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The unexpected telephone call from the sister Clyde Barr hadn t seen or spoken to in years had him making a promise and packing up his camp to head to a civilisation he hadn t wanted to return to Jen s panicked call which had abruptly ended had sent chills down Barr s spine he knew she was in trouble he also knew he had to find her before it was too late.Barr had been out of his family s lives for sixteen years travelling across various countries while working as a soldier, a hunter and mo The unexpected telephone call from the sister Clyde Barr hadn t seen or spoken to in years had him making a promise and packing up his camp to head to a civilisation he hadn t wanted to return to Jen s panicked call which had abruptly ended had sent chills down Barr s spine he knew she was in trouble he also knew he had to find her before it was too late.Barr had been out of his family s lives for sixteen years travelling across various countries while working as a soldier, a hunter andHis skills were legendary tough, fast and lethal, he was not a man to cross His initial search to find a connection to Jen led him into the dark world of drugs the apparent kidnapper was a feared person who was known to stop at nothing to gain control over the drug trade in the west of the United States The only thing in both Barr s and Jen s favour was that Jen was needed alive for something But would he get to her in time Joining forces with a stubborn Allie, Barr was at first reluctant to put her in danger But she had an agenda and wouldn t be fobbed off Also she knew what the person they were after looked like The race was on, but so were the continued attempts to stop them The dangers were high being alert 24 7 was wearing, but they had no choice As they wound their way into the vast forests of Colorado, Barr felt confidentat home in the wilderness than the cities But had they underestimated their enemy Barr knew that nothing short of dying would stop him finding the sister he was so close to when they were young Brilliant So hard to believe Nothing Short of Dying is a debut novel by Erik Storey Fast paced, original and full of action from the very first page, I raced through it An excellent thriller, Barr is a great protagonist his determination to succeed puts him in dangerous situations on a constant basis and he doesn t always win With this one being 1 in a new series, I ll be keen to read the next one Highly recommended With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read in exchange for an honest review With this exceptional entry, Erik Storey, a natural born storyteller, solidifies his place at the upper end of the literary crime thriller rural noir fiction genre, NOTHING SHORT OF DYING Tenacious Clyde Barrdirt under your fingernails, kind of raw, a character you want on your side rugged, a tough as nails hero, we can count on.The gritty novel begins with a phone call in the Utah wilderness about a week after Clyde Barr had been released from prison He had hoped for a storybook homecom With this exceptional entry, Erik Storey, a natural born storyteller, solidifies his place at the upper end of the literary crime thriller rural noir fiction genre, NOTHING SHORT OF DYING Tenacious Clyde Barrdirt under your fingernails, kind of raw, a character you want on your side rugged, a tough as nails hero, we can count on.The gritty novel begins with a phone call in the Utah wilderness about a week after Clyde Barr had been released from prison He had hoped for a storybook homecoming however, in reality, this was not a dream life He likes the wilderness and living off the grid, with no technology or frills.cdsJen, his sister called with a desperate SOS she needed for him to come and get her Throughout their childhood, they had been through nights of their mom and dad fighting, mom s boyfriends, drunks, loss of control, fighting, and abuse Mostly hiding out to ride out the storm The two of them against the world They have secrets Jen explained in a whispered voice, for Clyde to hurry, he was going to kill her She was to help, and then he would kill her She reminded him he owed her Before she could tell him where she was, Barr heard a male voice and the line went dead He was her flesh and blood She had a knack for finding the wrong people, times, and places He had left her to fend for herself because he had been selfish Now he owed her This was his chance to make up for his mistakes however, he needed a track to follow, a direction Barr knows that nothing short of dying will stop him from saving her.After their dad left, and their mom died, he did something stupid which almost got him killed Jen did something worse that saved his life If anyone ever found out what they had done, they would be serving life sentences Jen kept quiet and he was free They had been to hell and back He would do whatever she asked Clyde begins his journey for his sister She was in trouble again and most likely mixed up with somebody very dangerous From Colorado, outdoorsman, Clyde Barr returns to the states after serving as a gun for hire in Africa and South American After leaving Juarez prison, Clyde is camping and receives the phone call He has no clue where she could be He has had no contact with his family in years.On his journey, he meets Allie Martin, a bartender They both are equally stubborn Soon a relationship develops as they travel deeper into the remote Colorado s high country From drug ring politics, meth houses, and violence However, despite the challenges, nothing will stop Barr from reaching his sister, and his strong loyalty to family and blood What he was dealing with, he had underestimated In a matter of days, he was dealing with drug dealer gangs, feds, and a girl who started to mean something So much, for the quiet life Shortly thereafter, an intense race against time.Storey, introduces strong female characters, in addition to Barr, for women readers Allie and Jen, which proves riveting heroes in their own right Jen is no poor victim A gal who can handle herself With a rich cast of characters, an action packed tale of grit, emotion, desperation, and the resilience of family From good to evil, the author explores both extremes New fans will anxiously be awaiting the next installment of pulp action hero, Clyde Barr Stark and gripping, with a strong sense of place in rural rich areas, and bold nuanced characterization reminiscent, of Ace Atkins, Lee Child Jack Reacher , Craig Johnson, and CJ Box.As the author mentions in an interview, The book isn t a cup of tea at all it s whiskey on the rocks Indeed, it is like sipping and savoring the spirit So grab a glass, pour yourself some whiskey, kick back in your leather man or woman chair, and do some taste testing and follow Clyde Bar on his adventure Feel like kickin it old school Have your whiskey in a tin cup in the great outdoors, a perfect side kick for Nothing Short of Dying.I am always fascinated with the inspiration behind books and authors Thoroughly enjoyed the Interview with Erik Storey I wanted to show off this side of the state, he continues It s not as visited as Denver Western Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho they re kind of forgotten People will fly into the cities, but because the population density is so small, they overlook the rest of the region To a lot of people, the West is kind of an obscure concept I want to promote this area with my books As Clyde s quest takes him from small town to small town throughout Colorado Riverside, Clifton, Palisade, De Beque, Rifle, Meeker, Mack, Leadville, Steamboat Springs he unearths both the grandeur and grit of life in the high country and on the Western Slope What does define Clyde s character, besides his tenacity and honor, is a deep distrust of cell phones, apps, computers and every other innovation that distracts from the simplicity of humanity s bond with the land In addition to the advanced reading copy, also purchased the audio version, narrated by Jeremy Bobbsexy, edgy, gritty , a perfect match for Storey s smashing debut, for a full throttle performance ride.Worthy of the hype, Nothing Short of Dying,equal parts rural country noir and contemporary Western, with a tough hero to stand up and cheer for, and not to be messed with A rugged guy, the kind you would want to be alone in the wilderness with, forthan one reason Storey is an author to follow with many epic adventures to follow Sounds like we will visit Clyde next, as he wanders onto a Native American reservation, which mysteriously seems to have been taken over by an outlaw biker gang and there s report of terrorist activity in the area A Promise to Kill Can t wait Movie worthy Awesome cover Bring it onA special thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewJDCMustReadBooks I d rate this 3.5, maybe 3.75 stars.I don t know what it is about drifters, but thriller writers seem to love them as protagonists Lee Child s Jack Reacher Peter Ash, the title character in Nicholas Petrie s superb The Drifter of all things and now, Clyde Barr, from Erik Storey s debut novel, Nothing Short of Dying just to name a few I guess the idea of someone with a shady, perhaps troubled past, yet nothing really to tie them down, provides an appealing canvas from which to create a s I d rate this 3.5, maybe 3.75 stars.I don t know what it is about drifters, but thriller writers seem to love them as protagonists Lee Child s Jack Reacher Peter Ash, the title character in Nicholas Petrie s superb The Drifter of all things and now, Clyde Barr, from Erik Storey s debut novel, Nothing Short of Dying just to name a few I guess the idea of someone with a shady, perhaps troubled past, yet nothing really to tie them down, provides an appealing canvas from which to create a story Clyde Barr has seen a lot in his life A troubled adolescence led him to escape his Colorado home at a young age, seeking fortune and adventure elsewhere As a hunter, soldier of fortune, and even a convict taking on anyone he sees as a threat, he s hadthan his share of violence, death, and visions of destruction to last him a lifetime He s ready to put the past behind him, and spend his days living off the land and sleeping in the mountains.And then a phone call comes from his sister Jen, whom he has always sworn to protect since they were growing up Jen begs him to come and rescue her and then the call abruptly ends Memories of their shared hellish adolescence return He doesn t know who has taken her, where she is, or even if she is still alive, but Clyde knows he has no choice but to hunt down those who have kidnapped his sister so he can bring her home, no matter what Those who needed help always managed to find me, no matter where I hid They tracked me down and pleaded And I never refused Somehow, that always caused bigger problems As Clyde struggles to determine Jen s whereabouts and the identity of her kidnappers, he unwittingly finds himself wading deeper and deeper into the middle of a narcotics ring run by a madman and his henchmen Clyde is no stranger to violence or depravity, but these people stretch even his imagination He connects with Allie, a bartender who has her own reasons for going on the run, and he looks up some old friends to help him find his sister But who can he trust And will finding Jen mean sacrificing his own life in exchange I found this book to be pretty compelling, and Clyde Barr is a really fascinating protagonist He s got a penchant for fighting, a fairly strong threshold for pain, and a hair trigger temper, which makes him a fun character to read about This is Erik Storey s first novel, and I think he does a great job in developing his characters backstories while keeping the action and suspense fairly taut and focused Even if the plot isn t necessarily surprising, Storey keeps you reading, keeps you invested in what will happen to the characters.I like thrillers but sometimes find them utterly implausible or not capable of sustaining my interest Nothing Short of Dying is neither of these it s well told, takes off at breakneck speed, and doesn t really look back Definitely a worthy entry in the genre.NetGalley and Scribner 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 Although Clyde Barr left his home and family in Colorado sixteen years ago, he can t help coming to his sister Jen s aid when she calls to say she has been kidnapped and is being held by a major drug ring Clyde has been a soldier of fortune, fought in wars andrecently been incarcerated in Mexico He knows how to fight and play dirty but underneath he has a basic honorable code of ethics and can recognise evil when he comes across it This is a high octane adventure of the Jack Reacher typ Although Clyde Barr left his home and family in Colorado sixteen years ago, he can t help coming to his sister Jen s aid when she calls to say she has been kidnapped and is being held by a major drug ring Clyde has been a soldier of fortune, fought in wars andrecently been incarcerated in Mexico He knows how to fight and play dirty but underneath he has a basic honorable code of ethics and can recognise evil when he comes across it This is a high octane adventure of the Jack Reacher type as Clyde attempts to rescue his sister, blow up a major drug racket and keep safe Allie, the girl he picked up along the way Plenty of fast paced, gritty action in this excellent debut novel I ll definitely be looking forward to what Mr Barr does next With thnaks to Netgalley and the publisher Simon Schuster Australia for a digital copy to read and review This was absolutely the worst book that I have ever finished Seemed like a wanna be author penned this one It was a Jack Reacher Darrell Dixon Walking Dead type guy on a mission of mercy to save his sister from a drug kingpin Amateurish writing in all regards Should have put it down early but just didn t Don t waste your time on this one if it s on your to read list. Clyde Barr just wants to disappear into the wilderness After the last few years, who can blame him mercenary and hired gun on three different continents, prisoner on one call him what you want, he s tired and needs to regain some sense of himself He also doesn t really need the added complications of electronic communication like a mobile phone but, in this day and age, it seems to be a must have.Only problem is, the next call he receives is going to shatter his much sought after solitude Clyde Barr just wants to disappear into the wilderness After the last few years, who can blame him mercenary and hired gun on three different continents, prisoner on one call him what you want, he s tired and needs to regain some sense of himself He also doesn t really need the added complications of electronic communication like a mobile phone but, in this day and age, it seems to be a must have.Only problem is, the next call he receives is going to shatter his much sought after solitude with a cry for help from his youngest sister who doesn t even get a chance to let him know where she is In trying to figure out her whereabouts and who may have her, he finds himself teaming up with Allie, a bartender with her own reasons for running, who just might know the answer to that question Together they begin the search Travelling through wide open spaces and into the mountains looking for clues, they also find themselves fighting for their lives when they cross the paths of some ruthless drug dealers and are double crossed by someone Clyde once called a friend As the bodies pile up and he and Allie grow closer, vignettes of a fractured family, abusive relationships and an obscure past begin to form the patchwork of history that is Clyde Barr.This one had been glaring at me from my reading pile for some time and, not having read a Jack Reacher novel to whom Clyde Barr has been compared , I wasn t quite sure what to expect I picked it up anyway, thinking that I d expand my horizons so to speak and I m so glad that I did because Erik Storey is a remarkable storyteller.Not only does he give us non stop action right the way through but in Clyde Barr, he introduces us to an extremely complex man, slowly peeling back the layers to reveal an honourable, albeit tough as nails hero He s rugged, a wanderer with a strong sense of justice, tough but soft when he needs to be and if there s one thing he lovesthan anything else, it s his sisters even if they re not all on speaking terms with him As a woman, I could just fall in love with Clyde he s not afraid or ashamed to stand up for what s right, he keeps his word and will always defend the underdog There s a lot to enjoy in this novel which provided me with a few hours of adventurous escapism such as getting to know our hero whilst exploring Erik s lush setting of Colorado and the Appalachian Mountains that not only gives the reader a strong sense of place which is integral to the events unfolding around Clyde, but also shows that Erik knows it well.Another big plus for me was that while there are a number of violent scenes which is to be expected from the genre , Erik doesn t expose the reader to too much guts and gore And, once his characters have served their purpose, he has no qualms about expiring them along the way.Clyde Barr is an appealing lead character and Erik Storey s skill as a writer shines, making it hard to believe that this is a debut He also strikes the right emotional balance so if you, like me, prefer your action thriller novels not to forsake depth, then don t hesitate to get this one on your list so that you too can welcome knight errant, Clyde Barr, to the fold With non stop action right the way through and a skilfully crafted plot that picks up steadily, this is compulsive reading at its best from an author who is putting true adventure back into the action thriller genre In saying that, I can confirm that I m definitely a fan and that nothing short of dying will stop me from reading the next novel in the series |Download Book ☬ Karges Land: Thriller ♱ Kurz nachdem Clyde Barr aus dem Gef ngnis entlassen worden ist, bekommt er einen Anruf von seiner Schwester Jen Sie bittet ihn um Hilfe, sie aus den Klauen eines Drogenbosses zu retten Er wei weder wo sie ist, noch wie viel Zeit er hat, da der Anruf pl tzlich unterbrochen wird Clyde kehrt zur ck in seine Heimat Colorado Dort beginnt eine Jagd gegen die Zeit und ein Kampf gegen einen der m chtigsten Verbrecher in diesem Teil der USA Und nur die Bardame Allie und ein paar alte Freunde stehen Clyde Barr zur Seite, der auch noch mit ein paar Feinden aus seiner Vergangenheit abzurechnen hat I usually don t like this type of novel very much, but I have to admit this one was very well executed NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is an action thriller in the vein of Jack Reacher novels It might not have the intricate mystery aspect of Lee Child s books, but it makes up with meaningful, pertinent action scenes that reveal bits about its character hillbilly turned mercenary turned professional badass Clyde Barr.I had a love hate relationship with Barr s exposition scenes, which I thought were ver I usually don t like this type of novel very much, but I have to admit this one was very well executed NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is an action thriller in the vein of Jack Reacher novels It might not have the intricate mystery aspect of Lee Child s books, but it makes up with meaningful, pertinent action scenes that reveal bits about its character hillbilly turned mercenary turned professional badass Clyde Barr.I had a love hate relationship with Barr s exposition scenes, which I thought were very stereotypical, but gave his family a strangeness and an antagonistic edge that are rather uncommon in this type of books what kind of big sister doesn t protect their little brother This kind of things are interesting to me Can t say NOTHING SHORT OF DYING was exactly my cup of tea, but I can t argue with the execution here It s brilliantly delivered and it reads itself If you re looking for a new action thriller, this should definitely be your pick Clyde Barr is fresh out of prison and hoping to stay clean for a while For the last sixteen years, he has tried to bury the demons of an abusive childhood at the hands of his mother s numerous boyfriends Clyde and his sister Jen were constantly abused till one night they cracked with devastating consequences For years he has traveled the world as a mercenary and hunter His hopes of trying to put his past where it belongs go out the window when he gets a phone call from Jen.She is being held Clyde Barr is fresh out of prison and hoping to stay clean for a while For the last sixteen years, he has tried to bury the demons of an abusive childhood at the hands of his mother s numerous boyfriends Clyde and his sister Jen were constantly abused till one night they cracked with devastating consequences For years he has traveled the world as a mercenary and hunter His hopes of trying to put his past where it belongs go out the window when he gets a phone call from Jen.She is being held in the Colorado mountains by a ruthless drug dealer and Clyde will vow the rescue her and make her captors pay Head honcho Alvis though is a man to be reckoned with, who has a small army of thugs who will do anything to try and stop Clyde Along the way, he will meet an ally in Allie who has her own reason to help Clyde and another associate who is not what he seems Erik Storey s debut novel is one that moves along well enough with solid actions scenes and the descriptions of the landscape are vivid but I can t get past the dialogue that is, to put it mildly, flat as a tack The action scenes themselves have for me at least a formulaic flow about them, and as a result did not engage me as much as I thought they would Not a bad read by any means and if you are an action junkie then you eat this up, but for the rest of us, it is a good but safe read At one point in time, the world was simply a wide open adventure to Clyde Barr A stint in the Merchant Marines Camping across Africa at a time when he was na ve but lucky Then dreary jobs like watching cows and building fences and digging wells Then, hunting poachers in animal reserves and guiding safaris And helping the underdogs in coups and revolutions, picking the side I approved of Not all went well, including a stint in a Mexican prison Clyde Barr has has seen evil on thre At one point in time, the world was simply a wide open adventure to Clyde Barr A stint in the Merchant Marines Camping across Africa at a time when he was na ve but lucky Then dreary jobs like watching cows and building fences and digging wells Then, hunting poachers in animal reserves and guiding safaris And helping the underdogs in coups and revolutions, picking the side I approved of Not all went well, including a stint in a Mexican prison Clyde Barr has has seen evil on three continents But there s one thing about Clyde Barr When he gives someone a promise, nothing short of dying will prevent him from following through When his sister calls, Clyde Barr hears a tone in her voice he doesn t like, the same tone and pleading I d heard as a child on the bad nights The nights that Mom and Dad or Mom and some new guy were fighting, or when one of those guys, drunk and out of control, chose to hurt us So Clyde makes a promise To help To come get Jen.As always, Clyde gets to pick the side he approves of And this decision is a snap.And Erik Storey s Nothing Short of Dying begins its rocket ride around Western Colorado Clyde is just a brother looking for a sister Easy Right The search starts in a bar called the Cellar in Clifton The place smelled of piss and mildew and stale beer There was something else, too the acrid sweat of the strung out a smell that reminded me of the little cantina in Bolivia where people in the coca trade use booze to come down from the powder cloud that gets them through the long shifts If broken souls had an odor, they d smell like the Cellar Clyde Barr is full of keen little observations like that one And he s not all bad boy He s got a pistol, a knife, a.375 Holland Holland, sure But then there are the paperbacks like the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche or the stories of H Rider Haggard.Clyde befriends a woman named Allie He s a bit of a knight errant and knows it He takes his cues from childhood reading about Gawain, Perceval and Lancelot The story winds to Rifle and the hills nearby Clyde has an eye for empty country my favorite kind but they are alternately chasing and being chased Then it s up the Yampa River Valley to Steamboat Springs and then onto Leadville Nothing Short of Dying covers a big chunk of northwestern Colorado.To beef up his team, Clyde pulls in a guy named Zeke They had met in the prison in Mexico Zeke killed two fellow prisoners with his bare hands and a prison guard with a shoelace garrote Zeke was never caught because there was only one witness Clyde The result Zeke, a guy who once lost all interest in the human race, owes Clyde And Zeke enlists in Clyde s mission, tempted in part by gaining access to any spoils from taking down a few sinister bad boys One named Chopo and another named Alvis There are gun fights, knife fights and fight fights For every mess Clyde cleans up, he drags another with him.Some of the scenes are Reacher esque, but Clyde Barr is much less a cartoon than the Reacher s impossible but oh so fun rumbles Where Reacher travels with precious little, in fact, Clyde Barr drags every regret and mistake with him on every page Fuel motivation is never in short supply Nothing Short of Dying is a big, sweeping, fast paced thriller with guts Push down the kickstarter on the first few pages and take yourself for a ride with Clyde Barr, a man who knows himself very, very well The wild places.have the ability to send you deeper into your mind than you d go if you were in acivilized place It s what makes those of us who spend most of our lives in the wilderness go crazy Yes, and Nietzshe said something along the lines of stare into the abyss and the abyss stares back Clyde Barr returns the stare with action and purpose It isn t always pretty, but the point isn t how, it s what Clyde Barr shows knows exactly how to get to that crazy place.All he needs to do is pick the side that s worth fighting for Q A with Erik Storey on my blog