Paul just wanted to do something for the new President. Soon his existence turns from serene and relaxed to chaotic. The President's dog, Bud, accidentally becomes a factor in Paul's future relationships and relative happiness. Was that initial invitation a huge mistake or a stroke of luck?
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Floating with Bud based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The book follows a "be careful what you ask for" theme. The main character's (Paul) life is changed forever when our nation's leader unexpectedly accepts his invitation for a float trip. I related to Paul's somewhat disorganized reaction when faced with the reality of hosting the President of the United States. The reader can feel Paul's anxiety as he attempts to keep his famous visitor as an anonymous river traveler. Paul bumbles through many of his float leader's duties, much as a canoe or kayak bounces through a rough riffle. And the author does a good job of describing episodes where Paul is taken in and out of his comfort zone. Paul's passion for forest and river life, particularly birds, dominates his life of semi-seclusion. In fact, Paul is downright quirky about bird biology, and this trait leads to frequent distractions from the tasks at hand. The subplots in the story could have been enhanced with greater development of some of the reoccurring characters, but all are eventually tied back in to the President's visit. Even though Paul doesn't get the leisurely float he imagined, he reaps some unexpected benefits at the end of his river journey.