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The River of Kings

(2017)
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Named one of the Top 25 Best Novels of 2017 by Paste Magazine!

“The most exciting literary adventure fiction I've read since Deliverance.” –Howard Frank Mosher, author of God's Kingdom

In The River of Kings, bestselling author of Fallen Land Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands—two brothers’ journey down an ancient river, their father’s tangled past, and the buried history of the river’s earliest people—to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.

The Altamaha River, Georgia’s “Little Amazon,” is one of the last truly wild places in America. Crossed by roads only five times in its 137 miles, the black-water river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, direct descendants of eighteenth-century Highland warriors, and a staggering array of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha is even rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the oldest European fort in North America.

Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father’s ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; they were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons are determined to solve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story alternates with that of Jacques le Moyne, the first European artist in North America, who accompanied a 1564 French expedition that began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes.

Twining past and present in one compelling narrative, and illustrated with drawings that survived the 1564 expedition, The River of Kings is Taylor Brown’s second novel: a dramatic and rewarding adventure through history, myth, and the shadows of family secrets.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"With language as rich as floodplain soil, The River of Kings is a stunning Southern epic of tremendous heart and scope. Taylor Brown takes risks few other writers would chance and somehow manages to traverse those waters with an astounding grace and beauty." - David Joy

"The most exciting literary adventure fiction I've read since Deliverance." - Howard Frank Mosher

"Like a great body of water itself, The River of Kings is one moment grace and serenity, and the next moment hazard and threat, shifting in wonderfully unexpected ways, yet always in possession of a natural beauty you cannot help but admire." - Michael Farris Smith

"In The River of Kings Taylor Brown offers a brilliant braided history, water-tight and blood-bound. Each strand of time is laid atop the one before it to make an intricate fable: two brothers, paddling back against the past, and whatever monsters lurk beneath its surface. This book haunts itself. And Mr. Brown keeps getting better and better." - Ashley Warlick

"If your curiosity is piqued by an exciting river adventure with rich character study and language that fairly leaps off the page, look no further you've found your book." - Andria Williams


Used availability for Taylor Brown's The River of Kings

Hardback Editions

July 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The River of Kings (Wheeler Publishing Large Print Hardcover)
Author(s): Taylor Brown
ISBN: 1-4328-4098-3 / 978-1-4328-4098-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The River of Kings: A Novel
Author(s): Taylor Brown
ISBN: 1-250-11175-7 / 978-1-250-11175-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: River of Kings
Author(s): TAYLOR BROWN
ISBN: 1-250-16551-2 / 978-1-250-16551-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Griffin
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The River of Kings Lib/E
Author(s): Taylor Brown
ISBN: 1-5384-0360-9 / 978-1-5384-0360-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The River of Kings
Author(s): Taylor Brown
ISBN: 1-5384-0370-6 / 978-1-5384-0370-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The River of Kings
Author(s): Taylor Brown
ISBN: 1-5384-0380-3 / 978-1-5384-0380-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The River of Kings
Author(s): Taylor Brown
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The River of Kings
Author(s): Taylor Brown
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The River of Kings: A Novel
Author(s): Taylor Brown
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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