Road To Reckoning: A Novel

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“Remarkable…A novel about a young man reaching for manhood after the killing of his father and about the invention and selling of Col. Samuel Colt’s revolving pistol, and the way it changed the West. Those who love True Grit will love this” (Michael Korda, author of Hero).

One does not travel the path to vengeance alone

Twelve-year-old Thomas Walker has never left New York City. His father, a traveling salesman hoping to earn money by selling Samuel Colt’s recent invention, the “Improved Revolving Gun,” takes young Thomas with him on the road. But even the world’s first true revolver cannot save them from danger, and what starts as an adventure soon turns into a nightmare.

Thomas soon finds himself alone, and must rely on his own wits, courage, and determination, as well as a wooden replica of the Colt revolver, to protect himself. Luckily, an encounter with a surly ex-ranger, Henry Stands, leads to an improbable partnership, and the two set out in perilous pursuit of vengeance. That is, if they can escape the thieves who lurk around each trail, river, and road—and who have already stolen so much from Thomas.

In the spirit of The Sisters Brothers and True Grit, this spare, elegant, and emotionally resonant story conveys—through a boy’s eyes—a beautiful father-son story, as well as the fascinating history of how the birth of the revolver changed the course of violence in America. Road to Reckoning offers a window into the history of the American West and the heart of a boy yearning for love.


  • RoadToReckoning 01 Title

    Duration: 15s
  • RoadToReckoning 02 Epigraph+Ch01

    Duration: 09min
  • RoadToReckoning 03 Ch02

    Duration: 12min
  • RoadToReckoning 04 Ch03

    Duration: 05min
  • RoadToReckoning 05 Ch04

    Duration: 15min
  • RoadToReckoning 06 Ch05

    Duration: 06min
  • RoadToReckoning 07 Ch06

    Duration: 19min
  • RoadToReckoning 08 Ch07

    Duration: 20min
  • RoadToReckoning 09 Ch08

    Duration: 06min
  • RoadToReckoning 10 Ch09

    Duration: 11min
  • RoadToReckoning 11 Ch10

    Duration: 18min
  • RoadToReckoning 12 Ch11

    Duration: 17min
  • RoadToReckoning 13 Ch12

    Duration: 16min
  • RoadToReckoning 14 Ch13

    Duration: 30min
  • RoadToReckoning 15 Ch14

    Duration: 10min
  • RoadToReckoning 16 Ch15

    Duration: 35min
  • RoadToReckoning 17 Ch16

    Duration: 20min
  • RoadToReckoning 18 Ch17

    Duration: 24min
  • RoadToReckoning 19 Ch18

    Duration: 12min
  • RoadToReckoning 20 Ch19

    Duration: 12min
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