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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Will Hobbs Narrator: Steven Boyer Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781449867584
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Fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands has come all the way to the Big Bend on the Texas-Mexico border to paddle the fabled Rio Grande with his cousin, Rio. As the boys are packing their raft and canoe for ten days in the canyons, six Black Hawk helicopters appear overhead and race across the river into Mexico. The army warns them that a hurricane is approaching the coast.

Convincing themselves that their chances of running into a storm are slim, Dylan and Rio launch onto the wildest and most remote waters in the Southwest. Downriver, a man appears with a seven-year-old boy, begging for help—and the storm is upon them. Danger, suspense, and the ever-looming troubles in Mexico drive this white-knuckle adventure forward at a breakneck pace.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of Hobbs will welcome the wild water experience that he crafts, and reluctant readers will be hooked from the first tarantula.” 

    Children’s Literature

  • “Hobbs’ writing at its best.”


  • “Will Hobbs’ keen knowledge of taking on a river is paired with Steven Boyer’s fine narration... Boyer maneuvers...as deftly as the teens paddle through the rushing rapids.”


  • “An exciting adventure story in an unusual setting.”


  • “Adventure-packed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Riveting.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lugene | 5/21/2011

    " Adventure on the Rio Grande for two cousins who go on a rafting trip without an adult. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/10/2011

    " I love Will's work, but the contrasts he brings out of the Rio Grande at a normal run, and at flood stage is so like a river runner. Well done.

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/4/2011

    " It's a Will Hobbs book, so of course it's excellent. Hobbs always puts in enough adventure to keep you reading but also with plot twists that make it interesting. I think this is his 3rd book on a river (at least) so it's clear he likes it. He writes a lot about stuff in nature/the outdoors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 4/25/2011

    " A great middle school book!

    Filled with adventure and suspense, this is a quick read that will really keep reader's attention. I'm looking forward to booktalking it and talking all about the snakes, scorpions, rapids, gunfire, and kidnappers. A really easy sell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/5/2011

    " This addresses the current situation between Mexico and the US. Mr. Hobbs does a great job of getting the reader to feel like they are there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 3/10/2011

    " Great book for boys 5th grade and up.

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 3/10/2011

    " Great book for boys grades 5 and up. "

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About the Author
Author Will Hobbs

Will Hobbs is the author of many outdoor adventure novels for upper elementary, middle school, and young adult readers, as well as a few picture book stories. Several of his novels have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and Ghost Canoe, his first mystery, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. The ALA’s list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Twentieth Century includes two of Will's titles: Far North and Downriver. A graduate of Stanford University and a former reading and language arts teacher, he lives with his wife in Durango, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Steven Boyer is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has appeared both on stage and screen.