony. Luke saw them approaching 1-by-1 they were shot/killed. Once again, there would be more. Little Belt Mountains. Jug & Luke who was starting to heal from his wound set traps. Standing Elk (Iron Pony’s brother) was concerned why his warriors hadn’t returned yet. Lame Foot went to find Hears the Wind, Two Bears & Iron Pony. Luke outsmarted Standing Elk; he was killed also. Jug & Luke checked traps several times a day, they were doing quite well, beaver pelts. Jug had to try out his famous pan biscuits on Luke. Luke had to take the horses to feed on Cottonwood tree bark, & clean fresh creek water. Little Belt Mountains. Surprise, Willow Blowing in the Wind (Blackfoot) wondered into their camp. She was from down by the Yellowstone River campsite. Chief Bloody Hand & his band of Blackfoot warriors would be looking for her. What does the future hold for Jug, Luke, & Willow Blowing in the Wind? I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written American West historical fictional saga book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge description list of unique characters, settings, facts etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great American West saga movie, a classroom PP presentation, or better yet a mini-TV series or even a documentary (A & E; History channel; Frontline; PBS). There is no doubt in my mind this is an extremely easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Penguin Random House LLC. (Kensington Publishing Corporation); Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; AUCP paperback book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: To the River’s End (Jake Ransom, Man of the Mountains #1) Author: William W Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone Pages: 272 Year: 2021 Publisher: Kensington My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Luke Ransom is a young man making a living on the American Frontier by working for the American Fur Company with a couple of other men. Luke lives off the land and annually meets with other adventurers while supplying up for another year in the wilderness. As the tale begins, Luke is on his way to the yearly rendezvous Title: To the River’s End (Jake Ransom, Man of the Mountains #1) Author: William W Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone Pages: 272 Year: 2021 Publisher: Kensington My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Luke Ransom is a young man making a living on the American Frontier by working for the American Fur Company with a couple of other men. Luke lives off the land and annually meets with other adventurers while supplying up for another year in the wilderness. As the tale begins, Luke is on his way to the yearly rendezvous with his partners when he hears gunshots and decides to go investigate. When Luke finds the source of the sound, he quickly lends a hand to a man he has never met, Jug Sartain. When Luke sets out again, after the rendezvous, he is now partnered with Jug and hoping he doesn’t have any more trouble with Dan Bloodworth. Dan and Luke had a run-in during the rendezvous and while Luke just wants to move on, Bloodworth doesn’t. Some might look at Luke and think he is too young and untested, but they would be wrong. There is more to this young man than meets the eye. Jug takes Luke to a mountain region where few dare to go as the area is inhabited by Blackfeet, who are fierce defenders of their land. The pair runs into trouble from the outset, and their fight for survival increases when they come across a young woman who was taken captive but has escaped. Now, the race is on to finish the trapping season successfully and get out of the mountains before the young woman’s captors locate her and the men who are protecting her so she can be free. In this first novel of The American Frontier series, readers will travel back to a time where life was extremely precarious and exciting. Luke Ransom is a man with many talents, lots of knowledge and quick reflexes that save his life many times. Jug is an older man who sees something in Luke that others may not have seen, and their relationship is filled with mutual respect, admiration, and fun. Many times, while reading the straight-faced sarcasm they exchanged a smile was brought to my face. Here is a story that highlights survival, bravery and friendship against the backdrop of the untamed lands. Grab a copy and enjoy the newest addition to Johnstone country! Visit the authors’ website and see what other adventures await your discovery: https://williamjohnstonebooks.com Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    In Johnstone's latest, To the River's End (Kensington Books 2021), Luke Ransom and his partner risk their lives in the wild and feral mountains of the American West to trap beaver that is then sold to fur companies. In this story, we live a year with them and experience each peril as though we are there--capturing beaver whose home is always in the freezing waters of ponds and rivers, fighting Indian attacks, defending against wild animals that see this land as theirs, finding shelter for the fr In Johnstone's latest, To the River's End (Kensington Books 2021), Luke Ransom and his partner risk their lives in the wild and feral mountains of the American West to trap beaver that is then sold to fur companies. In this story, we live a year with them and experience each peril as though we are there--capturing beaver whose home is always in the freezing waters of ponds and rivers, fighting Indian attacks, defending against wild animals that see this land as theirs, finding shelter for the frigid winter, living off the land, surviving with only two of them to do everything necessary, and ultimately, bringing their bounty to the iconic Rendezvous where they hope to make enough money to buy supplies that will get them through another year. Mountain men are my favorite western story and no one tells these better than Johnstone. Before reading this book, Johnstone's Preacher series was my favorite. Now, this one is. I hope this is the start of a new series. 

  10. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I won this book on Goodreads - thank you. My husband and I have a nightly ritual where we read to each other before calling it a night. He wanted to read this one to me. This book was right up his alley, with all the trapping and the western theme. He gives it a high 5. Luke Ransom had been with the American Fur Trader Company. As he was going to the rendezvous, his partners got killed by Blackfeet Indians. Luke decided to go on his own. He partnered up with his friend, Jug. They help save a youn I won this book on Goodreads - thank you. My husband and I have a nightly ritual where we read to each other before calling it a night. He wanted to read this one to me. This book was right up his alley, with all the trapping and the western theme. He gives it a high 5. Luke Ransom had been with the American Fur Trader Company. As he was going to the rendezvous, his partners got killed by Blackfeet Indians. Luke decided to go on his own. He partnered up with his friend, Jug. They help save a young "Injun" woman, Willow, from being killed by Blackfeet. She becomes an integral part of their lives. They trap beaver and come back for the next year's rendezvous, and met up with the person who wanted to kill Luke the year before. Luke was about to get married, but another guy tried to kill Luke. Jug saved Luke this time. Jug reveals his real name toward the end and all the loose ends get tied up. If you like Louis L'Amour books, you'll like this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Luke Ransom and Jug Sartain partner up to go beaver trapping in the Montana territory which is also the home of the Blackfoot Indians. They thought the area would be safe as it would largely be unpopulated since it hadn't been trapped before and the Indians would have finished their fall hunting would have gone back further north for the winter. But Luke and Jug run into trouble around every bend. A young Crow woman stumbled into their camp ultimately spending the winter with them as they don't Luke Ransom and Jug Sartain partner up to go beaver trapping in the Montana territory which is also the home of the Blackfoot Indians. They thought the area would be safe as it would largely be unpopulated since it hadn't been trapped before and the Indians would have finished their fall hunting would have gone back further north for the winter. But Luke and Jug run into trouble around every bend. A young Crow woman stumbled into their camp ultimately spending the winter with them as they don't want her to fall prey to the Blackfoot. Other trouble: another trader known to be a bully, a Blackfoot who is looking for the Crow woman, the freezing weather in the Montana mountains, more Blackfoot, some seeking to get their horses, their guns, their pelts . This is a fun tale largely because of the japing between the two trappers. And despite the suspense in every chapter, it ends on a funny note!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Richardson

    “If I find out you lied to me, I’ll spend the rest of my life, if I have to, to track you down and kill you.” Fans of Zane Grey and Louis L ’Amour will enjoy this story of one season in a mountain man’s life. Luke Ransom is a young trapper with five years experience ready to go out on his own. He saves a cantankerous older trapper named Jug and they decide to team up. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I love westerns and this frontier story has all the action you can ask for. The tw “If I find out you lied to me, I’ll spend the rest of my life, if I have to, to track you down and kill you.” Fans of Zane Grey and Louis L ’Amour will enjoy this story of one season in a mountain man’s life. Luke Ransom is a young trapper with five years experience ready to go out on his own. He saves a cantankerous older trapper named Jug and they decide to team up. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I love westerns and this frontier story has all the action you can ask for. The two men find a great spot near a waterfall and isolated from other trappers. They meet up with several Indian tribes and have to fight to keep their spot. There are also some mean trappers that want Luke killed. This is a fast-moving story that will keep you reading to the end. I have added new authors to my reading list.

  13. 4 out of 5

    books_tea_and_gossip

    I was lucky enough to snatch one of the ARC's from the Giveaway and I'm so glad that I got this book ! I used to love westerns but after awhile they just seemed to be the same story over and over. This book actually made we want to read westerns again. It was absolutely amazing. The story of Luke & Jug was action-filled without being shallow. I really felt like I was a part of their adventure and there where many times where I held my breath because I wasn't sure if they would make it out alive. I I was lucky enough to snatch one of the ARC's from the Giveaway and I'm so glad that I got this book ! I used to love westerns but after awhile they just seemed to be the same story over and over. This book actually made we want to read westerns again. It was absolutely amazing. The story of Luke & Jug was action-filled without being shallow. I really felt like I was a part of their adventure and there where many times where I held my breath because I wasn't sure if they would make it out alive. It was great to see Luke develop throughout the story and to be able to understand his view of the world better. I enjoyed the easy going banter throughout the story and would love to read more about Luke in the future. Whether you already love westerns or just want to try something different from your usual genre this book will not disappoint you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Once I got past the "chin jawin'" and "japed" lingo I settled in to a very good book. There come times when I need a little relief from dark psychological or random violence inspired books and a good western will take care of that need. Simply put, it's a novel of two fur trappers venturing into Blackfoot territory to trap beaver pelts. Along the way they encounter several parties of Blackfoot who want nothing more than to kill them and they'll have to try to survive a brutally cold winter. In s Once I got past the "chin jawin'" and "japed" lingo I settled in to a very good book. There come times when I need a little relief from dark psychological or random violence inspired books and a good western will take care of that need. Simply put, it's a novel of two fur trappers venturing into Blackfoot territory to trap beaver pelts. Along the way they encounter several parties of Blackfoot who want nothing more than to kill them and they'll have to try to survive a brutally cold winter. In spite of the violence there is an understated gentlemanliness (if there is such a word) to it; they only killed when there was no choice. I enjoyed it a lot! Thank you to Goodreads for a copy for my review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marshal

    Goodreads ARC This book was a good old fashioned western novel. For those readers that like adventure, nature, and a feel of times past it is a must read. The story revolves around a heroic trapper and his partner venturing into dangerous territories in pursuit of the lucrative beaver pelts for thier income. Plenty of danger (met with the typical hero story outcome) and shenanigans dispersed throughout the book make it quite enjoyable. A constant friendship and a growing romance add some depth Goodreads ARC This book was a good old fashioned western novel. For those readers that like adventure, nature, and a feel of times past it is a must read. The story revolves around a heroic trapper and his partner venturing into dangerous territories in pursuit of the lucrative beaver pelts for thier income. Plenty of danger (met with the typical hero story outcome) and shenanigans dispersed throughout the book make it quite enjoyable. A constant friendship and a growing romance add some depth to the plot. Overall this story isn't the most original, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Would recommend for an easy, fun filled, wedtern style adventure novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sela Tiet

    Giveaway winner. Capturing western novel from front to back. Goes back in time to the wild American frontier where its just you and yourself fending for the next meal. Johnstone & Johnstone absolutely captures the adventure the young man is about to partake and creates vivid imagery for readers. Expect some slang spelling to really shed some light in each character and their background. And, expect some violence due to the time the novel takes places in. Highly recommend this book for anyone loo Giveaway winner. Capturing western novel from front to back. Goes back in time to the wild American frontier where its just you and yourself fending for the next meal. Johnstone & Johnstone absolutely captures the adventure the young man is about to partake and creates vivid imagery for readers. Expect some slang spelling to really shed some light in each character and their background. And, expect some violence due to the time the novel takes places in. Highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a mental get-away. Thank you to Kensington Books for hosting the giveaway and giving me the opportunity to be one of the few to be the first to read and review this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pastel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. If you like Westerns, this story is so firmly in the genre you might have read something just like it before, but that's the beauty of this book. It's the early 1800s in the west and young Luke partners up with an old loner trapper to hunt beavers up north. There they are hunted themselves by some Blackfoot. They meet/rescue/take in a Native woman. And so on until you get to the climax. If you want a quick paced Western, this is for you. (I assume it's because I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. If you like Westerns, this story is so firmly in the genre you might have read something just like it before, but that's the beauty of this book. It's the early 1800s in the west and young Luke partners up with an old loner trapper to hunt beavers up north. There they are hunted themselves by some Blackfoot. They meet/rescue/take in a Native woman. And so on until you get to the climax. If you want a quick paced Western, this is for you. (I assume it's because it's an arc, but there were *a lot* of errant commas.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brandie

    ***Won from a Goodreads.com giveaway *** When I was little and I ran out of books from the stack I’d checked out from the library, I would read the various books my parents left lying around the house. These tended to be westerns and Harlequin Romances. They were fun at the time, but like the Harlequins, it seems westerns are no longer a genre I like to read. This is no reflection on the quality of the work, just my own preference. So, I won’t leave a rating. But I will definitely give this book ***Won from a Goodreads.com giveaway *** When I was little and I ran out of books from the stack I’d checked out from the library, I would read the various books my parents left lying around the house. These tended to be westerns and Harlequin Romances. They were fun at the time, but like the Harlequins, it seems westerns are no longer a genre I like to read. This is no reflection on the quality of the work, just my own preference. So, I won’t leave a rating. But I will definitely give this book to my parents who will love it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I won an Advance Reader's Edition of To the River's End by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone from Goodreads. Capturing the language and attitudes, the challenges and conflicts, the very atmosphere of the time and place, authors William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone's novel, To the River's End, is an adventure full of action from beginning to end. Never shying away from the violence and brutality of nature and humans, the writers take readers on a journey they will not soon forget into th I won an Advance Reader's Edition of To the River's End by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone from Goodreads. Capturing the language and attitudes, the challenges and conflicts, the very atmosphere of the time and place, authors William W. Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone's novel, To the River's End, is an adventure full of action from beginning to end. Never shying away from the violence and brutality of nature and humans, the writers take readers on a journey they will not soon forget into the wilds of the old west.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Watson

    First and foremost I would like to thank Goodreads as well as the author William W. Johnstone for my Arc advanced copy I'm so appreciative. Well what can I say? This was an unexpected enjoyable book. This isn't my typical genre to read but I do like to explore other options and I so wasn't disappointed. The main characters are just some good ole boys trying to trap beavers with a lot of adventure, action, and a we bit of romance rolled into one lovely book. I also want to say I loved the storyli First and foremost I would like to thank Goodreads as well as the author William W. Johnstone for my Arc advanced copy I'm so appreciative. Well what can I say? This was an unexpected enjoyable book. This isn't my typical genre to read but I do like to explore other options and I so wasn't disappointed. The main characters are just some good ole boys trying to trap beavers with a lot of adventure, action, and a we bit of romance rolled into one lovely book. I also want to say I loved the storyline as well as the writing style. If you haven't read it yet I truely recommend it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    I loved these characters, especially the ribbing between Luke, the rugged hero, and his loyal new partner, Jug. Even though the story included violent scenes between the main characters under attack by Blackfoot Indians or unsavory trappers, the story had to be told that way to be consistent with the times in the early to mid 1800’s. The main characters could be counted on to do the right thing. The descriptions of the landscapes, harsh weather conditions, and challenges facing beaver trappers b I loved these characters, especially the ribbing between Luke, the rugged hero, and his loyal new partner, Jug. Even though the story included violent scenes between the main characters under attack by Blackfoot Indians or unsavory trappers, the story had to be told that way to be consistent with the times in the early to mid 1800’s. The main characters could be counted on to do the right thing. The descriptions of the landscapes, harsh weather conditions, and challenges facing beaver trappers brought the story to life in this easy read. I enjoyed this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, All the characters are very well portrayed though out. A most interesting read, I recommend this book

  23. 4 out of 5

    Doug Yonce

    For those of you who remember Saturday morning serials and for those of you who missed out, the Johnstone westerns definitely fill the void. Guaranteed to entertain with good, wholesome stories filled with nostalgia. Luke Ransom is cut from the cloth of Roy, Gene, and Hoppy with adventures that entertain, teach, and inspire. I received an advanced digital copy of this book and voluntarily provided an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Iliana

    I loved the adventure of this book. I grew to really like the 3 main characters. It was exciting and nail biting at times. Highly recommend this book. The only down side was the excerpt on the back that described the book. I was expecting more storyline on Luke as an 18 yr old and his adventures with The American Fur Company but the book only talked about what happened when he left the company. #ToTheRiversEnd

  25. 4 out of 5

    B Pastore

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The story - filled with the experiences of a young mountain man and trapper as he went on his adventures definitely kept my interest - and was hard to put down! The story flowed beautifully and was very enjoyable. I loved the authors writing style - the way things and situations were described and kept the story going. I don't know if the author did a lot of research before writing the story or if it was that combined with a fabulous imagination - but a tr I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The story - filled with the experiences of a young mountain man and trapper as he went on his adventures definitely kept my interest - and was hard to put down! The story flowed beautifully and was very enjoyable. I loved the authors writing style - the way things and situations were described and kept the story going. I don't know if the author did a lot of research before writing the story or if it was that combined with a fabulous imagination - but a trappers life in 1833 was truly brought to life on the pages of this book. I definitely recommend it for other to read. I will be putting this book in our Little Free Library for others in our community to enjoy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received this book in a free Goodreads giveaway. I’ve never read a western before. It was predictable, sometimes cheesy, and everything always worked out for the main characters, which doesn’t leave much room for plot twists or a very interesting story. That being said, it’s an easy read and I loved Jug Sartain’s character.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Calla

    3.5 I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway. Luke Ransom teams up with Jug Sartin to trap beavers in hostile Blackfoot territory. Skirmishes, backstabbing (literally) and shenanigans ensue. I’d never read a Western before and found it enjoyable and entertaining. It’s a quick, fun read though I wish there were more character development. The love story through completely surprised me as there was little background or build up to it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Lilly

    If you're like me and love reading about American History, To The River's End should be on your TBR list. Story takes place in the early 1800's when the frontier was unchartered and wild. Luke Ransom is a young trapper and hunter seeking to work on his own but in the process finds companionship and love... If you're like me and love reading about American History, To The River's End should be on your TBR list. Story takes place in the early 1800's when the frontier was unchartered and wild. Luke Ransom is a young trapper and hunter seeking to work on his own but in the process finds companionship and love...

  29. 4 out of 5

    MaryKaye

    I enjoyed reading this book very much. I think anyone who reads it, will enjoy it! It is fast paced and full of action. Luke and Jug are trappers in 1833. They form a unique friendship and always have each others back. I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between the two. Very good book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Kopecky

    a mountain man story This is a good book about beaver trappers working a dangerous area in the middle of Indian territory, and also describing the rondevu the trappers attended every summer to sell their pelts and let off steam.

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