Item description for River Rising by Athol Dickson...
Welcome to Pilotville, Louisiana, 1927, isolated outpost on the Mississippi River--a stilt village bounded by swampland to the horizon, accessible only by boat, an island of brotherly love in a sea of racism. Meet Hale Poser, a stranger with a bad hip who's come looking for his roots. In the swamp beyond the cypress and the tupelo, veiled by Spanish moss, lies a lingering evil. Now comes Hale Poser, and it will sleep no more. It will rain down on Pilotville, and nothing but a miracle can stop this awful flood.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 1" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2006
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 076420338X ISBN13 9780764203381
Availability 0 units.
More About Athol Dickson
Athol Dickson is the chairman of D&E Architecture and Design, Inc., in Dallas, Texas. His previous works include Every Hidden Thing and They Shall See God.
Athol Dickson currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Athol Dickson was born in 1955.
Reviews - What do customers think about River Rising?
Athol Dickson on top of his game Nov 1, 2006
Athol Dickson is one of the most talented writers in the CBA, and River Rising proves it. A masterfully woven tale, the story gripped me from the beginning and only tightened its hold with each turned page. Dickson knows how to tell a story and his writing is clear and succinct. No frills. I highly recommend this book.
Simply Profound Sep 22, 2006
River Rising is simply profound! From beginning to end the reader is drawn into a foreign world that exists not far from most of us. There is a richness to this novel that reminds this Louisiana boy of the multi-layered flavors of a good gumbo. Gumbo appears to be a simple dish but is actually made up of many layers of flavors. Such is River Rising.
There is a good mystery, depth of character, and story telling well above average. But in the end, this is a book that makes you think. Read the book to the last word. Don't skip anything. See Hale Poser's world through his eyes and you will be changed just as was Pilotville, Louisiana in "River Rising."
Bottom line: It will haunt me forever. I love to visit New Orleans and the bayou country, so the atmospheric setting, a main character itself, grabbed me and held me from the start.
And having grown up in a quiet mainline denomination, I now enjoy what Poser desired--mixed congregations that do read beyond "Be still and know" and apply the last of the Psalms. : )
With its well-drawn main characters, subtle use of dialect, often lyrical prose and powerful, sometimes shocking plot, there's no surprise it won the Christy for Mystery and Suspense.
The Very Best Buy Jul 7, 2006
One of the best books I've read in a long long time. I got mine from theverybestbuy on this site. An excellent marketplace seller in new condition!
(RAW Rating: 4.5) - A flood of faith Jun 17, 2006
RIVER RISING is set during the Great Mississippi Flood in the racial climate of Pillotville, Louisiana in 1927. Although it has its share of racism and poverty, Pillotville was not quite a typical town. Blacks and whites lived in distant harmony and the black population was fairly secure.
Prior to the flood, Reverend Hale Poser journeys to the town of Pillotville in search of his roots. Posner raises interest because he is a black man with startling blue eyes; there is a vague mysticism surrounding him. Employed as a janitor at the Negro Infirmary, Posner lays hands on a woman during complications in childbirth and the baby is delivered in perfect health. He is becoming somewhat of a celebrity until the baby he helped deliver disappears.
Dogmatic about finding the baby, Posner's search takes him on a journey deep into the bayou swamps; there he uncovers the darkness of man's inhumanity to man. He finds the truth about his past and happens upon an unimaginable scene. Suddenly he is questioning his faith, humanity and God. The racial climate of Pillotville is thrown into chaos and Poser wonders if he can bridge two worlds and become an instrument of change. As the rain descends on Pillotville, Posner finds a renewed faith and reaches farther than even his natural mind can understand.
Dickson uses a narrative voice to tell an allegoric tale of ignorance and redemption, of darkness and light. In the swamp beyond the tupelo and cypress lurks a lingering evil, sleeping in dreadful seclusion. Dickson questions the moral compass of this backwoods, isolated outpost on the Mississippi River. RIVER RISING is a simple story surrounding the nature of good versus evil and all conditions lodged between the two. With it's vivid airy setting, well-developed characters and disturbing conclusions, it is being compared to books like 'Kindred' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.