The River

The River Review

This is the story of two college friends on a wilderness canoe trip--a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, whitewater, starvation, and brutality.

Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in Northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddles and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and paperback western novels. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: the next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller, unspools a head-long, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.

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  • Jen

    Holy F***ity *f*ck. 2 days and I couldn’t put this one down.This story moves as fast as the white water rapids these 2 pals are portaging through. Intense.Jack and Wynn are trekking through the Mask...

  • Diane S ?

    Wynn and Jack meet at orientation, both sharing a love of literature, they become fast friends. Wynn comes from Vermont, loves the water, Jack, raised on a ranch in Colorado. Both boys have a keen sen...

  • Karen

    What a gripping, intense story! 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 an...

  • Dianne

    “The River” is a very engrossing and beautifully written outdoor adventure/friendship tale that knocked my socks off. Heller is an absolute master at capturing the fierce beauty and terrible majes...

  • Linda

    "The turning of a card that sent a life in one direction or another. The slip of a single hoof on stone, the sound of two voices in the midst. He believed in it as much as he believed in any other thi...

  • Carol

    The Hook Most readers have a list of favorite authors. Peter Heller is one of mine. I've heard him speak a few times, the man and the writer a clash of thought for me. I don't quite know how to explai...

  • Cheri

    ”They loved how the darkness amplified the sounds – the gulp of the dipping paddles, the knock of the wood shaft against the gunwale. The long desolate cry of a loon. The loons especially. How th...

  • Holly  B

    A little too slow-building and descriptive for me. There is some intense, suspenseful moments, but the detailed and somewhat repetitiveness stalled the flow of the story. He even describes how fast th...

  • Cathrine ??

    5 ⚠ ⚠ ⚠ ⚠ ⚠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 fr...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/To say I was not the correct audience for this book is a serious understatement. Don’t even call me a wrongreader either because the blur...