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The River [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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STEM CELL RESEARCH, CLONING, AND WORLD DOMINATION--WITH AN EXPLOSIVE TWIST...

The South Nahanni River area of Canada's Northwest Territories has a history of mysterious deaths, disappearances and headless corpses, but it may also hold the key to humanity's survival―or its destruction.

Del thought her father was long dead. But someone from her past says otherwise. Now she and a group of near strangers embark on a perilous mission...

Seven years ago, Del Hawthorne's father and three of his friends disappeared near the Nahanni River and were presumed dead. When one of the missing men stumbles onto the University grounds, alive but barely recognizable and aging before her eyes, Del is shocked. Especially when the man tells her something inconceivable. Her father is still alive!

Gathering a group of volunteers, Del travels to the Nahanni River to rescue her father. There, she finds a secret river that plunges her into a technologically advanced world of nanobots and painful serums. Del uncovers a conspiracy of unimaginable horror, a plot that threatens to destroy us all. Will humanity be sacrificed for the taste of eternal life?

At what point have we become...God?

"Cheryl Kaye Tardif specializes in mile-a-minute pot-boiler mysteries." --Edmonton Sun

"Exciting and vivid. Tardif's latest novel sweeps readers along into uncharted, wild Canadian territory. A thrilling adventure..."―Midwest Book Review


 


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"A gripping combination of suspense, sci-fi and adventure...a cross between Michael Crichton's Timeline and Dan Brown's Angels & Demons." -- Matt Scofield, a fan

"A killer of a thriller...settle in for a wild and captivating ride...a gritty, perfect-for-our-times, bestseller-quality novel. -- Beverly J. Scott ~ Author of Jenafs Choice, Ruth Fever and Righteous Revenge http://www.beverlyjscott.com

A wild river ride of tension, intrigue and romance...Hang on--it's going to be a bumpy ride! Excellent read! -- S.L. Bartlett, Silver Moon Magazine

Exciting and vivid. Tardiff's latest novel sweeps readers along into uncharted, wild Canadian territory. A thrilling adventure... -- Christina Francine, Midwest Book Review

Tardif has...captivated readers...The River combines intrigue, science, love and adventure...sure to keep readers clamoring for more. -- Heather Andrews Miller, Edmonton Sun

From the Author

One of my mother's friends had a dream to travel along a mysterious river in Canada. When my mother told me some of the rumors of this river'the name of which she couldn't remember, I became hooked and a chilling story began to brew in my mind. The search was on to find that river.

The South Nahanni River in Canada's rugged Northwest Territories is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. It is fraught with exquisite beauty and hidden dangers. It is also filled with an abundance of plant and animal life¯not to mention, woven with legends older than dirt, as my husband would say.

This may be the river to which my motherfs friend was referring. Or it may not. Nevertheless, the Nahanni River holds many secrets. Decades ago headless skeletons and corpses were discovered along its banks. Over the years, people have gone missing, and I've heard it referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of Canada.

Although THE RIVER is interwoven with fact, this novel is a work of factcand fiction.

Ifll let you be the judge of which is which.

Take the ride of your life, downTHE RIVER!


Product Details

  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1926997174
  • Publisher: Imajin Books; 1 edition (March 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BLPH6C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Before deciding to purchase The River, I read the author's blog. At first I thought this book was a true story because she wrote the blog synopsis in first person, but at the end she admitted this really didn't happen to her; it was simply a clever lure to garner more interest.

And it worked for me! Author Cheryl Kaye Tardif hooked me from the first sentence. I couldn't wait to read it. Having already read and raved over her later release, Whale Song: A Novel, I knew I would like The River, but didn't think anything could come up to Whale.

How wrong I was! This book is outstanding, too, and I'm learning that all of this author's works are brilliant.

The superb writing in The River flowed along smoothly, as naturally as the Mississippi River; then as the story progressed it picked up speed and energy like the turbulent white-water of the Colorado. All of that with some of the exotic features brought to mind by the mighty, mysterious Amazon River. Wow--what a book!

The story opens seven years after Professor of Anthropology Del Hawthorne learns of her father's disappearance and presumed death. Del is stunned when one of the men who went with him on a mysterious mission near Canada's legendary Nahanni River, stumbles into her University office. He's half-dead, but before passing out he manages to give her a coded journal and inform her that her father is still alive.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the 2 star reviews! January 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me start out by saying that I picked this book up for free. Normally, even on free books, I will read a couple of positive AND negative reviews before purchasing and committing myself to reading. I like to see what kind of complaints people are registering about the book. Unfortunately this time I was pressed for time and just skimmed a few of the many positive reviews.

Do yourself a favor and read the 2 star reviews for this book before you buy. These reviewers hit the nail on the head with comments such as: romance disguised as sci-fi/mystery, Harlequin romance, Twilight style instant attraction, shallow character development. Allow me to add that the book also suffers from too many ridiculous plot points. Now I am going to touch on some of the points that push the suspension of disbelief too far, so if you enjoy cheesy romance novels (NTTIAWWT) and you do not want spoilers then, please, stop reading now.

As others have pointed out, the central sci-fi aspect of the book revolves around genetic research for the curing of disease, all diseases including aging. The heroine's father worked in this field and disappeared several years ago along with a colleague while on an adventure vacation up a river. The river has a mysterious legend attached to it from the 1800's that involves people disappearing and only their headless bodies being found. The action begins when the missing colleague turns up at the heroine's work place a couple of decades older than he should be and aging rapidly. He manages to tell her that her father is alive and gives her clues about how to find him along with a hand written journal. She goes to meet with another of her father's former colleagues and the Harlequin romance begins. She convinces him to go with her to look for her father.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Idea, dissapointing results March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
**Some Spoilers Involved**

The basis of this story was unique, refreshing, involved, and interesting. That said, the execution of how it was laid out was lacking. The author starts out with an unexpected and confusing reunion with a man thought to be dead that plants the seed that her father might be alive. It progresses to an adventure of a River full of myths with native legends mixed in and ends with a trip to the future to show us a hint of how technology can go horribly wrong. It involves thoughts on certain ideals which have circulated for centuries including eternal youth, immortality, genetic manipulation, technological advances, and conspiracies.

While I like the story, the execution is completely rushed involving massive leaps of faith on how conclusions were made to advance the story (Much of it in translating the journal) and hurried endings. There are secrets and depths hinted at that are never followed through. Examples is Hawk alluding to certain native beliefs with them being these silly little tidbits only incorporated to explain the guide's willingness to follow the adventure, Gary suddenly turning into this computer hacker savant when an escape is needed when he is barely alluded to previously in the story (treated as an appendage that just is until suddenly he becomes useful), Hints at Miki's past yet never actually saying what it is.. then hints of other secrets in the group except they are never mentioned again. There is this mysterious time portal that is references yet never really described or even any more depth except "Oh yeah, you can get to the past and future through that. But only one person can go at once. Oh, and apparently crossing does something funky to your DNA", then Del and Jake just stumble into this relationship with no buildup.
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2.0 out of 5 stars When you arrive at your future, will you blame your past? - Robert...
I discovered author Tardif recently and have been bingeing on her books. Children of the Fog and Submerged were the first two books I read - and enjoyed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Stout
4.0 out of 5 stars I found " The River" hard to put down!
Cheryl has a great novel here that has mystery, deceit, adventure, romance, loyalty, and future biological discoveries weaved expertly into a thrilling page turner! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lazy J
1.0 out of 5 stars "That's when he noticed the spreading pool of blood and the glaring...
******Caution, there will be spoilers******

Anthropology professor Delila "Del" Hawthorne is teaching one of her classes with her protégé Peter Cavanaugh,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Louis Baumgart
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense On The River
Great adventure story with a legendary mystery and characters you care about. I want a sequel! Would make for a great movie on the big screen or TV.
Published 6 months ago by Ron
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Months ago I had loaded up my kindle with a variety of books before going on a vacation. When I started reading "The River" I had long since forgotten what it was about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Myra Nutting
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of story
This is not my kind of story but after starting reading I couldn't lay the book down, just had to read to very end.
Published 7 months ago by Cleo Martha Malone
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't get it.
I usually love her book's but this one was just to sy-fi for me, I didn't really get it. thanks
Published 7 months ago by Sandra Paulette Mann
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Plot moves quickly, though the premise of the story is a bit far-fetched at times. Characters are believable for the most part.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The River
It kept me spell bound with all the twists and turns in the story line.And keeps you on edge on what will happen next.
Published 8 months ago by Diana L. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Great read. I enjoyed every step of this adventure. kept me guessing and in suspense. interesting themes and engaging characters. Hope to meet Del again.
Published 9 months ago by Smilard
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"ONE DOESN'T SIMPLY READ A TARDIF STORY, ONE EXPERIENCES IT!"

Dear reader:

I'm an international bestselling Canadian author who loves to say, "I kill people off for a living!" You can imagine the looks I get from people. Sometimes I'll tell them, "Fictitiously, of course. I'm an author." Sometimes I won't say anything; I'll let them wonder...

Booklist calls me "a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border."

Born in Vancouver, BC, I was a "military brat" and a "military wife" who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. I now reside in Edmonton, AB, with my husband Marc and our Pomeranian Princess, Chai.

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