The River

The River

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by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

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

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,


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

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?

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Meet the Author

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is the author of Divine Intervention, the 'psi-fi' suspense thriller that has been compared to Nora Roberts'/J.D. Robb's 'In Death' series. She also wrote the emotional mystery, Whale Song, a novel that has become a hit with adult and young adult readers. Whale Song is now being considered for a movie option by a leading Canadian film producer. And her new techno-thriller, The River, is already making waves!

Tardif has appeared on Global TV, A-Channel TV, CFRN TV, RDTV, Shaw TV (Red Deer and Edmonton), and she has been a radio guest on CJSR's Liquid Chatter, and New Age Radio (Waukegan, Illinois). She has been prominently featured in Edmonton area newspapers and magazines, including The Edmonton Examiner, Edmonton Woman Magazine, Alberta Native News, Real Estate Weekly, and is featured on a variety on websites. In 2004, she was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award.

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The River 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GypsyBiker22 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in years. If you like thrills, science, mystery, history and great character development (and who doesn't!) - this book is for you. I enjoy reading books that are based on actual facts (historic or scientific) with fully developed fictional characters, some science fiction and great suspense. I like to learn something while enjoying a thrill ride. If you like Michael Chrichton, you will enjoy this book. I've now read all of Cheryl Kaye Tardif's books and have enjoyed them all. Read her books now so you can tell your friends that you "discovered" her before the world did (and they will)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The River is Tardif¿s most exciting novel yet! Full of unpredictable twists and lurching turns, The River is a non-stop adventure into Canada¿s mysterious north. When Del Hawthorne is suddenly exposed to the idea that her father did not die seven years earlier, she decides to travel the route that supposedly killed him in search of answers. With a rather motley group, Del discovers much more than she intends to and is soon in way over her head. The story combines technological wizardry, a delectable taste of Canadian nature, and Tardif¿s patented ability for incredible storytelling. The River is sure to please.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The River explored a side of humanity many of us do not want to even think about. The story (set in Canada) was thrilling and full of unexpected twists as I travelled with the characters in a desperate search for Del's father. I couldn't put the book down and had to read it cover to cover before going to sleep. I held my breath, turning each page quickly, wanting more. Excellent read!
readerbynight More than 1 year ago
There are many legends about the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territory, many of them featuring headless corpses and skeletons, and disappearances, a river of ghosts. Cheryl Kaye Tardif has placed her paranormal techno-thriller in this beautiful and awesome part of northern Canada. I love how she describes everything so well that each scene is vividly implanted in the reader's mind, so much so that one can almost hear the falls, the rapids, and boiling currents of the river, the rustling of the leaves in the wind. This descriptive mode is captured throughout the book, even through the horrors to be found when Del, with a team and guide, searches for her father. He was believed dead for several years, after disappearing in the Nahanni area, but now Del has reason to believe he is alive. It all begins when an elderly man shows up in her classroom with a message and a journal. She recognizes the message as something her father always said, and finally discovers that she has known this man, he is a friend of her father's and he also disappeared from that ill-fated group of men. He appears much older than he should, and very ill, but he says her father is alive and gives her a journal with instructions to "follow" her heart. He is taken away to a hospital where he is rapidly aging and dying. Del turns to the journal and discovers it has been written in some kind of code. There also seems to be a map of some sort. She knows she will do anything to find her father, and her ex-boyfriend is ready to assemble a search team and make the arrangements. What a mixed bunch of characters make up the team! Del (Delila) Hawthorne is a Professor of Anthropology and her young assistant Peter insists on going along. Jake, who she meets first at the hospital and again at Bio-Tec where her father had worked, and TJ, her ex-boyfriend. Peter brings Miki, who is a math savant and may be able to break the code, and Jake brings his assistant, the fiery and fiercely jealous Italian, Francesca. A lone vacationing computer programmer, Gary, is stranded when his wilderness party doesn't show up, and Hawk, the Dene guide adds him to their party. It doesn't take long for problems to arise, both natural and man-made. Who is trying to sabotage their trip? When Del's medication for MS disappears, who would have taken it? Was it the feisty Francesca? A romantic connection seems to be building between Del and Jake. Could Gary be someone other than who he supposedly is? Will finding the secret river give them answers, or more questions? The river is very hazardous as they near the falls, but Miki and Del believe they have to pass this spot to arrive at what they think will be the location to find the secret river. Hawk does not believe there is a secret river, but he does recognize what the landmarks are on the map. As they portage up the falls, they think the worst must be over, but will soon rethink that. A tense, strange trip to destiny lies ahead. Not just their destiny, but the destiny of the human race. Can they stop the inevitable? Layers of horror lead to more danger for the team. I won't tell. This book is character- and action-driven, terrifying, and yet tender at times even in its intensity. Cheryl has a knack for writing the gamut of human emotion, and in this case even inhuman. A good thriller, graphic in some places, but deftly written. A real nail-biter.
LauralynnElliott More than 1 year ago
I think I came across this author on someone else's blog. That's where I find a lot of indie authors. I am SO glad I found Ms. Tardif. Oh, man, I loved this book so much! There was a lot of suspense and adventure. And some romance thrown in, too, but that wasn't the main focus. The author showed a lot of imagination in this book, and it was also well written. There were two things I didn't like. The African American character kept calling everyone "dawg". This was just a personal thing; if this is how she wanted the character, that's her choice. It just got a little old. The second thing is that I hated the ending. I don't want to drop a spoiler here, so I'll just say I wanted to find out if she finds the other character. So I was unsatisfied. I would love to see a sequel here. Even with the two things I didn't like, this was still a 5 star novel in my opinion. Good job!
dennis_batchelder More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton fans will enjoy a ride on THE RIVER: like Crichton, Cheryl Tardif's suspense/near science fiction is all about what happens when you mix way-cool technology with bad people.

Biotechnologist Dr. Lawrence went missing on a northern Canadian river trip seven years before. His anthropologist daughter Del is surprised when one of his traveling companions drops two bombshells: Lawrence is still alive, and bad guys are after him. He gives Del some clues to help her find her father, and this sets her on a quest to find her father and neutralize the bad guys.

And that's the setup to the guts of the story: the quest turns into a river trip with a set of well-developed characters, all carrying their own emotional baggage and conflicts with them to this northern Canadian river. And when Del arrives, Tardif feeds us geeks with references to nanobots, time travel, and the chase to find an elixir of life. Del's romantic adventures are fun and full of conlicts, and the ethical dilemmas are presented and handled well.

I found THE RIVER to be a great mix of adventure, suspense, romance, and technology, and I can't wait to read more of Tardif's works.
Fonsecat More than 1 year ago
Having moved on seven years after her missing father is assumed dead, Delia Hawthorne ¿Del¿ is visited by an aged stranger. Convinced the man is deranged, Del calls security to have him removed from her university classroom. ¿Delly it¿s me¿ he says. And though it can¿t be, it is. He is professor Schroeder, a colleague gone missing with her father so many years earlier, only he is much older than he should be. Schroeder tells her that her father is still alive and hands over a coded journal just before collapsing unconscious.

At the hospital, Del learns that Schroeder is suffering from a rare form of Progeria ¿ a rapid aging disease. He will soon die and no one knows what has caused his condition. Jake Kerrigan, a research specialist for Bio-Tec Canada, the same company Del¿s father worked for, is brought in to consult.

Convinced by Schroeder and his journal that her father is still alive, Del decides to retrace her father¿s footsteps by traveling to the mysterious Canadian South Nahanni River ¿ a river shrouded in legend and known for the occasional headless skeletons discovered along its banks.

Del, her ex-boyfriend, Jake Kerrigan, and a cadre of others led by their Dene guide travel and sometimes battle the beautiful and treacherous Nahanni River. Taming the river while searching for her captive father is exhausting . Add to this Del¿s exacerbation of her Multiple Scelorsis and the journey is emotionally and mentally taxing. This may be why I found Del¿s frequent romantic and lustful thoughts regarding Jake somewhat out of place given the situation.

In the second half of the book, the team find the hidden location of Del¿s father. Without giving away too many plot surprises, this section reminded me of a cross between James Bond¿s ¿Dr. No¿ and a more recent movie ¿The Island¿. There is the hi-tech bad-guy lair controlled by a nefarious conspiratorial organization looking to gain the ultimate control over human life.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif¿s description of the Nahanni expedition is exceptional, demonstrating her considerable research and command of this remote Canadian region. ¿The River¿ is a wonderful adventure. Readers will not be disappointed in what could be the ride of their lives.