Once there was a wilderness so vast, no white man had ever crossed it. Then Lewis and Clark became the pathfinders for a nation, opening up a land of limitless possibilities that called with a siren's song to brave men looking for a dream . . . the first Holts. In the heart of this majestic land, Clay Holt and his Sioux Wife, Shining Moon, lead a perilous expedition up the Yellowstone River. While Clay and his band confront fierce storms and the plots of adversaries, brother Jeff Holt heads back East on a treacherous quest; impetuous young cousin Ned takes to the high seas; and in the East, Melissa Merrivale Holt struggles against the unscrupulous businessman to means to have her. With the bravery and fighting spirit, the intrepid Holts battle on . . . to shape the destiny of a nation and to build and American dynasty.
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Sambrook Ericson, an experienced actor, lecturer, and narrator, reads this wide-ranging, unusual story of the American frontier. Emulating all character dialog, including the women's, Ericson uses his versatile, clear, well-modulated voice effectively. He manages believable, if not authentic, Scottish accents and generally is able to help the listener distinguish among the many characters. In one of the multiple story lines, Jeff Holt leaves his fur-trapping business to return east and find his wife, Melissa. Melissa's father tries to keep Jeff from finding her while Melissa contends with an unwanted suitor. Meanwhile, Jeff's brother Clay and Clay's Sioux wife lead a difficult, dangerous expedition up the Yellowstone River. While offering a realistic view of the dynamic, perilous Old West era, the action and story development are often slow. Additionally, while the production quality is excellent, some of the dialog is stilted and dull. Ross's (Independence!, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/93) standard, slightly grandiose historical adventure, with its Western approach and romantic subplot, should appeal to a limited audience. Only large collections need consider.?Carolyn Alexander, Columbia Lib. System, Monterey, Cal.
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