Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Review: The River (River #1) by Michael Neale

"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.

Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published September 18th 2012
 by Thomas Nelson
3/5 stars

I found this buried deep on my kindle.  It was a quick read and I loved that the blurb didn't give too much of the story away.

Beginning when Gabriel is only 5 years old and progresses till he is an adult. The River is his journey of self discovery, it's about coming to terms and understanding the past. 

Like I said it was a quick read that I found lacking in depth and felt rather flat as did Gabriel's character.  The story moves fairly quickly not leaving a lot of time to connect or appreciate all he goes through. It kinda felt like a short story but longer.  The scenery was nice, made me crave summer and spending time in the outdoors.

Deemed Christian Fiction it didn't touch on anything on that front, maybe the second book -  Into the Canyon, does.

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