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Rapid Descent by Gwen Hunter

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Cover art: Rapid Descent Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Rapid Descent
Author: Gwen Hunter
Publisher: Mira
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-2621-2
Release Date: April 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Gwen's Website: www.gwenhunter.com


Hi All,

This is a very readable book.  Nell and Joe Stevens are on their second honeymoon kayaking down the Cumberland River when there is a flash flood and Nell is trapped in a fallen tree.  Joe gets her out and takes her back to the campground.  He tries to give first aid with supplies that they have but, has to go for help.  He leaves her a note and goes down the river.  However, he never comes back.

When Nell awakens, she finds that Joe is gone.  She reads the note and sets out herself even though she is in bad shape from her injuries.  She does find Joe's kayak but not Joe.  Finally, stumbling into a campground she calls for help and a team of River Rats, as they call themselves, that she and Joe have worked with in the past come to form a search party.  The local Sheriff is determined to prove that Nell has killed her husband and doesn't give up on his theories calling on his son, who is a policeman, to work undercover with the search team to see what he can find out.  On top of all this, Joe's family shows up and to make it more interesting, Nell didn't know that he had a family.  They are very rich property owners in the south and apparently Joe had left home to become a river rafter.

The story jumps ahead seven years.  Nell is now the sole owner of an Outdoor business, teaching people how to shoot rapids and river safety.  She decides to to back on the river to try and find out what happened to Joe.  And, comes up with a lot of new surprises.  In her search for the truth she finds jealousy and deception among the people that she thought were her friends.  Also desperation among the people that churn the water of her river.

This book will really be interesting to white water rafters and anyone who likes water sports.  It also is a very good story and will hold your interest no matter if you are a river rat or not.

Talk to you soon,
Mary

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