The River by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

The River by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Description
STEM CELL RESEARCH, CLONING, AND WORLD DOMINATION – WITH A TWIST…
The South Nahanni River area of Canada’s Northwest Territories has a history of mysterious deaths, disappearances and headless corpses, but it may also hold the key to humanity’s survival – or its destruction.
Del thought her father was long dead. But someone from her past says otherwise. Now she and a group of near strangers embark on a perilous mission…
Seven years ago, Del Hawthorne’s father and three of his friends disappeared near the Nahanni River and were presumed dead. When one of the missing men stumbles onto the University grounds, alive but barely recognizable and aging before her eyes, Del is shocked. Especially when the man tells her something inconceivable. Her father is still alive!
Gathering a group of volunteers, Del travels to the Nahanni River to rescue her father. There, she finds a secret river that plunges her into a technologically advanced world of nanobots and painful serums. Del uncovers a conspiracy of unimaginable horror, a plot that threatens to destroy us all. Will humanity be sacrificed for the taste of eternal life?
At what point have we become…God?
Review
By Betty L. Dravis

Before deciding to purchase The River, I read the author’s blog. At first I thought this book was a true story because she wrote the blog synopsis in first person, but at the end she admitted this really didn’t happen to her; it was simply a clever lure to garner more interest.
And it worked for me! Author Cheryl Kaye Tardif hooked me from the first sentence. I couldn’t wait to read it. Having already read and raved over her later release, Whale Song: A Novel, I knew I would like The River, but didn’t think anything could come up to Whale.
How wrong I was! This book is outstanding, too, and I’m learning that all of this author’s works are brilliant.
The superb writing in The River flowed along smoothly, as naturally as the Mississippi River; then as the story progressed it picked up speed and energy like the turbulent white-water of the Colorado. All of that with some of the exotic features brought to mind by the mighty, mysterious Amazon River. Wow – what a book!
The story opens seven years after Professor of Anthropology Del Hawthorne learns of her father’s disappearance and presumed death. Del is stunned when one of the men who went with him on a mysterious mission near Canada’s legendary Nahanni River, stumbles into her University office. He’s half-dead, but before passing out he manages to give her a coded journal and inform her that her father is still alive.
Even though Del is in remission from multiple sclerosis, she is determined to venture into the rugged territories surrounding the dangerous Nahanni River to find the truth and bring her father and any other survivors home. Along with a sturdy, hand-selected group of brainy men and women, they set off on the adventure of their lives – an adventure which some won’t survive.
There are thrills aplenty in this novel: headless corpses on the banks of the Nahanni, hi-tech machinery, underground labs, secret caves, and time-travel into the near future. How does all that affect our brave adventurers? And who is trying to sabotage their rescue efforts? Could there be a spy in their midst? What happens to Del when someone steals her MS medication? What does the “fountain of youth” have to do with her father and his research? Will she find him alive? And how does the year 2031 fit into the scheme of things?
And YES, dear reader, there’s a big romance! But is Jake to be trusted? Will they find true love, or is he working with the evil “Director,” using Del for his own selfish purposes?
In order to give nothing of the plot away, I always advise you to RFY (and by now you should know that means Read For Yourself). I promise it will be an outstanding reading adventure.
Author Cheryl Kaye Tardif is a true wordsmith, writing fluently while making it seem easy. Her plot is well-paced, with characters so believable the reader cares what happens to them, and above all, her imagination soars. This is a true high-concept story.
I invite you to plunge into this intriguing story … head-first or feet-first, it doesn’t matter. You’re in for an absorbing adventure – with more twists and turns than the Nahanni River itself – and a surprising, yet satisfying ending that leaves you gasping for more. 
From the Author

I’m an international bestselling Canadian author who loves to say, “I kill people off for a living!” You can imagine the looks I get from people. Sometimes I’ll tell them, “Fictitiously, of course. I’m an author.” Sometimes I won’t say anything; I’ll let them wonder…

I am probably best known for Children of the Fog, a supernatural suspense thriller that has sold over 50,000 copies (Sept 2012) and made Amazon’s Top 100 bestsellers list (overall list) multiple times out of nearly 2 million eBooks  and Whale Song, a much-loved, inspiring family tale with a hint of mystery, which is now available in its third edition – plus a school edition with a discussion guide.

Whale Song, an emotional mystery that explores controversial issues like assisted suicide, school bullies and racism, has captured the attention of numerous film companies. A screenplay, which I wrote with co-writer Alison Neuman, was completed in 2006, along with a movie treatment. I’m pursuing possible film deals for many of my books. And sometimes when I think of a movie deal, I smell buttered popcorn.

Booklist calls me “a big hit in Canada…a name to reckon with south of the border.”

In September 2005, my gripping action-packed techno-thriller The River was released. This well-researched novel explores the mysterious Nahanni River area, nanotechnology and man’s obsession with longevity. The River has been compared to works by Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Dan Brown.

I’m also the author of the 2004 “sizzling psychic suspense” Divine Intervention, a ‘psi-fi’ suspense thriller (or paranormal romance) that has been compared to works by authors such as Iris Johansen, Kay Hooper and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb’s ‘In Death’ series. Divine Justice, the second in the Divine mystery series, was also released in 2011.

In 2009, I branched off into romance with my debut romantic suspense Lancelot’s Lady. Since romance is a different genre from my usual suspense/thrillers and YA, I wrote Lancelot’s Lady under the pen name of Cherish D’Angelo. Lancelot’s Lady was a semi-finalist in the Dorchester Publishing Next Best Celler contest hosted by Textnovel. It also won an Editor’s Choice award from Textnovel in 2010.

A novelette of suspense titled Remote Control was released in eBook edition in July 2010; and a collection of stories titled Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories in August 2010.

In 2006, I participated in a hilarious new TV series ‘A Total Write-Off’, hosted by comedian Barbara North. In 2004, I was nominated for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award. In 2003, I wrote a public service announcement for a racial harmony campaign. My PSA script, One Voice ~ One World, placed third and was produced and aired on cable channels in Alberta.

I have not only held hundreds of book signings, I have also organized multi-author signings, held virtual book tours and other online events, and I’ve taught others how to promote their books. My book How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks is the #1 Marketing book specifically designed for Amazon’s KDP Select program.

I’ve been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations in Canada and the US, and I’ve been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines in both countries.

I’m also the publisher at Imajin Books, a venture that is dear to my heart. Imajin Books publishes quality international fiction at affordable prices, with a focus on eBooks.

Born in Vancouver, BC, I was a “military brat” and a “military wife” who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. I now reside in Edmonton, AB, with my husband Marc and our Pomeranian Princess, Chai.



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