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And West Is West by Ron Childress

And West Is West

by Ron Childress

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This book is a very well written character study. Oftentimes there are books that you know the author has simply written to fulfill a certain page limit- seems like 300 pages is the magic number. Usually I finish those books and think "well that last 50 or 60 pages were useless". And West is West is just the opposite of that scenario - I would have been happy to have continued reading another 100 pages of this book. I think the added length would have aided the plot which gets lost a bit in the excellent character development. However, the look at both big banking and military drone activity was well done- I just would have liked a bit more. Very good book- would recommend. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
And West is West is an interesting, serious, well-written, thought-provoking novel. 2 main characters facing separate troubling situations in their lives are followed in their respective searches for meaning and redemption.

Jessica, the more sympathetic character of the 2, was a 'drone pilot' who was involved in a strike that didn't turn out perfectly, ends up getting separated from the service, and walks out of a medical facility where she's being evaluated to lose herself and the rest of the world. Ethan is a financial 'quant' whiz who loses his job due to what he thinks was sabotage by his boss, at the same time his complicated romantic life becomes much sadder and more complicated.

Although it sometimes feels like you're reading 2 individual novels, intertwined, the characters do intersect (you get some hints along the way). I thought the writing was excellent, the stories were well crafted, the characters were developed nicely (although 2/3 of them I didn't really care for....), the dialogue was fine and the conclusion was satisfactory.

All told, it's a fine novel about how people respond to big changes in their lives. Nicely done, not upbeat by any means but definitely worthwhile reading. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
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When Jessica, a young Air Force drone pilot in Nevada, is tasked with launching a missile against a suspected terrorist halfway across the world, she realizes that though women and children are in the crosshairs of her screen, she has no choice but to follow orders. Ethan, a young Wall Street quant, is involved in a more bloodless connection to war when he develops an algorithm that enables his company's clients to profit by exploiting the international financial instability caused by exactly this kind of antiterrorist strike. These two are only minor players, but their actions have global implications that tear lives apart--including their own. When Jessica finds herself discharged from the service and Ethan makes an error that costs him his job, both find themselves adrift, cast out by a corrupt system and forced to take the blame for decisions they did not make.… (more)

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