The Long Rain is atypical of the usual thriller. Peter Gadol sneaks up on his readers with an easy conversational style, lures them into a comfortable bucolic setting, and then knocks them off balance with one fell swoop. After three years of struggling to restore his father's vineyard, lawyer Jason Dark has managed to get his life on track and to win back his estranged wife and son. Then, in one irrevocable moment on a dark, storm-swept mountain road, he must make a terrible choice-a choice that forces him into a succession of lies that he hopes will protect his family. Will he survive the consequences of his momentous decision? Readers will wince at the realization that Peter Gadol's hero could be anyone. A twist of fate, an impossible choice-the moral dilemmas that he presents are as complex as any in real life. Talented narrator Peter Francis James deftly completes the illusion that Jason is one of us, the one with whom no reader would want to trade places.
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by Richard Wright
by Walter Dean Myers
by Peter Kreeft
by Peter Meineck
by Peter Navarro
by Peter Godwin
by Harold Courlander
by Ralph Ellison
by Lawrence Otis Graham
by Ernest J. Gaines
"One fiercely rainy night, driving up a mountain road, Jason Dark meets tragedy. It is a condition he is incapable of facing. A man of many failures, he begins to regenerate life and family through his vineyard. Then, he meets Troy, a dark-visaged man with failings not unlike his own. Together, they dream of redemption. A stylistic contrivance used by Gadol ("he said," "she said") acquires the resonance of a refrain as the pilgrimages of Jason and those touched by him develop. Both allegory and the reality of an all-too-possible situation are projected seamlessly in James's voicing. Superb in pacing, intense without overstatement, this remarkable work is delivered faultlessly. S.B.S. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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