The ice bridge of Niagara Falls - steeped in history, fraught with tragedy, challenged by daredevils, lures five young men from the world they know into the mysterious Niagara Gorge. After an encounter with the mighty Falls, they emerge in a struggle of life and death with a Niagara they never knew existed.
Peeling back time, meet the hermit living on the Falls in a quest to become one with it; experience the day the Falls stopped, exploring a riverbed never before exposed -- until the water returns in a frenzy; witness slavery through the eyes of a runaway riding the ''Underground Railroad''; and feel the clash when the path of a drummer boy converges with an Iroquois brave at the ''Devil's Hole'' massacre.
Author d k LeVick creates a tale rich in both historical fact and ingenious fiction. LeVick brings together a series of historical events, a twist of mystery, and a group of teenagers caught up in a changing world. You might just hear the ice crack and feel a tremor beneath your feet.
copyright 2011 by dK LaVick
In Bridges: A Tale of Niagara, dk LeVick takes us on a physical and emotional journey through time and place. What starts as a dare for five teenage boys becomes a life changing event that connects them emotionally. It brings four of them together, and drives one of them closer to the edge than they could ever dream. All boundaries are gone, all pretense removed, and they are real with each other for the first time in their lives. But LeVick gives us more than a coming of age story. Through his beautiful prose and masterful research, we get a glimpse into the past of Niagara few have had the pleasure to experience. And progress continues to take from us.
When Kevin and his friends notice a picture on the wall of “Ol’Gordy’s” soda shop their lives take a drastic turn. The picture tells the story of the “ice bridge” of Niagara Falls. Steeped in history and fraught with tragedy, the boys are transfixed by the idea of walking on the mighty Niagara river, and seeing the frozen falls. When a dare is thrown out, Kevin is caught up in the chorus of excitement that descends over the boys. Despite his better judgment, Kevin becomes a major planer in the ill fated trip. His desire to be “something”, to be part of history, is stronger than his fear. For Kevin being nothing is worse than the thought of getting caught on the illegal “ice bridge”.
Kevin soon finds out no matter how much they plan for the trip, the Niagara gorge will always outsmart them. For the mighty Niagara likes to claim what is hers, not to give back. The trek is no easy trip. They encounter massive ice blocks, impassable rapids, and slick walls of ice. Every turn throws another obstacle in their way, and another challenge to really find themselves.
But LeVick gives us more than this emotional journey. He gives a fantastic tale that is filled with historical fact and historical fiction. For every major road block the boys encounter, such as the falls and the whirlpool, LeVick takes us back in time. He does this with such tales as the hermit living on the falls, and the role that Niagara played in the underground railroad. Even the French and Indian war is represented with the tale of the “Devil’s Hole” Massacre. He seamlessly peels back time and switches gears in a way that leaves you begging for more. While never loosing the true integrity of the story.
All through this LeVick leads us to ponder a essential question in life, why are we here and what are we leaving behind. One passage sums it up nicely, “By the time we begin to understand enough about the world to ask the right questions, our visit is over, and someone else is visiting, asking the same questions.” He uses the backdrop of Niagara to illustrate that it’s not great people who do great things, just normal people with a quest to find themselves. This book is a quick and easy read that does not disappoint. In fact it leads itself to make us look at what bridges we need to cross, and the adventures that lay ahead. I highly recommend this book and will be keeping it on my shelf for a long time.
dK LeVick was born and raised in the Niagara Frontier. For more information on the Niagara Gorge and the historical events detailed in the book please visit his website at www.bridgesataleofniagara.com
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