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The River by Michael Neele is the story of Gabriel Clarke who is a white water guide. September 12, 2012
The River by Michael Neele is the story of Gabriel Clarke and at the beginning of the book he is in his fifties and is stranded in the Denver airport due to the cancellation of his flight. He starts talking to another passenger in the same situation and over the next three hours he tells his story.
When Gabriel was five years old he witnessed the drowning death of his father as he tried to save a kayaker who had paid no attention to the warnings on the river. Due to the death of his father, Gabriel had to move to Kansas to live with his mother and the experience of his father’s death affected everything he did and kept him from doing many things that he probably would have enjoyed. He visited a white water area in Colorado with college friends but could not bring himself to participate in the water activities. While there he had a mysterious experience involving the river. A short time after returning to Kansas, Gabriel decided to move back to Colorado and to work on the river. Gabriel faced many problems but eventually he worked through all the problems and realized that the river was where he belonged.
There was really nothing about the book that I did not like. The characters were very well developed and the dialogue was great and held my interest from the beginning to the end. The author’s description of the events happening on the water made my stomach drop at times. There was definitely some suspense in the book and enough romance to keep women readers happy. I found the story to be quite inspiring and could almost see it as a modern day parable. The only thing that I did not like about the novel was that I felt it did not really have an ending but just stopped and for that reason I certainly hope that the author will write a sequel.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes a great adventure story with lots of action, suspense, inspiration, and even some romance.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Review by Deanna
“The River is a story that will transform how you see yourself and the world.” —Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author of The Noticer, The Traveler’s Gift, and How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
“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.
|Publication Date||September 18, 2012|