My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Wilderness series is an interesting take on the historical fiction Mountain Man genre in that the main character, Nate King, is an educated man and a family man, as opposed to the loner survivalist types that typically dominate these types of stories. This changes the dynamic significantly since being a protector of his beloved family raises the stakes when danger threatens, as it surely will in adventure books. David Robbins, is a pro and this short novel is well-written with smart dialogue and a compelling plot that tells the story of Nate King and his family investigating a murder assumed to be committed by trappers from their peaceful valley before a retaliation effort is mounted by angry Native American warriors. The trail leads to a conflict with a band of particularly ruthless and violent outlaws that have been brutally terrorizing innocent settlers and pilgrims. This is not an Adult Western series, so although violence and gore are plentiful there are no awkward sex scenes or foul language. A solid entry in a dependably reliable series.