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Where the Wind Blew

By Bob on May 19, 2011 6:07 AM

Bob Sommer's terrific debut novel, Where the Wind Blew, will take you back to the days of "Don't Trust Anyone Over 30" and "Free Huey". Baby boomers will understand those references and will enjoy every time-traveling minute spent between its covers.

This is a haunting story about a man living a secret and escaping his past. It's the late 1960's and Peter Howell is a man on the run who's trying to avoid capture for participating in an anti-war act of terrorism. The crime was sinister - four people dead in an explosion at a company with a military contract - but, that's where the clarity ends and the trail gets muddy.

 

What follows is a story that any Boomer who remembers the 60's (surely, there are a couple of us) will embrace. Bob does a masterful job of evoking memories of the halcyon days of political activism. When on-campus protests were common place and students burned everything from bras to draft cards. 

 

Where the Wind Blew is a Baby Boomer odyssey told on a grand scale. While it's easy to romanticize this era, Bob doesn't shrink from the task of painting it "warts and all". His portrait captures a colorful past with black and white issues led by activists who have now turned gray. 

 

Author: Bob Sommer

Publisher: Wessex Collective  

Penned: June 2008

Time Out: At 323 pages, you'll need more than an afternoon or a couple of evenings. But hey man this book is written about the 60's, so it's cool.    

Beach Worthy: Absolutely. Just lather on the SPF 50 before you start, because once you dive into this page-turner you'll forget to reapply.

 

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