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Review of Thunder Mountain | Poem

Thunder Mountain is intriguing blend of mountains, magicand realism

By Carla DeMaro

Book cover
THUNDER MOUNTAIN by Uncle River, cover design by Paul Malecot.(Mother Bird Books, 1213 Durango, Silver City, New Mexico, 88062, 189 pages,$11.00, paperback.) 

Thunder Mountain is a novel of magical realism by former WesternNew Mexico University professor and eccentric mountain man, Uncle River.Set in the mythical southwestern New Mexico mountain town of Elk Stuck,the book details mundane and mystical events that revolve around the maincharacter, drifter Harry Upton, and his quirky, adopted family.

After a time of contentment in the lush highland village, peaceis disrupted by the arrival of a sinister spirit which brings with it amysterious corporation seemingly allied with covert governmental forces.Environmental rape and abuse of the mountain soon spread to threaten ElkStuck's very existence. As Upton and his cohorts work stealthily to understandthe company's motives and halt its activities, they are aided by the mountain'sguardian spirit which sends guidance in the form of dreams, visions, andeven herself. The confusion and calamities spurred by the battle betweengood and evil unravel a study in how character drives action and choicedetermines fate.

Uncle River describes the gritty, high-country life with a clarity anddetail that can only come from living it. Along with appreciation for hardymountain folk and their fringe lifestyle, the story invokes the realizationthat open eyes can be both wary and filled with wonder.

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