A fast-paced, vividly realistic adventure story that tests character connections, motivations, choices, and chance. It's never a good idea to go into the canyons alone. But MacKenzie has an entire support group behind her: J. Reed Rich's readers of MOKI STEPS.

—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer,

Midwest Book Review

1. French < Latin - Old French arete> 
         A ridge or sharp edge
2. Greek <ἀρετή>
         Excellence of purpose or function
3. Informal
         A technical term for mountain-climbers: the sticky-out thing
                [In Plato's Allegory of the Cave, the ideal form of something is its arete—
                 something to achieve, but always out of reach: a goal.]

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by J. Reed Rich



Deep in the uncharted slot canyons of Lake Powell, where no gps or cell phone can help, lies a secret that could change lives. Can an inexperienced linguistics professor, bound to a group of strangers, unlock the mystery? 


It takes all of Mackenzie Campbell’s linguistics chops to decipher obscure clues, outwit devious expedition mates, and battle hazards that would unhinge even the bravest linguist. In the end, she realizes her most difficult task will be deciding between a known love and a new one. If she makes it out alive, that is.


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