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The Secret Journeys of Jack London by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

February 28th, 2012 (10:14 pm)
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The Secret Journeys of Jack London by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbom    The Sea Wolves by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

The Secret Journeys of Jack London by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon

The classic adventure novel gets a hypermodern, paranormal update from bestselling authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon.

The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own thrilling, real life adventures. But there are parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years - things so horrifying even he couldn't set them down in writing. These are the secret journeys of Jack London.

We meet Jack at age seventeen, following thousands of men and women into the Yukon Territory in search of gold. For Jack, the journey holds the promise of another kind of fortune: challenge and adventure. But what he finds in the wild north is something far more sinister than he could have ever imagined: kidnapping and slavery, the murderous nature of desperate men, and, amid it all, supernatural beasts of the wilderness that prey upon the weakness in men's hearts.

On February 28th, they've unleashed a brand-new adventure: The Sea Wolves. Clinging to life after he is captured in an attack by savage pirates, Jack is unprepared for what he faces at the hands of the crew and their charismatic, murderous captain, Ghost. For these mariners are not mortal men but hungry beasts chasing gold and death across the North Pacific. Jack’s only hope lies with Sabine - a sad, sultry captive of Ghost’s insatiable hunger. But on these waters, nothing is as it seems, and Sabine may be hiding dangerous secrets of her own.

The second installment in the adventures of the young Jack London is a masterpiece of tension and emotion. Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator Greg Ruth, have crafted a tale for readers of all ages, an action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful descent into the darkest desires of men and beasts and the hell that awaits them.

Reviews for The Secret Journeys of Jack London:

Garth Nix, author of the Abhorsen Trilogy, declared: "A masterful mix of gold, cold, supernatural creatures, and dread magic makes this a great action adventure story."

Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy, calls The Wild "A great old-school adventure novel and the best use of the Wendigo legend I've ever read."

Horrorworld: "Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon are two of the most imaginative, prolific authors working today. They share a solid foundation of pure storytelling, a beating heart of character and pace and plot that drives every book, every story, no matter what it's about."

Publishers Weekly Starred Review: "Launching the Secret Journeys of Jack London series, Lebbon and Golden offer a gripping, gory alternate history of author London, adding supernatural threats to the earthly ones he's known to have faced in real life. Ruth's handsome illustrations add a further haunting element to this adventure, which questions what it means to maintain one's humanity in the face of awesome forces both natural and uncanny."

Booklist: "Golden and Lebbon's gamble is peppering their story with the fantastic and the supernatural, and it pays off in this gung-ho series starter...Golden and Lebbon write with gritty assurance. Best of all, this first chapter kicks the door wide open for almost anything in book two."

VOYA: "It is reasonably certain that the real Jack London never stared down a man-eating Wendigo or was forced to pan gold as a slave. But Golden and Lebbon's new adventure series casts the famed author of Call of the Wild and White Fang as an adolescent explorer on the new frontier in the Yukon. Hardier than the Hardy Boys, Jack is an intelligent, rugged role model any seriously-minded nature enthusiast will find appealing. Book One is a rollicking adventure tale for modern-day readers, depicting with great awe the unforgiving, and yet beautiful, conditions Jack confronts. Better yet, there is enough biographical reality to drive curious readers into sampling the works of the actual London while they eagerly await another chapter. That is a fire worth starting."
VOYA Rating: 5Q 4P M J S A/YA

San Francisco Book Review: "A truly exciting, well-written adventure story...a must-read. A wonderful choice for the classroom."


Future film adaptation news! Want to see this series on the big screen? I do! I'm happy to report that Fox renewed its option on The Secret Journeys of Jack London after receiving a fantastic script from John Collee, who wrote the screenplay for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Collee also wrote Happy Feet.

The Secret Journeys of Jack London
Book One: The Wild
by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon
with illustrations by Greg Ruth
Now available in paperback!

Order now: IndieBound - Amazon - Barnes & Noble

The Secret Journeys of Jack London
Book Two: The Sea Wolves
by Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon
with illustrations by Greg Ruth
Brand-new hardcover!

Read my review of The Sea Wolves.

Order now: IndieBound - Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Download the Electronic Press Kit (EPK) for the first book.

http://www.christophergolden.com/jack/