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As All My Fathers Were: A Novel by Jim Misko (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jim Misko
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Ranchers, Richard and Seth Barrett, are devoted to running the family ranch on Nebraska's Platte River. It is their intent to keep doing so the rest of their lives; however, the terms of their mother's will requires them to travel by horse and canoe along the Platte River, to understand why their maternal grandfather homesteaded the ranch three generations earlier. From the grave, she commands them to observe industrial farming's harm to the land, air, and water.

A 90-old bachelor farmer, with a game plan of his own, butts in and threatens to disrupt and delay the will's mandatory expedition. Using a gullible hometown sheriff and a corrupt local politician, a conniving, wealthy neighbor, seeking to seize the property, thwarts their struggle to keep their ranch and meet the will's terms.

The Platte River, “A mile wide and an inch deep,” becomes its own character in this turbulent novel and lives up to its legend as being “too thick to drink and too thin to plow.”

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 418 pages
  • Editeur : Northwest Ventures; Édition : First Edition (2 décembre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00LV5G1R4
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Following in Michener's Footsteps 18 avril 2015
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Following in the footsteps of James Michener, Jim Misko has penned a rich contemporary tale of the Barrett brothers, two men in their sixties, who must travel up and down the South Platte River through Nebraska, a journey of hundreds of miles. Their recently-deceased mother stipulated in her will that the brothers travel halfway on horseback and halfway via canoe, with the midpoint being the confluence of the North and South Platte. They must complete the journey in 61 days, and must observe, learn, and complete a report on the impacts of their increasingly-industrialized farming methods on the river. If they fail to meet her stipulations, their family farm will be donated to charity. Of course, the brothers have no choice; neither does their sister, who is required to return to the farm and operate it in the brothers' absence. Thus all three are forced into new and life-changing roles.

But wait, there's more. A certain avaricious landowner conspires with a power-lusting attorney to thwart the Barrett brothers. All manner of difficulties are thrown in front of the three siblings, orchestrated by a man whose hold on the region is matched by his great wealth.

I enjoyed this story of midlife growth and change. I also liked the inclusion of the contemporary issue of environmentalism, and how two well-meaning, intelligent brothers could be pretty much ignorant as to the damage they're doing to the planet. There are other subplots and story threads within the main story, and Jim Misko paints a compassionate picture of American culture with all its greatness and failings. This was a first-class read from a wonderful writer. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great story! 1 mars 2015
Par Rosie T. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was an unexpected surprise! Not a typical read for me but it quickly wrapped me in and I didn't want to put it down!

The book starts off with two brothers and their adoptive sister who have been given a task by their deceased mom in her will. If they want to inherit the farm, Ginny is to take care of the farm while the brothers go up the Platte River and back on foot, horseback and canoe. They must complete this task in a certain amount of days or the ranch is donated to Boys Town. In addition to the brothers, a sprite old man named Filoh joins them. At 90 years old, and both brothers not wanting him to join, he shows up on day 1 ready to teach these "youngsters" a lesson on the damage they are doing to the land. He, by far, became one of my favorite characters. His stubbornness, zest for life, and desire for adventure at 90 made him most likeable.
Of course, not all characters are likeable. What good story doesn't have a bad guy or three? Corrupt Sheriff, lawyer with his hands in both pots and a money hungry landowner who is after the farm make for a terrible threesome that wreak havoc on Richard and Seth's journey. Try as they might, The brothers determination and desire to keep their ranch only grows stronger with each and every day.
Not only do the brothers grow closer to each other but they grow closer to the land. They come to realize why their mother wanted them to take this journey and why their grandpa chose the location. I enjoyed reading information about the river specifically and how Misko discussed the positive role sustainable farming can have on our future.

Misko paints a portrait in your head that is so vivid it is easy to get lost in the book and forget what time it is or even that your at home and not traveling with the brothers up the Platte. As a first read by this author, I was impressed and look forward to reading more by him. Even plan on purchasing some for gifts!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The journey seems a simple one at first . . . . 30 avril 2015
Par Helen Hegener - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Author Jim Misko drops you right into this compelling story, introducing the main characters and their complex interrelationships with a startling revelation. Two brothers in their sixties, ranchers Richard and Seth Barrett, and their adopted sister Ginny, gather on the afternoon their mothers' will is to be read. The family ranch, 8,000 acres along Nebraska's Platte River, homesteaded by their mother's father, is the setting. Their mother's attorney reads the will, and her words set in motion a trip which will change all of their lives. The two brothers are to make a journey, by horseback and canoe, hundreds of miles along the historic and ecologically-threatened river which becomes another character in the book.

"They sat on the bank and the river went by. It was making sounds to itself and now it made sounds to them. It was the first time they had divorced themselves from other things and listened and they understood what the river was saying. The Platte is an old river. It has seen many things and lived through many things, but remained constant in a real way. It incorporated them traveling along its banks and nestled them near its bosom. The river had a proprietary interest in them and a lesson to instill. It had done that with Grandpa Melzer and it would with his grandsons."

The journey seems a simple one at first, travel up the river and back, but there are villains in this story who will seemingly stop at nothing to deter the brothers from fulfilling the terms of their mother's will. A wealthy neighboring landowner seeking to add their ranch to his holdings, aided and abetted by corrupt local officials, plays a mean game and plans to win. "It's like chess–moving pieces around to block and stymie the opposition. Damn, it's fun."

The title comes from a Bible verse, "Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee and a sojourner, as all my fathers were."

The sojourners in this tale have lessons to learn, and to share, about the ways we live our lives, and the importance of living them thoughtfully. The exchanges and conversations about agribusiness and sustainable farming, wrapped in an engaging and often humorous story, provide lessons we should all take to heart.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Misko's newest novel strikes it rich. 25 septembre 2014
Par Jim Misko - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
As All My Fathers Were, a novel by James Misko. $18.95, perfect paperback, Northwest Ventures Press, ISBN-978-0-9640826-5-6. Review by Rebecca Goodrich, Anchorage, Alaska, September 22, 2014

Jim Misko keeps growing as an author, and has given us another unexpected work. Misko doesn’t write the usual topics, so don’t pick up his books expecting to read the same-old same-old.

I know Misko as part of the Anchorage, Alaska literary community, but don’t get invited over for drinks and dinner, so I’m a fairly reliable reviewer of his books. I was originally impressed by his first novel, For What He Could Become.

Jim Misko’s fourth novel, As All My Fathers Were, tells the story of a ranching family in Nebraska, and the story of the Platte River itself.

Brothers Rich and Seth Barrett lead parallel lives on the family ranch, expecting to inherit the land from their recently deceased mother, whose ashes sit in an urn on the mantel.

Estranged, emotionally disconnected from each other and other important parts of their lives, they are floored by the directives their mother has specified in her will.

In order to inherit the ranch and its 8000 acres, the brothers must recreate the Platte River journey made by their ancestor, Great-grandfather Adolph Melzer, who homesteaded the land back in 1845.

They have sixty-one days to travel along and on the river, by foot and horseback on the way up, and to canoe down. They are instructed to stay on and along the river as much as possible, but are allowed to go into towns for supplies or medical emergency.

In addition, they must evaluate the river and its environs, and come to understand why their great-grandfather chose their home, that particular place to make a start to what has become the Barrett Ranch, and their entire existence.

The ranch must be run by their adopted sister, Virginia, and her children, and must be in the same condition or better at the end of the sixty-one days. If either part of this requirement is not attained, the land will be donated to Boys Town Nebraska immediately.

Struggling with shock and disappointment, the brothers grit their teeth and depart, taking their horses, tent, food and other supplies. Virginia and the grandkids struggle with the heavy labor and long hours required to run the ranch, even with hired help.

What none of the siblings realize, their ranch is the target of a well-connected Nebraskan bad boy, who is determined to add the ranch to his holdings, no matter who has to get hurt or die. The rules of the journey leave the family and their acreage wide open to his machinations.

The family must pull together, survive sabotage and assault, as well as the rigors of life on the river, or they lose everything.

Clear some quality time for this book; it will repay you a hundred-fold.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Following in Michener's Footsteps 29 décembre 2014
Par Lynne Spreen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Following in the footsteps of James Michener, Jim Misko has penned a rich contemporary tale of the Barrett brothers, two men in their sixties, who must travel up and down the South Platte River through Nebraska, a journey of hundreds of miles. Their recently-deceased mother stipulated in her will that the brothers travel halfway on horseback and halfway via canoe, with the midpoint being the confluence of the North and South Platte. They must complete the journey in 61 days, and must observe, learn, and complete a report on the impacts of their increasingly-industrialized farming methods on the river. If they fail to meet her stipulations, their family farm will be donated to charity. Of course, the brothers have no choice; neither does their sister, who is required to return to the farm and operate it in the brothers' absence. Thus all three are forced into new and life-changing roles.

But wait, there's more. A certain avaricious landowner conspires with a power-lusting attorney to thwart the Barrett brothers. All manner of difficulties are thrown in front of the three siblings, orchestrated by a man whose hold on the region is matched by his great wealth.

I enjoyed this story of midlife growth and change. I also liked the inclusion of the contemporary issue of environmentalism, and how two well-meaning, intelligent brothers could be pretty much ignorant as to the damage they're doing to the planet. There are other subplots and story threads within the main story, and Jim Misko paints a compassionate picture of American culture with all its greatness and failings. This was a first-class read from a wonderful writer. Highly recommended.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 What I like about the Misko books is that there is a ... 27 janvier 2015
Par Big Guy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is my second Jim Misko read. What I like about the Misko books is that there is a redemptive element. In this case, both of the protagonists (brother Richard and Seth Barrett) need redeeming whether they know it or not. Misko likes to set difficult challenges for his heroes. He uses the terms of a will to force the brothers to traverse the Platte much as their grandfather did. To get to that finish line they must push themselves beyond what even they believe is possible. In this novel Misko is didactic without being preachy. He makes the Platte River a character, and explores its imperiled state. We get to know this unique stretch of water ("an inch deep and a mile wide") as the brothers travel in, and along it. Naturally there are bad guys along the way (personally, I would have wished these bad guys ended up with more of a comeuppance), and even a bit of romance. Misko likes big stories peopled with interesting characters. That works for me.
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