Before We Died (Rivers, #1) By Joan Schweighardt


Before We Died Book Cover Before We Died
Rivers, #1
Joan Schweighardt
Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Thriller
Five Directions Press
September 15, 2018


In 1908 two Irish American brothers leave their jobs on the docks of Hoboken, NJ to make their fortune tapping rubber trees in the South American rainforest. They expect to encounter floods, snakes, malaria, extreme hunger, and unfriendly competitors, but nothing prepares them for the psychological hurdles that will befall them. Before We Died, the first in a three-book "rivers" series, is a literary adventure novel set against the background of the South American rubber boom, a fascinating but little known historical moment. 

descriptiondescriptiondescriptiondescription First off the cover of this book is awesome. It is what caught my eye right from the start and had me stopping to read the synopsis. However, as we all know a cover (or synopsis) can only carry a book so far. If the story between the pretty covers isn’t up to par, then all the book becomes is something nice to look at. Fortunately, the adventure we get here was all kinds of entertaining. 
descriptionThe year is 1908, and two Irish American brothers leave their jobs in Hoboken, NJ and set off on an adventure to the South American rainforest hoping to make their fortune tapping rubber trees. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as they imagined and the two brothers are left fighting sickness, hunger, and the jungle wildlife. Just when they have lost all hope, they are saved by strangest of people.

I found this book to be beautifully written. I especially loved the Irish slang which gave the book a very authentic feeling. It was very well paced with the story moving along at a good clip. The plot was engaging. It was full of mystery, danger, emotions. The characters both primary and secondary were well developed and intriguing. Last, this book ends on what I would call a cliffhanger. The fates of many of these characters are still unknown, and you can bet this reader will be first in line to get her hands on book two… description


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1 Comment

  1. Eve, Thank you very much for the lovely review! I’m glad you liked the book. I’m especially glad you enjoyed the slang. I did a lot of research to ensure it was authentic!

    Very best to you,

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