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River Rising [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Kearney
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Ellie wheeled around again and saw him as he grabbed her with a tattooed arm, stifling her scream with a forearm pressed over her mouth.  She struggled, twisted her head and saw that he held a jagged piece of heavy branch in his free hand.  He pressed harder, showing her he had even greater strength he could bring to bear if he had to. . . ."


Ellie Coleman wants justice.

Her father Aaron was viciously assaulted by Robert Lee Maggard six months earlier, and she is obsessed with making sure that Maggard pays, and pays dearly.

Robert Lee Maggard wants revenge.

He meant to kill Aaron Coleman, but came up short. And now Aaron's daughter is pushing his trial forward, a trial that he thought he'd avoided with a plea bargain.

When the chaos of a raging flood provides Maggard the opportunity to engineer a violent escape from jail, he steals a boat and heads toward the isolated farmhouse where Ellie and her father are stranded by floodwaters as wide as a lake.

Ellie Coleman wants justice. Robert Lee Maggard wants revenge. Only one of them will prevail...

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Editorial Reviews


"You never want to put the book down, because you just know something is going to happen, and then BAM! it hits you over the head and you gasp. There is something exciting about holding your breath when you read a story, about waiting for the action to come, and you just know that when it does it is going to be wild and chaotic.Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Review

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  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XLVL7Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling thriller January 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A taut, tight, compelling book with a dramatic climax. The opening scenes and the characters drawn by Kearney are sufficiently ambiguous that when the action picks up you are surprised and engaged by how it unfolds. The drama centers on the river of the title, and the tension rises along with the river. I read it in a day - I was hooked!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More suspense, less scenery August 22, 2012
By Meowcow
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has a tremendous amount of potential. While the suspense begins to build from the first page, I felt it fell flat about halfway through. Maggard was a strong villain, believable and fairly fleshed out, though I would have enjoyed more focus on his psychology and less on descriptions of trees and buildings and rivers and boats. That goes double for our two protagonists. Aaron was an interesting character, and I feel much more could have been done to bring his story alive emotionally. I felt no connection at all to Ellie; she was a bit one dimensional and definitely the least developed character. I can't decide if this book felt like a short story peaking out from inside a novel with too much bland, emotionless description of places and inanimate objects (reminiscing about where you acquired a candlestick while your daughter is maybe being murdered and you are close to drowning? I don't think so...), or if it felt like an underdeveloped novel.

The fact that the majority of this story is told in flashbacks was sort of confusing and took focus away from any mounting tension. We spend so much time jumping back and forth between several characters' pasts and presents and five minutes agos that it becomes rather silly and downright distracting. Also, the town being described 30% of the way through the book from Ellie's perspective created an odd sense that she'd never been there before, even though this is where she grew up, and this is where she'd come only 7 months previous when her father was attacked.

Overall, it was a decent read, but I feel it has a strong potential for excellence, if only more time was spent making me FEEL something, and less time spent describing everything to the most minute detail. I think this could be a 4 star book, and I think the author is definitely capable; it just needs more work.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down February 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Long road trips traveling through farmlands often leave me with a sense of vulnerability. Not only are their acres prone to natural disasters but the homesteads are strikingly isolated. Mr. Kearney's deft writing, of a story set in the rural Midwest, has intertwined the turmoil of a family conflict with the sudden raw storms of the physical world. I couldn't put this thriller down and look forward to reading more by this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Thriller, A Quick Read August 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really wanted to like this book, and I did in many ways, but enough things detracted from the story that I only gave it three stars. It's the story of Aaron Coleman, recently widowed and recently retired, who moved to a farm in rural Missouri, hoping to live his life in peace and tranquility. This dream came to an abrupt end after Aaron hired young Robert Lee to do some maintenance on his farm. Robert Lee was trouble after the first few days and Aaron made the decision to fire him, invoking Robert Lee's murderous wrath.

This started out as an interesting story with good character development for both Aaron and Robert Lee, who made an excellent villain. When Aaron's daughter, Ellie, comes to her father's side to support him, they slowly work to heal their damaged relationship. Ellie's character never did fully develop, which was too bad as she played a strong role in the story.

At this point, it seemed as if the author needed to add extra pages, filling what amounted to probably over 20% of the book with reminiscing and meaningless details that added nothing to the story. So, the book stalled for quite awhile before picking back up again when torrential rains threatened the community. When flooding seemed imminent at the farm from the swollen stream, Ellie strongly encourages the two of them to leave for higher ground. Makes perfect sense - but why then does she take the time to apply "a touch of make-up" before heading out to her vehicle when every moment mattered? It was out of character for this take-charge, sensible woman. Later, there is a very improbable scene that sets up the grand finale - the return of Robert Lee. He needed to make a return, but the circumstances that let this occur could not possibly have happened in real life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars River Rising by Kevin Kearney February 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Midwest countryside is supposed to be a nice, quiet place to retire. A good place to enjoy the golden years and spend time fishing, working on hobbies, maybe even start a second career or cottage industry. Buying a nice, easy to care for, home on a few acre's can seem like a great way to live out the end days of our lives. Away from the crime and troubles of the cities. Aaron Coleman thought so.

But the idyllic life along a mid-west river can be an illusion and for Aaron trouble is everywhere. It starts with the loss of his wife only a year into his retirement. As he slowly re-builds his life, finding new goals and new hobbies, his life is again shattered. This time by a drug handy-man and the river he loves.

A good fast-paced thriller, River Rising kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed the story, the characters were well written and fully developed and the premise was interesting and believable. I will put this author on my TBR list and look forward to more offerings from Mr. Kearney.

Karen Bryant Doering
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars river rising
just finished this book. it was a fast read [took me one night],very interesting book,it kept me riveted all night. I'd recommend it to everybody!
Published 6 months ago by Howard Alan Sandler
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the suspense
I loved the suspense in this story and found myself reading more and more to find out what was going to happen. The main characters were likeable and easy to identify with. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Lowdermilk
4.0 out of 5 stars River Rising was a good read. I recommend it.
This was a good book with twists and turns. Very exciting. The dog could have been more helpful. Very good book.
Published 15 months ago by Vicky Kearney
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book will keep you glued to your seat. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a great read.
Published 16 months ago by kay tuck
5.0 out of 5 stars A book about relationships, set amidst an approaching flood
I received a complimentary copy of this book to review.

I liked the characters in this book, they seemed real, with relationships that are as complex as real life. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kathy I
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller!
This book kept my interest rising right from the beginning. It was a fast pace book that kept your attention. All of the characters were well described so you felt you knew them. Read more
Published 19 months ago by BJRencz
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast river rising
I found River Rising not only full of revenge and justice as stated by others, but also about the choices a father will make to protect his child even when that child is an adult. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Theresa Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars River Rising
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. I usually have 2 or more books I'm reading concurrently and go back and forth between them. Read more
Published 20 months ago by B Aiello
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists & Turns - I couldn't put it down!
This story grabbed me from the get go. Add in the twists and turns and you end up with a little mystery, a desire for revenge for past and present crimes, a little blooming love,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by K. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller
I received a complimentary copy of this book to read. It hooked me right away and read it in an afternoon. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Irene Baumgartner
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More About the Author

Kevin Kearney is an award winning writer living in Santa Cruz, California. He writes both serious and comic thrillers. His next novel will be coming out in the fall.

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