Alone on the Shield: A Novel by Kirk Landers

“I hope you get drafted, I hope you go to Vietnam, I hope you get shot, and I hope you die there. Those words, spoken in the anger of youth, marked the end of the torrid 1960s college romance of Annette DuBose and Gabe Pender. She would marry a fellow antiwar activist and end up immigrating to Canada. He would fight in Vietnam and come home to build an American dream kind of life—a great career, a trophy wife, and a life of wealth and privilege. Forty years later, they have reconnected and discovered a shared passion: solo canoeing in Ontario’s raw Quetico wilderness. They decide to meet again to get caught up on old times, but not in a restaurant or coffee shop—they agree to meet on an island deep in the Quetico wilds. Though they try to control their expectations for the rendezvous, they both approach the island with a growing realization of the emotional void in their lives and wonder how different everything might have been if they had spent their lives together. They must overcome challenges just to reach the island, then encounter the greatest challenges of all—each other, and a weather event for the ages. Alone on the Shield is a story about the Vietnam war and the things that connect us. It is the story of aging Baby Boomers, of the rare kinds of people who paddle alone into the wilderness, and of the kind of adventure that comes only to the bold and the brave.”

Quetico Provincial Park: is a large wilderness park in Northwest Ontario Canada, known for its excellent canoeing and fishing. This 1,180,000-acre park shares its southern border with Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness which is part of the larger Superior National Forest These large wilderness parks are often collectively referred to as the Boundary Waters or the Quetico Superior Country

Derecho Storm: A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a land-based, fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. Derechos can cause hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods.

My thoughts: I absolutely loved this book and I didn’t want it to end. Kirk Landers writing is wonderful, energetic and exciting. Yes, this book is about canoeing and wilderness. Two things I am passionate about but isn’t that why we read? If you have an afternoon or two I highly suggest picking this up to read. Sorry no spoilers here! Except I never want to experience a derecho storm while on the water, it would be catastrophic..

Cheers….

Alone on the Shield by Kirk Landers.
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7 thoughts on “Alone on the Shield: A Novel by Kirk Landers

  1. John Wilson

    As a graduate of Rice Paddy U, class of 67/68 Tet I left Vietnam but it didn’t leave me, intrudes on my life daily, thank you for this nice post but I am back to reading the Greeks, Iliad Odyssey, peloponnesusn war, etc..keep up with your great blog.

    1. John,

      I totally get it… Thank you for serving I greatly appreciate it. What book are you reading now if any? I just order “Finding True North” by Fran Yardley..

      1. John Wilson

        Rrereading Einstein ,by Walter Isaacson, and WHO KILLED HOMER, Victor Davis Hanson, my favorite Classicist and Historian.

      2. John Wilson

        Forgot tell this fri sat or sun nite weather permit, going photo Perseid showers at Moss Lake w Kurt Gardner from old forge, he has my camera set manual 3200 iso f28 24mm 30 sec going let me use one of his tripods should b fun

        Sent from my iPhone

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