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The Revenant - Film tie-in edition by Michael Punke

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This novel by Michael Punke is a gripping fictional tale based on real-life incident of a frontier man, Hugo Glass. Led by Andrew Henry in 1823, American frontier, along with a band of trappers, was attacked by a Native American tribe. Soon after the tribal attack, when Glass was on hunt for food supplies, he was attacked by a huge bear that left him mauled with deep cuts on his throat and most parts of upper body.

Surprisingly Glass holds onto his life and Captain Henry decided to carry him along with the group. Two members of the group, John Fitzgerald and Jim Bridger were commissioned to stay with Glass. Young boy Bridger tries his best to tend to the wounds of Glass whereas Fitzgerald, being an opportunist, plots to get rid of him. Fitzgerald even killed the young boy when he refuses to be part of his plan.

Abandoned by fellow trappers, Glass swears revenge on Fitzgerald and his vow of vengeance gave him strength and courage to survive against the odds. Glass’ life before being a frontiersman is also explained with brief description in the book.

The story is not about revenge but portrays hardships of life in wilderness, conflicts between new explorers and native tribes and desire of a man to fight against all odds.

The narration is smooth and brilliantly weaves historic adventurous events and different stages of expansion towards West.

About the Author

Best known the world over for having authored 'Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, ’ Michael Punke wears many hats as a policy analyst, attorney, policy consultant and professor! His most famous novel has been made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie earned Leonard DiCaprio his first Oscar, after a long wait, despite having delivered several super-hit movies

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