The Drifter

The Drifter

Book - 2015
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"An explosive thriller debut introducing Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind . . . " -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnams Sons,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780425283257
9780399174568
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary: "An explosive thriller debut introducing Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind . . . " -- Provided by publisher.
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Dreamstime
Nov 27, 2017

Every hero needs a weakness. Peter Ash has been traumatized by his multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Enclosed spaces rattle him with a sort of debilitating white noise. On return from duty he lives in open spaces. But when one of his soldiers commits suicide he approaches his widow to do what he can to help. But then he learns more about his friend's life and the origins of the mystery of what he finds under her crumbling porch. The story has a great pace and has one of the best conclusions I have read. I found myself liking Peter more and more and cheering him on as he deals with PTSD and faces terrifying obstacles.

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Matthew412
Apr 22, 2017

Cannot understand how this character/book can be put in the same class as Jack Reacher. Simply not on. First and last time with this author/character.

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reader7176
Mar 16, 2017

I enjoyed reading both The Drifter and Burning Bright. Look forward to more from this author.

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JackPurcell
Oct 18, 2016

At first it seemed a fairly competent piece of formula writing in the Jack Reacher/Lee Child genre..... the vets are all steely eyed killers, the cops have xray eyes, the blue-eyed beauty tragic wifee-widows have blue-steel eyes that shine.

Yeah, but it reads okay until the last 75 pages or so when he violates some rules of writing the publishers wouldn't have allowed back when they had editors... But no doubt you'll finish reading the book anyway, same as I did. Without applauding.

Probably we veterans need to put a stop to all this glamorizing and stereotyping vets as all screwed up in the head, potentially deadly folks who've been done wrong.

That image, the one this book furthers, gives all of us with ego challenges a standard to set for what we also must pretend to be for the civilians around us.

But the cliche is making a lot of money for writers who exploit us and the meaningless wars of the last several decades.

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esheehy
Aug 26, 2016

Flawed hero with a heart of gold teams up with a criminal with a heart of gold to thwart a preposterous get-rich-quick scheme that is beyond belief. Faithfully follows the formulaic thriller conventions. Too many absurd coincidences for my taste, but if you're willing to go along for the ride, and not question the absurdities, then the Drifter qualifies as entertaining fluff.

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slang123
Apr 07, 2016

Pretty straightforward storyline. The tension builds without the (sometimes) affected jumping around of "now" and "then". Woven throughout is the incredible, insidious damage war inflicts on returning vets via PTSD. This is not presented in a moralistic rant but as an integral part of the novel, speaking to characters motivations/actions.

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sue2138
Feb 11, 2016

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Apr 07, 2016

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