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Hardcover  ✓ Lullaby Road PDF/EPUB í When I saw this was a sequel to The Never Open Desert Diner I quickly grabbed it up And while it wasn t the 5 star review the first book was for me, I still loved it and revisiting some old friends A momentary silence was all that marked the passing of summer into winter After living most of my almost forty years in the high desert of Utah, twenty driving a truck, I had come to the conclusion there were really only two seasons hot and windy and cold and windy Everything else was just a v When I saw this was a sequel to The Never Open Desert Diner I quickly grabbed it up And while it wasn t the 5 star review the first book was for me, I still loved it and revisiting some old friends A momentary silence was all that marked the passing of summer into winter After living most of my almost forty years in the high desert of Utah, twenty driving a truck, I had come to the conclusion there were really only two seasons hot and windy and cold and windy Everything else was just a variation on the two Late in the evening I lay half awake in my single bed and knew the silence meant the season had changed I like to think maybe I know a thing or two about silence Real silence isthan just absence of sound it is something you feel A few heartbeats earlier a steady wind scattered the leftover sounds from evening a car a steady wind scattered the leftover sounds from evening a car passing, neighbors talking from behind closed doors, somewhere a dog barking all the usual muffled racket of nearby lives Then there was nothing, nothing at all, as if the desert and everyone in it had vanished and left nothing behind but an indifferent starless light I loved coming back home to the characters from Route 117 I don t know what it is I love about this story but it just gets me I guess the idea of people just living in a small place Some of them coming together to help each other when they can This book is full of evilness and some murder And I don t like what happened to a couple of animals and one of my favorite characters Ben is heading out one morning to start his haul He s getting gas when the owner tells him there is something for him down a few lanes Then he locks himself away in the gas station Ben thinks it s some kind of a joke until he finds a child and a dog out in the winter cold Of course he has to take them with him There is a note pinned to the child s shirt asking for him to watch the child He has no time to try to figure it out and off they go He ends up with his neighbor s baby as well So here he is with a child, dog and baby driving the winter roads and hoping nothing will happen to them on the treacherous roads Sounds like an ordinary day Not This ends up being a journey that no one should have to take, but there are evil people in the world and the people on Route 117 have to ban together to try to help one another Oh, and not get killed in the process I enjoyed the book and the people so much Like I said, it wasn t as good as the first one but that s okay It was still great BloggingForBooks Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List You really need to read the author s first book, The Never Open Desert Diner , before reading Lullaby Road because there are a lot of references to things that happened in the first book and I think that it would be frustrating not to know what all those references mean Frankly, I wasn t crazy about the first book, which couldn t decide whether it was literary fiction with a few mysterious undertones or a thriller It didn t do either particularly well, the beginning was like watching pain You really need to read the author s first book, The Never Open Desert Diner , before reading Lullaby Road because there are a lot of references to things that happened in the first book and I think that it would be frustrating not to know what all those references mean Frankly, I wasn t crazy about the first book, which couldn t decide whether it was literary fiction with a few mysterious undertones or a thriller It didn t do either particularly well, the beginning was like watching paint dry and when things finally began to happen, they just weren t interesting to me The good news is that I enjoyed Lullaby Road a lot.Ben Jones is an almost 40 year old Jewish Native American orphan raised in Utah by a Mormon couple He s a trucker delivering packages to desert rats, hardscrabble ranchers and other assorted exiles who chose to live off 117 He keeps stumbling upon bad situations One morning before he starts his route an acquaintance leaves him a note at a truck stop requesting that Ben take charge of his small child because of some unspecified danger The child is accompanied by a large dog On the same morning, Ben s 18 year old friend and neighbor dumps her 4 month old infant on him so she can go to class Instead of taking the day off from work like any sane person would do, Ben piles the whole group into his truck and heads off into a snow storm The author creates wonderful characters and descriptions, like the man who has invented a solar powered doghouse complete with reading light Unfortunately, they all seem to be armed However, he insists on introducing mysteries that get in the way of the character studies at which he excels This book has a hit and run, an abandoned child and several murders That s a lot of crime for a town with almost no residents The mysteries are all resolved by the end but I confess that I was flummoxed by the child s story It was too subtle or cryptic for me The bad guy just appeared out of the blue and I have no idea what happened with the kid at the end of the book Some better editing would have helped here, and elsewhere in the book as well If you use term desert rat 4 times in 3 pages, you ve used it too much I also could have done with fewer vehicle descriptions Ultimately, I liked the writing style very much The people felt real and I wanted to know what happened to them I would readby this author, but I wish he would skip the mysteries next time.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher In Lullaby Road, Ben Jones is still making deliveries to the inhabitants of an isolated stretch of Utah desert The people there all seem to be hiding out from something or someone, but they are Ben s life and livelihood and they are equally dependent on him The story begins with Ben stopping to buy fuel before beginning his route and finding a young child wearing a note asking Ben to take care of her, and Ben being Ben, can t refuse As Ben tries to learn the little girl s story and find her In Lullaby Road, Ben Jones is still making deliveries to the inhabitants of an isolated stretch of Utah desert The people there all seem to be hiding out from something or someone, but they are Ben s life and livelihood and they are equally dependent on him The story begins with Ben stopping to buy fuel before beginning his route and finding a young child wearing a note asking Ben to take care of her, and Ben being Ben, can t refuse As Ben tries to learn the little girl s story and find her father, he and the people along his route face misfortunes, danger, and tragedy But it s not all bleak There are powerful moments of compassion, redemption, and people rising above their sense of being permanently damaged and hopeless a potential romance and the forging of human connections and making a family Anderson writes unforgettable and richly developed characters, and his description of the austere beauty of the desert is brilliantly evocative The haunting image of a child s shoe with lights flashing in the heel has lodged in my brain and heart The Never Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road are so muchthan crime fiction much like James Lee Burke s novels and I think Anderson addresses that issue sagely in a recent interview I read a lot of poetry, and always have, and I find that my love of poetry informs my prose in ways that are distinctive and not often found in crime fiction, or fiction in general Still, though, I try not to go overboard lyrically and keep the focus on the story and the voice of Ben Jones as much as I can I don t think I actually turned to crime, and I am not certain my novels can be accurately referred to as crime novels I had a very precarious childhood and young adulthood and crime, particularly violence of various kinds, was a part of my daily life, as a victim and as a witness in that sense crime, or crimes, as they appear in my novels, are a part of life, part of the fabric of Ben s life, and not the central focus Overall, as a novelist, I am muchconcerned with the effect violence has on us, directly and indirectly, that can manifest itself over time a kind of personal geological time that results in seismic events After a brilliant first novel, some authors suffer a sopho slump, but James Anderson is certainly not one of them His first novel The Never Open Desert Diner was a book I was telling everyone about, and I ll be doing the same with Lullaby Road While it can be read as a stand alone, I encourage readers to read The Never Open Desert Diner first both to gain familiarity with the characters and the events that shaped them, and because I think nothing Anderson writes should be missed.Thank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review The Never Open Desert Diner wasn t an incredible book, but it was good enough for me to be excited about this sequel I loved Ben and his long stretch of highway The characters and setting were ripe for a continuation, perhaps many, many further adventures.Unfortunately Lullaby Road didn t work for me About a third of the way through I realized I had absolutely no idea what was going on Characters blended together, unanswered questions lingered on too long, so that I forgot I cared The seque The Never Open Desert Diner wasn t an incredible book, but it was good enough for me to be excited about this sequel I loved Ben and his long stretch of highway The characters and setting were ripe for a continuation, perhaps many, many further adventures.Unfortunately Lullaby Road didn t work for me About a third of the way through I realized I had absolutely no idea what was going on Characters blended together, unanswered questions lingered on too long, so that I forgot I cared The sequence of events wasn t clear I think a lot of the plot requires advances knowledge of the first book, but I remembered it pretty well and it still didn t make sense so I dunno.There are some charming moments where Ben gives us delicious social commentary from his unique point of view Even while I had no idea what was happening with the plot, the book has some charm Still, I hated it overall Ben Jones, protagonist of the glowingly reviewed Never Open Desert Diner, returns in a devastatingly powerful literary crime novel about parenthood, loss, and the desert in winterWinter has come to Highway , a remote road through the Utah desert trafficked only by oddballs, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world So when local truck driver Ben Jones finds an abandoned, mute Hispanic child at a lonely gas station along his route, far from any semblance of proper civilization, he knows something has gone terribly awry With the help of his eccentric neighbors, Ben sets out to help the kid and learn the truth In the process he makes new friends and loses old ones, finds himself in mortal danger, and uncovers buried secrets far painful than he could have imagined 3.75 stars Thank you to First to Read books and Crown Publishing for this ARC Expected publication Jan 16, 2018.I again sit in judgement of Ben Jones life He is the truck driver from the novel The Never Open Desert Diner He is still in Price Utah, running his tractor trailer delivery service on Rt 117 to a group of misfits and miscreants, still befriending and protecting Ginny and her daughter Annabelle In this novel Ben gets involved with a child smuggling ring, one of his ex s and her new 3.75 stars Thank you to First to Read books and Crown Publishing for this ARC Expected publication Jan 16, 2018.I again sit in judgement of Ben Jones life He is the truck driver from the novel The Never Open Desert Diner He is still in Price Utah, running his tractor trailer delivery service on Rt 117 to a group of misfits and miscreants, still befriending and protecting Ginny and her daughter Annabelle In this novel Ben gets involved with a child smuggling ring, one of his ex s and her new boyfriend, and a child that is mute, but way older than her years There are a number of accidents both truck and person and a few murders A number of new people join the cast, as well as characters from the Never Open Desert Diner resurface A number of places I had to laugh and a number of places in this book made me sad Character development is done well and the changes in the main character, Ben, from one book to the next, are probable This novel is wrapped up well, while leaving the opening for a followup novel, possibly using Walt s son as its main villain Out in the high Utah desert there s not a whole hell of a lot of anything mainly there s one road, highway 117, and miles and miles of sparsely populated brush and canyons It s not country for normal folk, but it s sort of the edge of the known universe where various oddballs and eccentrics and hermits have decided that they are done moving and planted themselves, jealously guarding their acres of broken down trailers and rotting car parts with shotguns or walking the mountain roads carrying Out in the high Utah desert there s not a whole hell of a lot of anything mainly there s one road, highway 117, and miles and miles of sparsely populated brush and canyons It s not country for normal folk, but it s sort of the edge of the known universe where various oddballs and eccentrics and hermits have decided that they are done moving and planted themselves, jealously guarding their acres of broken down trailers and rotting car parts with shotguns or walking the mountain roads carrying giant crosses In the summer it s bitter heat dehydrating your very bones, but in the winter, it s like another episode of Ice Road Truckers Ben Jones is the lone fool driving that route through snowblinding icy hell, a route even FedEx and UPS gave up on This is be of those novels where the setting is almost another character so powerful is it This is Anderson s second novel drawing upon this crazy desert world It s a storyabout the settings and the characters than the mystery which is kind ofin the background But, there s some strange goings on out on 117 as Ben finds himself bequeathed a most unusual traveling crew, a seemingly mute child, the child s overprotective dog, and a bawling infant Overall, it turned out to be a most enjoyable, albeit unusual read Anderson really does a great job of bringing an unusual world alive I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway A good follow up to Anderson s The Never Open Dessert Diner and Ben Jones hard working life as a delivery service trucker making stops 5 days a week for the past 20 years along a dusty isolated desert road This time, he takes to the road in wintertime when the road is treacherous and with a couple of children plus a dog along for the ride.The story is meandering, laced with humor, surprises and solid characters Old favorites from the Diner reappear and new ones come into the mix, like the myst A good follow up to Anderson s The Never Open Dessert Diner and Ben Jones hard working life as a delivery service trucker making stops 5 days a week for the past 20 years along a dusty isolated desert road This time, he takes to the road in wintertime when the road is treacherous and with a couple of children plus a dog along for the ride.The story is meandering, laced with humor, surprises and solid characters Old favorites from the Diner reappear and new ones come into the mix, like the mysterious child left with Ben by Pedro, the tire man at the local truck stop, carrying a pinned note that read Please Ben Bad Trouble My son Take him today His name is Juan Trust you only Tell no one This mystery propelled me to read and I enjoyed being along for Ben s ride Superior sequel to the author s first novel featuring truck driver Ben Jones, The Never Open Desert Diner.For 20 30 pages I felt like putting this book down I d just come off of Ken Bruen s In the Galway Silence and there s hardly anything written in the new century that can rival a Ken Bruen novel.Somewhere around page 30 35 something clicked and this book had me hooked tighter than two dogs caught.forgive me my trespasses.This book has the same ambling, reader friendly cadence as the fir Superior sequel to the author s first novel featuring truck driver Ben Jones, The Never Open Desert Diner.For 20 30 pages I felt like putting this book down I d just come off of Ken Bruen s In the Galway Silence and there s hardly anything written in the new century that can rival a Ken Bruen novel.Somewhere around page 30 35 something clicked and this book had me hooked tighter than two dogs caught.forgive me my trespasses.This book has the same ambling, reader friendly cadence as the first entry in the Ben Jones saga Too many characters to count Some are decent, some are bad, some are angels disguised Ben s the kind of guy working on his wings as far as that goes.There s a bad guy out on Highway 117 in Utah near the high desert He drives an old cab over White Freightliner an antique these days but quite the sporty model back in the seventies This bad guy dodges the scales, avoids roadblocks and state trooper checkpoints Why he s dodging the law is another mystery What he s hauling is evenof a mystery.But this trucker outlaw has managed to almost kill Ben, sideswiping his trailer while passing him at a high rate of speed on an icy highway.There s also a mysterious cargo Ben Jones finds awaiting him at the last truck stop before descending into the flat desert A huge dog and a kid that the guy Pedro who handles truck tires for the truckers who pass through has left for Ben to carry along with him A note pinned to the kid s coveralls reading, Please Take Care Of My Juan I Trust In You Ben Things get weirder People get evenweirder er.Warning sudden and deadly violence erupts every 40 50 pages.Revenge is slow coming if it arrives at all Ben Jones isa philosopher than a gear jamming Mike Hammer.Softboiled, poetic, mystery built upon a foundation of memorable characters.I loved every line of this novel My delivery days were generally spent without the luxury of man made signs and addresses, no numbers or arrows, or mailboxes, or even fences or mile markers My customers liked it that way and lived the roadless, dead end life with a kind of fierce passion for isolation that few would want and even fewer would survive for very long For the most part their philosophy was make do or do without , and even some essentials, especially water when and where it was needed, were considered luxuries.Desert trees that go without water for long periods develop a rock hard, stringy grain that resists death with a grim and tenacious attachment to survival Old desert rats like George thought such trees were pretty things, but a bit too fragile to truly respect As a result, in my opinion, the desert rats rarely died from doing without If and when they died, it was usually from an accidental overdose of stubborness This one is worth searching out Borrow it from a library search eBay buy it new onI don t know what to compare this one to I mentioned the great Harold Adams in my review of the 1st novel by James Anderson Steinbeck ll work too You like Craig McDonald or Frank Gruber, this is your kind of mystery novel I ve come to think that the only thing you can count on with people is that they will always be human good and bad usually both, and occasionally at the same time Title Lullaby Road A NovelAuthor James AndersonPublisher Crown Series Ben Jones 2Reviewed By Arlena DeanRating FourReview Lullaby Road by James AndersonMy ThoughtsNow, this was quite a interesting read about Ben Jones who runs a tractor trailer delivery service truck driver that traveled on Highway 117 that was a desolate Utah desert making deliveries to people in isolated areas Ben was known to deliver packages to desert rats, hardscrabble ranchers and other assorted exiles wh Title Lullaby Road A NovelAuthor James AndersonPublisher Crown Series Ben Jones 2Reviewed By Arlena DeanRating FourReview Lullaby Road by James AndersonMy ThoughtsNow, this was quite a interesting read about Ben Jones who runs a tractor trailer delivery service truck driver that traveled on Highway 117 that was a desolate Utah desert making deliveries to people in isolated areas Ben was known to deliver packages to desert rats, hardscrabble ranchers and other assorted exiles who chose to live off 117 Now, this route that Ben took I found it interesting to know that Fed Ex and UPS would not drive on this snow blinding road.What Ben finds while on his journeys will definitely keep your interest as it seems he kept getting himself involved in bad situations like finding a note that leads him to take charge of a small child mute and a large protective dog and also ending up when a friend and neighbor who leaves their young bawling infant with him so she could go to work Now, I really found this rather strange when Ben piles them all in his truck and takes off to work going his normal route however, he ends up in a snow storm This story will continue on as this author gives the readers one intriguing and entertaining story from hit run, bad weather snow drifts , interactions with gun toting customers, abandoned child, child smuggling ring, preacher who carries a cross along the highway, accidents, three witches, Mexican women with food truck, and even some murders that happen along route 117 As every truck stop was made this author gives us a complete unfolded story with there being a lots going on with there being just a small group of people that are involved.To fully understand this entire story you will have to pick up Lullaby Road to see just how this author brings it out to the reader Be ready for a story will some laughable, scary and sad twist and turn parts of the read that will definitely keep you turning the pages to see what was coming next in this good read where in the end you will also find it engrossing, heartwarming and heartbreaking I received a copy of Lullaby Road from the publisher through Blogging for Books

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