Heck's Journey | Podium Audio

Heck’s Journey

Book 1

By: John Deacon

Performed by: Jim Meskimen

Released: March 14, 2023

Language: English

Format: Single Narration

Duration: 05 hr, 35 min

An epic tale of strength, compassion, and adventure on the western frontier.
Orphaned at fourteen, Hector “Heck” Martin heads west, determined to see the far country and make a man of himself.
Along the way, he falls in love with bold and beautiful Hope Mullen. But Heck is too young and poor to marry, so he heads west again.
During a three-year journey, Heck crosses thousands of miles, becomes a bareknuckle boxer, a mountain man, and an Indian fighter, and meets the likes of Kit Carson and Jim Bridger as he explores the gorgeous and deadly frontier.
Then, stopping by Fort Bent, he receives a letter that changes everything. Hope’s family is daring the Oregon Trail.
Heck vows to intercept and help them. But the Mullens face serious troubles—both outside and within the wagon train.
Can Heck rescue Hope before it’s too late?
Heck’s Journey is a classic Western with a touch of romance. It’s perfect for fans of C.J. Petit and R.O. Lane.



John Deacon

I was born six months before man landed on the moon. I was blessed to grow up in the country, where my family lived largely off the land. When I wasn’t fishing, exploring the woods, or weeding the garden, I devoured comic books like Two-Gun Kid and The Rawhide Kid before moving on to the exciting adventure stories of Jack London and Louis L’Amour. Our black-and-white TV got three channels, though you could lose one and pick up another if you went outside and messed with the antenna. On its grainy screen, we watched Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and movies starring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Now a husband and father, I love exploring the West and reading history and fiction alike. My favorite authors are Louis L’Amour, Elmore Leonard, C.J. Petit, and R.O. Lane. As a writer, I hope to entertain you with fun stories of the old West. My good guys are good, my bad guys are bad, and you’ll always find a touch of romance to sweeten the grit.



Jim Meskimen