What readers say about James Brakken’s writing:

 Publisher’s Weekly Magazine review:

“… a fascinating tale … Namakagon, an Obijwa chief, is the heart of this story of the land ... There is a strong sense in this book of oneness with nature.” “There’s rip-roaring action …” “The book is so well-written.” “Difficult to put down; a great read.”

 Amazon Books review:

“The writing style of this piece is its greatest strength.” “The flow of the words is like an old fashioned song.”

 Writer’s Digest review:

“It’s the dialog and characters that drive The Treasure of Namakagon, a book that, if the audience for (adventure novels) was more like it was in the 1950s, would likely be sitting at or near the top of the best seller’s lists. It appears as if author James A. Brakken is determined to make a go of this series, and … he’s made at least one fan of this reader.” Judge, 22nd Writer’s Digest Annual Self-published Book Awards

 “Wonderfully written …. Compelling …. Captures the reader’s attention and keeps us reading.” A good piece of writing with suspense and action …”

Jerry Apps, award winning Wisconsin author.

 

"Weaving mystery into history, James Brakken’s writing vivifies the tumultuous nature of 19th-century life in the legendary north woods."

 Michael Perry, NYT bestselling Wisconsin author

 

"Open with caution. You won't want to put this one down."

LaMoine MacLaughlin, President, Wisconsin Writers Association

 

"A twisting, thrilling mix of mystery, adventure and legendary treasure. Wisconsin history buffs will find this book a treasure in itself. An exciting adventure for all ages.”

Waldo Asp, AARP Chairman

 

“Brakken takes his readers down Northern Wisconsin’s untamed Namakagon River, back when giant virgin forests lured heroic lumberjacks to seek their fortune. In scene after scene, the reader is surrounded by the beauty of pristine woods and lakes, rooting for the good guys to beat out the greedy.”

A. Y. Stratton, author of Buried Heart

 

Brakken animates the long history of conflicts over Wisconsin’s water and mineral resources. Interplay between citizens, corporations and government will be familiar to people following today’s debates over mining and groundwater protection in Wisconsin, or energy development in other regions.”

Eric Olson, UWEX-Lakes Director

 

“I liked it!” Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio host.

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AWARDS

2013 Lake Superior Writers Award (1st Place)

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4  Lake Superior Writers Award (1st Place)

2014 Wisconsin Writer's Assn JADE RING Award
(1st Place)

2013 AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD 2nd Place winner in General Fiction. This contest is limited to 10,000 worldwide entries. (The author compares this honor to winning the silver in the American Birkebeiner Cross-country ski race.)

2 Honorable Mention awards.

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