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The Guide

von Peter Heller

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I love this write. I love his description of nature. His writing is so sparse and perfect. I am also love that Jack is back. It is also a horrible but true look at the future of COVID. ( )
  shazjhb | Nov 29, 2021 |
I really liked The River, the previous related book to The Guide. I couldn’t put The River down but this one I struggled to finish. It took too lo g for the plot to develop and there were almost too many scenery descriptions which were absolutely magnificent. There were just too many of them. ( )
  kayanelson | Nov 16, 2021 |

'The Guide' was my first Peter Heller book. I went into it with no expectations other than that it would be a thriller about a fishing guide up in the Rockies.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing. I don't fish and I've never understood the appeal of it yet Peter Heller soon had me imagining myself wading into the waters of a mountain stream and slipping into a state of mind where there was nothing beyond the rhythm of fly fishing, the flow of the river and the peace of the wilderness.

The plot was also a surprise. How do you turn an exclusive luxury fishing lodge for the rich and famous into something dangerous? Well, by making it clear that something secret is going on, by populating the story with well-drawn, plausible but unpleasant characters and by slowly increasing the sense of foreboding as each new anomaly is uncovered.

The tension was increased by making me care about the two main characters, the guide, from whose point of view the story is told and his celebrity country singer client. The guide has a trauma in his past that is slowly and skillfully revealed. The chemistry between the guide and his client was engaging and real and didn't devolve into romantic clichés..

The plot that emerged was clever and plausible with just a little bit of willingness to go with the flow.

Everything was going well until the last twenty per cent of the book The final chapters moved from 'A River Runs Through It' to 'Skyfall' in a single step. What had been a tense mystery suddenly became The Cowboy And The Country Singer Kick Ass And Blow Stuff Up. It was well enough done but after such a careful and credible grounding it felt disappointing - like biting into an apple and finding it was an orange on the inside.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by John Chancer. John Chancer is a good narrator but I felt he was miscast here. The guide is a man in his twenties. Chancer sounded much older than that. By the time I found out the guide's age, I was picturing a much older man. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear for yourself.


https://soundcloud.com/audiolibrary-a/the-guide-by-peter-heller-audiobook-excerp...


Despite some eye-rolling at the spectacular ending, I had a good time listening to 'The Guide' and I'm interested in reading more of Peter Heller's work. I've picked up a copy of 'The Dog Stars' which sounds intriguing:



Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley. But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for.
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  MikeFinnFiction | Nov 3, 2021 |
After the events of The River, Jack takes a job as a fishing guide for the second half of the season at an expensive resort in the Rockies, the previous guide having abruptly quit. His first client is a famous singer who is a competent fisherwoman and this should be an easy job. But Jack, haunted by his past, is troubled by the inconsistencies and odd behavior he sees at the resort.

The Guide by Peter Heller reads like if Lee Child formed a writing collaboration with Norman Maclean. Jack is laconic and highly competent with a strong sense of duty and right and wrong. The novel is a fast-paced adventure novel in which a lot of time is spent fly-fishing and talking about nature. This has the potential to be a fun series of thrillers and I appreciate how good the writing is and how Jack is deeply affected by the events in his past. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Oct 20, 2021 |
The Short of It:

I read this one in one sitting. Held my attention even though it’s different from Heller’s normal fare.

The Rest of It:

The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where he uncovers a plot of shocking menace amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests. – Publisher

I’ve read a couple of books by Heller and loved them both. What I did not read before this book is The River. Apparently The Guide is a follow-up to that book but I didn’t miss it at all. This one stands alone just fine. Thought you should know that in case you pick this one up thinking you have to read The River first. You don’t.

This was an interesting read for me. I was fully taken with the setting. Heller is a master at putting you in the setting. The river, the lodge, the people in it, all very descriptive and he totally pulled me in. What I didn’t expect was the mystery behind what is going on at the lodge. As an outsider working as a fishing guide to the rich, sometimes even famous clients, Jack sees things that raise a red flag to him. For one, the hasty retreat of the guide before him. A women’s scream in the middle of the night. Was it an owl? Perhaps. Why are there so many cameras and a gate code to get out?

I felt like the mystery was a bit farfetched but I enjoyed all that time on the river and I enjoyed Jack. He’s endured a life full of loss and finds peace on the water, so when his peaceful world is shattered by these nefarious events, you take notice. The Guide was a good read and I read it in one sitting. I will be reaching for The River soon.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Oct 15, 2021 |
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