The Drifter

The Drifter

Book - 2015
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Veteran Peter Ash finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
ISBN: 9780399174568
0399174567
9780425283257
0425283259
9780735215207
0735215200
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: PETRIE, N

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capitalcity
Aug 19, 2020

Hokey concoction. Widow, kids, dog. Lead character purportedly suffers from a psychobiological affliction (white static/crackling claustrophobia, fizzing sensation, taste of copper, panicky feeling, steel bands around chest), of which we are continually reminded, almost ad nauseum, every time Ash enters an enclosed space. Considering the plot and ensemble of characters, The Drifter would have been better off as a graphic novel. The book has a great premise. "There are four times as many psychopaths in finance as in the general population." "Modern banks have wrecked the economy in sucking money out of the middle class." Too complex for the intended readership. Consequently, Petrie's effort comes across as a simplistic drive by examination of collateral damage.

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gloryb
Oct 27, 2019

This novel is very similar to Lee Child's Jack Reacher stories. This novel, however, is a stand alone and not part of a series. I just found parts describing the main character, Peter Ash, to be repetitive - just too many white fizzes for me, almost used like fillers. The action moves slowly too at the beginning leaving me wondering just what is this story going to be about. The ending takes several chapters, however, and is full of action and suspense. One character, Midden, seems to be under the author's control to do as bidden - if not, the story's ending would be in jeopardy. Seems the good guys win big at the end, even if unlawfully.....so perhaps not quite like a Jack Reacher story.

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therapymutt
Oct 26, 2019

horrible. described the main character too much. no character development of any of the characters.

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gipsonsj
Sep 27, 2019

If you like Jack Reacher.. you'll love Peter Ash. Complex veteran character. Smooth writing keeps you looking forward to the next chapter.

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Suellen1111
Aug 11, 2019

Forget Jack Reacher, Peter Ash is very much his own man & deserves to be judged as such. Well written -- the final chase scene is especially memorable -- with a solid plot & likeable/interesting characters, both main & secondary. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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7626dee
Apr 05, 2019

A story that needs to be told but perhaps overdone on the psychological level. I didn't get the feeling that the author had the background to do this type of story, it is sort of you have to have experienced it to talk about PTSD that is as severe as described. Forget about Lee Child's Reacher character this is not the same guy on any level.

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kmre_37
Feb 22, 2018

I agree with Matthew412

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Eye_of_the_Potato
Feb 18, 2018

Formulaic? Yes. Entertaining? Sir, yes sir!

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Dreamstime
Nov 27, 2017

Every hero needs a weakness. Peter Ash has been traumatized by his multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Enclosed spaces rattle him with a sort of debilitating white noise. On return from duty he lives in open spaces. But when one of his soldiers commits suicide he approaches his widow to do what he can to help. But then he learns more about his friend's life and the origins of the mystery of what he finds under her crumbling porch. The story has a great pace and has one of the best conclusions I have read. I found myself liking Peter more and more and cheering him on as he deals with PTSD and faces terrifying obstacles.

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Matthew412
Apr 22, 2017

Cannot understand how this character/book can be put in the same class as Jack Reacher. Simply not on. First and last time with this author/character.

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PimaLib_ElizabethT Mar 08, 2018

And the animal was enormous. Like a timber wolf run through the wash with a pit bull, a Great Dane, and a fuzzy orange sweatshirt.

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slang123
Apr 07, 2016

"He had the thoughtful eyes of a werewolf a week before the change."

"Charlie and his little brother, Miles, were inside, doing whatever boys did in the odd, lonely freedom before their mothers come home from work."

"The wind had stripped the trees bare of leaves, and their branches mingled overhead like long, bony fingers."

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