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The Lost Trail   By: (1840-1916)

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The Lost Trail by Edward Sylvester Ellis is a riveting adventure novel that takes readers on a journey through the rugged American wilderness. Set in the late 19th century, the story follows a group of intrepid explorers as they embark on a mission to unravel the mystery of a lost trail.

From the very beginning, Ellis captivates readers with his vivid descriptions of the untamed landscape. His detailed portrayal of the dense forests, treacherous mountains, and roaring rivers brings the setting to life, immersing readers in a world where danger lurks at every turn. The author's extensive knowledge of the outdoors shines through, creating an authentic atmosphere that adds depth to the narrative.

The characters in The Lost Trail are well-developed and relatable, each with their own unique traits and motives. The protagonist, a young and determined explorer named Walter Hazard, is instantly likable and easy to root for. His courage and resourcefulness in the face of adversity make him a compelling hero. Other characters, such as the experienced guide Old Smoke, provide valuable insights and add layers to the story.

The plot of The Lost Trail is fast-paced and filled with unexpected twists and turns. As the group of explorers ventures deeper into the wilderness, they encounter various challenges that test their skills and resilience. From dangerous encounters with wildlife to navigating treacherous terrain, every obstacle feels genuine and raises the stakes for the characters. The suspense is maintained throughout, keeping readers eagerly turning the pages.

One aspect that stands out in The Lost Trail is the author's attention to detail. Ellis seamlessly weaves historical facts and information into the story, providing insights into the time period and cultural context. The inclusion of Native American characters and their interactions with the explorers adds depth and complexity to the narrative, highlighting the complex relationship between settlers and indigenous peoples during that era.

Overall, The Lost Trail is a captivating adventure novel that combines elements of historical fiction and survival thriller. Edward Sylvester Ellis demonstrates his mastery of storytelling by crafting a tale that is both gripping and informative. With its vivid descriptions, well-drawn characters, and thrilling plot, this book is sure to appeal to fans of wilderness adventures and historical fiction alike.

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[Illustration: "THAT INDIAN HAS CARRIED CORA AWAY!" Frontispiece .]



I. The Shadow II. The Adventures of a Night III. The Jug Acquaintances IV. An Ominous Rencounter V. Gone VI. The Lost Trail VII. A Hibernian's Search for the Trail VIII. The Trail of Death IX. The Dead Shot X. Conclusion


He held his long rifle in his right hand, while he drew the shrubbery apart with his left, and looked forth at the canoe.

"A purty question, ye murtherin haythen!"

"Where does yees get the jug?"

Dealt the savage a tremendous blow

"Well, At to uck," said he, kindly, "you seem troubled."

The trail was lost!

"And so, Teddy, ye're sayin' it war a white man that took away the missionary's wife."

"It's all up!" muttered the dying man. "I am wiped out at last, and must go under!"

"Harvey Richter don't you know me?" he gasped.




Ye who love the haunts of nature, Love the sunshine of the meadow, Love the shadow of the forest, Love the wind among the branches, And the rain shower and the snow storm, And the rushing of great rivers... Continue reading book >>

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