The Flaming Forest
by James Oliver Curwood
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David Carrigan of The Northwest Mounted Police is torn between duty and love in this northern romance in the grandest tradition -- a land of mystery and myth, a place where the Mountie still gets his man and the French Canadian rivermen (with their scarlet headscarves) are forever singing, and where the French Canadian daughter of a river baron is too lovely for words, and where bad guys have names like "Black Roger Audemard."
The Flaming Forest was an MGM silent movie in 1926, directed by Reginald Barker; starring Antonio Moreno, Renee Adoree, Gardner James, and William Austin.
An hour ago, under the marvelous canopy of the blue northern sky, David Carrigan, Sergeant in His Most Excellent Majesty's Royal Northwest Mounted Police, had hummed softly to himself, and had thanked God that he was alive. He had blessed McVane, superintendent of N Division at Athabasca Landing, for detailing him to the mission on which he was bent. He was glad that he was traveling alone, and in the deep forest, and that for many weeks his adventure would carry him deeper and deeper into his beloved north.
About the Author
James Oliver Curwood lived most of his life in Owosso, Michigan, where he was born on June 12, 1878. His first novel was The Courage of Captain Plum (1908) and he published one or two novels each year thereafter, until his death on August 13, 1927. Owosso residents honor his name to this day, and Curwood Castle (built in 1922) is the town's main tourist attraction. During the 1920s Curwood became one of America's best selling and most highly paid authors. This was the decade of his lasting classics The Valley of Silent Men (1920) and The Flaming Forest (1921). He and his wife Ethel were outdoors fanatics and active conservationists.
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