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Book Corner Winter 2016: Author Alton Rivers


Redemption Creek by Alton Rivers, '57

     Redemption Creek is the third novel by Alton Rivers. It tells the story of the director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as he returns to his hometown in Oklahoma to escape the ravages of Washington, D.C. Upon returning, he finds himself trying to save his once quiet hometown from a series of murders and a massive drug operation.


     Rivers was born and grew up in Oklahoma, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1957 from OSU. He received a commission in the United States Air Force upon graduation.


     Rivers retired as a lieutenant colonel, accumulating more than 3,000 hours in fighter jets and serving in the Vietnam War. His 21 years of service took him all over the world. On assignment in the United States Embassy in Ventiane, Laos, as one of the first 13 Air Force officers there, he helped prepare the arrival of the F-111 aircraft in Southeast Asia. Later, he worked at the American Embassy in London.


     He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Auburn University and retired from city management before writing his first novel, Love, Ava, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2007.


     He and his wife, Conni, live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


     Redemption Creek is sold at and autographed copies are available from Wanderfalken Books by emailing




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Published by STATE Magazine Editor Elizabeth Keys, Winter 2016, Volume 12, Number 2


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