The Water Keeper

The Water Keeper

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"Murphy Shepherd lives alone, doing maintenance work for a church that no one attends and trying to heal from scars gained rescuing others who dwell in the margins. His specialty is finding young girls bought and sold in the flesh trade, and leading them from brokenness to freedom, but Shepherd thinks he has given everything he has and it may be time to retire. His hermetic healing process is interrupted when he rescues a woman named Summer in Florida's Intercoastal Waterway and gets drawn into a hunt after a gang of international human traffickers." --
Publisher: Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, ♭2020.
ISBN: 9780785230915
0785230912
Characteristics: 344 pages :,25 cm.

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Eil_1
Jan 19, 2021

This is the first of his many books I've read. The plot was excellent - white slave trade in Florida. However, it kind of read like a travelogue, steering the reader from one point to another. I wouldn't recommend this, unless they enjoy a spiritual aspect to reading.

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mardscott
Jan 15, 2021

This novel is another excellent book by Martin. This one, like his others, is founded on something currently relevant (and has a negative connotation) in our society. In this case, the central character is Murphy Shepherd, a "man with . . . secrets"; and his secrets are slowly revealed as we get to know him and go with him on his "job": pursuing and freeing girls who are enticed into modern-day slavery, whether by being taken from a dance recital or attending a party for girls wanting to be models, etc. Through Murph's eyes, we see these girls, their mothers, the horrendous men who entice and provide parties with drugs and alcohol for the girls. . . and, eventually, sell them.
We also learn more about Murph through his interactions with several people he meets: Marie, "Bones," "Fingers," Summer, Angel, Ellie, and the dog Gunner. This book was a fast read--so exciting; I couldn't put the book down, wanted to know what was happening next.

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ljscholz
Jan 03, 2021

Another great book by Martin. It gets cheesy at times as his books usually do, but another lovely redemption story, although the end doesn’t quite tie things up for the main character. Set mostly in Florida. Personally, I loved the book because of all the descriptions of Florida. The author lives here and knows the area. This element of reality gives the unrealistic story a more likely vibe.

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icuira
Jan 03, 2021

The whole plotline is preposterous.

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Reads_A_Lot
Jul 08, 2020

This is the newest book from one of my favorite authors. I had to patiently wait 2 months past its release date for my library to get it due to being closed during the pandemic. The first 50 pages were confusing and filled with so much boat terminology and descriptions of the Florida waterways that I was about ready to call it quits. How could this be the Charles Martin book I was so anxiously awaiting. But once the dog got on board things started getting better. One by one, Murph picks up more strays and the cast of heartfelt characters CM is known for brought the book to life. The action scenes are over the top and you have to suspend belief that Murph and Gunner can survive all the bullets and mayhem. Since I wanted them to survive I was willing to do that. Although I have to admit that this wasn’t one of my favorites by this author, it’s still written in his style that pulls you into the characters and makes you want to read nonstop until the end - I read it in 2 days. Seems like there is a possibility here that he could continue this story with a sequel. I really liked the characters, so minus the boat stuff, I would look forward to seeing this group again.

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stylib38
Apr 13, 2020

I can hardly wait for this book to be released. I love his writing. It is so beautiful.

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