The Sorrow Hand

A Nick Drake Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Steve Marvel
Series: A Nick Drake Novel, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For Vietnam veteran turned wildlife ranger Nick Drake, the war at home proves just as deadly.  

Harney County, Oregon, 1968: Nick Drake has a chest full of medals and enough demons to fill a duffel bag. He's been trained to kill but was never retrained to rejoin society. Drake flees to the lonesome high desert in search of redemption and takes a job patrolling wildlife refuges where the only conflicts are keeping out stray cows and ticketing poachers. But then he stumbles across a girl's body ritually placed in a gully. 

Her murder is only the beginning, and Drake must face humanity's heart of darkness once again if he's to stop a killer from turning even more gullies into graves.

©2018 Dwight Holing (P)2019 Tantor

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Do not pass this book up!

I really enjoyed this first book in the Nick Drake series. The time setting for this series is the late ‘60s Vietnam era. Nick is a damaged veteran, recovering heroin addict. He’s been given a second chance and he can’t blow it. Either become a game warden in some out of the way county in Oregon and give up heroine for a year or go to a psych hospital indefinitely. Nick also suffers from PTSD and has flashbacks. Shortly after beginning his new job Nick comes across the body of a young woman partially buried. Only days later another body is found. Other young people are going missing but is it foul play or are they draft dodgers? Worse yet, maybe a serial killer is at work in this remote neck of the woods. Because of the time period there is no technology, there are radios and landlines. Star Trek was a new TV series and the BEATLES had just released their WHITE ALBUM. There are some very likable and believable characters. The setting is vividly described and the plot is plausible. Steve Marvel does an excellent job narrating. This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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This is a REALLY GOOD BOOK

right up there with Craig Johnson, William Kent Kreuger, Tony Hillerman and Michael Connelly though Connelly writes city, not country. My only complaint is the narrator. His voice is country rough which is fine - but he intones everything with unrelenting grimness, too. A coarser, earthy-er voice DOES NOT HAVE TO SOUND GRIM. This grimness strongly affects how The Sorrow Hand comes across, makes it heavy, drilling and hard to take. It buries the beauty, warmth and humor tucked in amidst the truly grim aspects of the story and makes this realism which is a definite strength of the novel - grimmer than it is and misrepresents the book. I almost quit listening at a couple of points because of this. I'm glad I waded through because it's a - thank God for once - really good new book out there! It has quality writing, real substance, good plot, nature, touches of humor, human warmth and original and authentic details in plot and character backgrounds. The story also takes some thought provoking and NON-JUDGMENTAL sweeps through several "isms" in our present world. If I were Dwight Holing I would insist on a different reader for his new book, The Shaming Eyes OR ask Steve Marvel to lighten up his interpretive rendering.

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Good story

I enjoyed the reading by Mr. Marvel. Very good plot and a surprising conclusion. I will purchase more books in this series either on my kindle or iPhone.

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Excellent. Completely enjoyable.

Our sad protagonist, recovering from injuries and a heroin habit he began in Vietnam, becomes a Fish and Wildlife officer in very rural Harney County, Oregon. One of the largest in size and smallest in population counties in the US. In Oregon on the Far East side of the state, next to Idaho and Nevada, Harney County is full of migratory birds, snakes, wild mustangs and a cult similar to the eastern cult that inhabited and tried to take over Antelope City Oregon in the 1970s. But it’s 1968, in the middle of the Vietnam War and just before Nixon Is elected. The Sorrow Hand is a an excellent book and I thought the narration by Steve Marvel superior to the narrator in the Second and Third books. It always annoys me when producers change narrator midstream. The book brings back a lot of 1968 to me, though I was living in San Francisco at the time, not Oregon. Still the beauty of eastern Oregon along with the wildlife and ‘still the old west’ attitude that continues to be part of eastern Oregon prevails. Well worth a listen. Ok for young teens but probably boring for preteens it’s a food family road trip book.

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Disappointed

There are a lot of people liking this, but, wow. I am pretty filled up with the 'woe is me'. C.J. Box, he isn't. Craig Johnson, he isn't. William Kent Krueger, he isn't.

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Great read

I read this one first and then bought the other two. These are excellent page turners. I think he captures the 1968 Vietnam era very well. Hope he will keep this series going. Had me guessing and thinking. Was not disappointed at all.

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good listen

A bit of a slow start,but after that it will hold your interest after that

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road trip

good listen while we were on the road. easy to follow along and not fall asleep

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I loved this book

couldn't put it down. it kept me guessing. I laughed a couple times. characters are easy to love or hate. :) narrator does a great job! although I see that the rest of the series is with a different narrator. I just hope he's as good. I'm into the second book now, Steve Marvel narrates the Paiute Native Peoples language like he's Paiute. and although this other narrator is good, he can't hold a candle to Steve Marvel.

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Weak

A weak story with a even weaker narration. I certainly won’t be experiencing the sequels.