The Hard Way Up
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Following a climbing accident that leaves his female companion dead and him severely injured, Lowell Kennedy returns to the same mountain a year later searching for some kind of resolution. Instead he becomes a suspect in a possible murder.
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May 8, 2015Joshua Bryant, a schoolmate from Virginia in the fifties, has produced a highly readable adventure/mystery story that is entertaining and worth reading for those who enjoy this genre. The characters are real enough. Their motivations are easy to grasp. The storytelling kept me involved and interested from the first line to the thrilling end. This is Josh’s first novel so my curiosity as I began this book was how much of this will be autobiographical, and it turns out that although I could read and imagine that the protagonist, Lowell Kennedy, was an iteration of Joshua Bryant, that was not necessarily so. Lowell had enough in common with Josh, including his age, physical size, an interest in outdoor sports, and an acting career. Our old schoolmate and school leader (Class President-4 years, Best Actor, 56-57, Student Council-4 years, varsity football 3 years and “Most Popular” in his senior class) was all of these things. The story is set in 1982 in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast... More > of Los Angeles and a convenient place for Angelinos to hike, backpack, and camp in a truly wilderness areas. The protagonist accompanied by an old pal, returns to the scene of a climbing accident triggered by a landslide that claimed the life of his female companion in his recent past. The events of a few days that he spends returning to the scene of the tragedy, lead to an adventure storyline that draws the reader into a mystery one would never expect. The author draws heavily on his own considerable experience as a hiker and climber who knows his way around in the backcountry and obviously likes it. All of the characters are believable. The conversational writing style that Bryant adopts has the feel of a play. The reader is not overloaded with he said and she said in every sentence. Once a conversational stream starts it is easy to follow. I liked it and I am glad that I had the opportunity to renew a long ago friendship.< Less
May 4, 2015"The Hard Way Up" is a taut, honest, spell-binding tale, beautifully written by Josh Bryant. The prose is wondrously sparse and true, the kind of prose I fell in love with as a student when I read the Hemingway Short Stories. The characters are strong, and never stray from their essence to manipulate the plot in any way. I found myself drifting from my world into theirs, and seamlessly following them as they lived out their lives. I sensed no leap of faith, as I was organically drawn in to the drama, and felt deeply the emotions that were triggered throughout the story. There was real danger, the best kind to be experienced in books, the kind that just permeated the air of a simple conversation, or a wordless meeting of the eyes, without the usual fireworks commonly used to trigger an emotional response. I was continuously engrossed and delighted by dialogue that never over-spoke, by highly charged moments that were left hanging, that allowed the reader to fill in the... More > spaces, the silences, the double-meanings, just as we do in life. I also learned a heck of a lot about climbing. Mr. Bryant obviously knows his subject well. If I had any criticism it would be that the story ended too suddenly, but my sincere wishes for the story never to end might well have contributed to that. 'The Hard Way Up' is a wonderful read: a taut, dangerous, and exciting literary ride that I would happily recommend to any and all. I look forward to Mr. Bryant's next offering with great anticipation.< Less
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- Joshua Bryant (Standard Copyright License)
- first edition
- Editions Prairie
- March 28, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.82 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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