On a lifetime trip to fulfill her husband’s bucket list, Michelle meets John Patterson, a disenfranchised mountain guide for a worldwide trekking outfit. Through her story of loss and grief, she revives his courage and dreams he has lost throughout his long years of searching for his place in family and in life.
Sarah Madden lost her husband twenty-five years ago to Mt. Everest, and vowed she'd never speak its name again, let alone go there. The mountain that claimed her husband is now in her son's blood and it will not let go. This time, she will not remain at home while her son climbs the killer peak. If the mountain is going to claim him, it will have to do it staring her in the face.
Frank Kincaid's reputation as the finest Everest expedition guide for the last twenty years has been the means for supporting his treasured charity work in Khum Jung. Adhering to uncompromising methods, he has never lost a client on the mountain. But this group of expedition clients has a reminder of the past. Suddenly he is confronted with the memory of the disaster that took his friend, Sherpa Pasang when it claimed the life of Sarah's husband. As history threatens to repeat itself, Frank is put to the supreme test. Will he obey his cardinal rule of protecting his Sherpa guide at all costs even if it means sacrificing Sarah's son to the mountain, or will he trust his heart and roll the dice? Can Sarah accept the excruciating decision facing him? And what will it mean for the Sherpa and her son fighting for their lives on the mountain? Will the mountain demand Sarah's son, or will it forgive his mistakes?
Reviews for THE LION OF KHUM JUNG:
"Most of what I've read on Everest has been non-fiction, so it's refreshing to read a novel set there, an ideal location for the type of human drama depicted in The Lion of Khum Jung. The author does a good job of showing the individuality of grief, how different people grieving the same loss, or whose grief stems from the same event, handle it in vastly different ways. The very real dangers of Mount Everest set the stage for the final confrontations of the character's personal inner demons.
I would have liked to have gotten more into Greg's head. His story is told mainly through his interactions with his mother and Frank. But then, the story revolves around Sarah and Frank, after all.
One thing that impressed me was the reality of how long an ordeal it is just to get to base camp. In a non-fiction account, this is sometimes relegated to a couple of chapters. But in a novel such as this, it becomes a valuable plot device to give the reader some backstory, allow us to get to know the characters, and more importantly, allow them to get to know one another, and for the otherwise unlikely relationship to develop.
The Lion of Khum Jung is not your all-out action thriller, but the adventure plays out on a much deeper, human level." - Amazon reader
"Gets the reader instantly immersed in the challenges and dangers of climbing Everest, and the risks Sherpas take on a daily basis in shepherding their clients to the summit. Bagliere's own love of adventure and mountaineering gives this story an authentic, you-are-there feeling, and I was swiftly hooked into the decades-old fascination with Everest once again. Bagliere's plot is engaging, and his mountaineering scenes awesome. THE LION OF KHUM JUNG is most highly recommended." - Reader's Favorite
"...a well researched and thoughtful story of adventure and love set in the venue of the Himalayas" - K. Barton
"This is a story that won’t disappoint." - J. Bourgo
"A must read that I found hard to put down." - M. Vallerino
"An adventure story, a romance - this book has it all." - D. St. Como
"The author writes with sensitive insight and gives the story a universal meaning for us all." - J. Stuelzle
"...a spellbinding read." - B. Bell
"I'm glad I read it, and it will be a book that I'll recommend to others." - M. Rossi
While back east attending her brother's wedding, freelance Photographer, Janet Montgomery finds herself once again fruitlessly vying for her father's love. After an awkward good-bye, she drives into the wintry night back to her hotel. But a tractor-trailer coming onto the highway is about to change all that.
Spotting her car in the snowy median is Architect, Neil Porter, a middle-aged widower. When Neil moves to Oregon to be near h is daughter, Megan, who works with Janet, a chain of events draw them together. Janet wonders if the twenty-three years between them is too much. Can she avoid making the same mistakes her parents made? But the one thing she never considers is the ravages of dementia or the decisions she will have to make.
Reviews for LOVING NEIL:
"A beautifully, poignant tale that makes this a must read" - J. Bourgo
"...a powerful story and one that is written with great tenderness and sensitivity" - B. Bell
"A winner of a debut that will tug at your heartstrings until the very last page." - Kari Lee Townsend, National Bestselling Author of The Fortune Teller Mysteries
"...prepare for an emotional ride through a deeply moving romance." - Danica St. Como, Author of The Men of Sanctuary series and Blade Dance
"If you're looking for a good dramatic read, I'd recommend this book." - Laurie B. (Amazon Verified Purchase)
"...a poignant and bittersweet story of a family's loss" - Angela Purcell-Bolha (Amazon Verified Purchase)
Anthropologist, Claire El-Badawy has spent the last ten years of her life fruitlessly applying for grants for an expedition into the dark jungles of the Amazon. Her objective is to prove her theory of the Trans-Atlantic connection between Africa and South America that existed five thousand years ago. Then suddenly things change dramatically overnight with the discovery of a Lost Bushman found deep in the forest. Re-energized and armed with this startling find, she wins over the foundation's funding arm and the support of the university's department.
Owen Macleod's life has been one long trek after another guiding tourist and giving aid to the indigenous people of the forest against the mining companies since his son died needlessly of malaria ten years ago. With his wife having left him and parents deceased, his only family now is the vibrant people along the river along with his tramping partner, Manny. When Owen hears of an opportunity up north in America to break free of the tourist trade, he jumps at it.
In a chain of events, the headstrong anthropologist and the wanderlust tramping guide are thrown together in pursuit of their own dreams, but neither of them are quite prepared for what they will find hidden beyond the veiled depths of the forest or do they see the danger coming at them from a rampaging lieutenant of a ruthless cartel that is expanding its empire into the vibrant and awesome world of the Amazon.
Reviews for BEYOND THE VEIL:
"You must read it! Don't let this author get past you." - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
"I loved this book! The characters just came to life and the description of the rain forest was so real you could smell the humid undergrowth along with flowers and ferns. There was much adventure and action with subtle romance along the way." - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
"I finished reading this awesome tale by Ronald Bagliere. It was the first story I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of his writing. I highly recommend this book of adventure in South America." - Tom Peden - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
"The plot was excellent and the growth of each main character was well defined. Realistic and astounding." - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
Janet Porter's life in the wooded Heights within the Willamette Valley in Oregon has finally begun to settle down. She has made her peace with moving on without her beloved husband Neil, but everything is about to change. Her son Nate calls from Iraq with unsettling news. He doesn't say what happened, only that he's coming back on a medical discharge.
He arrives home with a battered leg, and is cast as a hero in a firefight from an enemy ambush. But he doesn't want the accolades or the Distinguished Service Medal he's being touted for. He wants to be left alone. As he becomes more and more distant from his mother and falling into risky behavior, she fears for his well-being. Desperate, she confides to a volunteers at the V.A. clinic.
But the Vietnam veteran has his own battles to overcome, namely a civil trial that threatens to wipe him out financially. Even so, he is drawn to Janet's son and he soon finds himself entangled in their lives. As his feelings for them deepen, he finds himself in an ethical dilemma. As he struggles to do the right thing while fighting for his financial survival, life intervenes and throws them all into a new world – a world of starting over.
Reviews for Starting Over:
The author does a wonderful job of bringing us along with Janet as she finds her way back to love after losing her husband. And he captures the feeling of the love a mother has for her son as Janet struggles to find a way to get Nate to open up to her, so she can help him deal with his pain. As Andy helps Nate cope with what happened in Iraq, he feels conflicted between his desire to help Nate, and how it will be interpreted as he becomes closer to Janet. Nate's inner struggle ends up bringing them together as they deal with the effects of his actions. I have enjoyed each of his books. - Debbie Panebianco
I found the characters to be very relatable. I felt empathy for them as they struggled with issues that many of us face over the course of our lives. I also like that not every issue was perfectly resolved. There is a good balance between realism and optimism. - Karen Chilson