The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie


25361840

The Drifter is 31 year-old Peter Ash, a former Marine Lieutenant who spent 8 years deployed.  Peter fought in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Having been schooled in economics, Peter should have returned home to a bright future, but instead he has returned with PTSD, in the form of a “white static” in his head, which triggers a panic attack from acute claustrophobia.  Peter can no longer spend time indoors, in crowds, or in brightly lit areas, so he has spent the last 12 months on the trails of Northern Washington hiking and sleeping under the stars.

When Peter gets a call from one of his war buddies that his former sergeant and close friend Jimmy Johnson has committed suicide, he feels compelled to return to society to help out the man’s family.  Jimmy has left behind a wife, Dinah and his two boys Charlie and Miles.

As Peter sleeps in his truck at night, he begins to help Dinah with repairs to her home during the day.  He starts work on Dinah’s porch and makes two unwanted discoveries.  The first is a dog; the meanest, ugliest dog he’s ever laid eyes on.  The second discovery is a suitcase filled with explosives and $400000.00 in cash, leading Peter on a quest to find out what Jimmy was up to in his final days.

The Drifter focuses on the many things that happen to war veterans when they try to resume their normal lives, treating their plight with sensitivity and at the same time, educating us on the realities that they have to face.  Peter’s character was well fleshed-out.  I loved his interaction with the dog a lot, along with his sense of humor.  He rescues this dog that will most likely try to tear his head off, and tries his hardest not to hurt it.  Then, when he gets it out from under the porch, he immediately thinks of naming the mangy male dog Daisy or Cupcake!  The storyline was wrapped up tidily, while at the same time leaving room for character growth in the next book of the series.

I want to thank the publisher (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) for providing me with the ARC through the Goodreads Giveaways program for an honest review.

small ghostsmall ghostsmall ghostsmall ghost

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Cursed Books

stories are wild creatures.

simple to wow

simple kosher recipes, designs and inspirations to wow you

Writing Bliss

"If they do not write the kind of books we want to read, we shall have to write them ourselves." -C.S. Lewis

From Top to Bottom Reviews

Reviewing from the bottomless pile of LGBTQIA+ books

Read, Sav, Read.

| B.A. in English. | Writer. | Lover of books. | 2017 Book Count: 46. | Currently Reading: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. |

kayleighsblogs

Be who you want to be

Ink Drops Books

book talk

Chris Via Book Reviews

An independent book enthusiast and reviewer

Rheya Reads

I like big books and I cannot lie.

150 Characters and more...

...Because some things in life cannot be expressed with a mere 150 characters.

Isle of the Books

Fandoms, books, truths, and life.

MovieBabble

The Casual Way to Discuss Movies

Alicia Reads

Sharing about authors

Beautifully Books

Been There, Read That

Dressed To Read

Book Blogger

The Cursed Books

stories are wild creatures.

simple to wow

simple kosher recipes, designs and inspirations to wow you

Writing Bliss

"If they do not write the kind of books we want to read, we shall have to write them ourselves." -C.S. Lewis

From Top to Bottom Reviews

Reviewing from the bottomless pile of LGBTQIA+ books

Read, Sav, Read.

| B.A. in English. | Writer. | Lover of books. | 2017 Book Count: 46. | Currently Reading: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. |

kayleighsblogs

Be who you want to be

Ink Drops Books

book talk

Chris Via Book Reviews

An independent book enthusiast and reviewer

Rheya Reads

I like big books and I cannot lie.

150 Characters and more...

...Because some things in life cannot be expressed with a mere 150 characters.

Isle of the Books

Fandoms, books, truths, and life.

MovieBabble

The Casual Way to Discuss Movies

Alicia Reads

Sharing about authors

Beautifully Books

Been There, Read That

Dressed To Read

Book Blogger

Soulful Summaries

Summarizing the serene thoughts.

Marianna Reads

|The Book Chronicles| Bookstagram, Reviews & Photos

cupcakesandmachetes

Sweet or Brutal, You Never Know Which.

Firstbooklove

Courage is just one page away

O. D. Book Reviews

Come over dose on books with O and D!

%d bloggers like this: