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Alex 'n Bender
by C H Foertmeyer   

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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595265413 Type: 
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190

Copyright:  Jul 1 2002
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Alex 'n Bender

Old Jubel's Woods is full of surprises... Alex and Bender are about to find out just how many surprises...

Alex Carey and Bender Baxter had been friends since early childhood. Now, approaching their sixteenth birthdays, Alex is drowned in the Latoon River in a tragic diving accident. While Bender goes for help, Alex is mysteriously rescued, but unconscious, never sees his savior. Assuming him to be Jubel Owens, a local hermit, Alex and Bender set out to find and thank Old Jubel. What they discover in Jubel's forest is beyond their wildest dreams...  Excerpt
Alex lay down on his back and stared at the ceiling of the cave. It was smooth and free of any formations, as if it had been formed by running water slowly eroding the soft rock and almost polishing it as it did so. Alex closed his eyes. When he opened them again he realized that he had dozed off. The fire was nearly burned down now and only softly glowing embers remained. The cavern was very dark and he began to become a little frightened. What if the hermit doesn't come back again? What if he has gone on his way and left me here? Alex began to shiver, both from the chill of the cave and from his own fears of being left alone in this dark place. How am I going to get out of here if he has left? Alex turned onto his side and rose to one elbow, looking out at the water, now barely visible in this darkness. He stared at the pool and slowly, but perceptibly, he thought he saw something different about it. It was almost as if it were glowing with a light of its own. That's queer, he thought. What's with that? He edged closer to the rim of the pool and stared hard into its depths. It is glowing! There's light coming from it. Then it hit him square. Daylight! Darned if that isn't daylight!


    Alex scrambled to his feet and looked about the cavern. Everywhere he looked he saw only blackness, but when he looked at the pool of water, he saw light, blessed light. That must be the way out, he thought, exuberant at the discovery. That must be how I got in here. The hermit must have pulled me free from the river and brought me in through there! Alex took one more look around into the black pitch of the cave and then lowered himself slowly into the cold water. His feet felt bottom and he stood waist high in the black pool. Turning to face the source of the light, he ducked under the surface and looked around, seeing what appeared to be a short tunnel through the rock, completely under the water, but with a definite light source at its end. He came up and took a deep breath, ducked back under again and shoved off with his legs into the passage. As he swam through its length the light became brighter. The tunnel appeared to be about fifteen feet long, and with each foot he traveled the opening at the end grew larger in appearance. He knew he had plenty of air as he looked ahead to the oval opening of light only a few feet ahead. With one last hard stroke, he passed through the opening and was swiftly whisked sideways by a strong current. Shit! he screamed in his mind, and then found himself being washed along completely out of control and at the mercy of the powerful current. As he twisted and rolled in the water he could catch glimpses of the surface above him. It was so near, yet totally unreachable. He was powerless to propel himself in any direction, including up, as the river was in full control. As his lungs began to ache and scream for air, he struggled fiercely with the memory of the last time, only a day or so ago, that he had been faced with this same decision; fight a little longer, or give in to the demands of his body, and breathe. As the river was about to make the decision for him, he looked up at the surface above him and realized that it was only inches away from his face. Then he felt his back hit something hard and his body twisted and rolled along the object until his head shot from the water into the air. Alex gasped in the blessed air and he went limp. As he teetered on the brink of consciousness he realized that he had washed up on a sand bar. He closed his eyes.


Professional Reviews

Review by: Sue Hartigan
Member of RIO



All About Murder Reviews



Actual Review



5 daggers











ALEX 'N BENDER is another fantastic book from the very gifted author, C.H. Foertmeyer. Mr. Foertmeyer just keeps coming up with one right after another, and I hope that he doesn't stop for a very long time.







Alex Carey is dead. Of that his best friend, Bender Baxter is sure. He saw it with his own eyes. Alex had jumped off the cliffs into the water, and did not surface. Bender jumped in and finally found Alex anchored to the river bottom, and although using every bit of strength that he could master, he could not free him. Alex was dead, and Bender knew it.







After finally summoning help to the area, Bender knew that they would find Alex, but it would be his body. It had been over twenty-four hours, and besides he had seen Alex dead under the water. He was completely heartbroken, but they had to retrieve the body, and Bender knew where it was. Or did he?







Meanwhile, soon after Bender dove into the icy water to help Alex for the last time, and had left to summon help, Alex woke in a dark cave. There was nothing around him except for a small fire, and even that didn't light up the darkness around him. He remembered drowning, and Bender trying to save him, and couldn't figure out what in the world was going on. Alex tried to light a torch and explore his surroundings, however the torch wouldn't stay lit long enough to see much of anything. Finally giving up he went back to the fire, and promptly fell asleep. When he woke again he found that someone had killed, dressed, and put a rabbit on a spit for him to eat. After eating, he fell asleep again to wake to a shimmering light coming from the river of water running through the cave. After much consideration he figured that was the only way out, and dove into the water, and swam in the direction of the light, to surface again in the river. The river current being so strong, it pushed him onto a sand bar, where he lay unconscious until Bender and the rescue crew finally found him, alive.







Bender is totally dumbfounded. Although completely, and utterly ecstatic that Alex is alive, he can't believe it. After all he saw with his own eyes that Alex was dead. There was absolutely no mistake about that. After Alex is treated and able to tell Bender what happened, the boys decide that they are going to investigate this phenomenon. Bender's mother had told him the story about an old hermit, Jubel Owens, that lived on the other side of the river, in the wilderness, and Doc confirms this story. Although Doc thinks that this old man has to be dead. After all, he would be 85 by now, and hadn't been seen in town, getting supplies, for a long time. Alex and Bender decide that they are going to hike over to the other side of the river and find old Jubel so Alex can thank him for saving his life. Jubel has to be the only explanation as to how Alex got free, and was saved.







After getting enough supplies to last them a couple of days, Alex and Bender head off to find old Jubel. Meanwhile unbeknownst to them, two boys, Dirk and Carter, who have been tormenting Alex and Bender off and on for quite a while, decide to follow them.







The woods on the other side of the river are quite different than the ones on the side where the boys live. Although only a few miles from home, on that side of the river the woods are virgin, very thick, and with overgrown foliage. But that doesn't stop Alex and Bender. They are determined to find old Jubel. And it soon looks like they may have done just that. After spending their first night in the woods Bender wakes to find a man sitting by the fire petting Snitch, Benders dog.







ALEX 'N BENDER is absolutely wonderful. As with other books that Mr. Foertmeyer has written you cannot put it down. It is written so simply, and yet with so much heart and soul that the reader finds himself in the story, actually seeing the beautiful scenery around him. The characters are so realistic that you actually feel their breath on your skin.







The only problem that one may find while reading ALEX 'N BENDER is that Mr. Foertmeyer has tried to demonstrate to the reader the actual language of the Atiri. He has written their thoughts in English, but spelled the words backwards, in order to demonstrate their true language. Although this is different, it certainly isn't that difficult to follow, once you get the hang of it. And in my opinion has added a lot to the feelings of the story.







Mr. Foertmeyer gained my appreciation, and admiration of his writing abilities with the first book that I read, CARVER: HIGH MOUNTAIN TRAGEDY, and ALEX 'N BENDER only solidified it. He is a master of the art, and continues to completely thrill me with his work. ALEX 'N BENDER is another masterpiece and will completely engage any reader in the first chapter, carrying them through to the last page.







Although he is a talent unto himself, and I don't normally like to compare one authors talent with another, I cannot help but be reminded of Samuel Langhorne Clemens when I read Mr. Foertmeyer's work. He writes in much the same fashion, and I honestly believe some day Mr. Foertmeyer's work will be thought of as the modern day Samuel Clemens.







I completely recommend that you get a copy of ALEX 'N BENDER immediately, and prepare yourself for a ride into a wonderful world, one that you will not want to leave. One that will leave you waiting, and hoping, for another world that Mr. Foertmeyer takes you into again, soon.









Review by: Laurel Johnson
Alex 'n Bender



by C.H. Foertmeyer



ISBN 0-595-26541-3



175 pages at 13.95 paperback



www.iuniverse.com





This is the fourth book I've read by C.H. Foertmeyer and it won't be the last. His books are always imaginative and well written, complete with excitement, danger, and life lessons as a subtle part of every story.





Alex Carey and Bender Baxter are teenage friends. They live in a small Idaho town bordering on forested wilderness. One day while swimming in the river, Alex drowns and Bender cannot save him. An unexpected and miraculous rescue occurs, and Alex is discovered alive days later. Both boys set out to find whoever saved Alex from death. Their search takes them deep into primeval forest, and a world no one could possibly believe exists today.





Jubel Owens is a hermit like his father before him. Half Indian and half white, he prefers his life in the peaceful forest, away from the modern world. Still, he befriends Alex and Bender and helps them understand the mystery they uncover on their trek.





The Atiri are throwbacks to an ancient time before the white man threatened their existence. Although different from native Indians and modern man, the Atiri have their own language and way of life, are compassionate and devoted to their families. Jubel, Alex, and Bender finally meet Bersh, the male Atiri who rescued Alex and nursed him back to health. Bersh has a wife named Brish, and a son named Besh. The adventure proceeds as planned until two teenagers named Dirk and Carter stumble onto Besh and shoot him. From that point, less than kindly townfolk get involved in searching for the Atiri. Jubel and his young friends have their hands full in protecting the Atiri and preventing the world from invading their home.





Along the way, lives and attitudes are changed. New alliances and friendships are formed. And good behavior wins out over bad. With C.H. Foertmeyer, each book is a new adventure. The American wilderness and human nature are portrayed as what they were and are. This author's books are appropriate for both adult and young adult readers. The occasional mild expletive does not detract from the message. Highly recommended, as are all this award winning author's books.





Laurel Johnson



Midwest Book Review



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Reviewed by Sue Hartigan - RIO 2/12/2003
Review by: Sue Hartigan <br>
Member of RIO <br>
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5 daggers <br>
<br> <br>
ALEX 'N BENDER is another fantastic book from the very gifted author,
C.H. Foertmeyer. Mr. Foertmeyer just keeps coming up with one right
after another, and I hope that he doesn't stop for a very long time.
<P>
Alex Carey is dead. Of that his best friend, Bender Baxter is sure. He
saw it with his own eyes. Alex had jumped off the cliffs into the
water, and did not surface. Bender jumped in and finally found Alex
anchored to the river bottom, and although using every bit of strength
that he could master, he could not free him. Alex was dead, and Bender
knew it.
<P>
After finally summoning help to the area, Bender knew that they would
find Alex, but it would be his body. It had been over twenty-four
hours, and besides he had seen Alex dead under the water. He was
completely heartbroken, but they had to retrieve the body, and Bender
knew where it was. Or did he?
<P>
Meanwhile, soon after Bender dove into the icy water to help Alex for
the last time, and had left to summon help, Alex woke in a dark cave.
There was nothing around him except for a small fire, and even that
didn't light up the darkness around him. He remembered drowning, and
Bender trying to save him, and couldn't figure out what in the world was
going on. Alex tried to light a torch and explore his surroundings,
however the torch wouldn't stay lit long enough to see much of
anything. Finally giving up he went back to the fire, and promptly fell
asleep. When he woke again he found that someone had killed, dressed,
and put a rabbit on a spit for him to eat. After eating, he fell
asleep again to wake to a shimmering light coming from the river of
water running through the cave. After much consideration he figured
that was the only way out, and dove into the water, and swam in the
direction of the light, to surface again in the river. The river
current being so strong, it pushed him onto a sand bar, where he lay
unconscious until Bender and the rescue crew finally found him, alive.
<P>
Bender is totally dumbfounded. Although completely, and utterly
ecstatic that Alex is alive, he can't believe it. After all he saw with
his own eyes that Alex was dead. There was absolutely no mistake about
that. After Alex is treated and able to tell Bender what happened, the
boys decide that they are going to investigate this phenomenon.
Bender's mother had told him the story about an old hermit, Jubel Owens,
that lived on the other side of the river, in the wilderness, and Doc
confirms this story. Although Doc thinks that this old man has to be
dead. After all, he would be 85 by now, and hadn't been seen in town,
getting supplies, for a long time. Alex and Bender decide that they are
going to hike over to the other side of the river and find old Jubel so
Alex can thank him for saving his life. Jubel has to be the only
explanation as to how Alex got free, and was saved.
<P>
After getting enough supplies to last them a couple of days, Alex and
Bender head off to find old Jubel. Meanwhile unbeknownst to them, two
boys, Dirk and Carter, who have been tormenting Alex and Bender off and
on for quite a while, decide to follow them.
<P>
The woods on the other side of the river are quite different than the
ones on the side where the boys live. Although only a few miles from
home, on that side of the river the woods are virgin, very thick, and
with overgrown foliage. But that doesn't stop Alex and Bender. They
are determined to find old Jubel. And it soon looks like they may have
done just that. After spending their first night in the woods Bender
wakes to find a man sitting by the fire petting Snitch, Benders dog.
<P>
ALEX 'N BENDER is absolutely wonderful. As with other books that Mr.
Foertmeyer has written you cannot put it down. It is written so simply,
and yet with so much heart and soul that the reader finds himself in the
story, actually seeing the beautiful scenery around him. The characters
are so realistic that you actually feel their breath on your skin.
<P>
The only problem that one may find while reading ALEX 'N BENDER is that
Mr. Foertmeyer has tried to demonstrate to the reader the actual
language of the Atiri. He has written their thoughts in English, but
spelled the words backwards, in order to demonstrate their true
language. Although this is different, it certainly isn't that difficult
to follow, once you get the hang of it. And in my opinion has added a
lot to the feelings of the story.
<P>
Mr. Foertmeyer gained my appreciation, and admiration of his writing
abilities with the first book that I read, CARVER: HIGH MOUNTAIN
TRAGEDY, and ALEX 'N BENDER only solidified it. He is a master of the
art, and continues to completely thrill me with his work. ALEX 'N
BENDER is another masterpiece and will completely engage any reader in
the first chapter, carrying them through to the last page.
<P>
Although he is a talent unto himself, and I don't normally like to
compare one authors talent with another, I cannot help but be reminded
of Samuel Langhorne Clemens when I read Mr. Foertmeyer's work. He
writes in much the same fashion, and I honestly believe some day Mr.
Foertmeyer's work will be thought of as the modern day Samuel Clemens.
<P>
I completely recommend that you get a copy of ALEX 'N BENDER immediately,
and prepare yourself for a ride into a wonderful world, one that you
will not want to leave. One that will leave you waiting, and hoping,
for another world that Mr. Foertmeyer takes you into again, soon.

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