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Stained River [Kindle Edition]

David Faxon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There is a place called Vale do Javari. It is in western Brazil and forms part of the border with Peru. I chose it as the setting for a large portion of Stained River since it has vastness (85,000 square kilometers), canopied forests, muddy rivers, biting insects and poisonous snakes you would expect to find in a novel of this type. A place where one could easily get lost and not come out, as Terrence Connery, the main character, did. Most of all, Vale do Javari has uncontacted primitive tribes, thought to be about seven or eight remaining. As late as June, 2011, another of these people lost to civilization, was filmed from the air.

Far to the east, towards Venezuela, are the Yanomami tribes of which more is known. Much of their culture is steeped in violence; much of it also has been exploited and ruined by those seeking riches, including gold. I borrowed from the Yanomami customs to form the fictitious tribe, Machi-te.

Terrence Connery spends almost a year of his life with the Machi-te after his plane crashes. In a remoteness almost unknown in today’s world, he finds life and love amid a very primitive culture. One he is drawn to but at the same time, needs to escape from. There, deep within Vale do Javari, he meets Teman-e, the noble savage. They begin an odyssey to save their lives.

In the process, Connery stumbles upon the reason he is in such a remote part of the planet in the first place; partially by accident, partially by design inspired by greed. He gains growing awareness of the rape of a bio system essential to the world and the impact it has on the people who befriended him. It becomes an important ingredient of the story, the impetus for him to embark upon a three hundred mile river journey and a compelling plan for vengeance on those who changed his life so radically.

Editorial Reviews


"... 'Stained River' is an exciting blend of the paranormal, mystery and vengeance, much recommended."- The Midwest Book review

Product Details

  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: David Faxon; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074QL5KC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book from start to finish! March 28, 2012
By Ellie
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The contrast between the world of a Wall Street executive and the leader of an Amazon Jungle tribe couldn't be more different, but that is what makes this book so exciting. The way Connery and Teman-e work together to avert an environmental disaster is endearing and the author's well thought out plot to take down Castelo Branco comes together like a well-oiled machine. I didn't want the book to end and would love to read a sequel focusing on Connery's former life on Wall Street and his relationship with his wife before their divorce. This book is fast paced can be easily read in a weekend. Very pleased with my purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!! July 11, 2012
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Wonderful book! If you like mystery, intrigue, murder and friendship then this book is for you. I was taken away by the friendship of the 2 main characters. Two people from two very different parts of the world work together and earning the respect of one another. One of the best books I have read. Fast moving and kept me completely engrossed. Kept me guessing until the very end. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story that mirrors reality March 30, 2013
You know right off the bat in this book that something very interesting is about to happen to the main character. The author, David Faxon, does a very good job of setting up his story and getting the reader involved in the plot.

The plot is quick and the writing itself is very good. The only thing I took issue with in this novel, was the decision to make every character have some kind of problem that stopped them from being very likable. While I certainly understand that a good character needs to be flawed, for me, it seemed at times that these characters were almost too flawed, and I couldn't choose on to identify with.

Otherwise, this is fabulously written. The story, in and of itself, is intelligent. Although this is fiction, there is some truth in it and it brings to light some very important issues that the reader can't help but contemplate during the time they spend with this novel.

There are parts of this book that I found I could completely lose myself in. The descriptions used to describe the rainforest and the animals are incredibly beautiful and paint a mental picture not to be rivaled. I liked the suspenseful nature of this story, where you are never certain what will happen next and there is danger around every turn.

I would recommend this book to others that enjoy a thrilling and at the same time thought-provoking read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two For Two July 21, 2012
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OK, this guy is two for two as far as I'm concerned. This is the second book of his that I've read and he never seems to miss a beat. Of all the books I've read this past year, this one has to be my favorite. I took it along for a long weekend thinking I would read some here and there, but I wasn't able to put it down and spent most of the weekend reading it (my apologies to the wife and kids). Well played Mr. Faxon, keep up the great work. I Look forward to your next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and action set in the Amazon! August 31, 2014
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Well-crafted novel about survival in the Amazon jungle and in the cut-throat financial world, along with dealing with a ruthless and merciless head of a mining operation. I loved the adventure and I loved the characters that the author crafted. I also liked how he blended the cultures.

Great read with professional editing by a professional author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. May 28, 2013
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Very interesting story. I learned a lot about these tribes. Not sure if people today are in a worse situation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read April 13, 2013
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Pretty cool concept for a book although it stretched the realm of reality just a bit. I love books that put you in a "what if it was me" situation, and this book certainly did that. Has a nice, easy pace to it and it's hard to put down at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not my usual read but... March 21, 2013
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I loved this book!! I got it as a freebie at and thought I'd give it a try. I am so happy that I did! I will look forward to reading another one of his books. I couldn't put it down and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. It's obvious that he did a lot of research on the Amazon and its indigenous tribes. Really fascinating.....
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This is the second book I've read by David Faxon. It was a little different than what I usually read, but it was recommended by a friend. I'm glad I took the advise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unable to put it down.
I purchased this book on a friend's recommendation and I'm glad I did. Once I started reading , it was difficult to put down. A sequel is definitely in order!
Published on December 6, 2012 by J. M. Bergeron
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If you like suspense, intrigue and mystery, you'll love this book. Faxon doesn't miss a beat with details which makes the story all the more interesting and keeps you reading. Read more
Published on November 25, 2012 by Louise Shaheen
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More About the Author

I am from Haverhill, MA where I grew up, went to school and met my wife. Linda, and I now live in Glastonbury, Ct. close to where three of our four children live. I have a masters degree from Northeastern University, Boston, MA and an undergraduate degree from Merrimack College, No Andover, MA. I enjoy golf, chess, computers and reading.
Recently, I completed and published my second book, Stained River. My first, Cold Water Crossing, was published in January of 2009. It is factually based on a true New England double murder that occurred in 1873. In May, 2009, I began work on Stained River, a novel of intrigue and adventure, set in the remote Amazon. It is fast paced and woven around topics found in today's news stories.

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