Into the Canyon by Michael Neale is the 2nd book in the River series. This book closely follows The River in time as in the main part of the book is told set in the 1970's but there is a difference in the time switches. The River flashes back to the time of Gabriel Clarke's childhood of the time when he lost his father to the river and he watched his father drown. Into the Canyon starts out in 2010 and flashes back to the 1970's but mostly tells the story following the time of The River. In this book Gabriel is in his 60's and helping a young married man who has recently separated from his wife and family find his way and learn what is important in life. Gabriel does this in much the same manner as Ezra Buchanan and Jacob Fielding had done for him, accepting him in the place that he was but knowing that he was capable of so much more. Gabriel's story of loving Tabitha and starting their life together is told throughout the rest of the summer which started in The River. He learns the background of Ezra and his reason for living at the Camp. He learns the story of Jacob and how he came to be in the river and nearly drowning if it weren't for Gabriel's father. He learns of the mysterious man he keeps seeing in the trees of the mountain and his story and how all of this has been preordained by the Lord and how it fits into his story and the making of the man Gabriel is to be. He learns that we all come into this life and we have our life saved by others as we learn our place in making the future of the ones who come after us become better. We all are put on this earth for a reason it is up to us to find out what that reason it and fulfill it.
Read this book. It is on my favorites list. I hope that Mr. Neale continues writing in this series as he is such a good writer. This book needs to be read by the young so that they will be inspired to find their niche in life. It needs to be read by the old so that they will appreciate all that has been done for them to make life better and inspire them to be the leader for the young who are looking to them. Thank you Mr. Neale for writing this book and keep on writing for us. Now let us all, "Go out and make some history".
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.