Ballistics

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How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Synopsis:

It is summer and the Canadian Rockies are on fire. As the forests blaze, Alan West heads into their shadows, returning from university to his grandfather’s home in the remote Kootenay Valley, where the man who raised him has suffered a heart attack. Confronting his own mortality, the tough and taciturn Cecil West has a dying request for his grandson: track down the father Alan has never known so that the old man can make peace with him.

And so Alan begins his search for the elusive Jack West, a man who skipped town before his son could walk and of whom his grandfather has always refused to speak. His quest will lead him to Archer, an old American soldier who decades ago went AWOL across the border into Canada. Archer has been carrying a heavy burden for many years, and through him Alan learns the stories of two broken families who came together, got too close, and then fell apart in tragic ways.

Ballistics is a remarkable first novel, about family ties and the wounds that can linger for generations when those relationships are betrayed.

Thoughts:

I read Ballistics as I’m reading all of the books on the Waterstones 11 debut novels for 2013 list. This list highlights authors that show much promise. Ballistics does show D.W Wilson’s talent for writing, but unfortunately it didn’t grip me as much as I’d hoped it would.

It was told from two perspectives and from 2003 and 1970. I usually quite like this, but I don’t think it was always made clear which perspective it was coming from. I sometimes found myself having to go back to check that the perspective had changed.

The story begins in 2003, Alan is a PhD student, he’s temporarily back in Invermere as his grandfather Cecil has had a heart attack. Cecil asks Alan to go on a search for Jack, Cecil’s estranged son. Finding Jack isn’t easy because of the raging forest fires in the highways of the Kootenay Valley. Alan needs help to navigate the off-road routes. Help comes in the form of 82-year-old Archer. Archer was a US marine who went into Canada to avoid a tour of Vietnam. He found support in the West household, just a few years before Alan was born. He knows Alan’s family well, so he’s able to reveal to Alan the truth about the early ’70’s that caused Alan’s family to fall apart.

I don’t think I was particularly the targeted audience for this book. It’s being classified as ‘Hyper Macho’, something I’ve never heard of, but apparently it is when the chief concern of the book are men and manliness.

I really liked D.W Wilson’s writing style, it was easy to read. I just don’t feel the subject matter was for me.

Would I recommend it?:
It wasn’t for me- I don’t think I was the intended reader for this book. I’m glad I read it though, D.W Wilson is a talented writer.

Reading next:
Beauty Queens- Libba Bray

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WWW Wednesday #29

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book images to find out more about the book!

What are you currently reading?

15729302I’m just starting this book so I don’t have much to say about it yet. It sounds fantastic though.

What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve recently finished reading two amazing books!

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This book was so strange, yet so good!
18213013I was up until late last night as I just had to finish this book. So impressed by it.

Both of the reviews for these books will be up within the next few days, so feel free to check back if you’re interested in them!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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This is another book on the Waterstones 11 list for promising debut authors of this year. I don’t know a lot about it. I’ve taken a gamble and just bought all on the list. So I’ll be intrigued to see what it’s like.

Please feel free to leave your links to your WWW Wednesday posts in the comments below, or answer the questions. I’m very nosey, I like to know what everyone is reading!

Stacking The Shelves #29

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Today I’m attending a book blogging event in London with Luna’s Little Library. I’m very excited, but I’m sure I’ll tell more after I’ve been!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodreads page!

 

NetGalley/Edelweiss:

17262776I’m intrigued by the cover and synopsis of this book!

18054175This is by the author of The Silver Linings Playbook which I’m going to read soon. I thought this book sounded good. It’s described as a funny and tender tale about family, friendship, grief and acceptance. Sounds good to me!

Bought:

15742858I’ve heard that this book is better than the first, so I’m looking forward to checking it out!

8591107I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. I’ve challenged myself to read 10 books that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time this summer.

13335037This is another one of my 10 of books I need to read this summer. I’ve heard a lot of good things!

16034236This book is one of the Waterstones 11 for promising debut authors. I pre-ordered these books without knowing what they were about. Risky, but I’ve read some gems so far this year!

What have you got this week? Please feel free to leave your links and I’ll come and visit you at some point this weekend.