Into The Canyon, by Michael Neale, is the sequel to his first book, The River. Just like The River, Into The Canyon does not disappoint. In the first book we learned that as a young child Gabriel Clarke’s father died saving two young men from drowning while they were in The River. For years he fought his fear of The River. In 2012, while in an airport, Gabriel had shared part of his life story with a stranger named Blake. Months later Blake shows up at his door and admits his life had changed drastically since their meeting. His wife had left him, taking their children with her. He now realized his priorities had been all wrong. He hoped spending time with Gabriel could help him and he wanted hear the rest of Gabriel’s story. He stayed with Gabriel for seven days. Gabriel’s story in Into The Canyon opens in 1973 when he was training as a river guide. His employer was none other than one of the men his father had saved. The relationship between two men is intriguing. Gabriel’s story is both moving and powerful. His father’s death has cast a shadow on his life and his future remains uncertain. While he shares his story with Blake he also brings him into his world on The River. Will Gabriel’s story help Blake win back what he has lost? This book is eloquently written and the author takes the reader through rich settings. This is a book worth reading.
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