Friday, December 5, 2014
The River Of Souls by Robert McCammon
When Corbett meets the young lady, he is astonished to find that she is gorgeous. They go to the ball, where he discovers the reason she needs a paid escort. A local man, huge and unsocial, has decided that he will marry the rich debutante and challenges anyone who escorts her to a duel. Matthew defeats this man, Magnus Muldoon, in a duel of wits as he realizes that the lady enjoys the attention way too much and there is no reason for bloodshed.
But blood is shed. The daughter of a local plantation owner is murdered, and a slave is suspected. The slave, along with his father and brother, have run away. The plantation owner sets a reward for their return, one so high that an entire group of trackers and local men start after them. They quickly see that the slaves have run away up the local Solstice River, which is known as The River Of Souls and is widely suspected of being cursed. Matthew teams up with Muldoon, who he has befriended after the dance fiasco.
This starts an adventure that quickly turns Corbett's easy trip into a nightmare. The group encounters aggressive Indians, snakes, alligators, quicksand, impenetrable bush, and a terror known as the Soul Cryer. Then there is the human treachery and greed to content with. Men start to drop and soon Corbett and Muldoon wonder if they will ever leave the River Of Souls alive.
This is the fifth book in Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series. Matthew is an unusual man who lives by his wits but isn't afraid to get physical when needed. Characters from the earlier books make an appearance but don't affect the reader's ability to read this novel as a stand-alone. This book is recommended for readers of historical fiction or suspense.