|Kayaking on the Mo Chhu rapids in Bhutan.|
|Yellow kayak on the Mo Chhu in Bhatan.|
"The next one will be the most dangerous."That's from The Breath of God: A Novel of Suspense by Jeffrey Small, 2011. Here's a synopsis of this thriller:
Most dangerous? Grant Matthews spat out the remnants of the Himalayan river water he'd just inhaled on the last rapid, a Class IV.
"You good?" Dasho, his Bhutanese guide, called to him in accented English.
"Just need to catch my breath."
The current slowed as the Mo Chhu, the Mother River, widened. Grant balanced his paddle on top of the neoprene spray skirt that kept the icy water from entering his kayak and shook out his arms. He needed to stretch his legs too; the yellow boat barely accommodated his six-foot-two frame.
Dasho approached him with powerful strokes. "Monsoon season just passed. Chhu very fast now."
Grant pushed his helmet back, brushed his wet hair out of his eyes, and studied the guide's tanned face, his wide cheekbones. "So, how does a Buddhist monk become a river guide."
A murder at the Taj Mahal. A kidnapping in a sacred city. A desperate chase through a cliffside monastery. All in the pursuit of a legend that could link together the great religious faiths of the world. In 1887, a Russian journalist made an explosive discovery in a remote Himalayan monastery only to be condemned and silenced for the heresy he proposed. His discovery vanished shortly thereafter. Now, Grant Matthews, an Emory scholar, journeys to the Himalayas in search of this ancient mystery. But Matthews couldn’t have anticipated the conspiracy of zealots who would go to any lengths to prevent him from bringing this secret public. Soon he is in a race to expose a truth that will change the world’s understanding of religion. A truth that his university colleagues believe is mere myth. A truth that will change his life forever — if he survives.
|Jeffrey Small signing my copy of his novel|
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