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Author/professor Ron Berger discusses his new book set in the Hudson River Gorge

Our friend and former UAlbany colleague Ronald M. Berger has just published his first novel, The Gorge, a thriller set in the Adirondack Mountains, and specifically in and around the Hudson River Gorge, a 12-mile canyon featuring steep cliffs, numerous rapids and waterfalls.

The Gorge is informed and inspired by Ron’s own experiences as a licensed whitewater rafting guide on the Hudson River from 1992 to 1997. Purchase The Gorge

Ron taught History, specializing in English history, including early modern Britain, and Gender Studies at the University at Albany from 1996 to 2012. Here's a Q&A with Ron published in 2011 at the time of the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton.

He received his Ph.D. in British history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

His earlier book is a historical monograph, The Most Necessary Luxuries: The Mercers’ Company of Coventry, 1550-1680, published by Penn State University Press. That book explains how English guilds adapted to their declining place in society and the impact of bubonic plague on medieval cities.

Ron is also a veteran of the NYS Writers Institute's free Community Writers Workshops, where he studied with major authors James Lasdun and Lydia Davis.

A description:

It is not yet spring in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Whitewater rafting season has already begun, however. Streams filled with snowmelt are pouring into the Hudson Gorge, an almost inaccessible twelve-mile canyon. But someone who knows every foot of the backcountry is stalking those who are attempting to run the Gorge as the river reaches flood stage.

Richard Carlyle, a former raft guide and veteran criminologist working with state and local police, is desperately searching for the person who has murdered two people already. Tracking the killer to a remote cabin in the Gorge, Carlyle confronts an ecoterrorist with a grudge against anyone who dares to invade his territory.


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