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American drifter, Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray

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American drifter
Title
American drifter
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Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
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Language
eng
Summary
New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham has teamed up with celebrated actor and celebrity icon Chad Michael Murray to weave a tale of passion and danger in the captivating thriller suspense, American Drifter. A young veteran of the US Army, River Roulet is struggling to shake the horrors of his past. War is behind him, but the memories remain. Desperate to distract himself from the images haunting him daily, River abandons the world he knows and flees to the country he's always dreamed of visiting: Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is everything he hoped for and more. In the lead-up to Carnaval, the city is alight with music, energy, and life. With a few friends at his side, River seems to be pulling his life together at last. Then he meets the enchanting Natal, an impassioned journalist and free spirit -- who lives with the gangster that rules much of Rio. As their romance blossoms, River and Natal flee together into the interior of Brazil, where they are pursued by the sadistic drug lord, Tio Amato, and his men. When River is forced to kill one of those men, the chase becomes even deadlier. Not only is the powerful drug boss after them, the Brazilian government is on their trail as well. Will the two lovers escape -- and will River ever be free of the bloody memories that haunt him?
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  • Veteran River Roulet, who is returning home after a stint in the U.S. Army, wants to escape the horrors that he witnessed. He flees to Rio de Janeiro, where he works hard to get his life back in order. He falls in love with a beautiful girl named Natal. She lives with a gangster, Tio Amato, who has a stranglehold on much of the country. In order to protect himself, River is forced to kill one of Amato's men. Now a hunted man, River must protect himself and Natal. The authors offer plenty of romance and intrigue but also draw attention to mental health issues among veterans and others who have experienced extremely stressful situations. The narrative is straightforward, and readers will be eager to find out the truth about River. VERDICT Fans of romance, immersed in action and suspense with an unexpected twist, will appreciate this book.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI --Karen Alexander (Reviewed 03/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 3, p128)
  • Suffering from nightmares induced by post-traumatic stress disorder, army veteran River Roulet flees the States and escapes to Brazil, where he lives on very little, makes some good friends, and meets a mysterious woman named Natal. She's adventurous and beautiful, and River quickly becomes obsessed. He doesn't care where she's from or who she really is; being together is all that matters, and he's determined to overcome the many obstacles, including the drug lord who is Natal's lover, to make that happen. Best-selling author Graham and TV star Murray (making his fiction debut) have teamed up to pen a haunting page-turning tale about a broken man. Readers will need to savor slowly to absorb every clue as the dreamlike, slightly disjointed plotline leads to a doozy "aha" that makes the journey worthwhile. The likable, eclectic characters are well drawn; the authors also succeed in capturing the vibrant landscape and culture of Brazil. But it's the tragedy of PTSD that dominates the narrative. VERDICT This thriller will appeal to readers who love complex story lines, untidy, gritty psychological mysteries, and clever, complicated protagonists. Members of Murray's fan club will also definitely be curious.—Debbie Haupt, St. Charles City-Cty. Lib. Dist., St Peters, MO --Debbie Haupt (Reviewed 11/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 18, p72)
  • A young American finds love and danger in the steamy streets of Rio de Janeiro—with a twist—in Graham (Angel of Mercy & Standoff at Mustang Ridge, 2017, etc.) and Murray's novel.River Roulet, a veteran of the Iraq War, luxuriates in his simple life in Brazil, sleeping under the stars and eating fresh food from the market. He has made a few good friends, though he is troubled by nightmares of bombs and raids, and occasionally he hears the haunting laughter of a child. When he meets Natal, a beautiful, free-spirited journalist, he begins to think that he might really be able to live a full and happy life, as she captures his heart in a few short days. But Natal has secrets, and, as it turns out, so does River. The writing is somewhat overwrought, but the setting of the novel intrigues. While it may idealize Rio and its surrounding areas, it's also well-developed through lots of sensory language and description of both the natural beauty of the area and the vibrant culture of Carnival. River and Natal are almost too good; despite their secret lives, their love seems uncomplicated and, again, idealized. It's hard to imagine that this perfect union could last, because we never see any flaws in them or in their relationship. The novel tries to compensate for these simplified characters with a not-so-satisfying plot twist, falling back on some clich├ęs about PTSD. But maybe it's enough that the reader gets to see and hear and smell and imagine the most beautiful and cacophonous sides of Rio, to dream of traveling to exotic places that, seemingly, have no dark side to threaten true love. A pretty, airy fairy tale for a modern time—though the end briefly acknowledges that perfection can only ever be an illusion.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2017)
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Graham, Heather
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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1981-
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Murray, Chad Michael
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  • Drug traffic
  • Gangs
  • Carnival
  • Retired military personnel
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Women journalists
  • Brazil
Target audience
adult
Label
American drifter, Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
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Publication
Note
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
  • "He ran from the past. Now he must survive the present"--cover
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000060873807
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
316 pages
Isbn
9780765374875
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017043424
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)966378439
Label
American drifter, Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
Publication
Note
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
  • "He ran from the past. Now he must survive the present"--cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000060873807
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
316 pages
Isbn
9780765374875
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2017043424
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)966378439

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