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The Unwilling: A Novel Audio CD – CD, February 2, 2021
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"The tension in Hart’s story never lets up, and you’ll find yourself unable to break away ― disc after disc (or page after page) ― long past your bedtime." -- NJ.com
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“We the unwilling, led by the unqualified to kill the unfortunate, die for the ungrateful.” ―Unknown Soldier
Set in the South at the height of the Vietnam War, The Unwilling combines crime, suspense and searing glimpses into the human mind and soul in New York Times bestselling author John Hart's singular style.
Gibby's older brothers have already been to war. One died there. The other came back misunderstood and hard, a decorated killer now freshly released from a three-year stint in prison.
Jason won't speak of the war or of his time behind bars, but he wants a relationship with the younger brother he hasn't known for years. Determined to make that connection, he coaxes Gibby into a day at the lake: long hours of sunshine and whisky and older women.
But the day turns ugly when the four encounter a prison transfer bus on a stretch of empty road. Beautiful but drunk, one of the women taunts the prisoners, leading to a riot on the bus. The woman finds it funny in the moment, but is savagely murdered soon after.
Given his violent history, suspicion turns first to Jason; but when the second woman is kidnapped, the police suspect Gibby, too. Determined to prove Jason innocent, Gibby must avoid the cops and dive deep into his brother's hidden life, a dark world of heroin, guns and outlaw motorcycle gangs.
What he discovers there is a truth more disturbing than he could have imagined: not just the identity of the killer and the reasons for Tyra's murder, but the forces that shaped his brother in Vietnam, the reason he was framed, and why the most dangerous man alive wants him back in prison.
This is crime fiction at its most raw, an exploration of family and the past, of prison and war and the indelible marks they leave.
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press
“Another scorcher from Hart ... [he] keeps us engaged ... subtly folding quiet, character-driven moments into the story while still powering the narrative toward an all-stops-out ending―and a chilling coda.” -- Booklist, starred review
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- Publisher : Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (February 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1250752213
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250752215
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.15 x 1.14 x 6.08 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
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This novel presents "good" in its basic guise versus "evil" in many of its disguises. Not since "Iron House" has author John Hart used his considerable talents and imagination to present such a passionate and suspenseful story confronting evil in such horrifying detail. Mr. Hart sucks you into this fast moving tale and immediately gives the reader a load of pregnant dread to carry on his or her back. And look out when the water breaks because anyone and everyone is a potential drowning victim. Bravo Mr. Hart!
I’m so glad I finally did. ‘The Unwilling’ title hints at the underlying theme that ties this often disjointed story together! It’s intriguing, suspenseful, & bizarrely profound! The author packs so many scenarios into one storyline, making it seem disjointed & maybe even containing parts that feel unnecessary, but NO … the finale expertly seals up the gaps in a novel with more zigs & zags than expected. As always…we’ll done John Hart!
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Anyway, after just a couple of chapters, I was well and truly pulled into this twisty, turvy tale, and it did prove to be the proverbial page-turner. However, this novel wasn't quite as good as I'd expected. As I've come to expect from Mr Hart, his writing was exquisite in places, and I thought he did a wonderful job of depicting the early 1970's, and the effects of the Vietnam War on the American people. I did get a strong sense of time and place, and was soon rooting for the French family. But, as the story progressed, it felt to me as if the author was trying just a bit too hard on this occasion to appeal to a wider audience. In doing so, I thought the plot sometimes stretched credibility. It's a bit of a cliché, but a fiction writer is supposed to make the unbelievable believable, yet even I struggled at times to accept the plausibility of some of the players in this story and the predicaments they found themselves in. As I mentioned earlier, John Hart is such a skilful writer - so much so that I was more than 'willing' to be taken on this journey, and I did stay the full course, not skipping any sections - it just wasn't quite as enjoyable a trip as the ones I'd experienced with Redemption Road or The Last Child (both brilliant by the way). 3.5 rounded up to a 4/5.
Too much about the violence that goes on in American prisons and corrupt wardens.
I hope he goes back to his previous style of writing.