Smoke on the Mountain: A Story of Survival

Smoke on the Mountain: A Story of Survival

by J. Michael Stewart


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Cody McAlister, a 32-year-old Atlanta attorney, had everything: his dream job, a healthy bank account, and a beautiful wife. But two years after a bitter divorce and a bout of heavy drinking, Cody is still struggling to put the pieces of his once-idyllic life back together. In an effort to regain his sanity, he embarks on a five-day backcountry fly fishing trip to revitalize and reassess his life. When the unthinkable happens, Cody finds himself in a fight for his life. It's a battle that no courtroom drama can match-a test that will challenge his own basic beliefs about success, happiness, and what it means to truly live. With the help of a widowed fly shop owner and U.S. Park Ranger Jackson Hart, Cody must dig deep within himself to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781490306469
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN: A Story of Survival is J. Michael Stewart�s debut novel. He is also the author of the short story, A WINNING TICKET. He is currently working on his next novel and several other projects as well. An avid fly fisherman, he loves to go to the mountains and spend time on a trout stream whenever possible. He currently lives in Nebraska with his wife and daughter.

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Smoke on the Mountain: A Story of Survival 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so captivated by this story that I felt as though I was right there with the characters experiencing the moments of this intriguing tale of survival with them. This is an unforgettable story you will not want to miss. I highly recommend this book and can hardly wait for the release of J. Michael Stewart's next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the normal book genre I'm usually drawn to, but I recently read the "Winning Ticket", by the same author, and really enjoyed it. Also, I've been hearing some "buzz" about his next book "13 Steps", which definately sounds like the psychological thriller type of story I'm usually drawn to. So, I thought I'd give this one a read, mostly out of curiousity; and I'm glad I did! Initially, it might seem this is just a story about a guy on a fly fishing trip, but don't be fooled by the first few chapters. The author is just laying the groundwork for a really great, hard to put down, story. By chapter 8, I felt truely attached to the characters and couldn't wait to see what was coming next. I was really impressed with the level of writing, the descriptive elements (especially in an "attack" scene) were excellent. The connection with the characters continued to strengthen throughtout the story and culminated in a final few chapters that had me in tears, rooting for them to survive an unimaginable ordeal. I don't want to spoil the story by saying to much, but the book is definately worth the read if you are interested in experiencing a quite talented new author.