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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Northwest Passage is an immersive and extensive work of historical fiction penned by author Henry Nary. Filled with romance, intrigue, rumors, danger and the great outdoors, the story follows our hero Robert Rogers as he navigates the tribulations of mid-eighteenth century life as a frontiersman in New Hampshire. Determined to discover the Northwest Passage and what lies beyond it, this handsome adventurer beguiles more than one young lady as he carves his path through history. But when his first beloved goes missing in a tragic kidnapping, a second lady appears, and then everything collides to entrap Robert in a triangle that threatens his overarching quest for discovery and greatness.
Author Henry Nary introduced me to a fascinating section of American history which I have never explored before, and the wild world of the frontiersmen really came to life on every page of this excellent work. I found the descriptions of the difference between society life and Robert’s explorations on the expedition to be stark in contrast but equally well researched, lively and enticing to read about. The love triangle between Hannah, Robert and Elizabeth is very intriguing, both interpersonally and historically, to see how things were done and arranged back then. Though the plot is sweeping and vast, it covers a huge section of important life adventures which shape our young hero into the man he dreams of becoming, and that experience makes The Northwest Passage well worth the reading effort. A highly recommended historical saga.