Friday’s Book Excerpts

To all of the Monday-to-Friday workers, TGIF!

This Friday, I decided to share book excerpts with:

  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current book, as well as any first impressions or initial thoughts they might have. 
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences, and post them.

It’s great timing since I finished Renegades this morning and I’m getting ready to move on to my next read. I just found out about the controversy regarding Carve the Mark (sometimes I swear I live under a rock!), so I’ve decided to skip over that book. Instead, my next read is going to be Only the Rain by Randall Silvis.


Synopsis from Amazon:

When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, he’s got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforward good deed turns into a spiral of danger. When Russell finds an enticing stash of money in the woman’s house, he knows the cash could be his only hope. Taking just a handful will save his family’s future.

His “victimless crime” seems to be anything but risky—until the criminals he robbed come looking for their dirty money. Russell’s ready to surrender it, but then his daughter gets sick…and he must choose between saving her or giving the devils their due. Someone’s going to pay. The question is, how much?

Book Beginning:

“Hey Spence.

It’s been a long time, brother. Not that I haven’t thought about you since leaving you back there in the sandbox with the camel spiders and sand vipers. A couple days ago I read an article that said Iraq is the most dangerous place in the world, and not just because of the animals. I guess we can attest to that, huh?”

The Friday 56:

“Sometimes I look at her and feel like I’ve never seen her before. Like I’ve been dropped in from outer space or something. Like I’ve woken up in somebody else’s life.”

Initial thoughts:

I’ve never read any books by this author so I’m not quite sure what to expect. However, my curiosity is definitely piqued. I’m interested in finding out more about Spence, the narrator (his brother?? I’m assuming it’s Russell, the main character from the synopsis), and what they did in Iraq… Why can they attest to Iraq being the most dangerous place in the world? And why did he leave Spence behind? Was it just a matter of his deployment ending, or was it something more sinister? I’m excited to start reading and find out!


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