Book & Author Details:
Wayfarers Highway by Peter Petrak
Publication date: September 16 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Urban
A camper travels the back roads of America, but it is not what it seems. Pursued by powerful forces: a mastermind, a maniac, and a terrorist, its crew wonders if they’ll ever reach Journey’s end.
When Eloise Corwin – a longtime patient in her desert hometown’s infirmary – finds a wounded young traveler sharing her sick room; she insists that he tell her about his adventures. The young man, Orson Gregory, tells her how he found and stole a glowing gemstone, hidden for decades beneath the government-built factory beside his family farm. He tells her how he’s been chased ever since – by mercenaries, by terrorists, and by other, stranger enemies. He tells her how he threw in his lot with a real adventurer, a mythology professor, an innkeeper, and a duo of hired guns on a cross-country journey to clear his name and return home – something he’s currently failing to do. To reach safety, the motley travelers will first have to deal with each other, evade the foes that follow their every move, and tangle with other forces both strange and powerful, their fellow travelers on the Wayfarers Highway.
I think that this book is suffering with an identity crisis. I’m not sure that it knows whether it wants to be an adventure story, a magical quest or a dystopian novel.
There are so many different factions and extra elements which keep getting thrown into the plot mix, that it becomes a lot to follow, despite the fact that the narrative is not particularly fast paced.
And the main character, Orsen? He too seems to display character traits which are at odds with each other, dependant upon where the story is: by turns self centred, then a hero of sorts and then a fighter? It’s just too inconsistent.
But really, the final straw for me, as I was plodding through the story? I realised that I didn’t care what happened to the characters.
A DNF for me I’m afraid.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
In addition to writing the Wayfarers Highway novels, Peter Petrack is also a composer and performing trombonist. In recent years, he has found growing success as a writer of Jazz, as well as Orchestral, Choral, and Band Works. Between these two artistic businesses, Peter has frequently been forced to write in the third person. He lives in Pennsylvania, where he is constantly surrounded by pieces of paper.