Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded ...more
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This story moves as fast as the white water rapids these 2 pals are portaging through. Intense.
Jack and Wynn are trekking through the Maskwa river in Northern Canada an enjoyable journey that turns into one of survival. They encounter a forest fire, in which they are pacing themselves to the village they need to get to, Which is a 10 day trek at best and the flames are only 20 miles away. Then they encounter a man who claims his wife ha ...more
In this first part of the book the reader is treated to superb descriptions of scenery. The descrip ...more
Wynn and Jack are best friends, they met freshman year of college and bonded over their love of the outdoors and books.
They are on a wilderness canoe trip in Canada anticipating a grand time of fishing, paddling, stargazing, reading.... but things go awry when they become aware of a wildfire making its way across the forest.
This wildfire is just the start of occurrences that add an urgency to this heart-pounding tale.
”Over the trees – they could still see the wall of trees through smoke like fog – the glow was a fierce and general radiance that pulsed wit ...more
Life is like that. It nudges you down unexpected corridors and sets your feet upon the rocky surfaces of shifting c ...more
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If you go out in the woods today,
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely out in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home. . .
But it’s not a picnic you should worry about.
Best friends Wynn and Jack are on a Canadian canoeing adventure minimalist style, no phone because “What would be the point? They didn’t have much first aid. They traveled light in that regard—they were boys” — Oh the confidence of youth. They do have bear spray but bears are not their biggest problem.
At 250 pages thi ...more
These two young men who meet during the first days of college on the Dartmouth campus, Jack and Wynn, share a love of nature, fishing, water and the outdoors, camping as well as a shared love of poetry, and books. A bond has been formed through these shared loves ...more
Heller, a former Outside contributing editor, is ly ...more
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Two college buddies, Wynn and Jack set out on what is supposed to be an adventure of a lifetime canoeing down a river surrounded by the beauty of nature and living off the land. Both boys are experienced campers but things quickly run afoul when they realize t ...more
This time, he tackles the Canadian wilderness – a challenging canoe trip on the Maskwa River meticulously planned by best friends Jack and Wynn. Both are adventurous, easy-going, very self-sufficient, and literate. But as the trip progresses, we also learn the differences. Jack is rugged, pragmatic, and int ...more
This is a gripping wilderness adventure story about two college friends who take a canoe trip in the Canadian boundary waters. They are skilled outdoorsmen, but things don’t go as planned. They encounter an arguing couple, two nasty drunken men from Texas, and they have to out paddle a f ...more
~from THE RIVER
Peter Heller's latest novel is just one helluva ride, not to mention outdoor adventure literature at its finest. You can place THE RIVER right up there beside Elwood Reid's Midnight Sun and James Dickey's American classic, Deliverance.
Jack and Wynn are two college boys taking the fall off from their studies at Dartmouth. It's August in Canada, and they are on a canoe trip on the Maskwa River, south ...more
They got up. They were cold. They made a fire. They took the pot to the river and filled it with water. They boiled the water. They added sugar. They drank it. They decided to do some fishing [insert page after page after page of description of fishing techniques]
At som ...more
Two college friends go on a Canadian camping trip. Thinking it will be a great time, they pack well and look forward to being together and being in the wild. However it seems one thing after another happens. They end up running from a natural disaster, they face off with a murderer, they lose all their gear and food, and they end up with an injured passenge ...more
It was terrifying and unutterably beautiful.
Exquisite! The writing in this novel blew me away. It was clear, concise, detailed and thoughtful. I highlighted almost the entire book. The author's descriptions of nature, the good and the bad, was breathtaking. He is able to create an immense sense of tension in just a few words.
The impacability and violence of nature always awed him. That it could be entirely heedless and yet so beautiful. That awed him. But also its intricate intelligence. Its b ...more
When Wynn and Jack, two Dartmouth students, set out on a canoe trip on the Mask ...more
This was way more literary than I expected. I don't mean that in a bad way because the writing was excellent but I thought it would be more thriller like and it really wasn't. I appreciated the author's obvious knowledge of canoeing on a river and wilderness survival along with his ability to create extremely realistic scenes. I wanted to read this book because I love nature and stories about wilderness survival because I would never ever want to go camping or rafting on a river...ever. I ...more
My favorite walks are urban walks. But I love to read about adventures in the wild. And what a ride this was! I read a big chunk of it in one sitting and then saved up for a long quiet afternoon to finish with no interruptions. Setting: two college friends on a canoeing trip in Northern Canada. What could possibly go wrong?
If you’ve heard Peter Heller speak, you’ll know that he is writing from experience. He knows white water and adventure and danger. And ...more
A lovely story of male friendship, adventure, and nature. Wynn and Jack met as freshmen in college and ...more
This book feels a bit all over the place for me. It was not really that thrilling until the very end. I did enjoy reading (and ...more
There is still plenty that I liked about this book. The elements of the river setting and canoe expedition were descriptively and authentically told. Heller is a nature and outdoor journalist/writer and his expertise and understanding of such experiences was evident. The characters of the two boys, Jack and Wynn, were engaging, and their personalities played w ...more
I love to canoe, hike, and white water raft, so this book was a delight-but not only for the setting. The plot had me holding my breath and the two main characters seemed very much alive ...more
Peter Heller has a very lyrical writing style with quick, short chapters that set a brisk pace for this page turner.
It's constant natural world description done in a masterful framing, but t ...more
Tym razem Heller zabiera nas w wymarzoną podróż przez kanadyjskie jeziora. Z założenia niespieszną, oszałamiającą czytelnika przyrodą, bogactwem ukrytego życia. Aż nagle pojawia się na horyzoncie strach i śmierć - zdziczały, rozczapierzony ogień, który pochłania kolejne połacie lasu. Dwóch przyjaciół jest gotowych, by ...more
Peter Heller holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the autho ...more