Matthew S. Hiley
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Brian “Legs” Hamilton is a tortured, complex, intelligent young man. He is blessed to have some of the best friends a person could ask for. They consider themselves the greatest of philosophers, debaters, theologians, and adventurers. They are unafraid to conquer whatever the world may throw at them- and as they find out, they are also unprepared.
After graduating from college, Legs and his friends embark upon one last road trip before they must face the real world… getting jobs, paying bills, and severing the parental umbilical cords that had both nourished and suffocated them. They settled upon rafting the extreme rapids amidst the canyons of the Rio Grande River along the Mexican border as their final chaotic drug-fueled exploit.
The weight of the ‘real world’ being just around the corner makes the group more reckless than ever. They pay no respect to safety, and ignore how harsh and unpredictable Mother Nature can be. Tension forms within the group, and each member reveals the darkness lying just below the surface, bringing about a tragedy that only grows more horrific as the trip draws to a close.
A five-day adventure that was supposed to be the best time in these young men’s lives ends up as a nightmare that will haunt them forever, leaving little chance that their minds will ever have the ability to reconcile with what they have experienced.
Hubris Falls is a darkly comic, very tragic, fast-paced, brilliant tale that will inhabit your mind long after the final page is turned.
For being almost four hundred pages, this was a fairly quick read. I found it to be from the author sucking me in by literally summoning out loud laughter. The subjects that he entwined into his story were all very subjective and controversial. It was approached with such delicacy, I never once thought it to be over done, or over opinionated.
These topics are brought up in the story line through dialogue between a group of graduates who are on an adventure at the Rio Grande River. The dialogue between everyone couldn't have been any more realistic and genuine. The group of graduates have no respect for conventional rules, but it's not from a lack of education or defiance. They just have a "I don't care" attitude, resulting in drugs, and alcohol binges, the foundation to their in depth discussions.
This is a great read, especially for recent graduates. I would highly recommend this to all my friends, and I rate it at a 5/5. With the various viewpoints of each character, you're bound to find yourself attached to at least one character and their viewpoints or ideals.