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The Drifter (Ash Book 1) Kindle Edition
"As I was reading Petrie's exceptional debut, O'Brien's [The Things They Carried] buzzed at the edges of my consciousness, casting the newer book as a thematic sequel to O'Brien's classic...The Drifter may be about a different war, but it's about the same hell, and in this book it's about the things a vet carries home with him....[The] lean prose, gritty descriptions, and raw psychological depth give the novel a feel that reminded me of early Dennis Lehane."--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "A gripping, beautifully written novel."--The Huffington Post "The Drifter is a stunning debut. Peter Ash is one of the most complex characters I've come across in a long time. The pace is like a sniper round, extraordinarily fast and precisely calibrated. The prose is fluid, original and frequently brilliant, the story heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. There is grit in this tale that will stay with you for a long time. Perhaps forever. I eagerly await Nick Petrie's next creation."--New York Times-bestselling author David Baldacci "A powerful, empathetic, and entertaining tale about the plight many combat veterans face when they come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Top-notch storytelling."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "[Ash's] sharply intelligent, witty voice strikes the right tone for an honest exploration of the challenges returning veterans face, and while this wandering veteran will remind some of Jack Reacher, Peter's struggle to overcome PTSD sets him apart. An absorbing thriller debut with heart."--Booklist "Petrie's expertly paced plot sets a colorful array of characters on a collision course. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the resourceful Ash."--Publishers Weekly "Petrie's impressive debut thriller is fine tuned, the action gripping, and through Ash offers a well-drawn portrait of a vet who can't escape his combat experience. Like Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, Ash's philosophy of detection is to poke a stick into something and see what happens. His discoveries will keep the reader on edge and whet the appetite for more from this author."--Library Journal "Nick Petrie's debut novel follows the compelling story of one former Marine's struggle to reacclimate himself to civilian life while honoring his commitment to a fallen soldier. That alone is reason to keep reading, but Petrie amps up the stakes in surprising fashion, creating a story that is moving, thrilling and satisfying on every level....[An] intimate story of personal discovery as well as an obsessive pageturner of a book."--BookPage "Gritty and engaging, this debut novel will capture readers from the first word. Edge-of-your-seat action keeps the plot racing to a stunning conclusion....This is a fantastic first novel and a captivating thriller."--RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) "With The Drifter, Nick Petrie has written just about the perfect thriller. I haven't read such a well-crafted and gripping story in a month of Sundays. If this is Petrie's first novel, watch out for the second one. But why wait? This one's here now, and it's a home run."--New York Times-bestselling author John Lescroart "A tangled tale of intrigue, action, and adventure with a battle-scarred hero who definitely rises to the challenge. The clever plot is firmly conceived and crisp writing makes this a terrific story, told terrifically."--New York Times-bestselling author Steve Berry "Nick Petrie's The Drifter has one of the most thrilling openings I've ever read, involving a dank crawlspace, the nastiest, smelliest dog in creation, and a former Marine lieutenant still suffering from the trauma of his war. It can't get better than this, I figured, but it does. Petrie's novel keeps accelerating even as it burrows ever deeper into the dark heart of the new American dream. It is a sterling debut. And yes, the dog is a star."--New York Times-bestselling authorWilliam Lashner
"A timely, intelligent thriller, as much an indictment as a gripping page-turner. Nick Petrie's debut simmers and seethes until it finally boils over in a masterfully-drawn final showdown. Teeming with grit and desperation and told in spare, vivid prose, this is not a debut you'll want to miss."--Owen Laukkanen, author of The Stolen Ones--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B074P59H24
- Publisher : Head of Zeus (12 October 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 814 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 59,033 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nor does the plot of The Drifter flow as clearly as Child's plots. But nor is it as predictable. If you like crime fiction, it's worth a read.
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Like many readers, I've become disillusioned with the last half dozen or so of Lee Child's novels, so I thought I'd found a worthy replacement to Jack Reacher here. Peter Ash is sufficiently different to JR to make me feel I was embarking on an exciting new adventure/thriller series, yet one that reminded me of the good old days when I'd sit in my favourite armchair and read the latest Lee Child novel. And I felt that way for about 250 pages, before the story started to meander. I lived in hope that the momentum would pick up - but it didn't. Instead, I was confronted by a plot that became painfully drawn-out, until it reached a rather lacklustre climax. Ultimately, this was a novel that showed such promise but eventually failed to deliver the goods. Hand on heart, I don't think I'll be indulging in any more of Nick Petrie's novels.
Peter Ash is an ex service man and tough as nails.Sure,that sounds familiar but there is always room in the thriller genre for another hard guy.A buddy of Peter's from the service has seemingly committed suicide and Peter is helping his widow out with some home repairs which has the added benefit of keeping him outdoors where his demons are less prevalent.Having discovered a suitcase of cash under the porch that Peter is replacing,it appears that Peter's ex service buddy may have been involved in something shady.The plot is well constructed and unfolds at a measured pace.You do not get the entire picture until towards the very end of the novel which is just as it should be.The descriptions of PTSD are well thought out and never come across as being anything other than sympathetic and harrowing.
Like many ex servicemen,Peter Ash is not living the American dream and spends most nights sleeping on his battered truck.Again,this may be a cliche but the truck has an important role to play in this story and seems wholly appropriate for a veteran still dealing with issues that the majority of us can never hope to comprehend.
Peter Ash is my kind of character and I eagerly await the release of the follow up,Burning Bright.
I've discovered a new action hero and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.