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Off Road (The Archer Family Off Road)

Off Road (The Archer Family Off Road)

Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks, family … and the new American civil war of progressives vs traditionalists.

Just when Paul Archer believes he has risen above his “redneck” beginnings, his gir

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  • Tim Beyers:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    When cultures collide, God intervenes, November 24, 2009
    By 
    Tim Beyers (Littleton, CO) –
    This review is from: Off Road (Paperback)

    Stories of spiritual and personal redemption are risky for a writer. Too often, they’re either a morality play in print, or a “heartwarming tale” fit for an after-school special. Author Stephen Wright avoids both extremes to give readers a novel that’s pleasingly uncomfortable.

    We squirm as fast-rising entrepreneur Paul Archer tries and fails to fit in with the family he’s distanced himself from. We then celebrate when Paul reconnects with his brother and father, even if his attempts are often strained and awkward. Wright reels us in because these moments feel real rather than contrived. As readers, we’re better off for the effort. “Off Road” is a literary adventure worth taking.

    [Full disclosure: the author asked me to help him edit this book, and I was glad to do it.]

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  • Brian K. Miller "Greyhawk":
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The most masterful debut novel I have ever read, December 21, 2009
    By 
    Brian K. Miller “Greyhawk” (Wooster, Ohio, USA) –
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    This review is from: Off Road (Paperback)

    Debut novels are always a risk. Some people are not called to be writers and they will not accept that fate until their first novel fails. Others have the talent and vision, but never bother mastering the basics of structure, plot, and character. Stephen Wright has not only written a powerful first novel, he has done so with the skill and finese many famous writers lack.

    “Off-Road” chronicles the adventures large and small of Paul Archer, a struggling entrepeneur well on the way to fame and fortune who has sacrificed every relationship he has ever had in order to get there. When faced with choosing between an off-road camping trip with his estranged family or facing the fury of his current girlfriend, Paul heads off-road and learns a lot of life lessons he skipped over in childhood. Not only does he reconnect with his family, he repairs the relationship with his girlfriend and in doing so, matures into adulthood in a way he never expected.

    Mastery is evident on every single page. The characters are both iconic and individual, the descriptions are lucid and riveting, cliches are absent, and the technical aspects of guns and big trucks are spot on. As if that were not enough, even the theology is fully inline with contemporary evangelical Christianity without ever becoming preachy or condescending.

    It is a very rare thing to find a novel that excels in both writing craft and technical accuracy. To find such a novel in the debut work of a new writer approaches miraculous.

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  • M Rockey:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This book is not just about off roading and guns, November 30, 2009
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    M Rockey (Denver CO) –
    This review is from: Off Road (Paperback)

    As a woman and mother who read this I’m not really interested in guns or big trucks, but the characters are riveting. It’s men being men out in the woods, and it’s interesting to watch the interaction. And living in Colorado I also liked the view of the Colorado mountains and camping.

    But what made this good was seeing the characters, two brothers, trying to work out their differences and come together as a family. And then there was the suspense as to what the father was going to do and why they kept talking about the little sister who was murdered when they were kids.

    I assumed this was a book for men, but I really enjoyed it as well. I’d recommend it to anyone.

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