Peter Rennebohm,
French Creek
(North Star Press, 2004)

Sometimes the simplest step can put a person in big trouble. Peter Rennebohm uses that premise to build a novel that stokes up tension at a consistent rate and won't let you put French Creek down until the last page.

John L. Rule goes looking for a part for a pickup truck he's restoring. His search takes him to a salvage yard in a desolately rural area of Minnesota, where he confronts danger that puts him in a struggle for his life.

Time after time, Rule escapes one threat only to face another. Each is a logical, realistic possibility of what could happen to a person in such circumstance. The plot is deftly orchestrated and keeps one turning the pages, seeking just a little more of the same.

Intertwined with this central theme, Rennebohm gives us insight into Rule's character and his relationship with his wife and children and the father-in-law who, while not entirely trusting the man, goes to great lengths to rescue him.

The story is an adrenalin rush that will have you begging for more.

by John R. Lindermuth
19 May 2007

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