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The Untethered

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Publisher's Summary

A contemporary epic thriller.

A juvenile delinquent chases his dream to build the greatest aircraft in history - and the world tries to stop him. A rising political star runs from her childhood dream - and the world encourages her on. A self-loathing geneticist hides below the streets of Las Vegas - and rebels against the whole world. An artist tries to make his father proud - at the cost of everything he loves.

When all four lives collide, each must make a choice - and the world will never be the same.

©2017 S.W. Southwick (P)2017 S.W. Southwick

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    Teresa 04-25-17
    Teresa 04-25-17
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    "An incredible saga"
    What did you love best about The Untethered?

    The were multiple story lines and merged together as the plot unfolded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how Roble never gave up on his dream and along the way he gathered other like minded people who used his strength to attain their dreams.


    What does Fred Filbrich bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The audiobook allowed the reader to experience flight in a unique and riveting way as the book unfolded.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I book may be 21 hours long, but it didn't feel like that I was drawn into the story along with the characters.


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    Martin Wilsey 05-01-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I really enjoyed The Untethered !"

    I really enjoyed this book. It had really great character development. It was not a cast of thousands that you need a glossary to track. Just deeply developed, fully realized characters. I also enjoyed that it was original. I had no idea the direction it would take or where these characters would lead. I listened to the audio version and the 21 hours went by incredibly fast! Great job on the narration as well.

    I like a book that has the protagonists that are smart, able and interesting. Well done.

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    Jessica Hansen 05-01-17
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    "Gripping Plotline"
    Where does The Untethered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the first audiobook I've listened to in completion so I'd have to rate it as the very best!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roble - the way his story unfolds is thrilling, and his narrative is told in a way that makes it so easy for the reader to relate


    What about Fred Filbrich’s performance did you like?

    He had enthusiasm in all of the right places without ever sounding overly dramatic. I listened to this audiobook during my runs and I have to say - I was anything but bored! In fact, the edge-of-your-seat narration truly kept me going!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way the author described the aspect of flight - it was truly otherworldly!


    Any additional comments?

    It's rare to find a story line which can be appreciated by so many different types of readers. As a lover of thrillers, this novel appealed to me, but I could see my husband enjoying it just as much, with his military experience and appreciation for aviation. I truly think there's something in here for everyone to enjoy.

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    Shawnie 05-01-17
    Shawnie 05-01-17
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    "INTRIGUING! "

    This book....where to start. CAPTIVATING! I normally am a romance reader, but am so glad I took a chance on this book. The plot is deep, the characters are developed as the book develops. There are times I was amazed, scared, sad, happy and devastated. My favorite character, Noble is a good representation of what it is to never give up on your dreams, but also what resiliance can do.
    A MUST READ!!

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    Eponymous Hoosier ExPatriate 04-30-17
    Eponymous Hoosier ExPatriate 04-30-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Extremely engaging. Crosses genres successfully."
    What made the experience of listening to The Untethered the most enjoyable?

    If I were to choose two aspects of the author’s writing that make this book stand out, they would be: (1) the authors’ real skill in using changing points of view. The characters’ different “angles” on (perceptions of) their interactions, and their individual memories of events, add much to our understanding of each individual character. You might say that the sum of the narration is greater than the parts. And this literary technique, often executed in a way that feels clumsy and manipulative, is carried out here in a manner that makes it seem as if the book could not exist without it. The technique seems not only right, but necessary. I would also praise (2) the author’s skill at avoiding clichéd wording. Throughout the novel, nouns are pressed into service as verbs (effectively); phrases are worded with new life; and even descriptions of all of the techno-geek gear are buttered with a bit of subtle poetic shine.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Untethered?

    For reasons I cannot explain very articulately, I was quite struck by the interaction between Alexa and Stock in the Las Vegas hotel room. Even though Stock is clearly a criminal and an anti-hero at this time, the encounter gave me a few throwbacks to the timeless (yet genteel) Mr. Darcy and the equally timeless, headstrong, and self-assured Elizabeth Bennett.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Filbrich – was your favorite?

    Cannot choose.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I reacted strongly to the compelling use of language, and to the well-drawn characters. There is definitely a mix of humor and pathos in this novel! There is much else, as well.


    Any additional comments?

    The book started a bit slowly for me, because of the first chapter’s emphasis on the tech-geek-speak and detailed descriptions of machinery. Those who speak geek will love this beginning, however, because it is quite well done. For those who enjoy character-driven writing, “The Untethered” will definitely not disappoint, either! After its slightly slow start, the novel picked up quickly as I became strongly attached to the four main protagonists. Be warned, however, that these are realistically drawn protagonists, whom you will come to love despite their flaws, and not because they are paragons.

    These characters are wonderfully textured—not the overwrought cartoons of too many romance novels; nor the one-dimensional, wise-cracking, predictable heroes of so much science fiction; nor yet those ceaselessly struggling, grim, psychically tiring, downtrodden-but-plucky individuals who people all of the currently-popular dystopian novels. These characters are real: their experiences feel genuine, and their life experiences inform their very interesting personalities and interactions in quite believable ways. The dialogue is good, overall, and the narrator is perfect for the story and the characters.

    Listen to the book because it is a “good romp” (it is!), or buy it because it is thought-provoking without being heavily preachy (it is!). The audio version with its excellent narrator is a great choice! In any event, I recommend “The Untethered.”

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    Amazon Customer 04-28-17
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    "Exciting and smart...a great thrill ride!"

    Wow—I really loved this book! Intelligent and fast-moving, The Untethered is a both a thriller and an unashamed statement on the themes of individualism and personal freedom. Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, saturates every page. But it is not droll philosophy. The characters bring to life the idea that you can follow your own dream without enforcing your will or your beliefs on others.

    There are several main characters, each one skillfully drawn by the author. Their storylines emerge separately and then converge in a tale that includes heart-pounding action sequences and political intrigue. In an effort to create something wonderful, the characters play a high-stakes game that brings them into conflict with individuals in the military, defense contractors, and government entities.

    And then there are those jets! I would have never thought I would have loved them so. They drive much of the plot. Far from being mere objects, they become characters themselves. Sleek and beautiful, the products of reason and the “will” to excellence, they are the perfect vehicles to represent the “spirit of man.”

    Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. The ending alone is worth the price. What a thrill ride it is! I will miss these characters and their world. Perhaps S. W. Southwick has a sequel?

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    Amazon Customer 04-25-17
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    "exciting exploits and intriguing connections."
    What did you like best about this story?

    A truly captivating tale of adventure, lust, passion, and the struggles of human nature. There is something for everyone in this epic narrative. Southwick's character development is delightfully complex. The depth and diversity of each character's identity is ineffably compelling, and effectively leaves you curious and hooked into their fate.


    What about Fred Filbrich’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's charming use of voice change and accents is subtle but effective.


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    Sarah 04-24-17
    Sarah 04-24-17
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    "Epic thriller unlike any I have read in awhile"
    If you could sum up The Untethered in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, Five Stars


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roble, because he never gave up on the pursuit of his dreams no matter what


    Have you listened to any of Fred Filbrich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Roble was looking up to the sky and saw the B1B Bomber going overhead. I think that oment was life changing for him


    Any additional comments?

    Wow ! This book kept me up past my bedtime, and I am glad. I haven't read anything like this in quite awhile.

    Thank you S.W. Southwick for asking me if I would be interested in a promo audible version of "The Untethered" for an honest review. I think you succeeded in writing a book, that people with dreams, can attain them against all kinds of odds.

    This book has four main characters :

    Roble, who was always in trouble as a juvenile. All he wanted to do was build the best aircraft possible, and no one would let him.

    Alexa, A rising political star, running from childhood dreams.

    Stock, who lives underneath the city. He has a brilliant mind for developing and science. He rebels against the world

    and Danny who is always struggling for assurance from everyone. Mostly his father.

    When these lives collide, choices have to be made.

    This has been one of the most entertaining, engrossing, intriguing, thrilling, thought provoking books that I have read in a long time. The story is a mix of mystery, sci-fi, star trek-y, military, government corruption. A contemporary epic thriller.

    You would think with all that, it would not be a good book. It's a great book !!!! All of the characters are deeply developed. The author has a unique way of mixing them together, and separating them so you can become attached to each one of them. A very unique style.

    The story is imaginative. It has action and adventure and did not lag during any part of the book. I would definitely read this authors works again. I was totally surprised by this book and enjoyed reading it. One of my goals this year was to read books out of my normal genre. This one hit the the spot. I would recommend this book to anyone. Its getting five stars from

    * S.W. Southwick, You had me at B1B Bombers =)

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    Grace Kansas City, MO United States 04-17-17
    Grace Kansas City, MO United States 04-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My new favorite narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Untethered to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was so easy to listen too this audio version is probably the best way to "read" this complex and exciting book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Intricate plot that doesn't disappoint.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The flight scenes were almost magical.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" meets "Top Gun."


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book is intriguing but much slower paced than the breathtaking second half.

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  • Dylan A.
    4/27/17
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    "Would recomment to action/thriller fans"

    This is the first audio book I have been able to listen to for hours at a time! I am able to put my earphones in, sit back and literally picture the characters and everything that is happening.

    Within the first few chapters I was glued. I couldnt stop listening as i just had to know what happened next!

    I would 110% recommend this to anyone looking for a action/thriller type fiction audio book.

    Also a brilliant choice of narrater.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Robart
    5/27/17
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    "An incredible read, I absolutely loved it!"
    What did you like most about The Untethered?

    I really loved the author's style of writing - It was original and engaging, and the plot was also a breath of fresh air.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Personally, I really liked the character of Roble - I found him to be relatable and could empathise with him and his wishes throughout the entire book.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Filbrich – was your favourite?

    I really liked the character of Roble as mentioned above!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It definitely was - If I could stay up for 22 hours at a time with nothing to do I'm sure I would have done! It was a captivating book to listen to so if that was an option I'd have taken it.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book from start to finish, it's unlike anything I've listened to/read before and I'd completely recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jwilly
    5/19/17
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    "Great Scott"
    What made the experience of listening to The Untethered the most enjoyable?

    The way the author was able to use each characters’ natural perceptions, interactions, and memories of events to add to our understanding of their character and the changing points of view in the book. All in all the book came out better with the different stories than each individual story would have. I also loved the way the narrator was able to describe the aspect of flight.


    What other book might you compare The Untethered to, and why?

    I would compare it with Zahn's Alien conquerors


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Each story was captivating by itself with tales of adventure, lust, passion, and the struggles of human nature. There is a little bit of everything and I cannot select a favorite.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We should bring back Great Scott!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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