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A Native American female poker dealer who is a former US Army Infantry First Lieutenant wounded in combat must now deal with a couple of troublesome poker players and keep her wits while she struggles with her PTSD. What’s more, she must combat a thief and vindictive killer to save her psychologist’s life as well as her own.

  • Stephen Sorenson
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    Romance, Suspense, Thriller, War, Native American, Murder
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    United States
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Writer Biography - Stephen Sorenson

Retired from the US army. I served 20 years as a motion picture cameraman and still photographer in the United States Army Signal Corp. Some of my notable military photography assignments were: a) Photographing the armistice meetings in Panmunjom Korea. b) Still and motion picture documentation of army weapons and equipment testing in sub-arctic conditions at the Cold Regions Test Center, Fort Greely, Alaska. c) Making and editing 16mm medical training films at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington DC. d) Instructed army, air force and marine students on motion picture photography and film editing at the Lowry AFB, Denver, CO.
I now live in Overton, NV. I currently enjoy terrain photography and screenwriting.

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Writer Statement

The thriller “Rivered” is about the fictional character, First Lieutenant Shawna Chenoa, an American Indian woman serving in the US Army infantry. She is a leader and a skilled motivator. If we could read her Officer Efficiently Report, it would most likely state that she gains the respect and the willing obedience of her subordinates to accomplish any mission tasked. She is a kick-ass get it done now kind of a leader that shares and credits her soldiers the glory of a well-done job. She is NOT a “paycheck jockey manager” that steals the credit.

The story reveals how the tragedy of combat has stripped much of Shawna’s leadership qualities. Accomplishments become struggles. Dreams become nightmares. PTSD has stolen from this hero her ability to have a joyful life while she remains on the VA waiting list.

Now out of the army, she has to cope with her PTSD and keep her wits at her new job as a poker dealer dealing with two misfits that happen to be robbers and a psychotic killer.

When the psychotic misfits begin sending some to the promise land, Shawna finds herself back in combat to save the lives of her psychologist friend, a police officer, and her own.

The ending brings a surprising twist we all desire.