If you love to read and you love Nebraska, then you need a copy of James A. Misko’s newest novel, “As All My Father’s Were.”
Of course, the novel involves loveable and despicable characters, an inciting incident, conflict and a little passion.
What makes it different from other stories? The main characters live in Plattsmouth.
Misko weaves his tale around Richard and Seth Barrett, who oversee the Barrett Ranch near the Platte River.
The death of their mother changes everything for the two brothers, who must now earn their inheritance by traveling for 61 days along the Platte River by horseback and canoe.
Local readers will love noting the mention of the hometown café, Cass County Sheriff and loads of other well-know places around the area.
There is a lesson or two hidden in the pages as the brothers discover the pollution that threatens the Platte River and area land, a lesson their mother intended them to learn during her life and after.
Misko knows his subject material. He grew up in Ord, and then moved to Oregon. In his lifetime, he has worked as an oil field roughneck, logger, forest service lookout, planer mill hand, truck driver, mink rancher, journalist, school teacher and real estate broker.
“As All My Father’s Were” is Misko’s seventh book, and fifth novel published by Northwest Ventures Press. His novel, “The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County,” won second place in the nation for fiction published by independent presses. His six other published works have sold thousands of copies throughout the world.
His new novel is lauded by other contemporary writers.
“What is extraordinary about Jim Misko’s novel, ‘As all My Fathers Were,’ is how he makes the land, Nature, practically a main character in his stories. You can’t read his novels without feeling you’ve been in that world, and if you haven’t, you envy those who have and still are. To do this and still hold on to the tension and the excitement of good storytelling with themes that have meaning to us, makes ‘All My Fathers Were,’ a must-to-read for anyone who wants to breathe some fresh air,” wrote Andrew Neiderman, author of “The Devil’s Advocate.”
In 1974 he moved to Alaska where he and his wife Patti live during the summer. In the winter, they live in California.
Misko will be at Plattsmouth Public Library from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21. He will be in Lincoln Oct. 19 signing and selling books at Barnes and Nobel stores.