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The Searcher

Dacolias, Ray

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ISBN 10: 098881773X / ISBN 13: 9780988817739
Published by Ray Dacolias, 2013
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Title: The Searcher

Publisher: Ray Dacolias

Publication Date: 2013

Book Condition:Very Good

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Joaquin Bridger is a former soldier who settles in the town of Redwood, becomes a police officer, marries, and has a daughter. He and his family live there peacefully for ten years, and then tragedy strikes. His wife and daughter are killed in a confrontation with bank robbers, and he blames himself. He quits the police force and begins a wandering, aimless life around town, walking wherever he goes—silent, brooding, filthy. He exists like this for five years. The majority of people in town see him as a man who is mentally disabled. Few people dare bother him. Then one day, John Slaughter, the man who was responsible for the death of Joaquin’s family, comes back to this town. After robbing the bank with his fellow criminals, he kidnaps a young girl as he gets away. Joaquin recognizes the man, and gives chase. Thus, the tale begins. Slaughter is no ordinary criminal. He has bases of operation across the country, and he is involved in nefarious activities with foreign and domestic criminals. He never stays too long in one spot, making it extremely difficult for Joaquin to track him across the vast wilderness. Sylvia, the girl Slaughter kidnapped, is nearly nine years old when the story begins, and as she meets other girls who were also taken by Slaughter, she learns how to survive as she awaits rescue. Back in the town of Redwood, Sylvia’s mother, Juanita, does whatever she can to search for her daughter. She also knows that Joaquin is searching for Sylvia, and this brings her some comfort. Joaquin has been helped, from the beginning of the search, by two men who believe in him—a U.S. Marshal, and a police officer from Redwood. Joaquin searches for the child across several Western states. As he tracks Slaughter, he also deals with the loss of his wife and daughter, and his failed life the last five years. Along the way, as he regains the rich frontier heritage of his forefathers by learning to co-exist peacefully with Nature, he meets a big man called the Giant. It is the Giant who teaches Joaquin how to live in peace and harmony with oneself; it is the Giant who teaches Joaquin simply how to live.

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"While Dacolias writes a convincing thriller--the charged standoffs with double-crossing criminals will keep readers on their toes--he also pens a lyrical ode to nature...Dacolias returns to environmental themes throughout the story; in fact, Joaquin's personal quest depends heavily on his ability to resolve the question of man's role nature. Along the way, Joaquin meets a variety of iconic characters who personify man's struggle to find a peaceful part to play in earth's story... An ambitious novel, The Searcher includes elements of thriller, frontier stories, and fantasy. Joaquin is a seeker on many levels, and Dacolias makes it possible for us to join him in the search." 
--ForeWord Clarion Review

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