An all night convenience store in the middle of nowhere. Two women hurt and held captive by a strung out, twisted criminal. A stranger minding his own business, showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Ray Porter is an ordinary guy whose sheltered and peaceful world is shattered one night when he stumbles upon an armed robbery in progress. Resisting the temptation to not get involved, he instead uses gritty determination and fierce resolve to overtake the violent psychopath and rescue the two captives.
Porter becomes an overnight hero of legendary proportion in the sleepy, rural town of Willow Creek and is bestowed astonishing tribute and bounty. But the intensely private Porter soon realizes that such revered status isn't for him, and a hasty retreat to simpler times becomes an eventful journey sculpted by those in his life: a protective sister, a bright but clinging teenager, a kindhearted sheriff, and a strange and puzzling victim from that fateful night.
This is a novel about a true dyed in the wool hero, an unknown who puts his life in jeopardy for total strangers, and who does so without the need for recognition or glory. It is a story about how private worlds can suddenly collide with the unyielding powers of fate and circumstance, resulting in lives being altered for better or worse, or even swept away.
|Publisher:||Page Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)|
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On the surface, the lives of those around us can appear simple and enviably serene. Scratch the surface, however, and true life emerges. Ray Porter will remind you of how layered and complex our lives actually are. Ray's story highlights the good in humankind as well as the frighteningly evil. Jeff Turner's tale provides powerful insight into human emotion and personality crafting a story line with lovingly imperfect characters and challenging life circumstances. This story will stay with you.
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite Ray Porter is just your average guy. Hard worker, handsome military veteran, on his way home for a weekend break from his minimum salary job. Knowing that he probably made a poor decision to indulge in a few Friday night drinks before hitting the road, Ray stops at an out-of-the-way convenience store for some restorative coffee and an alcohol-absorbing snack. The fresh air rejuvenates him and the late night side stop promises to get him home in one piece. Fortunately, his sister was out of town so no one was expecting him to “clock” in. There would no questions as to his arrival time and he could sleep off the ill effects of the beers that ended his work week. Unfortunately, Ray’s unplanned stop opened a world of unexpected events that changed his life and the life of those around him. Jeff Turner’s novel The Hero of Willow Creek is a tale of intrigue and a story that reflects the reality of human compassion and gratitude. As Ray rediscovers his love for his sister and neighbors, he also learns the true value of small town loyalty. I really enjoyed the hope that springs from Turner’s sincere portrayal of the human spirit.