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For years, Big Walter had dreamed of becoming Georgia's Director of Public Safety. Now his big opportunity was before him. The governor's chief aide said all he had to do was find the body of the governor's college-age son who had been swept into the raging waters of the Tallulah River in north Georgia.
After three days, however, Big Walter, armed with all of the body-finding technology the 20th century had to offer, came up with nothing. Then one of the locals suggested he talk to an old Indian who lived on the river. This is Big Walter's story.
©2016 John I. Jones (P)2017 John I Jones
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4 out of 5 stars
By DK on 11-03-17

A lesson in slowing down...

Today's technology versus the ways of the past in the search for an 18-year-old boy who had fallen into the river.

The narration by John H. Kiser was good.

If asked, I would recommend combining all of these short stories into one book.

*This very short 'lesson' was given to me in exchange for my unbiased review. If you found my review helpful, would you please take a moment and select 'yes' below? Thanks!

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4 out of 5 stars
By DabOfDarkness on 10-06-17

Thought provoking!

This story has an old timey feel to it and I would guess that it’s set maybe in the 1970s though it could be a modern-day event. The governor’s son (Willis? Wilson?) has been swept away by the river and everyone is pretty sure they are going to find a body and not a living Willie. Big Walter gets the call to head up the hunt personally. The governor’s aide, Glen, believes this could be Walter’s chance to break into politics and become an influential man simply because the governor will be so grateful to whoever finds his son. We don’t really learn anything about the governor nor his son. This story is all about Walter.

Walter initially has zero luck in finding William. While he’s at Leon’s for lunch, Leon offers to introduce him to Charlie Two Tree, a full blood Cherokee who manages a vacation home far up the river and knows the area like the back of his hand. I really liked this part because Walter shows one of his flaws. He makes a comment about Charlie not living on a reservation. Leon corrects him on this, reminding him that the local Cherokees are no longer legally bound to live on the reservation. Yay Leon!

We finally meet Charlie Two Tree and he is an old wise soul. He doesn’t want the reward money and he doesn’t seem to be interested in receiving public thanks if he finds Willard. Using a simple but effect method, Charlie begins his hunt for the body.

The story ends on a bitter sweet note. There’s reward money to pay out and the gratification of the governor. Walter has his career brightened but as this story shows, behind every great human there’s a tale or three that can show a person’s faults. It’s a thought provoking piece.

My one quibble with this story is that there are zero female characters. In fact, I don’t think there is a single woman mentioned. I would have liked some gender balance.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: James Kiser was a perfect fit for this story. He sounded like a big imposing Walter, a helpful Leon, a priority-driven Glen, and a wise Charlie. Each character was distinct and Kiser easily switched from one to another. I especially liked how he captured the career-oriented Walter at certain moments and the enigmatic nature of Charlie.

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