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The Wanderer (Thunder Point) Mass Market Paperback – March 26, 2013

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Book 1 of 8 in the Thunder Point Series

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The first book in Carr’s new Thunder Point series brings with it all the attributes that made her Virgin River series resonate with readers. It features a quietly heroic military veteran, an independent young woman, a talented but troubled teen, and a community of genuinely nice folks with a few bad apples. Thunder Point, on Oregon’s rocky coast, has its charms, but Hank Cooper just wants to find out how his old friend Ben Bailey died and then get out of town. That is, until he learns that he’s inherited Ben’s “bait shop”—basically a rundown bar—along with a good stretch of undeveloped waterfront property that is not in any shape to be sold; additionally, Hank doesn’t really believe that Ben’s death was accidental. When Landon Dupre, high-school quarterback and new kid in town, is bullied on Ben’s beach, Hank steps in and meets his sister, Sarah, a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. Carr has created another community where readers will want to spend time getting to know its inhabitants. --Diana Tixier Herald

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"This book is an utter delight."

-RT Book Reviews on Moonlight Road

"Strong conflict, humor and well-written characters are Carr's calling cards, and they're all present here.... You won't want to put this one down."

-RT Book Reviews on Angel's Peak

"This story has everything: a courageous, outspoken heroine, a to-die-for hero and a plot that will touch readers' hearts on several different levels. Truly excellent."

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"An intensely satisfying read. By turns humorous and gut-wrenchingly emotional, it won't soon be forgotten."
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"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
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"The Virgin River books are so compelling-I connected instantly with the characters and just wanted more and more and more."

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Product Details

  • Series: Thunder Point (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; 1st edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778314472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778314479
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2013
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I have been a fan of Robyn Carr's since I first read The House on Olive Street many years ago. And then I fell in love with her Virgin River series (I still want to move there).

Carr is a master raconteur. She has a talent for bringing characters alive and describing small-town life so well.

She has started a new series about the small coastal town of Thunder Point, Oregon, and allows us readers to peek into the lives of a few of its residents.

Cooper drives into town pulling his fifth wheel toy hauler. He is following up on a call that says his old friend Ben has died under mysterious circumstances. And he finds that Ben has left him a beat-up bar/bait shop/multi-purpose falling-down facility and 200 acres of prime beachfront property.

Sarah is a rescue helicopter pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard, has fairly recently gone through a nasty divorce, and has been raising her younger brother for years.

And these are just two of the fully developed characters that Carr lets us get to know intimately. Deputy Yummy Pants with kids of his own, Gina who works at the diner and who is raising a daughter, a new doctor in town, some slimeball teenage bullies...and more.

There are a few times that Virgin River is mentioned and the Riordan family and I was afraid I'd miss my old friends there but Carr has given us a new community to enjoy with a full cast of delightful characters inhabiting it. It is great fun and I am already looking forward to reading The Newcomer (Thunder Point) coming out in June 2013 and The Hero (Thunder Point) coming out in August 2013.
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By JM on March 29, 2013
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This was just OK. I've read a number of books by this author, including the Virgin River series which has apparently given rise to this new Thunder Point series. Robyn Carr usually writes a pretty coherent and engaging story. This one isn't so great - perhaps it's because it's the first in a new series and she spends a lot of time building the setting and the large cast of characters. To be honest, most novels should stand alone, and I don't typically like having so many story lines and irrelevant characters that you feel like a pin ball zinging around inside of a machine.

The primary male lead, Cooper, is the "Wanderer". Never commits. Never settles in one place. Lives in a towable trailer and likes it that way. He ends up in Thunder Point to settle the estate of an old Army buddy. I never really warmed up to him. The female lead, Sarah, is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, raising her teen-age brother, and recently divorced from a philandering husband. She's actually pretty likeable, but she scarcely appears in the story until well into the book. Then they connect with the intention of having a short-lived affair since Cooper plans to depart within a month or two. It never really develops. Since this is a romance novel, you know they aren't just going to part in the end, and so they don't. But, you also don't get the feeling that there's much there.

A lot of the dialogue just seemed to drag on and on, without adding much to the story. The plot is okay, but also a bit disjonted.

The most interesting characters, and the ones who are apparently going to be central to the ongoing series, are the Deputy Sherriff, Mac, and the waitress from the diner, Gina.
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I am a fan of Ms Carr, and have read many of her books. This is book one of the "Thunder Point" series, the story of Cooper, a helicopter pilot with connections to Virgin River, that suddenly inherits property in the town of Thunder Point. The story moves quickly and as usual with Ms. Carr's books it contains many sub-plots, and secondary characters. The story is funny at times, and keeps you entertained. A good read!
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I am an avid fan of Robyn Carr and her Virgin River series, and as always she has great ambience and characters, but I felt the story dragged a bit in the beginning. I was also highly uncertain where the story was leading for the first quarter of the book. I wondered, where is the romance here? Once the main characters came together I was not disappointed in the chemistry between the two, but as I got to the end, I felt the story was still unfinished. All in all a good story, though not Robyn's usual slam dunk on this one. I'm hoping for better results on the next book in the series.
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I started the book assuming it would be a fluff romance like dozens (hundreds?) of others, a way to pass a rainy afternoon. I never read anything by Robyn Carr, but have seen her name on books. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the book and now I will read the following books in the series. There were more characters and subplots than I expected - maybe some of that is setting up future books in the series - and the plot didn't seem as contrived as these series often do. The story revolves around Cooper, the male lead, rather than the usual girl. I like the main characters - they had strengths and admitted weaknesses and seemed more rounded and interesting than those in many romances. Cooper was deeper and more complex than the usual 2-dimensional cardboard cutout 'loner'. Sarah was a strong woman in her own right but had doubts, regrets and 'issues' and wasn't the stereotypical romance heroine. I especially liked the subplot with Mac & Gina (I think they may be the center of a later book in the series). Both were teen parents, she remaining a single mother, he being dumped unceremoniously by a shallow run-away wife. Now they are best friends and single parents raising their own teens and dealing with all those problems plus the baggage of trying to keep the teens from repeating their mistakes. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
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