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The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie (2016-01-12) Hardcover – January 1, 1856
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Lt Ash is a Drifter, he is also a Marine combat hero with PTSD. While spending a year hiking in the vast Sierras alone, he finds out one of his combat sergeants has killed himself. He leaves the mountains to go Milwaukee to help his sergeant’s now fatherless family. While there fixing up their dilapidated home Lt Ash discovers a large vicious dog living under their porch guarding a very large sum of money and a stash of plastic explosives. Ash uses his combat wiles to protect his sergeant’s family and find out who put the money and explosives under the porch: Then the violence begins!
Character development was good despite the large ensemble cast of characters. Above average introduction to the Jack Reacher-esque Lt Ash. Needs a little work to tighten up his persona but I see a great future for this champion of the downtrodden.
No gratuitous language, violence or sex. A very good debut effort by Mr. Petrie.
Not quite a 5 but the future looks very bright for Mr. Petrie’s Lt Ash. I enjoy these kind of novels where the good triumphs over evil in the end. Looking forward to reading the next Lt Ash tale: Burning Bright. Welcome aboard Mr. Petrie and keep up the good writing and introducing us to the quiet but deadly Lt Peter Ash.
The character of the dog is as well done as the people. Lots of action, humor, suspense, and a wonderfully complex storyline, this book is an entertaining, engrossing, and great read!
kind I have ever read and I am 79 years old. I wouldn't recommend this book on a bet---just sad. Wish I could get my money back
and be compensated for loss of time.
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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.