Flooding Granite
by Tom Mahony

Fiction · Paperback · 178 pages
ISBN 978-1-934081-34-1 · Out of Print

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Running from a flood of trouble...

Zack Pruitt is a river guide long on skill but short on nerve: he dropped out of college, quit his job, and abandoned his girlfriend and young son when things got tough.

Back in the Sierra Nevada, Zack signs on for a high-water river trip with three other guides and eleven clients. As the flotilla careens toward Gallows--a brutal rapid that's always terrorized him--events spin out of control. A near-fatal accident coupled with a rush of snowmelt leave the guides and clients fighting for survival, and Zack discovers that for once running is not an option.

"River guide Zack Pruitt and his clients get more excitement than they bargained for in this gripping account of three days on the water battling nature, each other, and their own demons. Tightly wrought tension crests to life-threatening levels as Mahony takes readers on a ride filled with unexpected twists and turns. Flooding Granite offers nail-chomping suspense on every page." --Robin Stratton, Boston Literary Magazine

"Tom Mahony knows how to tell a story and, as a scientist, understands the natural environment. In Flooding Granite, he demonstrates both of these skills with an intelligent action tale that grabs you by the collar and doesn't let go. More than a man-battles-nature story, Flooding Granite is layered with a human element that will have you rooting for Zack and caring for him despite, and maybe because of, his flaws." --Wayne Scheer, author of Revealing Moments

Click here to read a review of Flooding Granite at Small Press Reviews.

Click here to read a review of Flooding Granite in the Guide to Outdoor Literature.

Click here to read a review of Flooding Granite and an interview with Tom Mahony in Paddling Life.

Click here to read the first chapter of Flooding Granite.

Tom Mahony is a biological consultant in California with an MS from Humboldt State University. His fiction has appeared in dozens of online and print publications. He is the author of Slow Entropy, a collection of short fiction, and Imperfect Solitude, a novel. Visit his website at tommahony.net.

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