Rinn's Crossing

A Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/06/2020
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Author Biography

I hitchhiked to Alaska and lived in a cabin on the banks of the Tanana River in my teens; lived in Italy and then traveled overland across the Sahara, through the jungles and over the savannas of Africa and into southern Asia in my twenties; sailed alone around the world in a 25 foot boat in my thirties; wrote novels in my forties; bicycled the spine of the Rockies from Alaska to Mexico in my fifties, and am looking forward to retirement in my sixties. I worked on the Alaska Pipeline, as an environmental lobbyist in the Alaska Legislature, and ran a storied environmental organization fighting to protect Alaska’s coastal rainforests. Several years ago, I moved to New York City to dig deep into leadership development and coaching and I now coach business and non-profit leaders intent on making big things happen in the world.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Rinn's Crossing by Russell Heath, as Rinn van Ness, a local Alaskan man, slips quietly away from a crime scene and into the forest, he is unaware that a man is about to die. When his former lover, Kit Olinsky, a conservation advocate, is arrested for the man's murder, it seems all the evidence is stacked against her. Kit's arrest is a relief for the local corrupt senator who can now exploit the native people and land. When Kit is released on bail, she is determined to take any action necessary to save her beloved Alaska and clear her name. As the fight begins against a damaging legislative bill, Kit is reunited with her true love Rinn who has come out of hiding to help her. Rinn will sacrifice anything to save Kit; however, what she reveals will change his life forever.

Rinn's Crossing by Russell Heath has a powerful storyline that will grip your attention from the beginning. The three main characters, Rinn, Kit and Dan, are memorable, realistic and all created with strong values. I especially thought Dan's selfless actions at the end were admirable and showed such strength of character. The plot has so many layers to it; government corruption, environmental issues and a battle to preserve a native people's heritage. I also loved the added dimension of a love story between Rinn and Kit. The conflict and suspense are brilliantly placed and the twists and turns powerfully executed. The author cleverly leads you down one path only to lead you in yet another direction. The whole novel will provoke many moral questions regarding conserving nature or the culture of a people. The ending was exceptional and will bring a tear to your eye.