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River Rising by Athol Dickson

River Rising (edition 2006)

by Athol Dickson

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Title:River Rising
Authors:Athol Dickson
Info:Bethany House (2006), Paperback, 304 pages
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The setting for this book is Pilotville, Louisiana and the time period is 1927. The main character, Reverend Hale Poser, comes to this town looking for his roots – he was raised in an orphanage and has recently learned his home town is Pilotville. He has come there for answers but instead he is drawn into a mystery…a kidnapping of an infant. As he looks for the baby he stumbles upon a hidden plantation with a terrible secret. As he learns more about Pilotville and the inhabitants he discovers who he is and why he has returned.

I enjoyed this book. Although the underlining theme of the book has a religious tone, Athol does a great job of creating a story that is solid enough for any reader – not just Christians or those who believe in the Bible. ( )
  DecemberJoy | Mar 20, 2011 |
It took me a while to get into it, but once I was sucked in, the story held me. A well written story of faith, it manages to be simultaneously simple and complex. There were tears, but not at the places I would have expected. Loved it. ( )
  sarahjbray | Oct 15, 2009 |
It is1927, Hale Poser arrives in the little bayou town of Pilotville, LA. He's a spiritual man, humble and mysterious. He is in search of answers to questions about his identity and lineage. He takes a menial job with the town's black infirmary, confronts and is confronted with a subtle and not so subtle racial divide which will take him on a journey of discovery and healing. The symbolism and poetic imagery of this novel make it an intriguing and thought provoking read. ( )
  novelnympho | Jun 8, 2008 |
In 1927, a mysterious black man named Hale Poser arrives in the little bayou town of Pilotville, seeking clues to his parentage. He's a humble man and takes a menial job with the town's black infirmary. But he soon demonstrates the gift of laying on of hands and the subtler gift of peacemaking. His gentle powers will be needed soon.
  RAPS | Aug 15, 2007 |
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An isolated community on the southern tip of Louisiana receives an unusual visitor--the Rev. Hal Poser. Unusual happenings follow the Reverend, and he soon acquires the reputation of a miracle worker. After aiding a woman with a difficult childbirth, he is admired, but then suspicion falls on him after the woman's child disappears. Poser pokes around and discovers that over the years several infants in the area vanished unexplainedly, and he embarks on a search to find out why. As he explores the bayou, he stumbles across a hidden slave plantation--a holdover from civil war days (it's 1927 in the story). He is made a prisoner and is forced to work with the slaves. He manages to escape but then is arrested by the sherriff in pilotville (this in the middle of a flood) and no one believes him until some of the other slaves are found. It is also discovered that one of the slaves is Poser's mother.

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The author does a wonderful job at transporting the reader to the backwaters of Lousiana in 1927. It was so realistic I wondered if it was based in part on a true story (it isn't). Even the "miracles" just seem to blend right in. Poser was also a complex character who struggled with this aspect of his life. At first he seems to just take the miracles for granted, but then he is tempted to manipulate the miracles to his own benefit (which of course doesn't work) and he has to learn to let God work out things in his own way.

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A powerful book, it draws you into another place and time and an extraordinary story. ( )
  debs4jc | Oct 5, 2006 |
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The colored fellow came early in the morning, poling a pirogue through mist so heavy on the river you could not see a stone's throw out.
Then someone spoke that word miracle, and it entered his foolish head to ask for what he already had, and miracles had seemed to come, and in his heart of hearts he saw then as an outgrowth of his faith, which was of course the very death of miracles, because he had found the surest way to lose a miracle is to try to hold it in your hand. p.272
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076420338X, Paperback)

A well-crafted tale of secrets and evil lurking under the surface in the Mississippi river town of Pilotville, Louisiana, during the great flood of 1927.

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"Hale Poser arrives in Louisiana in 1927 to find racial prejudices missing from the small town of Pilotsville. In pursuit of a missing child, however, he uncovers a dark secret"--Provided by publisher.

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