WIND RIVER by Tom Morrisey

WIND RIVER

KIRKUS REVIEW

A disillusioned young Iraqi war vet makes good on a promise to hike far into the Wyoming wilderness with an old friend and, in the process, discovers a peace that has eluded him for a long time.

Tyler Perkins has only recently returned from Iraq, but he certainly hasn’t left the war behind. Reduced to going through the motions with his young wife and his faith, Ty jumps at the chance to make good on a vow he’d made years ago and walk away from it all for a short while. Elderly Soren Andeman, the family friend who used to take Ty into the mountains, has called on Ty for one last trip. Days spent hiking and fishing are enthusiastically and realistically conveyed by adventure-travel writer and novelist Tom Morrisey (In High Places, 2007), bringing the wilds of Wyoming to life on the page, if delaying the real reason for the trek for just a bit too long. Ty never suspects that Soren has unfinished business to attend to high in the mountains, and that he needs Ty’s help to fulfill his goals. Several years before, an unsolved case from Soren’s days as sheriff resurfaced in a wholly unexpected and dramatic fashion. Soren’s hasty reaction has left him with years of secret pain and regret, and he’s decided it’s time to make the situation right in the eyes of God and the law before he dies. In helping his friend, Ty realizes the parallels between the personal demons Soren’s been battling and his own, motivating him to find peace in the power of God’s forgiveness and forgiving himself. It’s only too bad that Ty’s attention-grabbing sideline story, meeting with an ex-girlfriend while his wife’s at home, remains teasingly underdeveloped.

A vivid story of Christian redemption and forgiveness set within an outdoor adventure.

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0347-3
Program: Kirkus Indie
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