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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
In this powerful biographical novel, Richard Wheeler—winner of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement Award and five Spur Awards—tells the amazing tale of the American explorer and hero, John Fremont, and his attempt to find a railway route to the west along the 38th parallel.

Trapped in the snowbound Colorado mountains, Fremont must fight his way out. He battles the frigid e
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Published March 2nd 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2010)
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Oct 08, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved his true story
I was right there with them in the mountains .....
Joan Carmichael
Mar 15, 2017 Joan Carmichael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story of Colonel John Fremont's attempt to cross the Colorado mountains in the heart of winter 1844-45, to the detriment to the 25 or more men that travelled with him.
Suzanne Lilly
Not many people know about the disastrous 1848-1849 winter trek of John C. Frémont and his men. Thirty-three men with one hundred thirty mules and plenty of supplies set out for California along the 38th parallel. Frémont brought along an expert topographer, a doctor, an artist, and many loyal men from his previous California campaigns. John C. Frémont was one of the premiere trailblazers of his time, yet through arrogance or poor judgement, or a little of both, he incurred devastating losses in ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Elvira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A narrative retelling of John Charles Fremont's third expedition West on the 38th parallel where he got trapped in heavy snows and lost 10 of his men. The story is told from many of the expeditions viewpoints which help get a clear picture of the situation but more importantly of Fremont's character. For those who have grown up learning about Fremont as a hero, this will be an eye opening account into his character.

As a historical retelling of an event I did find the lack of documentation of so
Mar 09, 2014 Norma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
This book is about John Fremont's disastrous 4th expedition along the 38th parallel. In the afterword the author acknowledges that there was conflicting info about Fremont and in this book he comes off as a big jerk. Fremont supposedly is looking for a rail route along the 38th parallel. He chooses to do this in the dead of winter in one of the worst winters known. He looses 130 mules and men too. The expedition takes him through the San Juan Mountains in Southern CO. against all reasonable advi ...more
Dale Hoffman
Jun 04, 2010 Dale Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The noveliization of John Charles Fremont`s tragic fourth expedition through the Colorado mountains in the dead of winter. The mystery of a man who could lead his expedition to a wreckless assault of the San Juan Mountains in the dead of a horrible winter without regard or sympathy for his men or their familys, without regret for deaths or consequences of poor decisions, and always lay the blame for anything bad that happened on somewhere else. Excellent story and drama, I really enjoyed the sto ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Michele rated it liked it
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This book is very clever, very well written. The problem is you end up hating Fremont within the first few chapters. Knowing you have another 200 pages of his blunders and horrific mistakes to get through, makes it that much harder to read.
His wife was fascinating. I would love to learn more about her. He treated her so poorly and yet she always championed him and his causes, turning him into a legend. I would love to know how you do that to someone who doesn't treat you right.
I would like to
Jan 19, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Wheeler is a great storyteller. While reading this, I thought it was fiction. After I finished and found out that Fremont was a real person, it made the story even more amazing. Wheeler developed the characters well and kept me completely engaged with the story. A great read and great writer.
Mar 16, 2011 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of John Fremont who is trapped in the snow in Colorado. He is on a quest to find a path for the railroad along the 38 parallel ending in San Francisco. He had a very different personality which was expressed in each chapter as the story was told from that person's perspective. Well writen, but a little gory.
May 12, 2010 Art rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A very interesting story of severe hardship. And it is about a man that I have been following around (virtually) in the mountains most of my life. I've even stood underneath the peak named after him but not yet stood on top. Where is it? The Wind Rivers. Good story. The writing is so-so. Mr. Fremont was not a very admirable guy.

saw on new fiction shelf at WHI
Sharon Barnard
Jan 05, 2011 Sharon Barnard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent biographical novel about crossing the US along the 38th parallel in dead of winter under the guise of mapping out a railroad route or the possibility of one. In reality it is more about the esteemed leader John Fremont's own personal mission to push boundaries. An on the edge of your seat story of as the cover says "man against man, man against nature, man against himself..."
Jeff Dickison
Fictionalized account of Fremont's trek through Colorado during the winter. This was not the brightest thing to do and the book gives a straight forward account of what the men and mules went through.
Mar 21, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read my review at my blog
Jun 12, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-west
Sep 16, 2011 Dwight rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It started out interesting but degenerated into a repatition of the same rhetoric.
Sep 27, 2010 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another just ok book covered exploration of a possible site for a railway between New York and California. The perils of travel in the winter and what power/fame does to the seeker.
Sean Harry
Interesting story. Not a great book.
Dec 23, 2010 Lugene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent historical novel that really gives a vivid pictures of the trials this ill-fated expedition went through. Told from different perspectives and points of view.
A fast paced award winning historical fiction novel based in Colorado is Richard Wheeler’s Snowbound.
Teo smite
Jun 08, 2010 Teo smite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written novelistic account of one bad idea in the Colorado winter of 1848.
Sep 22, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing that could make this book better is if it was longer! I love to read about people against winter!
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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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