Book Of The Day – Among The Wild

by Greg on July 18, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a Historical Western with a perfect rating. Among The Wild by Carl Pettit has an outstanding 5.0 star rating and is only $2.99!

“Among The Wild is one tight piece of fiction. The use of language here is wonderful. It’s the kind of book that you want to read in just one sitting. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it highly.” CL – Amazon Reviewer

Among The Wild
by Carl Pettit
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Genre: Historical Western
Price: $2.99


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Noah Adair is a 13-year-old boy orphaned on the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s. After his parents die in a flood, his aunt rejects him in favor of his little brother, while his venomous uncle takes to beating him. Noah is very much alone in a world he doesn’t really understand. When he discovers that his life is in danger, he flees into the wilds on a stolen horse. After hiding out in the desert, he decides to track down the remnants of his family and rescue his brother from his uncle’s malicious intent. Noah has to deal with starvation and thirst, indigenous populations both friendly and hostile, wayward Mennonites seeking out a new home, as well as a dogged assassin on his trail. His faith in the dreams of his family has broken apart, but he discovers, through many arduous trials and a fair amount of violence, that he is capable of enduring the most appalling hardships without losing his passion for life.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

I really enjoyed reading Among The Wild. The author’s direct approach to writing made the story move along at a good pace, yet the slow unfolding of the characters’ background stories keeps readers intrigued as to what secrets these characters are hiding. Packed with action and twists from the very first pages, it is hard to put this book down once you start reading it.


It is always a privilege to find a good new writer. Carl Pettit, who is certainly new to me, writes in a distinctive and highly individual voice. His fine and dignified prose is elegant, and it propels this convincing story along. I recommend this first novel.


This fast-paced story follows Noah on his gripping journey of survival and maturity through the harsh conditions of the old Oregon Territory. Orphaned and outcast, Noah must find his way without losing himself. As a fan of historical fiction, I was engrossed in the compellingly written story and captivated by the vivid imagery and breadth of interesting characters included. You should read this.


From the very beginning, the story and style drown out the “real world” and drop you in the dust and ruts of the Oregon Trail. You find yourself immersed in “Among The Wild” without realizing it. The clear narration and thoughtful details of Carl Pettit’s writing place you in the middle of Noah’s world, looking through his eyes and experiencing his adventures for yourself. I would definitely recommend reading “Among The Wild.”

Get Among The Wild here: Among The Wild

About The Author

Carl Pettit is an American columnist, writer, musician and illustrator. He writes for an array of colorful publications, and also finds time to produce a fair amount of fiction for adults and children. Education and work, plus good old-fashioned curiosity have taken him all over the world. He’s lived in China, the Czech Republic, England, Korea and Portugal, and has traveled to dozens of more countries to boot. When not writing or working on his very rusty drawing technique, he’s most likely planning his next adventure, or out to dinner with friends.

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