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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Brushy Mountain Publishing, Inc. (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982737939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982737934
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story was a real surprise. Well written, good story line, lots of action and very unpredictable. I read the book since I am a kayaker and love to read mysteries and action thrillers. This book has it all. The main character is reminiscent of Lee Child's "Jack Reacher". It is a very believable action thriller and it would challenge the book/movie "Deliverance " as the best plot which involves paddling. His other previous books were river guide books, so I knew the kayaking portions would be very believable. Non-paddlers who like action stories will love the story line. The whole story is a real page turner that kept me up late trying to finish it.
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By Elle Emme on February 27, 2013
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In full disclosure, I picked this book up because I knew the author. I am a kayaker and have an English degree.

The book is extremely well written. Characters are easy to connect to, and the story line is engaging.

The reader feels the thrill and rush of the main character throughout the story.

You don't have to know kayaking to enjoy this book, rather just have a love for adrenaline and for suspense.

I can't wait for the sequel! Wonderful job Leland!
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Turns out that, while it starts a bit slow, it picks up and the last 2/3'rds are pretty much can't put it down material. Leland did a great job of mixing WW and a spy / thriller together. It helps that as he's new to this, he didn't grow attached to his characters in ways most authors do and so there are some surprises in the last few chapters.

It does meander a bit with the local WW scene near the beginning. I thought it funny that he mentioned some things by name, such as the Cathedral Cafe, but only put in descriptions for other brands such as the "angry fish icon with spikey teeth". Of course all the WW folk know whose kayaks he's talking about with that, but it was funny to hear it that way.
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I started getting involved within a few pages - this story has a really high entertainment value. I enjoyed the plot, the tight writing, the action, and especially the rivers and white water information. I've done a very mild river ride, and it was thrilling. I loved the tense atmosphere later on in the plot, and while the politics was necessary, it wasn't overwhelming. Really good job on this one.
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By atabarac on September 16, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. What an adventure for Chip. This book was action packed, with suspense, thrills and chills. Couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to see how it ended. Great author! Well written!
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The book carries you away like a wild rapid and keeps up the intensity all the way to the end. Paddlers will love the familiar scenes, but the story is too good not to share with people who don't run rivers. I read James Lee Burke and John Sanford and this book has a similar appeal. It's hard to put down!
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Loved the book! Read it on the recommendation of a friend who knows the author. I've never met the author, so I have nothing to gain from my praise. I just really enjoyed the story! It has everything an outdoor enthusiast could want: action, adventure, suspense, intrigue, covert operations, and whitewater all tied up in one tidy little package. It was a great story--well-written, well-constructed, engaging--with strong character development and well-crafted twists and turns. There were moments where I had no idea what was coming and moments where I could sense what was coming next. But I didn't find it to be in any way predictable. Instead, it kept me guessing. Reading it was like running a river, not only in the way the action built and subsided, but also in the way the story developed. I could tell where it was going but I had to read it to see how it was going to get there. Davis also did a great job of tying up all the loose ends in the end. I like a book that has a clean sense of closure. However, in this case, even though the story ended, the main character has the potential to go on. When I say I'm ready for the sequel, I say that not because the story is unfinished; rather, I say that because Davis crafted a protagonist that has room to grow.

Oh, and for those readers who, like me, scour reviews for evidence of poor writing or poor editing, you won't find that here. The writing is clean and technically correct. In the entire book, I noticed one instance where the main character's name was not capitalized. I saw a couple other minor errors, and there were a couple of spots where I could conceivably take issue with the word choice, but this is by no means one of those self-published novels that is rife with mistakes.

All around, this is a great book!
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I loved this book. It is a page turner, with plot twists, and on-the-edge-of-your seat excitement. I also appreciate the author's weaving into the story, explanations of whitewater kayaking techniques and terminology. My son was an extreme kayaker, and got the same kind of thrill and adrenalin rush as described in this book, that the central figure, Chip, gets every time he kayaks a class V stretch of whitewater. It helped me get a glimpse of what goes on in the minds of a whitewater experts as they scout and plan a line to take, and weigh various factors in order to make the best decision about how to run a stretch of river, or whether or not to take the risk. Well written and never a dull moment!
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