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Lullaby Road

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I m between 4 and 45 starsSome books seem tailor made for seuels While you e eading them you get the sense that there s so much to the story and in some cases the author leaves you hanging But some books seem complete when you ve finished and although you enjoyed spending time with characters and found the story compelling you d never expect a seuel Of course there are other times you dislike a book you couldn t imagine eading a follow up but that s another storyI Special Agent Francesca really enjoyedeading James Anderson s The Never Open Desert Diner see my eview last year The story of a trucker in the Utah desert whose solitary life is turned upside down by the appearance of a mysterious woman was tremendously satisfying and even a little uirky and I loved the characters Anderson created But I was surprised to see that anderson had written surprised to see that Anderson had written seuel Lullaby Road not that it stopped me from grabbing it because I thought Ben s story was toldBoy was I wrong Ben is still working as a trucker on Route 117 which most of the year is either affected by back breaking heat or treacherous snow and ice He s trying to pull his life back together to some semblance of normalcy after he was shaken to the core by tragedy All he wants to do is make his deliveries get paid and surviveOne snowy morning making his outine stop for diesel before getting underway on his Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie route the proprietor of the truck stop tells Ben someone left something for him It s not just something it s a small Hispanic child whoefuses to speak and the child is accompanied by an over protective dog A note is pinned to the child which says Please Ben Bad trouble My son Take him today His name is Juan Trust you only Tell No One PedroPedro was the tire man at the truck stop but he seems to have disappeared No one will give Ben answers in fact everyone from the truck stop has disappeared He can t leave the child alone in the snow but the last thing Ben needs is a child to worry about especially one which appears "To Have A Penchant "have a penchant take off Mein wildes Geheimnis 03 running in an instant He needs to find Pedro but he also needs to start hisoute before weather conditions get too treacherousThat split second decision changes everything for Ben Everything seems out of sorts on his oute even the people and customers he knows all seem a bit different And in the course of the next several days he ll ealize just how much danger is around him danger that threatens those he knows as well as him and the child in his care It s as bleak as the oad that lies ahead of him Lullaby Road has a lot of twists and turns some which make sense and some which confuse so I m being purposely vague in my plot summary Ben is used to encountering people who have taken to the desert because they e not interested in social interaction and are on the The Worst Weather on Earth: A History of Mount Washington Observatory run from something but Ben finds a lot about those he s known only casually and encounters some new personalities along the way Barely anyone is particularly friendly and some are downright deadlyI love the way Anderson tells a story and I love the hardscrabble characters he has created I never uite understood why so many people are uick to dislike Ben except for incidents theyefer to in his past since he doesn t seem much different than the A London Home in the 1890s rest of them and hiseactions to the situations he s in seem to be fairly natural yet many people call him out for his behavior But beyond that I was fully engrossed in this story even as it got a little confusing and ultimately darker than I had anticipatedI d definitely The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands recommendeading Anderson s first book before this one as Lullaby Road Biopower: Foucault and Beyond refers to things that occurred in and characters from that book But this one is a truly worthy seuel I m not sure if another book is in store but now I m hoping there isNetGalley and Crown Publishing provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiasedeview Thanks for making this available See all of my Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcom or check out my list of the best books Iead. Ben Jones protagonist of the glowingly Is That Even a Country, Sir! reviewed Never Open Desert Dinereturns in a devastatingly powerful literary crime novel about parenthood loss and the desert in winterWinter has come to Highway 117 a うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] remoteoad through the Utah desert trafficked. In 2017 at In Lullaby Road Ben Jones is still making deliveries to the inhabitants of an isolated stretch of Utah desert The people there all seem to be hiding out from something or someone but they are Ben s life and livelihood and they are eually dependent on him The story begins with Ben stopping to buy fuel before beginning his oute and finding a young The story begins with Ben stopping to buy fuel before beginning his oute and finding a young wearing a note asking Ben to take care of her and Ben being Ben can t A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators refuse As Ben tries to learn the little girl s story and find her father he and the people along hisoute face misfortunes danger and tragedy But it s not all bleak There are powerful moments of compassion Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival redemption and peopleising above their sense of being permanently damaged and hopeless a potential Lifting romance and the forging of human connections and making a family Anderson writes unforgettable andichly developed characters and his description of the austere beauty of the desert is brilliantly evocative The haunting image of a child s shoe with lights flashing in the heel has lodged in my brain and heart The Never Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road are so much than crime fiction much like James Lee Burke s novels and I think Anderson addresses that issue sagely in a Mathruhridayam recent interview Iead a lot of poetry and always have and I find that my love of poetry informs my prose in ways that are distinctive and not often found in crime fiction or fiction in general Still though I try not to go overboard lyrically and keep the focus on the story and the voice of Ben Jones as much as I can I don t think I actually turned to crime and I am not certain my novels can be accurately eferred to as crime novels I had a very precarious childhood and young adulthood and crime particularly violence of various kinds was a part of my daily life as a victim and as a witness in that sense crime or crimes as they appear in my novels are a part of life part of the fabric of Ben s life and not the central focus Overall as a novelist I am much concerned with the effect violence has on us directly and indirectly that can manifest itself over time a kind of personal geological time that esults in seismic events After a brilliant first novel some authors suffer a sopho slump but James Anderson is certainly not one of them His first novel The Never Open Desert Diner was a book I was telling everyone about and I ll be doing the same with Lullaby Road While it can be A Life In School: What The Teacher Learned read as a stand alone I encourageeaders to ead The Never Open Desert Diner first both to gain familiarity with the characters and the events that shaped them and because I think nothing Anderson writes should be missedThank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest eview You The House That Had Enough really need toead the author s first book The Never Open Desert Diner before The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field reading Lullaby Road because there are a lot ofeferences to things that "HAPPENED IN THE FIRST BOOK AND I THINK THAT "in the first book and I think that would be frustrating not to know what all those eferences mean Frankly I wasn t crazy about the first book which couldn t decide whether it was literary
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with a mysterious undertones or a thriller It didn t do either particularly well the beginning was like watching paint dry and when things finally began to happen they just weren t interesting to me The good news is that I enjoyed Lullaby Road a lot Ben Jones is an almost 40 year old JewishNative American orphan aised in Utah by a Mormon coupl Out in the high Utah desert there s not a whole hell of a lot of anything mainly there s one Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) road highway 117 and miles and miles of sparsely populated brush and canyons It s not country for normal folk but it s sort of the edge of the known universe where various oddballs and eccentrics and hermits have decided that they are done moving and planted themselves jealously guarding their acres of broken down trailers andotting car parts with shotguns or walking the mountain Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl roads carrying giant crosses In the summer it s bitter. Only by oddballs fugitives and those looking to escape the world So when local truck driver Ben Jones finds an abandoned mute Hispanic child at a lonely gas station along hisoute far from any semblance of proper civilization he knows something has gone. Heat dehydrating your very bones but in the winter it s like another episode of Ice Road Truckers Ben Jones is the lone fool driving that Défendre Jacob route through snowblinding icy hell aoute even FedEx and UPS gave up on This is be of those novels where the setting is almost another character so powerful is it This is Anderson s second novel drawing upon this crazy desert world It s a story about the settings and the characters than the mystery which is kind of in the background But there s some strange goings on out on 117 as Ben finds himself beueathed a most unusual traveling crew a seemingly mute child the child s overprotective dog and a bawling infant Overall it turned out to be a most enjoyable albeit unusual Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide read Andersoneally does a great job of bringing an unusual world alive I Black Gold in North Dakota received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway Superior seuel to the author s first novel featuring truck driver Ben Jones The Never Open Desert DinerFor 20 30 pages I felt like putting this book down I d just come off of Ken Bruen s In the Galway Silence and there s hardly anything written in the new century that canival a Ken Bruen novelSomewhere around page 30 35 something clicked and this book had me hooked tighter than two dogs caughtforgive me my trespassesThis book has the same ambling eader friendly cadence as the dogs caughtforgive me my trespassesThis book has the same ambling eader friendly cadence as the entry in the Ben Jones saga Too many characters to count Some are decent some are bad some are angels disguised Ben s the kind of guy working on his wings as far as that goesThere s a bad guy out on Highway 117 in Utah near the high desert He drives an old cab over White Freightliner an antiue these days but uite the sporty model back in the seventies This bad guy dodges the scales avoids oadblocks and state trooper checkpoints Why he s dodging the law is another mystery What he s hauling is even of a mysteryBut this trucker outlaw has managed to almost kill trucker outlaw has managed to almost kill sideswiping his trailer while passing him at a high ate of speed on an icy highwayThere s also a mysterious cargo Ben Jones finds awaiting him at the last truck stop before descending into the flat desert A huge dog and a kid that the guy Pedro who handles truck tires for the truckers who pass through has left for Ben to carry along with him A note pinned to the kid s coveralls eading Please Take Care Of My Juan I Trust In You BenThings get weirder People get even weirder erWarning sudden and deadly violence erupts every 40 50 In You BenThings get weirder People get even weirder erWarning sudden and deadly violence erupts every 40 50 is slow coming if it arrives at all Ben Jones is a philosopher than a gear jamming Mike HammerSoftboiled poetic mystery built upon a foundation of memorable charactersI loved every line of this novel My delivery days were generally spent without the luxury of man made signs and addresses no numbers or arrows or mailboxes or even fences or mile markers My customers liked it that way and lived the oadless dead end life with a kind of fierce passion for isolation that few would want and even fewer would survive for very long For the most part their philosophy was make do or do without and even some essentials especially water when and where it was needed were considered luxuriesDesert trees that go without water for long periods develop a Wicked City: The Other Side rock hard stringy grain thatesists death with a grim and tenacious attachment to survival Old desert Officer, Surgeon…Gentleman! rats like George thought such trees were pretty things but a bit too fragile to trulyespect As a Barefoot through Mauretania result in my opinion the desertats Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School rarely died from doing without If and when they died it was usually from an accidental overdose of stubborness This one is worth searching out Borrow it from a library search eBay buy it new on I don t know what to compare this one to I mentioned the great Harold Adams in myeview of the 1st novel by James Anderson Steinbeck ll work too You like Craig McDonald or Frank Gruber this is your kind of mystery novel I ve come to think that the only thing you can count on with people is that they will always be human good and bad usually both and occasionally at the same tim. Terribly awry With the help of his eccentric neighbors Ben sets out to help the kid and learn the truth In the process he makes new friends and loses old ones finds himself in mortal danger and uncovers buried secrets far painful than he could have imagin.

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