Most readers would have no problem with bobbing their heads if I told them that there was an art to writing a memorable novel with a plot, if written down on a piece of paper, doesn’t seem all that interesting. A good example of this is Scott Archer Jones’s A Rising Tide of People Swept Away. From the summer of 2009 to the fall of 2010, Jones has several characters living their seemingly simple lives in Albuquerque’s District Two. 

A boy named GMR seems to be on everyone’s thoughts, but a much more troubling problem arises at a certain point: a councilman who sees statistics as the absolute truth wants to build a bridge that will change many of these people’s lives if they don’t find a way to stop it.

Jones puts a great deal of effort into illustrating the setting of this novel for the reader in the inaugural chapter. The characters are this novel’s major strength. Readers will meet a lot of individuals throughout the book with their own unique personalities. Most of these characters end up at an establishment called Rip’s Bar and Package Liquor at one point or another. For the novel’s main conflict, there’s the deal with Benjamin Taylor, the councilman. The people who are against building the bridge form an organization that will come to be known as AABBA. Benjamin Taylor, the main antagonist, has a rather convincing argument for why the AABBA poses no threat to him. 

The moral of this story is simple: anything can happen. I enjoyed it like a drinker enjoying a drink at Rip’s.

I reviewed this book for Readers’ Favorite.

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Publisher: Fomite
Date Published:
February, 2016
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