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North to Alaska

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NORTH TO ALASKA
The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax, #6
by
PRESTON LEWIS
Genre: Historical Fiction / Western / Humor
Publisher: Wolfpack Publishing
Date of Publication: August 5, 2020
Number of Pages: 414
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SYNOPSIS

North to Alaska cover: image of man, dog and loaded sled, with man looking back toward viewer before heading up the snow-covered mountain.

WEALTH AND FAME IN THE WILD WEST ARE WHAT LOMAX SEEKS . . . HIS OWN BAD LUCK IS WHAT STANDS IN HIS WAY.

Swindled out of a mining fortune in Colorado and blamed for an ensuing murder, H. H. Lomax two decades later must finally face up to his past in Skagway, Alaska. Along the way, he encounters legendary madam Mattie Silks, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, novelist Jack London, and a talking dog.

To survive his previous missteps and avoid a prison sentence for theft, Lomax must outshoot infamous Western conman Soapy Smith, outwit an unrelenting Wells Fargo investigator, and outrun Shotgun Jake Townsend, the greatest frontier assassin who never was.

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Notable Quotable: Image of man with sled dog, packed down with gear, facing back to the viewer before heading up the snow-covered mountain. "I liked the idea of sudden wealth rather than accumulating a gradual fortune through steady and profitable work."

REVIEW

Clueless Gent’s North to Alaska Rating

5 star rating

North to Alaska, the latest in The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax series, is sure to fully engage any reader who spends time between its covers. The character of H.H. Lomax – who really did exist in the nineteenth century – is one of my all time favorites.

In this story, Lomax finds his way to Denver, and then travels on to Alaska to strike it rich. As with the other adventures of H.H. Lomax, the only thing preventing him from achieving his dream is his own bad luck.

I don’t know how much is true and how much the author “filled in” from the Lomax papers he studied – but I don’t care either way. Preston Lewis has a wonderful way of presenting H.H. Lomax and his adventures. Lomax is a character that brings out complete empathy from the reader. However, I doubt that any reader will have luck as bad as Lomax’s luck.

Two of the reasons that Preston Lewis does so well with these stories are his description and his attention to detail. They may be one in the same, but I think they deserve separate credit. His descriptions bring a reader right into the story. Lomax spends an extraordinary amount of time in saloons and brothels. In these scenes, I can fully see the cloud of smoke floating above the crowd in saloons, as well as the garb of the ladies of the night. Those are only two examples of many that I could mention.

Attention to detail is that little extra part of the description that really enhances the reader’s experience in the story. As an example, in the latter part of the story, Lomax carries around a sawed-off shotgun for protection. Not only does the author remember to include this in each of those scenes, but he also lets the reader know where it’s pointing, when it’s relevant.

Another reason I love these stories is that each one, including this one, stands on its own. The author provides enough backstory so that a reader is aware of how previous exploits brought Lomax into his current situation and mindset. Even if you never read any of these stories, you’ll be able to read any of them – including this one – and fully enjoy it.

In each of these stories, the author includes meetups with some of history’s more notable characters. I believe these meetups – or at least most of them – are actually included in Lomax’s papers. In this story, Lomax meets with the great suffrage advocate, Susan B. Anthony. He also has a chance meeting with Jack London, the author of Call of the Wild. Of course, as Lomax tells the tale, he provided London with the storyline and protagonist for that famous book.

Lastly, I love the humor the author interjects. Sometimes the humor is indirect. For instance, as Lomax is preparing for his trip to Alaska, the third person narration gives us a hint at what he may be getting himself into, which typically elicited a chuckle and groan from me. Most of the humor, however, is a direct result of Lomax’s continual bad luck.

I can’t speak highly enough about this series. This story is a worthy edition, and I highly recommend you spend some time between its covers.

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.
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About
the Author

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Preston Lewis is the Spur Award-winning author of thirty novels. In addition to his two Western Writers of America Spurs, he received the 2018 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Western Humor for Bluster’s Last Stand, the fourth volume in his comic western series, The Memoirs of H. H. Lomax. Two other books in that series were Spur finalists. His comic western The Fleecing of Fort Griffin received the Elmer Kelton Award from the West Texas Historical Association for best creative work on the region.

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