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The Wind is Not a River | [Brian Payton]

The Wind is Not a River

A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife, separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil, fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands. Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.
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A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife, separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil, fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian Islands.

Following the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss, to document some part of the growing war that claimed his own flesh and blood. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.

While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as "the Birthplace of Winds." There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese.

Alone in their home 3,000 miles to the south, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband's disappearance. Caught in extraordinary circumstances, in this new world of the missing, she is forced to reimagine who she is, and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.

A powerful, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, The Wind Is Not a River illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love.

©2014 Brian Payton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Joel Waltham, MA, United States 04-29-14
    Joel Waltham, MA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2011

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    You wont regret buying this book! Listening to it made me want to workout so that I
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    As good as the writing in Seabiscuit, Boys in the Boat and Unbroken.

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    Would you try another book from Brian Payton and/or Mark Bramhall?

    Payton, probably not. Bramhall, most likely.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "Speaker for the Dead." Though I'm not usually an SF reader, I found the non-dramatized version of "Ender's Game" intriguing and thought-stimulating.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    His skill in changing personalities and characters' stress levels in changing dramatic situations on without being hammy.


    Could you see The Wind is Not a River being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, if only because explosions and overwrought, unrealistic plots dominate cinema and TV. The complex and/or beaten-to-death personality affects would favor a long, multi-season video format.


    Any additional comments?

    I've returned perhaps two of 300+ books I've bought from Audible because of major flaws, and this one's a reject. The editor lets slip by the perfect case of "to sing" as "had sang" and permits describing lying on one's back as "prone." If plain English is among the errors, how soundly researched are the facts in this historically based novel? I wanted to enjoy it, but it prevented me from doing so.

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