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by Tom Morrisey

A Breath From Tragedy, a Whisper from Glory For Patrick Nolan, every climb tells a story. And now maybe it's his own . He's right at the rim, staring over the cliff's knife edge and wondering how
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ISBN: 076420467X
ISBN13: 978-0764204678
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: Tom Morrisey
Language: English
Publisher: Bethany House (April 1, 2008)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1911 kb
FB2 size: 1450 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 987
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Coming to this book first because of my interest in rock climbing, I was interested by the theological bent it contained. As a novice rock climber myself, I loved picturing people up on the rocks even as I found myself getting lost in the technical jargon undoubtedly meaningful to more seasoned studs of the slate. I found myself unsure of the books genre as I continued to read it (fiction, biography, adventure, faith-based?), so well did the author weave threads of material together. Missing the genre is as likely an honest mistake borne by my tendency to read multiple books at a time and, therefore, take longer to get through them.

I gave it four stars because I rarely give anything five out of five stars. I also appreciated the very real portrayal of faith-oriented matters, both on the part of those with very little faith and those who have great faith. It was moving without being cheesy, and thought-provoking without being preachy. I also found IHP to be emotionally engaging, as the author freed the reader to join "Sport" in his sometimes painful choices and feel for him at the same time. The reader may also join in his ponderous journey as looking in a mirror, examining his or her own life through the lens of this unassuming but well-crafted fiction. And if she decides to do so, if he gathers page after page into his mind, she may find the sport in this novel is itself a jagged ascent into one's own story. Such a climb could be painful, might stretch a person's resolve, but I would encourage you to keep going. You may reach a summit of your own, or you may not, but there's a pretty good chance you'll find you've built up the endurance to weather whatever down-climb is ahead.
I gave Tom Morrisey five stars for his excellence in telling a dramatic story in his book "In High Places." What a spine chilling story, listening to the descriptions of a father and son as they climb mountains in West Virginia. That was their thing, and they perfected each and every aspect of their desire to climb difficult mountains, meanwhile bonding as father and son. In the midst of this, they lose the wife and mother most unexpectedly, and move to set up a store to sell climbing supplies together and buy a house. And there is a new love interest by the son which we watch develop and cherish.
This is a very clean story and young adults on up can appreciate this lovely book.
I learned more about rock climbing than I ever dreamed of knowing while I followed this first person telling of Patrick’s life. The majority of the story takes place when he is sixteen. I loved the author’s willingness to place it in the late 70s. Many publishers and agents believe readers aren’t interested in this time period. Well, Tom Morrisey proved them wrong with the touching and adventure-filled story. The surprising plot twists like treacherous rock faces kept me turning pages amazed at the path we were heading down. Well-crafted story by a skillful author. This is the second of his novels I’ve read, and once again I was not disappointed.
This is the first book of Tom Morrisey that I have read, although I do have some others on my TBR pile. The story addresses some really hard subjects. And hard choices. And while I have no desire to be a mountain climber, Morrisey gave enough information that I could totally understand why Patrick and his father would. Was Patrick really being selfish when he went on the dangerous hike? I really do not think so. Sometimes a woman can ask too much from her men. If you like action/adventure I would expect you to enjoy this book very much.
The title of this review doesn't say it all, because it was more than just a coming of age story. It was a story of hope and healing. Hope and healing for a family that has been broken by the loss of a loved one. Hope and healing for a young person who's been disappointed in romantic love. Hope and healing for a person who has not known the love of God.

I don't think the technical snippets of rock climbing gear at the end of each chapter added much to the story. However, the descriptions of the challenges and dangers of rock climbing that were integrated in the story provided good suspense.
Some parts of the story set up things that allow you to see what's coming. You just don't know when. Then when you aren't looking it pops up. Then again some things happen that you just aren't expecting. It keeps you reading to see what is next. I do kind of wish it would have left the store up in the air (pun intended) so a follow up book could pull you back into that life again where you could spend more time with the characters, conditions and life styles. sliver
I enjoyed this book, although I am not and never will be a mountain/rock climber. Still, the analogies and tiny illustrations were intriguing, and fit into the narrative well. The characters are real, and the situations believable. The growth of faith and real questions that people have are well portrayed throughout the story.
The author's mastery of rock climbing is skillfully displayed as he tells his story. The topic of suicide is dealt with as the enigma that it really is; often hard to understand by friends & loved ones who are left reeling in its wake. Father & son conflicts are dealt with with much tenderness & understanding.