The Broken Road

The Broken Road

Book - 2017
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Chicago celebrity, Charles James can't shake the nightmare that wakes him each night. He sees himself walking down a long, broken highway the sides of which are lit in flames. Where is he going? Why is he walking? What is the wailing he hears around him? By day, he wonders why he's so haunted and unhappy when he has all he ever wanted-fame, fans and fortune and the lavish lifestyle it affords him. Coming from a childhood of poverty and pain, this is what he's dreamed of. But now, at the pinnacle of his career, he's started to wonder if he's wanted the wrong things. His wealth has come legally, but questionably, from the power of his personality, seducing people out of their hard-earned money. When he learns that one of his customers has committed suicide because of financial ruin, Charles is shaken. The cracks in his facade start to break down spurring him to question everything: his choices, his relationships, his future and the type of man he's become.--Provided by Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501111648
Branch Call Number: FICTION Evans 2017
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Broken road : a novel


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Mar 26, 2019

The main character, Charles James is not well developed and therefore not as real as he could be. As a result, it's not a very interesting story. Just what is the character thinking? I had little insight into understanding his motives because the character did not share his thoughts. This is ironic because most of the story is written in diary format with Charles James as the narrator. This should be an ideal format to provide introspection or internal monologue, but such introspection is almost entirely absent. As a result, I do not understand his motives for doing much of what he does. I can guess or infer why he does what he does. However, the story would be far more enjoyable and, moreover, the character would be far more real if the main character had more introspection. He does not struggle with the moral decisions he must make, he simply goes through the actions. Any character, even an amoral one, can ponder the effects of his decisions. Is Charles James amoral or just very naive? The author gives us little opportunity to find out because he does not flesh out the motives of his main character, nor does he allow the readers to see inside his character's mind. Much of this story deals with ethics, morals and integrity and yet the most important character does not struggle with decisions or even ponder over them; he simply acts. His actions propel the story along, but I think the story and its characters would be far richer if the main character had more internal monologue--and even is the characters had more dialogue. I did find some dialogue in the story interesting, enlightening, and enjoyable because it provided a way to understand the character(s) and propelled the story along, but there could have been more of this as well. Essentially, it was a disappointing story with a superficially written protagonist.

Jul 08, 2018

I am enjoying this story. Having read the 'forgotten road' first, I was excited to read, 'broken road'.....I was not disappointed. These are the only two books I have read by this author. Looking forward to the third novel very much.

Jul 02, 2018

Disappointed. Seemed to use the successful template from the Walk Series with location change. More description of places encountered along route 66, then people encountered. Philosophy at beginning of chapter did not follow chapter content. Only 2 meaningful encounters - not counting the mugging - but similar to the "Walk" the main character is saved by a female close friend. Too similar to the "Walk" with predictable encounters.

Feb 09, 2018

Thought provoking. Not a book to "enjoy" as light reading. This has a message about choices in life.

Sep 28, 2017

Almost as if a ghost writer has taken a well-worn template and the end product is blurred and not quite as good as it should be. Apart from that, there are some things to think about here, but with an author as prolific as Evans, he's bound to have a miss once in awhile, especially if trying to produce on schedule.

Aug 11, 2017

Good book and it will continue in book two. Book #2 coming out spring 2018

Jul 19, 2017

I am a big fan of Richard Paul Evans and was thrilled to see that he has started a new series. As with other multi-book sets, this one is a powerful story. Evans excels in telling the story of the individual who has hit rock bottom and searches for redemption. These are the stories that speak to our own human spirit and we cannot deny a connection to the characters in his stories. Who of us does not have guilt about a watershed decision made at some point in our past? There but for the grace of God. . . Definitely one of the best books I have read this summer. Looking forward to the next installment!

Jul 08, 2017

I won't say I "enjoyed" this book/story. It wasn't that kind of book. I think it's meant to be more thought-provoking than entertaining. It was what I expected from this author and I'm sure I will read his subseqent books in this series.

Jun 11, 2017

I agree with reads A Lot comments. I enjoyed it like I do all of his books however there seems a familiar theme going through. I'm anxious to read Book 2 & 3 when they come out. I finished the book in about six hours. They are easy to read and that's enjoyable.

caj1222204441801 Jun 04, 2017

Author was very slow in getting to the point. Usually you are drawn from the first page, not this time. The characters were not engaging. Book was weird. Came back to it 3 times and it was not my cup of tea. Hope he gets his act together or I will not read his books

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