The Curse of Lost River Canyon by Mark Zeug
The Curse of Lost River Canyon follows grief stricken Jake Garner. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Jake has finally returned home to the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. His childhood home and the family’s small ranch now belongs to him after the sudden deaths of his mother, father, and brother. With an injury preventing him from serving another tour, Jake has been raising horses on the ranch to support his family. Now mourning the loss of his wife Jake returns to the nearby Lost River Canyon as he looks for solace in the isolated spot. Where he’s never seen another person before he observes an attempted murder in the canyon. As he attempts to save the victim and resolve the situation Jake realizes he needed saving himself.
Mark Zeug draws readers in right away by starting right off with an attempted murder. He creates the perfect setting for drama with the Lost River Canyon. The cavernous backdrop heightens the tension and the stakes of Jake trying to intervene in the situation. Despite how little time actually is passing in the long chapters, the pace of the story is quick. Zeug keeps the attention of the audience with multiple twists and constant tension. Jake becomes a multi-dimensional hero in the story as he struggles with his grief and ends up involved in a conspiracy. Beyond the conspiracy and action, this is a story about grief, healing, and companionship. The attempted murder only the beginning of the story, readers will be hooked to the last page.
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