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The Guide: A novel von Peter Heller
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The Guide: A novel (2021. Auflage)

von Peter Heller (Autor)

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Titel:The Guide: A novel
Autoren:Peter Heller (Autor)
Info:Knopf (2021), 273 pages
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The Guide von Peter Heller

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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 |
I wasn't feeling it on this one. Seemed like the author tried to draw out the story by adding descriptions of fly fishing and threw in a bizaar ending to try and make it worthwhile. Repetition and a tired attempt at a love interest didn't help either. I did make it to the end but only because it was a short book. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Sep 27, 2021 |
After reading and loving The River, I had high hopes for this sequel. Heller didn’t disappoint. Though the plot is completely different, he writes in a way that combines powerful plots, interesting characters, and beautiful descriptions of nature.

Readers will recognize the main character, Jack, from The River. A few years have passed and Jack has just started a job as a fishing guide for rich people vacationing in Colorado. He’s still reeling from some personal tragedies and he’s hoping this job will give him some quiet time for reflection.

Outside of the resort, the world is still dealing with a pandemic. Jack quickly finds himself connecting with Allison, his first client. My one complaint is that I don't think Heller writes female characters very well. I had the same issue with his novel The Dog Stars.

The way Heller unites all of these plots turns the novel into a fast-paced thriller. He has become a must-read author for me! ( )
  bookworm12 | Sep 2, 2021 |
A fishing lodge for the wealthy, set in Colorado. Beautiful country. I spent many summers fishing, though not much fly fishing, so I was curious how the author would incorporate a book about fishing, and an adventure story. It's a fast read, there is much dialogue, but these short conversations also serve to ratchet up the suspense. Two interesting leading characters, one a kick ass woman, the other a battle scarred fishing guide.

That there is more to this lodge than just fishing, soon becomes apparent. At one point I thought I knew what was going on but it was even more horrific than my original thought. No graphic blood or anything like that, just greed and heartlessness from those in a position to exploit the current Covid situation. In any crisis there are those who will do anything for money and power, and those who with the requisite money, will take advantage. No matter how distasteful, no matter the people they hurt.

Heller can sure put together a both timely and adventuresome story. The ending though is beautifully written and just about perfect. ( )
  Beamis12 | Sep 2, 2021 |
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