All Ty Sawyer wants is to forget what happened in Iraq. In Wyoming he'll find peace and keep his promise to take his friend Soren Anderton fly-fishing. But their trek to an idyllic lake quickly becomes mired in the deadly past as Soren confesses to a decades-old crime. A riveting story of guilt---and forgiveness. 352 pages, softcover from Bethany.
A back-country expedition turns deadly in this powerful outdoor-adventure drama from a highly skilled writer.
Tom Morrisey is the author of five novels and a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver, and other leading magazines. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.
Five months after returning from Iraq, Tyler Perkins hardly cares about anything, not his marriage, not his future, nothing but the guilt he feels over the deaths of his squadron mates in Iraq. So author Tom Morrisey takes him to Wind River to fulfill a promise made years ago to his aged mentor: to take him into the mountains when he couldnt go himself. But Soren Andeman, his mentor, has a decades-old agenda that has rocked his life. Together the two men seek a path that has life-and-death implications while a forest fire and a rogue bear threaten.
Morrissey explores the question of guilt and the freeing power of truth in Wind River, with a heavy reliance on Psalm 51, Davids song of confession. Ty and Soren are both mens men and the strong friendship between the grieving young soldier and the octogenarian drive the interest in the story. Though not a suspense novel in the sense of a mystery or a thriller, this character-driven novel keeps you turning the pages. Well-written, the characters grab you: feisty outdoorsman Soren Andeman, and pain-deadened Ty. This is a novel that men can fully enjoy, as well as women. -- Debbie W. Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Morriseys sixth novel begins in a promising way with convincing, vivid descriptions of his young protagonist, first in the back country of Wyoming, and then in Iraq. The attention to detail suggests that the reader is in expert hands. But several more chapters in, the book devolves into a plodding and superficial treatment of two presumably scarred souls seeking redemption in the mountains near Wyomings Wind River. Much of the novel is a dissertation on wilderness camping and fly fishing, which seems designed more to showcase the authors considerable knowledge of these subjects than to drive a narrative. The inevitable revelation of past secrets doesnt start until two-thirds of the way in, and then spills forth in a single rush of confession, followed by an equally hurried and predictably convenient ending. Even readers who might appreciate the slow-paced exploration of beautiful country will be disappointed in the books hasty, shallow reflections on confession. Good and evil are carefully contained on separate sides of the track, with no question as to which characters belong where, and therefore little drama in their redemptive moments. (July)
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