Wind River

Wind River

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by Tom Morrisey
     
 

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You Can't Outrun the Sins of Your Past

Desperate to forget what happened to him in Iraq, Tyler Perkins flees to the emptiness of Wyoming. He's here to escape and also to fulfill a long-ago promise by accompanying his 86-year-old friend Soren Andeman on a fly-fishing trip--once more for old time's sake.
But their trek to an idyllic trout lake soon becomes

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You Can't Outrun the Sins of Your Past

Desperate to forget what happened to him in Iraq, Tyler Perkins flees to the emptiness of Wyoming. He's here to escape and also to fulfill a long-ago promise by accompanying his 86-year-old friend Soren Andeman on a fly-fishing trip--once more for old time's sake.
But their trek to an idyllic trout lake soon becomes something more deeply harrowing--a journey that uncovers long-held lies, deadly crimes, and the buried secrets of the past. Ty barely has time to contemplate the question of what constitutes justice when nature unleashes her own revenge. Trapped in a race back to safety, he must face his own guilt-ridden past or risk being consumed.

Powerfully imagined by the acclaimed author of In High Places, Wind River is an engaging wilderness adventure that explores the power of confession, the beauty of forgiveness, and the freedom of truth unveiled.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Morrisey's sixth novel begins in a promising way with convincing, vivid descriptions of his young protagonist, first in the back country of Wyoming, and then in Iraq. The attention to detail suggests that the reader is in expert hands. But several more chapters in, the book devolves into a plodding and superficial treatment of two presumably scarred souls seeking redemption in the mountains near Wyoming's Wind River. Much of the novel is a dissertation on wilderness camping and fly fishing, which seems designed more to showcase the author's considerable knowledge of these subjects than to drive a narrative. The inevitable revelation of past secrets doesn't start until two-thirds of the way in, and then spills forth in a single rush of confession, followed by an equally hurried and predictably convenient ending. Even readers who might appreciate the slow-paced exploration of beautiful country will be disappointed in the book's hasty, shallow reflections on confession. Good and evil are carefully contained on separate sides of the track, with no question as to which characters belong where, and therefore little drama in their redemptive moments.
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BlogCritics.org
The Wyoming mountain setting is one of the things that makes this story special. Morrisey has obviously hiked and fished in these places. His respect for nature and love of spending time in it is contagious. Throughout we feel as if we're part of the action - fly-fishing, cooking on open fires, eating fresh-caught trout, sleeping under the lightning-washed sky, and hiking the high ridges....

Morrisey's writing style brings to mind realist paintings. His descriptions of nature are detailed and lyrical. His way of recounting the minutiae of the most mundane tasks puts the reader in the middle of the action.... But the story turns out to be about more than nature's grandeur and the joys and challenges men face when they interact with it. As Ty and Soren spend time together they confide secrets and learn about each other, themselves, friendship, loyalty, forgiveness, facing the past and the importance of truth. Thus Wind River becomes the story of a double exploit. Not only is it an outdoor adventure of a young man and his old friend revisiting their favorite Wyoming mountain fishing spot (fly fishers will find Morrisey an especially kindred spirit), but it's also a spiritual adventure about finding the courage to face the past and live truthfully and responsibly in the present. Whichever side of the story you're after, Wind River won't disappoint.
—Violet Nesdoly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441208354
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
632,947
File size:
633 KB

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Mary Fairchild
"What captured me most in Wind River was the realistic way in which the two main characters demonstrate the harsh-sometimes wildly tempestuous-reality of what it means to be a Christian. Ty Perkins has just come back from fighting in the Iraq War. Now he is desperately running from the haunting memories of his recent past. He escapes to the wide-open world of his 86-year-old friend and mentor, Soren Andeman. In the wilds of Wyoming he finds himself entangled in the sins of Soren's past. From the deep shadows, the two men find the courage to expose their buried secrets and lies, allowing confession and forgiveness to set them free.

Careful readers can't help but notice the powerful spiritual truths metaphorically reinforced by the wilderness activities of Ty and Soren and the natural forces at work around them. The unspoiled landscapes really come alive with cinematic clarity as Morrisey creates beautiful motion-picture scenes with his words."--(Mary Fairchild, About.com)
Cindy Crosby
"The love of fly fishing has fueled more than one good story: think A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT or THE RIVER WHY. In WIND RIVER, a short but pithy faith fiction novel ... adventure writer Tom Morrisey turns his pen to the story of an old fly fisherman and mountaineer and a young boy he once tutored, now a man, who is haunted by an incident from the war that threatens his chance at happiness. Themes of forgiveness --- especially forgiving yourself --- and the cost of honesty, the importance of taking responsibility for your actions, the power of friendship and faith are woven together against the beautiful backdrop of Wyoming.... Those who enjoy a thoughtful story with a faith-based message, lightly applied, coupled with plenty of beautiful nature lore and scenery, should find Morrisey's latest tale much to their liking."--(Cindy Crosby, FaithfulReader.com)

Meet the Author

Tom Morrisey is the author of five novels and a world-renowned adventure-travel writer whose work has appeared in Outside, Sport Diver, and other leading magazines. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.
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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Wind River 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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The book is excellent, however, this is my last review due to the childish postings that appear on thiis site. Don't know who monitors these reviews for content...I have flagged many postings only to go back later and find the reviews about cats unmarked.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
His time in combat in Iraq still haunts Tyler Perkins just ask his beleaguered wife Angela. Thus he has a second reason to take his octogenarian friend Soren Andeman fly fishing the first being he promised to do so. The pair travels to WIND RIVER, Idaho for some getaway time.---------------- However, the R&R that Tyler expected is nuked when Soren reveals the real reason he wanted to come to Wind River, a place he has been to before. His dark secret frightens Tyler and if revealed could hurt those nearby including someone special to the eighty-six years old man. However, before he can come to grips with what Soren told him, the weather turns ugly making this respite into a battle of survival.------------ This is an excellent buddy tale as an elderly honorable man with a troubling secret, a just as honorable vet with post traumatic stress disorder and the weather make for a deep character driven thriller. The story line is driven by the duel fuels of doing the right thing and surviving. Readers will relish this compelling tale as two men decades apart in age seek forgiveness and redemption in the wilderness, but as they battle to survive realize where they must truly go to achieve atonement. WIND RIVER is an excellent inspirational thriller.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh. Now I get it.