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The River Guide by R Leonard Wades

The River Guide

by R Leonard Wades

398 pages
During Fourth-of-July weekend, an aging fly-fishing guide is hired to conduct a float-trip for clients from out-of-State. Throughout the evening, and the two days that follow, he is guided on his own journey to an unexpected destination.

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About the Book
Henry Morrison works as a fly-fishing guide on a river in Northern Michigan where he first learned to cast a line sixty years earlier. His life should be settled, surrounded by family and friends, but nothing turned out as planned. Bitter and angry, Henry is struggling with the bottle. He's consumed by grief arising from tragedy and haunted by memories of a past love. The Vietnam veteran is practically a recluse, emerging from his home only to purchase necessities and to guide his many clients.

Mike Johnson is moving from California to Michigan, uprooting his family as he advances his career. His teenage son, Jake, is sullen and unhappy with the prospect of being separated from his friends. As a fly-fisherman, Mike taught his son the sport, and it had always been a wonderful bonding experience. He hopes a brief trip to do some fly-fishing might ease the strain in their relationship, but that isn't his only motive. Mike is on a mission, and Henry plays an integral role in its outcome.

During Fourth-of-July weekend, Henry is hired to conduct an evening float-trip for the father and son from California. He soon discovers that he has a past association with his older client. Henry has no recollection of the man, and Mike won't reveal his secrets until they're all together, alone on the river. Throughout the evening and the two days that follow, Henry is introduced to a series of strange, some could say miraculous events that might have the power to change both of their lives.



About the Author
R Leonard Wades developed a passion for the outdoors when he was a boy, hunting and fishing in Northern Michigan. He studied Zoology and Animal science at Michigan State University. As a member of Trout Unlimited, he has participated in fundraising events and conservation projects. He is happiest spending time with family and friends, fly-fishing for trout and salmon. This is his first novel.



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