Single bed and new the silence meant the season had changed I like to think maybe I I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad know a thing or two about silence Real silence is than 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 lef 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 tonow 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 JewishNative 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 eeps stumbling upon bad situations One morning before he starts his route an acuaintance leaves him a note at a truck stop reuesting 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 id 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 now what happened to them I would read by this author but I wish he would skip the mysteries next timeI received a free copy of this book from the publisher 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 rideThe 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 I m between 4 and 45 starsSome books seem tailor made for seuels While you re reading them you get the sense that there s so much to the story and in some cases the author leaves you hanging But some books seem complete when you ve finished them and although you enjoyed spending time with the characters and found the story compelling you d never expect a seuel Of course there are other times you dislike a book you couldn t imagine reading a follow up but that s another storyI really enjoyed reading James Anderson s The Never Open Desert Diner see my review last year The story of a trucker in the Utah desert whose solitary life is turned upside down by the "appearance of a mysterious woman was tremendously satisfying and even a little uirky and I loved "of a mysterious woman was satisfying and even a little uirky and I loved the Anderson created But I was surprised to see that Anderson had written a seuel Lullaby Road not that it stopped me from grabbing it because I thought Ben s story was toldBoy was I wrong Ben is still working as a trucker on Route 117 which most of the year is either affected by back breaking heat or treacherous snow and ice He s trying to pull his life back together to some semblance of normalcy after he was shaken to the core by tragedy All he wants to do is make his deliveries get paid and surviveOne snowy morning making his routine stop for diesel before getting underway on his route the proprietor of the truck stop tells Ben someone left something for him It s not just something it s a small Hispanic child who refuses to speak and the child is accompanied by an over protective dog A note is pinned to. 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The child which says Please Ben Bad trouble My son Take him today His name is Juan Trust you only Tell No One PedroPedro was the tire man at the truck stop but he seems to have disappeared No one will give Ben answers in fact everyone from the truck stop has disappeared He can t leave the child alone in the snow but the last thing Ben needs is a child to worry about especially one which appears to have a penchant to take off running in an instant He needs to find Pedro but he also needs to start his route before weather conditions get too treacherousThat split second decision changes everything for "Ben Everything Seems Out Of "Everything seems out of on his route even the people and customers he Lonestar Sanctuary knows all seem a bit different And in the course of the next several days he ll realize just how much danger is around him danger that threatens those henows as well as him and the child in his care It s as bleak as the road that lies ahead of him Lullaby Road has a lot of twists and turns some which make sense and some which confuse so I m being purposely vague in my plot summary Ben is used to encountering people who have taken to the desert because they re not interested in social interaction and are on the run from something but Ben finds a lot about those he s Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator known only casually and encounters some new personalities along the way Barely anyone is particularly friendly and some are downright deadlyI love the way Anderson tells a story and I love the hardscrabble characters he has created I never uite understood why so many people are uick to dislike Ben except for incidents they refer to in his past since he doesn t seem much different than the rest of them and his reactions to the situations he s in seem to be fairly natural yet many people call him out for his behavior But beyond that I was fully engrossed in this story even as it got a little confusing and ultimately darker than I had anticipatedI d definitely recommend reading Anderson s first book before this one as Lullaby Road refers to things that occurred in and characters from that book But this one is a truly worthy seuel I m not sure if another book is in store but now I m hoping there isNetGalley and Crown Publishing provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoriablogspotcom or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at The Never Open Desert Diner wasn t an incredible book but it was good enough for me to be excited about this seuel I loved Ben and his long stretch of highway The characters and setting were ripe for a continuation perhaps many many further adventuresUnfortunately 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 uestions lingered on too long so that I forgot I cared The seuence of events wasn t clear I think a lot of the plot reuires advancesnowledge of the first book but I remembered it pretty well and it still didn t make sense so I dunnoThere are some charming moments where Ben gives us delicious social commentary from his uniue point of view Even while I had no idea 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 nown 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 shotgunsplanted themselves jealously guarding their acres of broken down trailers and rotting car parts with shotguns 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 story about the settings and the characters than the mystery which is ind of in the background But there s some strange goings on out on 117 as Ben finds himself beueathed 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 Title Lullaby Road A NovelAuthor James AndersonPublisher Crown Series Ben Jones 2Reviewed By Arlena DeanRating FourReviewLullaby Road by James AndersonMy ThoughtsNow this was uite 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 Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, known to deliver packages to desert rats hardscrabble ranchers and other assorted exiles who chose to live off 117 Now this route that Ben too. Terribly awry With the help of his eccentric neighbors Ben sets out to help theid 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 imagin. 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 eually 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 much than 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 Biocentrismo. L'universo, la coscienza. La nuova teoria del tutto 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 variousinds 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 much concerned with the effect violence has on us directly and indirectly that can manifest itself over time a ind 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 missedThank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review 375 stars Thank you to First to
Read Books And Crownbooks and Crown for this ARC Expected publication Jan 16 2018I 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 "Price Utah running his tractor trailer delivery service 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 Superior seuel to the author s first novel featuring truck driver Ben Jones The Never Open Desert DinerFor 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 novelSomewhere around page 30 35 something clicked and this book had me hooked tighter than two dogs caughtforgive me my trespassesThis 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 ind of guy working on his wings as far as that goesThere s a bad guy out on Highway 117 in Utah near the high desert He drives an old cab over White Freightli When I saw this was a seuel to The Never Open Desert Diner I uickly 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 themomentary silence was all that marked the 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. 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 117 a remote road through the Utah desert trafficked.