In High Places

In High Places

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by Tom Morrisey
     
 

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A Breath From Tragedy, a Whisper from Glory

For Patrick Nolan, every climb tells a story. And now maybe it's his own .... He's right at the rim, staring over the cliff's knife edge and wondering how things went wrong so quickly.

It all started after arriving home from a weekend climbing trip with his father, Kevin. That's when word reached them. In a

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A Breath From Tragedy, a Whisper from Glory

For Patrick Nolan, every climb tells a story. And now maybe it's his own .... He's right at the rim, staring over the cliff's knife edge and wondering how things went wrong so quickly.

It all started after arriving home from a weekend climbing trip with his father, Kevin. That's when word reached them. In a silent moment, they'd lost the person most important to them--her death raising unanswerable questions and dangerous doubts.

Launching a new life in a new town to escape their pain, son and father find themselves in danger of being torn apart forever. As his father seeks a route to solace on the dangerous high face of the rock, Patrick finds a path to hope with the unlikeliest of allies--a pastor's daughter. Together they must discover the one answer that can bring Patrick and Kevin back from the brink of the precipice

Sometimes There's No Place to Go But Up

Editorial Reviews

readerviews.com
Whether or not the reader is a Christian, In High Places will appeal to a wide audience, especially male readers, who will enjoy a father-son story where the male characters act with maturity and respect toward each other. Many young men would do well to model themselves upon the character of Patrick. This book would make a great gift for Father's Day or to a teenage or college-age boy. In High Places has made me want to read more of Morrisey's books.
—Tyler R. Tichelaar
christianreviewofbooks.com
In High Places is not an average coming of age story. It's a story of continued hope and faith made real by the fact that even years later the narrator continues to struggle with those events.... This book is one that will cause conflict in the reader's emotions; it will make him question what happens as surely as if it were his own life. From a personal standpoint, I thought that this book held an attraction for me because it took place only fifty miles or so from where I grew up, but now I know that Tom Morrisey's writing, with its honesty and liveliness, is what made it truly gripping. In High Places is my personal pick for best book of the year.
—David White
christianwomenonline.net
Morrisey's experiences as a travel-adventure writer make this a page turner, one that will leave you stunned. Some of the rock climbing terminology went over my head, but outdoorsy readers will love it. Especially satisfying is the ending, which offers readers a real-life glimmer of hope that transcends the realm of fiction.
—Heather Ivester
faithfulreader.com
Tom Morrisey's best novel to date, In High Places, cost me a good night's sleep and a set of chewed-off fingernails. As a young boy's coming-of-age story, it is superb; as a suspense-filled cliffhanger (pardon the pun), it will keep you on the edge of your seat. I found I couldn't put it down until the very last page.
—Cindy Crosby
christianfictionreview.com
If it weren't for the detailed descriptions of rock climbing and its gear (and the name on the cover), I wouldn't have thought this was Tom Morrisey. His action sequences certainly come through as they always have, but there's a depth of character development here that's far greater than his previous books. I'm reminded strongly of Dale Cramer's novels and his ability to bring the reader down into the head and life of the main character. And the last page left my eyes somewhat damp.
I'm extraordinarily impressed. This is easily Morrissey's best work, and now I'm truly interested to see what he does next. Highly Recommended.
—Tim Frankovich
faithwebbin.net
In High Places is a wonderfully written story full of colorful imagery, and realistic characters .... If you pick up In High Places, you will enjoy a well-told story, and might even learn something about yourself, or find a message you can hang on to.
—Laura V. Hilton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441208361
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
413,211
File size:
683 KB

Meet the Author

Tom Morrisey is the author of four novels and short stories, a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver (where he serves as Executive Editor) and other leading magazines. He holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.
Tom Morrisey is the author of six novels and short stories, is a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver (where he serves as Editor at Large) and other leading magazines. He holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Orlando, Florida. Visit Tom's website at www.tommorrisey.com

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In High Places 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
lhj313 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading In High Places. Honestly, I had a tough time getting into it because of the unfamiliar rock-climbing events (which Morrisey did a great job of explaining, I'm just a little dense). However, at one point, I no longer wanted to put the book down. And then, I stopped putting the book down, ignoring my tasks and sleep to finish the story. Some books are tough to define why they make a powerful impact on your heart, and this is one of them. The story was well-told, meaning for me that it was realistic with solid characterization and plot cruising along with hills, valleys, twists and turns, smashing the things I presumed would happen. The father-son relationship was told as fathers and sons usually relate to each other. Morrisey did not feminize the men's relationship in order to tell what lesser writers would mistakenly feel would make a more complete story. What he achieved was a portrayal of a relationship infused with nuance and uncertainty--like real life. It was so vivid I retain many images from the story and expect to run into the characters; to see them climbing cliffs nearby. I recommend this to any rock climber, to any father or son struggling to have a relationship with the other, and anyone else wanting a deep, powerful, realistic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say? The book sings.
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good reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. First Ive read from this author, will look for more
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I want to read this just from the reviews.
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