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Chasing Nathan Paperback – June 7, 2016
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"Chasing Nathan" has a non-stop plot that celebrates the back roads of the great Northwest, and two saucy seniors who can flirt, fight, and floor the accelerator as the situation demands. Chanticleer Reviews
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When my life seemed to fall apart, I confess, I sulked for about a year. Then I decided to get cracking and do what I'd dreamed about for years. Write. I decided to start with a thriller because that's where the money is, right? So I wrote about a serial killer, spoiler alert--he has a variation on my ex's name. It was supremely satisfying to actually finish a story. And it's not bad. Just bloody. And at heart I'm not a bloody minded person.
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Claudie, independent and relationship-weary, encounters Nathan, an affable bookstore owner, when the two camp side-by-side in what should be an idyllic woodsy retreat. Sparks of mutual interest waft over grilled salmon and chilled sauterne, until a nasty character named Hammer in a clapped-out truck decides to park nearby, barely squeezing in among the boulders. He’s loud and foul-mouthed, and, worse yet, he abuses his border collie.
The next morning, Nathan and his Winnebago are gone, along with Hammer – only the broken-down truck and the nervous collie remain. Claudie, a bit miffed at Nathan’s defection and suspecting foul play, stows the mistreated canine in her car and buzzes off to find the nearest lawman. Little does she realize that she has become part of a massive dope deal gone wrong, with Nathan and his old female friend Dani, an espionage expert, in the thick of it.
Claudie will learn a lot about Nathan, who, it turns out, is not just the jolly bookworm he appears to be; and there’s a lot Nathan will discover about the surprisingly intrepid Claudie. She worries about Nathan as she fends off the weirdos trying to take her dog away, while Nathan thinks of her fondly even as he makes a daring escape from the violent Hammer and his evil twin Sprocket.
Author Jeanette Hubbard introduced Claudie, a seasoned sixty-something, in her first novel, Secrets, Lies and Champagne Highs. In this rollicking sequel, Hubbard displays her knowledge of highways, weaponry, dopers, and spies. "Chasing Nathan" criss-crosses genres: part hippie, biker, road-tripper’s fantasy, part thriller with intellectual undertones, love interest, and liberal lacings of humor.
Claudie appeals as a gutsy heroine with one hand on the steering wheel, the other flipping a bird at the thugs who try and fail to grab the collie. But she has her smarmy side, too, secretly admitting that despite her best defenses against a new romance, Nathan makes her feel all warm and fuzzy.
"Chasing Nathan" has a non-stop plot that celebrates the back roads of the great Northwest, and two saucy seniors who can flirt, fight, and floor the accelerator as the situation demands.
This story is a bit of a mix of some mystery, drama and a touch of comedy in just the right places to help lighten it up a bit. The variety of characters really helps as well. For me in the beginning of this story it was kinda dry and slow and had me wondering whether I’d like it or not but as it got going the story got more engaging. It’s definitely interesting reading the dynamics between Sprocket and Hammer (yes, real names for them I was surprised too) and how they just weren’t the brightest of bad guys. Nathan is a fun character for sure because he just seems like an old professor but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to him.
As you are reading this story along different characters are introduced at the right moments and the story flows so smoothly. You really get to see the dynamics and the characters come off so life like and close to being real which is really great. There are some unexpected elements to this story which I honestly really liked. All in all this is a well written story and I really enjoyed reading it and look forward to more works by this author.
Nathan owns a bookstore in Sisters. When he parks is RV at a local camping grounds he meets independent Claudie who is fighting to set up her new tent. Both are in their 60s, healthy and not looking for a mate.
In the morning, when Nathan and his RV are gone after a the late night arrival of noisy obnoxious neighbours who disrupted their lovely dinner together, Claudie decides that for her peace of mind she needs to find Nathan.
Nathan's relationship with young, mysterious Dani and his niece Ellie has Claudie mixing new adventures with danger.
There is some violence involving stolen marijuana and bikers which is offset by a novelty wedding.
I received a copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.