Tim Russert, an American television journalist and lawyer, quotes, “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” It is such a rare feat for a father and a son to work together and share a story that extends their worthwhile experiences and lessons about growing up, bravery, principles and defining morality.
Wolf Creek,” is the novel by William “Bill” J. Pardue and his son, Patrick. Bill says, “It is a story of maturation, the strength of the human spirit, the cruelty of humanity, and the power of love and friendship to mend even the most broken hearts.”
It’s closely based on an experience that changed Bill Pardue’s life as a young man. Set in the summer 1971, Charlie Rogers faces life as a fresh graduate trying to make a life and have some life. His first career steers him a job as a counselor for a group of emotionally disturbed, delinquent adolescents from the south side of Chicago. His guts, confidence and safety are tested with threats, intimidations, and fears. These teens are unwanted and dangerous. His mission as a counselor grows stronger as soon as he learns to understand where these teens are coming from. Along the way, there is Russ, who displays unpredictable bursts of sadistic violence; Sherman, whose illiteracy is offset by his good cheer; Vince, whose recklessness is matched by his spirit and determination, and seven others.
“It was savage,” Bill said. “If you were not the alpha male, you had to have an alpha male protecting you.” Charlie (or “Bill” in real life), stays firm all throughout despite the hardships and draining circumstances. What started as strangers develops a spring of friendship. “They did return that love,” he said. “We would get a week off occasionally, and I remember when I came back from being away, they were all there at the trailhead waiting for me. We were family.”
Wolf Creek takes the readers to a realistic level of anxieties, adventures, and reliefs. And as they finish reading it, they’ll realize that the wounded hearts need time, compassion and pure love to heal and propel them to find their right directions again.
Father and son Pardue offers a poignant chronicle that strengthens one’s strength and familial connection.
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About the Authors
WILLIAM J. PARDUE
WOLF CREEK IS THE TRUE STORY OF WILLIAM PARDUE’S EXPERIENCE AS A WILDERNESS CAMPING COUNSELOR IN 1971. He was recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Zoology. His experience during this year of wilderness camping shaped his entire future. He is now 67 years old and has with the help of his son written a novel about his experiences with these boys. He is currently an attorney in Northern California and has had previous careers as a Social Worker and a building contractor. He has written two other books, Why God and Visionary Perspectives Reincarnated.
PATRICK J. PARDUE
Patrick Pardue is an aspiring writer with dreams to open minds and change hearts for the better with his work in non-fiction and philosophy – to have a positive impact on the turbulent, rapidly changing world which humans face in the 21st century.
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