Written by Woody Zimmerman November 1, 2017 for The Bull Elephant
A novel by Michael Giere
Michael Giere's latest novel in the WhiteRiver series is a white-knuckle thriller chock-full of all the good stuff aChristian action-novel needs: courage, steadfastness, faith, love, and theultimate triumph of good over evil. And through all the contention with theforces of darkness, the amazing grace of the Risen Lord shines through toanoint His people with resolve, bravery, nerve and peace in times of danger andgreat wickedness.
The characters on the side of goodare strong, daring, and decent to the bone. Sharon Toro is a tall, athletic,40-something sheriff's deputy. She is married to Floyd Marshall, amountain-resort trail-guide and U. S. Army veteran helicopter-pilot. They liveat the Miner's Trail hunting camp in the Colorado mountains, near Carbondale.Sharon works for Gus Smith, Sheriff of Garfield County, out of their GlenwoodSprings office.
While answering a call about a boylost in the mountains - a ruse intended to draw her into a trap - Deputy Torois surprised, disarmed, and taken prisoner by a band of desperadoes, misfits,thugs and murderers holed up in a high mountain-compound, preparing to executea multi-million-dollar drug transaction engineered by a Mexican drug cartel.The boy who lured her into the trap turns out to be the son of the gang'sleader. As she is being taken to the miscreants' camp, she and the boy see hisfather murder the gang member who captured her.
Ultimately the purpose of Toro'scapture is revealed as a ploy to force her husband to fly a helicopter full ofillegal drugs to a destination desired by the gang. Sharon's kidnapping is theguarantee that Floyd will carry out that task. The story is built on theperilous situations of both Sharon and Floyd. But in the midst of her desperateplight, Sharon Toro is able to minister to the spiritual needs of thegang-leader's girlfriend, who desperately wants to change her life.
I won't spoil the reader's owndiscovery of the many twists and turns of this gripping story. I'll simply saythat it's hard to put down without finding out what comes next. As they say inthe trade, it's a real "page-turner,"
What the secular mediacondescendingly call "Christian fiction" is often mocked for being too close tothe 1950s genre of "Leave it to Beaver" or "Father Knows Best." Hard-nosedcritics use terms like "syrupy," "milquetoast" and "unrealistic" to describestories built around themes of decency, charity, goodness, altruism, faith,love and courage. "No one lives or acts like that now," they say. The contemporaryliterary ideal seems to be stories of irredeemable wickedness and degenerateliving in which the "good guys" are distinguishable from the "bad guys" only byfine points of law.
Americans from the Normal Culture are reminded -almost daily - that we live in a world full of all manner of evil and peopleentirely given over to it. Everywhere the power of Satan seems ascendant, andonly the grace of the Living God can stand against it. In that respect, Justice
From the Author
The White River Series began with my incredible partner and wife, Colleen,who after reading the draft of my first book, One Mountain at a Time, suggested a series. Since I had disregardedher advice to write books for decades, I didn't dare ignore her this time; Iknew she was right, again.
Whileeach of the books are very different, they all share my intention and hope thatthey are the type of "good reading" that sticks with you like hot chocolate ona cold night; exploring issues that impact our lives and our culture, and sprinkledwith personal stories that are authentic, challenging and encouraging.
As always, the great Storyteller leads the way, Ionly follow.