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Somewhere West of Roads

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Please Note: This book is the print version of the novel that was first released as an e-book in December of 2012.

On the same day John Barstow lost his girlfriend and his job, he got a letter from a lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska, summoning him to that frozen place. John doesn’t really care that his uncle, Hank Grant, has died. He didn’t really know the man. Hank had been the
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 14th 2013 by Omm Writing (first published December 12th 2012)
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Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a delightful, and fun read! It is a totally believable story about a fellow who really has pretty much failed at everything in his life. He finds himself through the people and events that happen in this book. I had a great time reading it and truly want to know what happens to these characters next! Is there a sequel? I hope so.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Despite lengthy travels throughout the U.S. the only two States I have not yet reached are Alaska and Hawaii. When I saw this book's subtitle--An Alaskan novel --I was intrigued. Reading the synopsis of the plot further interested me since I, a city girl ( NYC) had relocated to a rural, deep freeze winter area ( boonies of Vt). Though the main character of the book, John Barstow, made his move from LA to Nikiski under very different circumstances, I was curious if there might be some similaritie ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Karen M
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Okay, I admit I've had a thing for Alaska ever since I fell in love with a little TV program called Northern Exposure which was actually filmed in Washington but in my heart it was still Alaska.

I wanted to love this book. I fell head over heels in love with this book and some of the most interesting small town Alaska characters you could ever dream of meeting. This is a wonderful "fish out of water" story. LA guy who is very down on his luck is handed an opportunity to start all over again court
Jill Botkin
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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I will start by saying I received this book as a Goodreads' First Reads winner.

Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable read. The story held my interest and I looked forward to finding out what would happen next.

The story is about a recovering alcoholic named John Barstow and it begins with him losing his job and girlfriend all at the same time. With dim prospects for the future, John is not in a good place. A letter from a law firm in Alaska begins a new episode in John's life and that is
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I just want to start off by saying that I received a free copy of this book via a goodreads first reads giveaway. I would also like to say thank you to the author for the book and for the very nice handwritten note!

I really enjoyed reading this book! It was a great story about a man who gets a chance to reinvent his life...who hasn't wished for that? The storyline was refreshingly original - I knew nothing at all about mining and found the details provided very interesting. There was some really
Johnny Simonich
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story that put you in the heart of an Alaskan adventure. The author keeps his readers interest throughout each chapter, as he educates them as he moves them through exciting circumstances. His characters are all believable and down to earth people. I have never been to Alaska, but after reading Somewhere West of Roads, I felt like I had experienced an actual visit to every location in the story.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book because a friend of mine won it in a drawing from the coffee shop. Being from the North Road made it a have to read. I laughed out loud several times. I am now going to buy copies for my family down south. I loved it and couldn't put it down. ...more
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book. It kept me interested from the beginning until the end. The information about mining for gold and Alaska in general was refreshing.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun read having just returned from Alaska. :)
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