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Michael E. Oppitz’ Family Adventure Novel Submerges Readers into Exhilarating Waves


Accidents aren’t mostly always drastic as its façade shows. Some of them are blessings and life-changing moments in disguise. All the time, it catches a victim by surprise, shaking them with fear. Rarely, it opens doors that connect them to their natural self, presenting them the gratitude of life their soul long wishes to gain. Fortunately, Robbie is part of the rare ones. In Michael E. Oppitz’ family adventure novel entitled River Rat,” a thrilling story about a man who will give light on life’s real purpose.

Robbie’s father is a distant, workaholic man, while his mother is an overbearing and materialistic woman. Neglectful towards Robbie, they make up for their incapability as parents by taking their son on a trip. Before sending him off to college, they went on a 10-day canoe trip down the Rio Grande River. Devastatingly, the unpredictable waters engulf Robbie and his family’s plans forever. Or did it? When the trip turned into a disaster, Robbie was miraculously a lone survivor. Despite the tragic event, this had steered the young man towards a future that fate has set for him. He learns and embraces the grounded values, principles, and simple lifestyle of a River Rat who saved his life, and he becomes a River Rat. Thanks to Robbie’s genius aptitude still intact, he can transform a frustrated teenager into someone he ought to become.

With rich and vivid details drawing the Rio Grande and Big Bend National Park, everyone is granted the opportunity to travel with this book as a ticket. As readers are ravaged in mixed emotions in every unnerving scenario, they shall be equally calmed by the breathtaking scenery the author skillfully penned.

Gushing and pulse-pounding, like the waters of the Rio Grande River, this book is a thrilling spectacle of a man finding the true meaning of life through nature itself—where he truly belongs.
‘River Rat’ book copies are available at
Writer: Michael E. Oppitz
ISBN-10: 1543435017
ISBN-13: 978-1543435016
Publisher: XlibrisUS
Paperback: $19.99
Hardcover: $29.99
Kindle: $3.99
About the Author
Michael E. Oppitz lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his loving wife, Laura. They spend most of their days and weekend trips travelling all over the state. His hobbies include fishing, camping, archery, writing, wildlife viewing, and birding. The adventures and travels he had gone to inspired him to write his coming-of-age book, “River Rat.”

Aside from being a writer, Michael is also a mason and is involved in the local Shrine Temple, Al Aska.

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