At the last meeting of my writing group, an editor gave us a mini-lecture on the difference between showing and telling in our writing. A few days later, I picked up Outlaw by Ted Dekker, which I had purchased at a writing conference last year. It is an amazing example of showing. His rainforest and characters are described in vivid color, odorous or odoriferous smells, and pleasing or disgusting tactile experiences.
The story focuses on a remote, brutal, tribal society in New Guinea. The action-packed story races you through captivating events forcing you to read at full tilt. A mother from Atlanta and her two year old son take a joyride on a sailboat. An unexpected storm erupts causing complications. The mother awakens bound, gagged, with a bag over her head, lying in the bottom of a canoe. Politics weave a twisting plot among the three factions of the natives with stunning results. The story goes from scary to terrifying to hopeless with the reader riding along with bumps and bruises. Highly recommended.