The Deadly River

The Deadly River

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The Deadly River effectively combines a classic adventure story with both heartfelt emotion and a theme that will leave one thinking long after the book is read. It's a great read that combines the pathos of a young orphan's plight with the exhilaration and adventures that come with gun battles and fist fights deep in the Montana mountains. But, far more importantly, this book provides a unique perspective that should cause people on both sides of wilderness environmental issues to seriously consider the effect of ongoing policies and actions. *** It's the spring of 1959 and a recently orphaned boy, Lee Raines, is hiking into the Montana mountains, attempting to re-connect in a small way with his dead parents. While on this mission, he finds himself stranded in a small logging town which is fast becoming ground zero in national environmental conflicts. Battle lines are being drawn and, when the inevitable war explodes, Lee is in the middle of it. He is forced to grow and mature as he fights for survival. His life is changed forever. Eventually, Lee comes to grips with the loss of his parents. However, as he wanders the mountains, he accidentally witnesses serious crimes; crimes committed by an unscrupulous profiteer hiding behind the confusion of local environmental efforts. Before he can leave town, Lee finds himself in a shooting war, forced to defend himself against powerful, brutal, enemies. Finally the shooting stops and the sheriff makes arrests. Time moves on and the judge passes sentence on the offenders. Only then does Lee realize that the problems were more complex than anyone had realized. Nothing was yet settled. It takes a final gun battle, a battle that results in real Rocky Mountain Justice, to end the war. *** The Deadly River is the second volume of the Rocky Mountain Justice trilogy. The trilogy brings central characters forward through time, although each book is a stand-alone adventure story. The three volumes, which span a time period from the 1940's through the 1970's, are as follows: Book #1: Rocky Mountain Justice (The Legend of Camel's Hump). The year is 1949. Deep in the Montana mountains, four teenagers fight a depraved sheriff in a war that sees death visit both sides. But the sheriff's gang is too strong for the teens alone, so they turn to two combat-hardened former marines who recruit an Indian Nation to fight alongside them. Some die and some disappear, but the battle is won and a legend is born. *** Book #2: The Deadly River. It's ten years later, in the same Montana mountains. Two of the original young heroes from The Legend of Camel's Hump return. Once again, they're thrust into battle against cold-blooded killers. Lee Raines, an orphan from Pennsylvania, stumbles into the middle of this new battle and becomes the key to their eventual victory. *** Book #3: Home Goes the Warrior. The year is 1974. Lee Raines, now a Navy Lieutenant, has come home after being badly wounded in the Viet Nam jungles. After that experience, he just wants to finish his service, marry his fiance, and find a quiet home in the suburbs. Instead he finds himself caught between the Mafia and the FBI as he battles thieves, murderers, and a Soviet espionage ring on the mean streets of Philadelphia.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 11.68mm | 362.87g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507685777
  • 9781507685778

About Jeff Noonan

Jeff Noonan is a Montana native who retired in 2001 as the president of a nationwide corporation. He is married with four children and eight grandchildren. As a young man, Jeff worked as a laborer for farms, ranches, lumber mills, and a railroad. He then served in both the Army and the Navy, retiring from the Navy as a commissioned warrant officer. While in the Navy, he commissioned five ships at Bath Iron Works, worked in guided missile research at White Sands Missile Range, and served two and a half years in Viet Nam operations. At the time of his retirement, he was a combat systems officer in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After leaving the military, Jeff worked his way up from an entry-level technical position to become the executive-vice president of a 900-person corporation with offices worldwide. During this era, he moved two companies into the impoverished city of Camden, New Jersey, in order to provide jobs where none existed. Then he took over a troubled seven-person North Carolina company and turned it into a solvent corporation with over 250 employees. In recognition of these efforts, a U.S. Congressional Committee officially awarded him their 1999 North Carolina Businessman of the Year plaque during a Washington, DC, ceremony. Jeff sold his business interests in 2001 and retired to his hometown where he was soon elected president of the Community Council, a position he held for four years. He was also the president of the County Chamber of Commerce for two years. His bright red hair has long since turned white and partially vanished, but he still lives very happily in western Montana.show more

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