The Drifter

The Drifter

Book - 2015
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The first explosive thriller featuring Peter Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren't easily left behind...

"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal."--Lee Child

Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his "white static," the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars.

But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for: the largest, ugliest, meanest dog he's ever encountered...and a Samsonite suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives.

As Ash begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined...and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he'd left for good.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnams Sons, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780399174568
Branch Call Number: FIC Petri
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm


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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.

Feb 22, 2018

I agree with Matthew412

Feb 18, 2018

Formulaic? Yes. Entertaining? Sir, yes sir!

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.

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.

Mar 16, 2017

I enjoyed reading both The Drifter and Burning Bright. Look forward to more from this author.

Oct 18, 2016

At first it seemed a fairly competent piece of formula writing in the Jack Reacher/Lee Child genre..... the vets are all steely eyed killers, the cops have xray eyes, the blue-eyed beauty tragic wifee-widows have blue-steel eyes that shine.

Yeah, but it reads okay until the last 75 pages or so when he violates some rules of writing the publishers wouldn't have allowed back when they had editors... But no doubt you'll finish reading the book anyway, same as I did. Without applauding.

Probably we veterans need to put a stop to all this glamorizing and stereotyping vets as all screwed up in the head, potentially deadly folks who've been done wrong.

That image, the one this book furthers, gives all of us with ego challenges a standard to set for what we also must pretend to be for the civilians around us.

But the cliche is making a lot of money for writers who exploit us and the meaningless wars of the last several decades.

Aug 26, 2016

Flawed hero with a heart of gold teams up with a criminal with a heart of gold to thwart a preposterous get-rich-quick scheme that is beyond belief. Faithfully follows the formulaic thriller conventions. Too many absurd coincidences for my taste, but if you're willing to go along for the ride, and not question the absurdities, then the Drifter qualifies as entertaining fluff.

Apr 07, 2016

Pretty straightforward storyline. The tension builds without the (sometimes) affected jumping around of "now" and "then". Woven throughout is the incredible, insidious damage war inflicts on returning vets via PTSD. This is not presented in a moralistic rant but as an integral part of the novel, speaking to characters motivations/actions.

Feb 11, 2016

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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.

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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