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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The River Review
“You were made for The River . . .”
Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure.
But something holds him back—the memory of the terrible event he witnessed on The River when he was just five years old—something no child should ever see.
Chains of fear and resentment imprison Gabriel, keeping him from discovering the treasures of The River. He remains trapped, afraid to take hold of the life awaiting him.
When he returns to The River after years away, his heart knows he is finally home. His destiny is within reach. Claiming that destiny will be the hardest—and bravest—thing he has ever done.
Let me start by saying, I am NOT in to rafting at all, which is what some may think this book centers on. While it does take place around a river, and while rafting does seem to be a central theme, you don't have to even have a working knowledge of rafting to "get" this book.
We have all experienced something in our life that has dramatically affected us. Fortunately that doesn't include the death of a parent at a young age for many of us, but that also doesn't keep you from "getting" this book.
Gabriel loses his dad at the age of 5 in a terrible accident. As a result he leaves everything behind and moves to the complete opposite side of what life had been for him. He grows up refusing to live life in a lot of ways as a result of the accident. He has few friends, tends to live inside of himself, and just goes through the motions. How many of you can relate to that?
But Gabriel doesn't stay there. As so often happens we are one day brought face to face with our past and a choice must be made, live there or learn from it and move on. Gabriel struggles with this but does learn to embrace his past once he begins to really understand what happened and uses it to improve himself.
This is a well written book, although it is predictable and you can almost see the ending at the beginning of the story. The characters are well thought out and most have some depth to them,. I have to say my favorite character isn't Gabriel, but Ezra, an old man who seems full of wisdom and patience.
A great, relaxing pleasure read that can have depth to it if you look for it. Reminds me of some of Andy Andews fiction titles.
You can purchase the River on Amazon here
You can also purchase a CD with music inspired by The River here
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