Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The best angle from which to approach a problem is the Try-angle." Unknown source


William Kent Krueger has delivered another fine novel with "Northwest Angle." This is a story with picturesque settings, a suspenseful plot that is unpredictable and a strong message about life.

Cork O'Connor takes his family on a vacation, feeling that his daughters at age 24 and 21, are getting older and there might not be many more opportunities.

When a destructive story called a derecho develops, Cork and his older daughter, Jenny, are separated from the other members of the family who are on a houseboat. Cork and Jenny end up on one of the many islands on the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, on the U.S. Canadian border.

Separated by the storm, Jenny arrives first and hears the faint whimper of a baby. Later, she discovers the body of a young woman who had been murdered. The woman had signs of being tortured and Jenny assumes that the woman was the child's mother.

As Jenny and Cork ponder their rescue, they wonder who killed the girl and what to do if that person returns.

This is a story where there is a true dicotomy between good and evil. Cork's sister-in-law, Rosa, is also on the trip and is on the houseboat. She had been considering entering the convent when she met her husband, Mal. He was a priest before his marriage to Rosa. There are a number of times during the story when bad things happen to good people and the other characters wonder why God would allow this to happen. Then, there seems to be an answer to this question.

As the story continues, Cork and Jenny are trying to keep the baby safe and believe that those pursuing them might be in league with the devil.

The story is rich in American Indian history. Cork is part Ojibwe and can relate to the other American Indians. Cork's son, Stephen, truly demonstrates his spirituality and communication ability with other American Indian characters, in particular with the wise elders. Stephen learned from Henry Meloux, a healer, who understands the harmony of life and how to use nature to restore that harmony if it is lost.

I read the story compulsively and enjoyed the characters while wondering how they would escape from their situation. Cork's character was nicely described with his love of family, his pride in being an American Indian and his background as a lawman and wanting to bring criminals to justice.

The twist the author provided added to the intelligence of the story and the satisfaction with the conclusion.

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Giveaway ends at midnight, August 12th.

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use the above link to find my review of "Northwest Angle" and at the end, indicate that the review was helpful.

in the comments section, indicate that you wish to be included in the giveaway and provide your email address so I can contact giveaway winners.

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Tracy.H said...

This one sounds good! :0)

Denise Z said...

Thank you for the wonderful review. I hopped over to Amazon and let them know how helpful it was :)

Julie S said...

Thanks for the giveaway, please include me.

Sharn3960 said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book (Northwest Angie)!

I've followed all the rules.

sharn3960 @ comcast . net

Jennifer @Can't Put It Down said...

Excellent review!
Would like to be included in the giveaway!
Follow your blog, twitter, and liked the review on Amazon :)

heather said...

Wow, your review has made Northwest Angle a must read for me. I really enjoy a good suspense with great twists. Thanks so much for the chance to win it :)

Holly said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway!


Anonymous said...

This book sounds really interesting. I love stories and movies with a realistic Native American theme. Hope I win; thanks for the chance :) Rae

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I'd love to be included in the giveaway
Follow on Twitter @alterlisa
GFC-Lisa Richards
I also stopped by Amazon and let them know how helpful your review was.


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Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

I am a GFC follower

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Diane said...

A great review Mike. The book sounds interesting. Please encluded me in the give away. Did go over to Amazon and click on helpful

mamabunny13 said...

Please include me in the giveaway. I follow via gfc.
I read your review of "Northwest Angle" indicated that the review was helpful.
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Anonymous said...

Please enter my name in this contest.
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Megan said...

I am a *NEW* GFC follower, ID: Megan (Celtic_Girl), *NEW* Twitter follower (@Celtic_Girl) and I said your review was helpful. I would love to win this book! Please enter me in the giveaway.

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Debbie Rodgers said...

Thanks for letting me know about your blog & this giveaway. I wish I could subscribe to your posts by email, as I do not 'do' RSS.

debbie AT exurbanis (dot) com

Shanan, The Book Addict said...

Thank you for the invite. I would love to participate in your giveaway.

I am following you on GFC (Shanan B.), twitter (BookAddictNet), and I marked your Amazon review as helpful. :)


Carol N Wong said...

Sounds to me. I have never heard of the Northwest Angle before. Sounds mysterious. Also like that the author has incorporated information about the indian heritage in that area by having main character be part Ojibway.

I am a GFC follower. I also follow this blog with Twitter under the name of Carolee888.

I liked your review.


Marjorie said...

I love the storyline of this book and would love to read it.
Thanks for the chance to win it.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

ann said...

Sounds like a book I would love to read

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ann said...

I went to amazon and clicked yes for was it helpful

amhengst at verizon dot net

ann said...

I am a email follower

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Patti said...

This doesn't sound like one of my usual reads, but it does sound interesting.
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Darlene said...

This sounds really good! Please enter me in the draw!

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Nikki said...

Hi Mike!! Let me know when your book comes out:) Sign me up for the giveaway and stop by my blog as well!! It was nice hearing from you!

Nikki said...

Im stalking you on twitter as well!!! Forgot to leave my email addy!

Patricia said...

Following you on GFC.

Patricia said...

Thanks for the giveaway looks like a great book.

Following you on Twitter


Patricia said...

Found you review on amazon helpful. ;-)

Patricia said...

I would like very much to be included in the giveaway for
Northwest Angle,

mamaw1040 at att dot net

BrittanyGale said...

I'd love to read this :)
I follow via GFC quixoticdreamer
I follow via Twitter @quixoticweetzie
I liked your review on Amazon


Heather said...

HI Mike,
I actually have heard of this location. It gets written up in Canadian papers. Since you can only drive to this part of the US by driving through Canada, many get stopped at the border without proper id and such.

Please enter me in this contest. Already a follower.

Nancy said...

I follow via GFC: allibrary.

I indicated your review was helpful.

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Patricia said...

Hi, Mike -

I signed up to follow on GFC - because I think that counts for you (not sure where).
I signed up to follow you by email - because that works for me!
And I signed up on RSS feed because I am trying to learn about RSS feeds!

Thank you for a great real-book Giveaway.

If I am fortunate enough to win, my email addess is:
madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca

Thank you!

Julie said...

I would love to be included in this giveaway!
I am a GFC follower:)
I am a Twitter follower: @jwitt33 :D
jwitt33 at live dot com

Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I follower on GFC as Suz and I would love to be entered to win!

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SanityEludesMe said...

Please include me in the giveaway!

I am a follower, voted your Amazon review helpful, and follow you on Twitter! (@Cassie629)

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Historical Writer/Editor said...

Hello, this looks like a good one. -laura

Connie said...

Hi! Sign me up please. :)
Thank you!

Krystal said...

Wonderful review-I follow on twitter as Icecream1891 but I don't know how to follow your blog? I would love to win though-sounds great! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

Historical Writer/Editor said...

Hi, please include me in the giveaway. Great review on Amazon.

PoCoKat said...

GFC follower

Amazon Review - done

Would love to win.

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Anonymous said...

I'm having trouble connecting with the blog. Please include me in the giveaway.

AmyS. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would liked to be entered into this giveaway.

Follower via Twitter/Vamper_Fan

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Andrea said...

Include me in the giveaway.
GFC follower - Andrea I
Follow on twitter - @lillieblue613
Liked review on Amazon


mike draper said...

Thank everyone for participating in this giveaway.
The winners are:
Heather Pearson
Rae/ Best O Books

Everyone else, please join in the current giveaway. It's a hard cover, first edition of "13 Million Dollar Pop." See giveaway rules at th end of the review on my blog.

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