I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE
“You are my sunshine . . . my only sunshine . . . you make me hap-py . . . when skies are
gray . . .” Rose kissed Mack on the head and continued singing.”
Thus begins a very powerful novel by Jim Carson, A Chasing After The Wind. I don’t enjoy crying or feeling too sad so for me, the first fifteen pages were the hardest to get through because my heart strings were being pulled – you could almost anticipate what was going to happen, you would cringe just knowing what the finals words of the prologue were going to be. This is how powerful Carson sets the stage for Mack and his life.
Mack finds many ways to make life work for him. He has help from Buck, Irish and Father O’Brien building him a strong support system and ways of encouraging his growth from becoming a “spoiled rotten brat.” Street smart and headed down the path of a life of crime, Mack’s aunt Irish rescues him. Irish begins to build opportunities for Mack to become fearless, rich and a formidable, well respected man. Irish sets him out on his path to become an elite member of the Black Ops followed by enrolling at Harvard thus cementing his future. However, Mack deviates from this path and finds himself living simply and happily.
Life is disappointing for Mack as he finds himself nearly destitute and with thousands of dollars of debt hanging over his head and losing his inheritance and home that he had come to love. This is where the true adventure begins. The training he received as a younger man and his values that were drilled in him, he finds a way to make life grander and take care of his friends.
Carson delivers a powerful adventure that allows one to see the world from a different point of view. The descriptions were extraordinarily vivid and rich in detail. The plot line was fully developed. Carson departs from the stereotypical good guy and shows that even the good guy might be slightly tainted. Tainted or not, Mack is an underdog who overcomes obstacles and triumphs. Carson takes what might be an expected path and throws in a few twists and turns, leaving the reader “not seeing the outcome” ahead of time.
Carson builds each character skillfully allowing for connections between the reader and the characters to grow while immersing the reader fully into the novel.
“Mack sat on the side of the bed, staring at the blank wall until he heard the wheelhouse door close. He stood up and looked outside at the darkness. Did I just dodge a bullet or what?” Mack’s last thoughts demonstrate that his adventure is not over. He’s been lucky so far, but will his luck hold out with his latest dangerous situation? Will he once again lose his chance at “happiness?”
I cannot wait to read the next in this trilogy series. An excellent novel for those who enjoy adventure, coming of age and military reads. Carson successfully delivers a strong, excellently written novel. I expect the next to be equally strong.
As a 2015 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree, WordsAPlenty gives this book a 5 star rating and looks forward to the next installment.
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I too enjoyed this book and found it excellent. I just wanted to add my comments. Email by Joye Thetforde