Books by Peter Heller

THE RIVER by Peter Heller
Released: March 6, 2019

"An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide."
Two college friends' leisurely river trek becomes an ordeal of fire and human malice. Read full book review >
CELINE by Peter Heller
Released: March 7, 2017

"An imperfect but largely satisfying detective novel anchored by a charming and unforgettable heroine."
An aging PI on the trail of a decades-old cold case finds more than she bargained for in the wilds of Wyoming. Read full book review >
THE DOG STARS by Peter Heller
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Although Heller creates with chilling efficiency the bleakness of a world largely bereft of life as we know it, he holds out some hope that human relationships can be redemptive."
A post-apocalyptic novel in which Hig, who only goes by this mononym, finds not only survival, but also the possibility of love. Read full book review >
Released: July 13, 2010

"A glib, charming take on a popular watersport."
A midlife crisis spurs an adventure writer to pursue surfing. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A convincing, passionate account that both educates and infuriates."
The author's account of his December 2005 voyage with a radical captain and crew who risk their lives to halt the Japanese whale hunt off Antarctica. Read full book review >
HELL OR HIGH WATER by Peter Heller
Released: Oct. 13, 2004

"Considering the irascibility of the team leader and his distance from the action, Heller works a difficult story gamely, getting enough color into the narrative to keep readers involved, if not exhilarated. "
A hearty report on the running of Tibet's Tsangpo River, modestly diminished by the author's observer status. Read full book review >
SET FREE IN CHINA by Peter Heller
Released: May 15, 1992

A young journalist-adventurer takes to the road in the time- honored Kerouac tradition. After a limp first chapter in which he pens sticky, self- referential homage to everyone from Merle Haggard to Robert Frost (``About the poetry: I loved the idea of Robert Frost, a farmer- poet whose hands were calloused, who knew things....I didn't feel like I knew jack''), Heller hits his stride recounting a series of wild, often dangerous adventures, usually in the outdoors. He writes of living with a mercenary in Alaska while working in a cannery, of building sea walls on the Olympic Peninsula, of lobstering with a near-maniacal fisherman in Rhode Island, of kayaking the treacherous rivers of the Soviet High Pamirs, and of witnessing the death of a friend in China. Heller is not so much concerned with place as he is with people, and most of his essays have the fine-tuned dramatic timing of quality fiction. His prose is crisp and filled with many quiet yet effective moments, as in his description of logging in Vermont: ``There is a shuddering of air, a rush and crash of limbs, and you stand in the murmuring stillness, saw idling, as full of life as you've ever been.'' Simple yet often powerful, capturing both the loneliness and the romance of the nomadic life. Read full book review >