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When The Whistling Stopped [Kindle Edition]

David Mather
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Tom Young, still lamenting the death of his Chilean fiancé thirty years earlier, returns to southern Chile. When thousands of black-necked swans disappear, it is an environmental disaster. What’s going on!

He meets a handsome young couple, Amanda and Carlos, who suspect a new paper mill is poisoning the waters of the swans’ refuge, and set out to prove it. The amoral mill owner, financially strapped, can’t let them succeed, and will do anything to stop them, including murder.

When middle-aged Lilia, tortured by the memory of being raped when she was twelve years old, meets Tom, he feels a stirring he hasn’t felt since before his fiancée’s tragic death. She too is attracted to him, but they are soon caught up in the mill owner’s violent attempts to silence Amanda and Carlos, with disastrous results.

The tragic, surprising, and, finally, hopeful twists and turns of this fast-paced, environmental drama make it difficult to put down.

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About the Author

David J. Mather graduated from Bowdoin College before joining the Peace Corps. After spending two life-altering years as the most isolated volunteer in Chile, he returned to the United States where he carved out a homestead in the New Hampshire woods. He became a self-educated forester that led to starting and operating his own specialty lumber company for more than thirty years. Throughout that time, he traveled around the world, primarily focusing on third-world countries.

His first novel, One For The Road, was published in 2011 and was based on his Peace Corps experience. While doing research in Chile for the book, he learned of the heartbreaking plight of the largest population of black-necked swans in South America. This prompted him to write the sequel entitled When the Whistling Stopped.

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  • File Size: 2033 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935925458
  • Publisher: Peace Corps Worldwide (May 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mather Gets It Right Again July 2, 2014
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If you have not read Mather's first book, One For The Road, you should do so before reading When The Whistling Stopped. You will enjoy each more if read in order, because with When The Whistling Stopped the author has put the finishing touches on a wonderful love story; true love between man and woman, complex love between "gringo" and Chilena(s), innate love of the natural world that sustains and defines us, and futile love of justice. Mather covers them all, as he guides Tomás, his Peace Corps volunteer who finally returns to southern Chile to live out his dreams, and do battle with his demons.
His story line of taking truth to power is not only well developed, but timely as Tomás's adopted country, Chile, at present is struggling to escape the bonds of its hyper-classist and unequal social and economic systems, its postponement of concern for the environment in the face of rampant development of extractive mining, fisheries, and forestry industries, and a justice system under much needed reform but still heavily skewed to benefit the rich and powerful.
Maybe it's just for the fact that I recently spent a few days in Valdivia, the home base for both of Mather's books, stopping by his Bomba Bar, taking an enjoyable boat trip on the Calle Calle, Valdivia, Cau Cau, and Cruces Rivers, slowly floating alongside the Carlos Andwandter Nature Sanctuary searching endlessly for the elusive black neck swans Mather (and Tomás) have grown to revere, but his description of places, people, and events are told so simply they seem real, not forced nor contrived, but real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mather is a mesmerizing tale of lost love, found love November 26, 2014
When the Whistling Stopped by David J. Mather is a mesmerizing tale of lost love, found love, and intrigue. I have not read his first novel but I intend to do so. I met David personally at a local book signing where I was appearing as one of many authors. I found him to be as fascinating and unassuming a personality as his "Tomas" in the book. I look forward to reading his first book "One for the Road" so that I can return to Valdivia and meet Maria Elena, the woman Tomas first loved and never forgot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom's Story Continued October 21, 2014
Thirty years have passed since Tom Young found family, love, and a purpose while volunteering in an isolated farming community in Chile. But instead of the happy ending he had imagined, he now lives alone in a homestead in rural Vermont, still haunted by the memory of his fiancée, who was killed in a tragic accident just days before they were to be married.

David Mather (Deerfield Academy ’64) picks up Tom’s story in When the Whistling Stopped, just as he decides to return to the place where he experienced so much heartbreak and happiness: “It was in Chile where he had first learned to appreciate simple rural living. And it was so beautiful in those hills looking out at the snow-capped volcanoes with the Andes shimmering way off. He had felt a warmth of family life there he never had in the States. He couldn’t totally explain the draw, even to himself, but it was deep. The tug of war lasted the winter, but he finally decided to return.”

When Tom arrives in Chile once again, he reunites with old friends and starts building a new life for himself among the pines he helped plant as a young volunteer. He finds a spot to build a cabin overlooking a waterfall and volcano, founds a local lumber company, and slowly begins to heal from his heartbreak. But soon his simpler existence gets swept up in a young woman’s efforts to expose an environmental crisis that threatens the community—with tragic results.

Inspired by an environmental scandal that affected the Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary in southern Chile, and strongly influenced by Mr. Mather’s deep connection to Chile, When the Whistling Stopped is an emotional tale of family, loss, and resilience. Mr. Mather excels in his depiction of life in Chile and brings much-needed attention to environmental issues affecting its wildlife and people.

**Originally reviewed in Deerfield Magazine, Fall 2014
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David Mather’s new book, "When The Whistling Stopped", is a skillfully written story about life and love in modern Chile, which actively engages the reader from beginning to end. Similar to his first novel, "One For The Road", this story is based on his experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in southern Chile, but this novel demonstrates that he has attained a higher level as a skilled writer. His love for Chile and the family he lived with as a Volunteer remain consistent in both novels, but this story credibly portrays the changes taking place in modern Chile. His knowledge of woodworking and house building, as well as forest industry and the disastrous consequences of this industry when it is driven by greed, greatly enhance the credibility of his story. Congratulations to David for this wonderfully written novel. I look forward to reading more of his books, and to witnessing his evolution as a highly skilled author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost love in Chile February 8, 2015
Nothing is more intriguing than a tale of lost love, especially in an exotic setting like the Chile countryside. I too am a veteran of the Peace Corps in Chile (Chile 4). Reading this book brought back many happy and sad memories of working in that fascinating country with its friendly people and oh, so beautiful women who broke many PCV's hearts.
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