Monday, September 10, 2012

The River by Michael Neale - a review

In the book, The River, Michael Neale begins his story in an airport during flight delays.  An older gentleman begins telling the author the story of Gabriel Clarke, his story.  The story begins when Gabriel Clarke suffers a devastating tragedy which   causes him to be very shy and withdrawn most of his life.

There are key things that happen in his early years that the reader needs to take note of as in his young adulthood they come back as a remembrance to him and are part of The River that keeps calling him back.

With a childhood friend, Gabriel goes back to The River and that is where the story truly begins.  That is where the reader needs to pay close attention as there is a bigger story within the story.

The River by Michael Neale was an interesting book to say the least.  I read it in about seven hours and found myself guessing as to what The River actually represented.  At first I thought it was an allegory for Jesus Christ but later I figured it was an allegory for The Holy Bible.  I guess in looking at the book cover I should have figure that out right off.

Mr. Neale's way of writing made The River very easy to read and I recommend it highly.

On a 5-Star Scale - 4 Stars.

I would like to thank the BookSneeze program and Thomas Nelson Publishers for my review copy.  I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review which I have done.

Smiles & Blessings,


  1. Just started reading this for review. Am enjoying it so far and enjoyed your review as well.

  2. I also read and enjoyed The River. Great review! It's really a book about trusting God, letting go of past hurts so that you can move forward in life. It's an inspiring story about the possibilities that unfold when you are willing to take a risk.