The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book One: The Wild

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The world knows Jack London as awriter who lived his own thrilling,real-life adventures. But there areparts of his life that have remainedhidden for many years, things even he couldn’tset down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious,bizarre, and magical —these are the SecretJourneys of Jack London.

We meet Jack at age seventeen, followingthousands of men and women into the YukonTerritory in search of gold. For Jack, the journeyholds the promise of another kind of fortune:challenge and adventure. But what he finds inthe wild north is something far more sinisterthan he could have ever imagined: kidnappingand slavery, the murderous nature of desperatemen, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts ofthe wilderness that prey upon the weakness inmen’s hearts. Jack’s survival will depend on hisability to quell the demons within himself asmuch as those without.

Acclaimed authors Christopher Goldenand Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator GregRuth, have crafted a masterful tale bothclassic and contemporary, a gripping originalstory of the paranormal in the tradition ofthe great Jack London.

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About the Author:

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of Of Saints and Shadows, The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, and Snowblind. He has edited the anthologies The New Dead, The Monster's Corner, and 21st Century Dead. Baltimore; or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, cowritten with Mike Mignola, launched the Eisner Award–nominated comic book series Baltimore.



Greg Ruth (Illustrator) has created countless comic books for Dark Horse and other publishers, and has worked on videos for Prince and Rob Thomas, among others. He has also illustrated many children’s books as well as graphic novels. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.



Tim Lebbon is the author of nearly thirty books, including the island and, with Chris Golden, the acclaimed Hidden Cities series. He is the winner of numerous British Fantasy Awards and a Bram Stoker Award. He lives in the Welsh countryside with his wife and children.

From Booklist:

Imagining author Jack London as a 17-year-old adventurer is the easy partafter all, its not far from the truth. Golden and Lebbons gamble is peppering their story with the fantastic and supernatural, and it pays off. In this gung-ho series starter, Jack enters into the Yukon gold rush. However, an early winter puts him and his new friends through the gauntlet: a raging river, a frigid season spent starving in an isolated cabin, capture into the gold-panning slave trade. And those are the good months! Golden and Lebbon write with a gritty assurance that brings the fantasy elementsmost notably, Jacks multiple face-offs with the mythic Wendigodown to earth. The books second half stretches into dark folktale territory, as Jack finds himself being rescued by a mysterious woman whose love forms a kind of prison. Connections to Londons real life are everywhere: a wolf acts as Jacks spirit guide, and he literally learns the call of the wild. Occasional sketches add a bit of cinematic drama. Best of all, this first chapter kicks the door wide open for almost anything in book two. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus

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