'An urgent and visceral thriller... I couldn't turn the pages quick enough' (Clare Mackintosh)
You can try to outrun nature... but will you survive one man's fury?
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of literature and the great outdoors.
THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME
When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience.
No fellow travellers.
No way of going back.
A HELLISH RIDE
But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their idyllic expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature's destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.
Because the only thing more dangerous than a burning forest is a man's thirst for revenge... 'Masterful... An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide' Kirkus (Starred Review)
'A heart-pounding adventure that's hard to put down' Library Journal (Starred Review)
'Like Mark Twain and Toni Morrison, Heller is a rare talent' Elle
Two college friends' leisurely river trek becomes an ordeal of fire and human malice... Heller confidently manages a host of tensions... and his pacing is masterful as well, briskly but calmly capturing the scenery in slower moments, then running full-throttle and shifting to barrelling prose when danger is imminent... Fresh and affecting... An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide Kirkus (Starred Review)
PETER HELLER is a long-time contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction and four bestselling novels, including the New York Times bestseller THE DOG STARS, a Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle and Atlantic Book of the Year.
Born and raised in New York, he attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he became an outdoorsman and white-water kayaker. He has travelled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru.
He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, and won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem 'The Psalms of Malvine'.