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The Sheltering

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
'You set yourself up as judge, jury, and executioner, Pamela had said, but that was wrong: you set yourself up as angel, and await the word of God.
Luther Redding lost his job, and almost lost his wife, Pamela, and teenaged daughters Katie and Lucy, when the real estate bubble burst in Florida. Now he pilots a Reaper drone over the mountains of Afghanistan from a command c
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by University of South Carolina Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sam Slaughter
Jul 20, 2014 Sam Slaughter rated it it was amazing
Powell's latest is surely his best to date. The power and force that he imbues his characters with us ever-present but, when everything finally comes together, it hits you with all the strength of a category 5. At that point, too, it is too late to run or hide from what Powell unleashes but that is the thing, you don't want to. Instead, the best thing to do is to simply stand and let what happens overtake you.
Elaine Drennon
Aug 20, 2014 Elaine Drennon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern-fiction
Amazing writing---extremely complicated plot line, one of my best reads in quite a while!
S.W. Gordon
Jul 10, 2014 S.W. Gordon rated it it was amazing
Don't let the flashy cover art fool you, Mark Powell has not abandoned high literary fiction. On the contrary, Powell's latest book taps deep philosophical and religious roots that blossom into a contemporary story about our post 9-11 reality. Like Denis Johnson's Tree of Smoke, Powell titled his book after a military operation called "The Sheltering" in which remote drone pilots "shelter" the homeland by killing terrorists overseas using Reapers armed with Hellfire missiles. And the Biblical re ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway and was pleased to discover this thought-provoking, engaging story.

As Christina discusses in her review (, the book is laden with errors - a shame because the prose is quite good and these mistakes are distracting. I hope the book receives a good second edit before they print the paperback edition.

The characters shine in this novel. Powell creates believable, deep male and female characters with such distinct
Sep 05, 2014 Christina rated it it was ok
I got this book through the Goodreads Giveaways, and I laboriously just finished it. I enjoyed the book at first and was curious about the plot, but I just could not get myself to keep reading in the second half. It was just so sad, all the time. I get that the themes the book is dealing with are tricky and not meant to be 'happy' - PTSD and the consequences on the soldiers' families - but man…it never gets better, does it? Too much sadness for me. I didn't even really get emotional about anythi ...more
Liz Destefano
Jan 18, 2016 Liz Destefano rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
So tried to get into this book but could not
Bobby and his brother Donny were just going down hill with bobby coming back from Iraq a broken man and his brother getting out if jail a broken man and they just cannot get into the normal way if like with their sons and wives

Luther coming back from Afghanistan who also cannot fit into his like with his wife Pamela and his two kids Lucie and Katie who can't can't understand why their father committed suiside
And who can't live a normal life
I underst
Andrea Vrtikapa
Mar 07, 2016 Andrea Vrtikapa rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lits
Luther Redding pilots a Reaper drone over the mountains of Afghanistan from a command center in the bowels of Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base. Meanwhile Bobby Rosen has returned home from his tours in Iraq to a broken marriage and an estranged son, his promising military career cut short in a moment of terrible violence in a Sadr City marketplace. As the tales of Luther and Bobby unfold, we learn the bifurcated lives of combatants in the global war on terror, those who are simultaneously here and ...more
Jul 09, 2016 Joanne rated it liked it
I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Let me preface this by saying it is extremely well written. But it is not light-weight reading. Deep, dark, and depressing....there is nothing uplifting here. It is very introspective. It takes on difficult subjects such as PTSD and family dynamics. As I live in central Florida, I related to the familiar locales. But if one is looking for a fun summer novel, this is not the one.
RoseMary Achey
Oct 10, 2014 RoseMary Achey rated it liked it
Ron Rash, an author whose books never disappoint gave a resounding endorsement to Mark Powell the author of The Sheltering which led me to pick up this novel.

The long term effects of war on not only those in combat, but the family is one of the themes of this novel. This book made me quite sad for all involved. There did not seem to be a character that was truly happy.
Sep 10, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
Powell’s powerful meditation on the ramifications of war is complex, but nimble, shifting into multiple points of view both artfully and authentically, each character unique, but all sharing a certain crippling grief.
Jan 10, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was ok
I was so looking forward to reading this book but struggled through the whole thing.
The characters were people I didn't care about at all and the story was disjointed.
I felt the author was proving he was a great writer vs telling a story that blended all the tales.
Charles White
Jul 14, 2014 Charles White rated it it was amazing
A complicated and subtle book that should be read and taught.
Oct 27, 2014 Alison rated it liked it
well written but too depressing and sad and I can usually take "it"
Lorene Haupt
Aug 18, 2014 Lorene Haupt rated it it was amazing
Fabulous story, beautifully written.
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