- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: The Wright Design Group Publishing; 1st edition (September 8, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615317650
- ISBN-13: 978-0615317656
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,783,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author
* I live in Denver, Colorado.
* Though white, I grew up on a Native American Reservation in Arizona (with the Tohono O'odham -- then known as the Papago -- tribe)
* I helped produce, wrote the scripts for, and did much of the grunt work for a locally produced TV sitcom (it was admittedly cheesy, but a WHOLE lot of fun!)
* I wrote the script for a silent film that is now included in the library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and several short films of my own
* I make my living as a techie. Until I can get rich as a writer
* Writing is my passion. I don't know why. I guess I think I have something to say others might care about. If I'm wrong, please don't tell me.
* For some years I was probably the most successful movie writer that NEVER got a #%@! hollywood movie produced! Close, but no cigar.
* I'm married (sorry ladies) with an awesome wife and two sweet daughters.
Much more information on http://stephenewright.com
or check out my blog at http://blog.stephenewright.com
Top Customer Reviews
We squirm as fast-rising entrepreneur Paul Archer tries and fails to fit in with the family he's distanced himself from. We then celebrate when Paul reconnects with his brother and father, even if his attempts are often strained and awkward. Wright reels us in because these moments feel real rather than contrived. As readers, we're better off for the effort. "Off Road" is a literary adventure worth taking.
[Full disclosure: the author asked me to help him edit this book, and I was glad to do it.]
"Off-Road" chronicles the adventures large and small of Paul Archer, a struggling entrepeneur well on the way to fame and fortune who has sacrificed every relationship he has ever had in order to get there. When faced with choosing between an off-road camping trip with his estranged family or facing the fury of his current girlfriend, Paul heads off-road and learns a lot of life lessons he skipped over in childhood. Not only does he reconnect with his family, he repairs the relationship with his girlfriend and in doing so, matures into adulthood in a way he never expected.
Mastery is evident on every single page. The characters are both iconic and individual, the descriptions are lucid and riveting, cliches are absent, and the technical aspects of guns and big trucks are spot on. As if that were not enough, even the theology is fully inline with contemporary evangelical Christianity without ever becoming preachy or condescending.
It is a very rare thing to find a novel that excels in both writing craft and technical accuracy. To find such a novel in the debut work of a new writer approaches miraculous.
But like the book says, family are the people that come at 2:00 a.m. when you need them, and that's what happens here. The men are thrown together on a camping trip, an "off-roading" camping trip, and they find that they still love each other. And they have more in common than they thought. And they're still there for each other -- whether it's saving a truck from falling over a cliff or keeping someone from making the mistake of a lifetime.
I laughed at the beginning and got teary eyed at the end, but I never got bored.
There's also a great deal about faith that's very personal and interesting, and some stuff about guns and big trucks that's not really my cup of tea. But it was an interesting journey, and I'm glad I took it.
But what made this good was seeing the characters, two brothers, trying to work out their differences and come together as a family. And then there was the suspense as to what the father was going to do and why they kept talking about the little sister who was murdered when they were kids.
I assumed this was a book for men, but I really enjoyed it as well. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be refreshing, entertaining, and paced well. The main characters, using the theme of rediscovering family, are interesting and easy to like. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer-Ben
Steve Wright's Off Road is a book written by a man for a man.
Paul Archer devotes his whole self to his business, seeing relationships and commitment as a weakness that... Read more