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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Lewis and Clark: forever paired for their epochal first crossing of the continent in 1804-1806, darlings of the young republic, and the pride of Thomas Jefferson because they made his dream of a nation between two oceans come true.

Lewis and Clark: two great but very different men.

Plain-spoken William Clark, enjoys the triumphs and acclaim of the expedition, marries his chi
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Forge Books (first published May 31st 2002)
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Aug 20, 2013 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fallibility. After reading from Richard Wheeler’s lengthy list of historical western novels, I’m thinking fallibility is a special interest of this award-winning author. And it’s a difficult subject in a field of fiction that traditionally wants to pay tribute to the men who opened the West. In this story of Lewis and Clark, however, we are given a portrayal of exceptional men, who are also only human.

Eclipse, published in 2002, tackles the story of the suicide of Meriwether Lewis, only a few sh
Oct 15, 2016 Peggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out sad, and got sadder throughout until the bitter end. Still, I kept reading it, because the author did such a superb job of portraying the personalities of both Lewis and Clark. Told from alternating first-person perspectives of both men, the gradual physical and mental collapse of Lewis was masterfully presented. If this theory of Lewis' final demise is correct--and there are good reasons to presume that it is--this is an incredibly tragic ending to the story of a man who w ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Clarice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Eclipse is one of those curious novels that somehow manage to be simultaneously entertaining and dull. Richard Wheeler is clearly a skilled author; he's equipped with both a formidable vocabulary and the ability to employ a voice reminiscent of 18th century upper-class Virginians (although I'm not sure Clark's social background justifies it). However, his characters lack color and his moral arc lacks potency. Essentially, Eclipse falls short due to Wheeler's inability to stir up a palpable emoti ...more
Lois Anderson
It wasn't what I expected. This takes place after they return from the great expedition. Seams to drag in some places and skip over some stories that might have been interesting.
Apr 30, 2010 Vikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel about Lewis and Clark once they got back from their journey. This novel holds the theory that Lewis contacted syphillis from a Shoshone on the journey. This theory holds that he was in the third stage and shot himself on a trip to see President Madison to settle his financial affairs.
The story rings true about the way the government wasn't forthcoming in paying it's obligations to Lewis and Clark and their men.
Will Clark and Merriweather Lewis both were forever changed by their grand adventure and Lewis in particular paid a heavy price.
Apr 09, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't known till this book that there was a "mystery" surrounding Lewis's death. A few portions dragged, but on the whole it kept my attention. Watching Lewis's deterioration was pretty heart-wrenching at times, especially when contrasted with Clark's happiness.
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Sep 30, 2010 Dale Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Richard S. Wheeler book this explores the death of Meriweather Clark and what may have happened to him.
Feb 21, 2014 Cassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a light read. Full of SAT vocabulary words. Very good book. Mr. Wheeler puts you back in time and you see first hand the life in the times of the Louisiana Purchase.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

There are other authors with this name. One writes Marine Corps history. Another, Civil War history. Another writes in the political sciences.

Richard S. (Shaw) Wheeler was born in Milwaukee in 1935 and grew up in nearby Wauwatosa.
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