Adventure Story


Fiction - Western
486 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2016
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Author Biography

Wes Houk, aka Levi Lincoln, author of Adventure Story

My grandfather died in Northern Minnesota during 1986, age 102. He was born in 1884 to a pioneering man and an American Indian woman; I believe she was Sioux but I can't prove that. Happily giving me claim to having at least a small portion of American Native Indian heritage. Charlie, as he was known, always fascinated me, he is no doubt the reason I relate to the early pioneering days.

I was born in Sioux City, Iowa on September 19, 1947. My family moved to Denver, Colorado around 1949. Three older sisters, Dad, Mum, and me; I was two years old. My brother was born later, in 1952. Lakewood, Colorado, a city west of Denver, became our home and I completed Year 12 at Lakewood High School.

Snow skiing became my main sporting interest during my formative years, because we had very little money. Along with my friends, equally dedicated to skiing, we would hitch a ride on weekends from Lakewood (about 60 miles) in the wee hours in order to secure two hours of kitchen duties in return for a ski lift ticket and lunch.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Adventure Story by Levi Lincoln is set in the time when the American soil drew a lot of migrants with dreams of making it big in the land of opportunities. People were coming to America to start their lives all over again, but this time, they wanted to do it right. Helmut Schmidt is just one of them. He came to America on a ship with his sister, Ingrid, and their father. He is bright-eyed with enthusiasm, creativity, and a thirst to make a new life. He wants to go west and make his own mark. He meets Eli, a trader who is wrapped in fur. Eccentric as he may seem, he is not. He is on a mission to tell the world about the unfair treatment of the Indian tribes. On Helmut’s journey west, you will meet many characters; some good, some bad, and some will leave a great impression on your mind.

I loved this novel. It has everything that makes a novel great. It had emotions, it had drama, it had action, it had romance, but best of all, it had heart. This is an adventurous novel that will sweep you off your feet and take you on a journey back in time. The descriptions are so vivid you will be painting pictures in your mind as you read them. You will instantly like Helmut and be very suspicious of Eli. You will learn new things and understand new things. You will inadvertently love this novel and you will love Helmut and his journey, and his big dreams.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Levi Lincoln pens an incredible story, revealing the trials and tribulations of America’s western expansion in Adventure Story. Thousands of European emigrants flood the shores of the United States, all with hopes of a future in the West. The year is 1849, and after becoming orphaned, a young and curious German emigrant boy, Helmut Schmidt, runs away from Manhattan to seek adventure in the West. Helmut leaves behind his younger sister, Ingrid, with their guardian, Annabelle McKenzie, and embarks on an amazing journey. Helmut is steadfast, undeterred by dangers of the untamed wildness or the threat of Indian attacks. Alone with his thoughts, Helmut thinks of Ingrid often, promising one day to return, but not yet. Time and again, Helmut experiences the kindness of a stranger, but none like Eli the trapper. Eli takes him under his wing of care and teaches Helmut how to survive in the great American outdoors. With miles of trail before them, Helmut begins to tell his story, a captivating tale to be sure. Before long, a bond of friendship is forged, one that will forever change the lives of Helmut and Eli.

Adventure Story by Levi Lincoln penetrates the soul of American immigration. The story is set in the mid 1800s. The railroad is expanding, creating boom towns and unrest between the Native American Indians and the ever increasing migration to the West. The narrative expresses the displacement and exploitation of the Indian nation with compassion and turbulent emotion, yet depicts the western settlers with equal passion and determination. The conflict is illustrated with historical realism, revealing the struggle for power between the government and the Indians.

Lincoln crafts a story within a story, as the young protagonist traverses time from the present to the past as he shares his story. As a result, the setting changes often, from life aboard ship to the streets of Manhattan, and into the wild frontier. The ever changing time and setting and use of short chapters create a steady flow of action. Lincoln describes fateful events that interlock his cast of characters, twisting and turning these events into foreseeable irony. But, there are a couple of surprises along the way.

The characters portray the spirit of adventure, living up to the story title. They are strong, versatile, and enterprising, depicting the essence of the times. Whether it is adopting a new country, a way of life, or a son or daughter, the theme of adoption pulls the story together. Adventure Story is a captivating saga that takes you on a journey into American history and leaves you with a happily ever after ending. “It is quite a story – a miracle in the making.”

Arya Fomonyuy

Set against the backdrop of a turbulent historical period, Adventure Story by Levi Lincoln is a title that is self-explanatory, a thrilling story that combines an exciting adventure with romance to offer a literary treat on what hardship and struggle can produce. The Baden Revolution is taking place in Germany at the time this story begins, and Helmut Schmidt, his sister, and their wounded father clandestinely board a ship bound for New York. But the young Helmut has his own plans, daring and bold. One could have thought Helmut simply fantasizes, but things get interesting when he decides to put his plan into action. And thus begins one of the most enthralling tales of adventure ever written.

Adventure Story features very compelling characters with rich backgrounds. At the time the story starts, Helmut is a small boy of around eleven, but a meeting with Eli, a trader, will have a great impact on his life. It’s wonderful to watch the characters as they deepen their friendship and grow in their humanity. It is inspiring to read about the boy’s openness to the world that unfolds before him like petals under the rising sun. I loved Levi Lincoln’s prose, which I found to be tight and beautiful, a language that seemed to flow so naturally with intelligent dialogue. The descriptions offer powerful images of a period readers would want to visit. This is a very entertaining story and readers can easily find themselves reaching out to the beguiling characters.