Fugitives from Northwoods by Chris Bostic

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Eight teenagers escape imprisonment at a work camp to brave the wilderness. Tested to their limits, they struggle to survive their terrifying dash for freedom.

After the total collapse of the world economy, the United States couldn't stand together. So they failed separately. In the small region-state of Winnkota, poverty and greed are turning the idyllic Northwoods of Minnesota into a barren wasteland of clear-cut forests and over-fished lakes. Every able-bodied teenager is conscripted into a labor force and sent to work in harsh, prison-like conditions. They're enslaved young so they never learn to think for themselves. But Penn is different. He's determined to win back freedom - for himself, his friends, and someday for his homeland.

On a cold autumn night, the group makes a terrifying dash for freedom north of the border. The fugitives endure a series of difficult wilderness challenges while pursued by the ruthless camp guards. Pushing his friends to the breaking point, Penn guides the fugitives through a harsh, but ironically beautiful, backdrop of amazing Northwoods scenery.

Should any of them survive to reach the border, will the freedom found equal all that they expected?

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 7, 2012
  • Last updated Sept. 7, 2012
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  • Kestrelraptorial's avatar
    Kestrelraptorial wrote 3 months, 3 weeks ago
    “Fugitives from Northwoods” made me anxious with every chapter. I really felt that I had no idea who was going to survive through to the end. Penn and Cesswi are cool main characters, and I found the emerging romance between them heartwarming and so fitting over what may be their last days. Frost’s poem is indeed fitting for the story. The kids are so devoted to each other. Though Penn and Rayburn do fight, it’s out of hurt rather than ...
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    John Lovell wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    I bought this book and finished it last night. I probably won't be able to it the justice it deserves on a review. It took me just the 3 nights to read and the most disappointing thing is that there wasn't any more. This is a seriously great story. The entire thing just had me gripped all the way throughout because I didn't know what was going to happen at all. I even tried to make predictions as I was ...
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    Ruth WM wrote 1 year, 3 months ago

    Hi Chris,
    Here is my comments on 'fugitives.' I have read chapters 1 & 2 and was very impressed with the way you hold suspense, as teens go I believe they will love the very poetic flow of your writing and I have to say they will 'like me' attach to the fabulous character Penn.
    I will be back to read more.

  • Outdoor Dude's avatar
    Outdoor Dude wrote 1 year, 4 months ago

    What an awesome book! So happy to see that you got this published. I've read the sample here, and I'm off to buy me a copy on Amazon right now.

  • BeeJoy's avatar
    BeeJoy wrote 1 year, 7 months ago

    Wow. What an exciting read! Talking in 1st person was a great and exceptional writing. I enjoyed the teens and the fast paced of this read. Job well done.

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    andycp1999 wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    At first I was confused as to why this book wasn't on the desk by now. It's a gripping survival story and I love survival stories. But then I saw that it's already been published and that comments about Game Changer were preferred. All right, I'll have a look at it.

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    Seringapatam wrote 1 year, 11 months ago
    Chris A really cool read and very intelligent writing to say the least. You have a brilliant narrative voice which when matched with your descriptive voice and the correct amount of pitch makes for just the right mix for a superb book. I think this is going to do you proud. I was hooked into this book and nearly broke my three chapter rule which I dont do often at all. Well done and good luck. Sean Connolly. British Army ...
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    Le Truc wrote 1 year, 12 months ago

    I have started reading this - keep up the good work!

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    Le Truc wrote 1 year, 12 months ago

    I have started reading this - keep up the good work!

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    InquireTheOrigin [Retired] wrote 2 years ago
    A.D. Reid--Critique The pitch and the very first chapter is impacting all on its own. I love the suspense, the thrill, the action, the fluid way of writing, so believable, so strong. I was quite taken back on how open this book would become and how personal it would feel to me. I wanted to be there, I wanted to help, I wanted to say, "Hey, what the hell are you doing?" "No, Go!" "Please, Stop!" I felt so real, ...
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    D. A. Quigley wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    This is a very good novel...worthy of a high rating. I am currently reading Pillars of the Earth and this story and its suspense reminds me of the tension or every crisis the story provides. Can't wait to read more. Good luck and keep writing...you have a gift. By the way Happy New Year.

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    Jaclyn Aurore wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    YARG review - new cover... new review... seems fair... i love that part about the peanuts and the talking birds... and how there's talk of wire and a clock wait was it talking birds? or talking to birds? or just seeing a bird and then thinking "hey, i should talk to it" oh well, at least i got the peanut part right... it's like the future... but it could be now. and that scares me... and there's a flag in ...
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    coCinstrumental wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    YARG REVIEW WOW! Love the descriptions. You do well with drawing in readers. I like the part where he wants to eread about early American patriots, which he does tho it's not allowed anymore. I wonder why they have to be there? To be fishermen for the government hope we don't go into a dictatorship too soon, but that's a different topic. It's amazing how they have to miss out on birthday cards, etc. Do you think what they teach ...
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    djchorus wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Chris, You're got a great adventure novel begun here. I like the first person approach and the tactic of putting it in the immediate instead of the past (everything in past tense). This style was suggested to me for my book and I think it helps the pace and energy of your book. Of course I have only five chapters to judge the book on but if you are able to maintain the same elements throughout, I believe you've got ...
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    deleted_John Philip [Retired] wrote 2 years, 2 months ago

    A refreshing change from World War Two escape stories, not to mention escape from the Russian gulag stories. This is a good story which holds the reader's attention. Crisply written which gives an added feel. Well done!
    John Philip

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    Isabel_Mac wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Chris, Just thought I'd drop by again and tell you how much I'm enjoying the story. I literally felt my heart sink when I read that the fugitives would have to climb up the slippery rocks on the bank, which shows how involved I was. Really enjoying the character development as well Cesswi is coming over wonderfully! One point I will make is that I'm not sure whether you needed to say that Rayburn is Vogl's 'grouchier older brother' ...
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    Isabel_Mac wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Chris, Just thought I'd drop by again and tell you how much I'm enjoying the story. I literally felt my heart sink when I read that the fugitives would have to climb up the slippery rocks on the bank, which shows how involved I was. Really enjoying the character development as well Cesswi is coming over wonderfully! One point I will make is that I'm not sure whether you needed to say that Rayburn is Vogl's 'grouchier older brother' ...
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    G.W. 2012 [Retired] wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Chapter 7 para 14--typo you have... there will being no shooing... I think it ought to be... be no shooing... para 35 you have... "Yeah?" Her response is (similar) apprehensive... similarily would sound better I like how you end the chapter... but is it a squirrel or chipmunk? Or both? Chapter 8 para 5 typo you have-- ... get a snack and drink, we're gonna (to) head over to... same sentence-- the ending reads ...head over to Found Lake for ...
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    Paul T. Hughes wrote 2 years, 2 months ago
    Ok. So I have read all 12 chapters that are currently uploaded. Great writing but I would make just one or two comments. 1. I have previously mentioned the fact that I struggled in chapter one with the introduction of too many characters without an introduction. 2. Action slowed a little between chapters 6 to 9. Difficult online to gauge this as you read differently to if a book is in your hand. 3. The backdrop is great and the ...
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