It is summer and the Canadian Rockies are on fire. Fleeing the fallout of a relationship gone wrong, Alan West returns to the small town in the valley where he grew up. There, his grandfather, Cecil, suffers a heart attack and gives him one last task: he must track down the father he's never known, so that Cecil can make his peace.
And so Alan begins his search for the elusive Jack West, a man who skipped town decades earlier and of whom Cecil has always refused to speak. The quest will lead him to Archer, an old American soldier who went AWOL into Canada at the apex of the Vietnam War. Archer has been carrying a heavy burden for many years, and through him Alan learns the stories of Jack, of Cecil, and of Archer's own daughter Linnea, a woman inextricably bound to them all.
Together, at the behest of a dying man, they set off on a reckless journey through the burning mountains and, slowly, they unravel the knots of the past. What they find will change all of their lives forever.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I thought that the storyline was interesting but I kept drifting away thinking of other things whilst listening. I think an abridged version would actually have improved the story.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
What ending? The book just seemed to stop with no closure for most of the main characters.
What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Humphrey Bower could read a financial report and make it sound engaging. He is the saving grace for this audiobook.
Do you think Ballistics needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I don't think another book is needed but certainly another chapter winding up the loose ends wouldn't go astray.
Any additional comments?
Interesting concept, well narrated but too verbose and a dissatisfying ending.