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The Destruction of Silence

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In his most accomplished novel to date, Roger DeBlanck delivers an unforgettable contemporary story of a young Native American man on the road to recovery. Abuse and addiction have ruined Thomas Newsome’s youth, but he refuses to follow the wasted path of his father, Gilbert. After Thomas narrowly avoids tragedy, he vows to get clean and stay that way. Before he can bury h ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by Blue Cliffs Books
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Vaseem Khan
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Destruction of Silence is a poignant road story of redemption and self-discovery. Drug addict Thomas Newsome sets off to find his abusive father, seeking answers to questions that have plagued him since childhood. The life he leaves behind is one that is veering off the tracks, and as he pursues his quest it takes on a mytho-poetic quality, a journey that ultimately forces him to confront both the spectre of his father and the mistakes he has himself made. And yet at the end of this road lie ...more
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Newsome is an Apache descendant struggling to gain control of his life after suffering child abuse and homelessness leading to drug addiction. He goes on a journey through towns in the desert and mountains of the Southwest learning about his ancestors. His path to forgiveness is a passionate and emotional journey. A seemingly magical bond with the wise and learned Apache named Great Star is an unexpected friendship that changes Thomas.

I finished this book wanting to plan a trip through th
Joyce K.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have just started reading this book and already it has captured my attention and imagination. The first few pages have stirred my interest and make me interested in what will come next in the narrative. The writer has a real "feel" for the characters and invites the reader to participate in the story. ...more
Gerald Weaver
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I were a Native American, Roger DeBlanck would be my spirit animal. I had been re-reading one of my favorite Henry James novels when I picked up Mr. DeBlanck’s “The Destruction of Silence,” just to look at it for a few moments. Those moments lasted until I finished the book, and then I returned to Henry James. I mean this in the best possible sense. I reread classic literature and I also read contemporary fiction. I am very unlikely to put aside Henry James or Charles Dickens or Jane Austen f ...more
Vicki-Ann Bush
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started reading, The Destruction of Silence a few days ago. When I began I was instantly gripped by the plight of the young man, Thomas. His horrific childhood abuse by the hands of his father, Gil and his plummet into the depths of hell through drug abuse. I couldn't put the book down and found myself devouring it as if it were my favorite slice of chocolate cake. Sweet but with a price. When Thomas decides to take a trip to find his dying father and confront him for years of horror, he meets ...more
Donald Ozello
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! What a great ending.
I know the author, Roger DeBlanck, personally. We met at a local Las Vegas authors event. I have read this previous two fiction books and could not wait to read "The Destruction of Silence". I purchased two copies, one ebook & one paperback to give as a gift to a reader who enjoyed Mr DeBlanck's first two fiction books.
The character development is amazing and the story moves quickly. The plot builds as the main character overcomes his past, grows in
Jonathan Sturak
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Journey. Addiction. Suspense. Confrontation. Redemption. These are just a few of the words to describe The Destruction of Silence. This is a very special story that follows Thomas Newsome on his journey to find his father and to find his self. The novel starts in Las Vegas with a window in the world of this young man and the struggles with growing up in an abusive home. Each of the early chapters captures Thomas’ emotions over his family, his girlfriend, and the demons within and propels the sto ...more
Brian Rouff
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love road trip stories. I love redemption stories. I love Las Vegas stories. “The Destruction of Silence” is all this and more.

When we first meet Thomas Newsome, he and his girlfriend are mired in the throes of meth addiction, living desperate lives that can only lead to despair and worse. Understandable, considering Thomas’ harrowing childhood at the hands of his physically-abusive father, Gilbert, a bitter, broken man who has surrendered to his own demons. But no less painful to witness. De
Heather Silvio
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting combination of introspection within the main character and his outward journey to finding peace in his life. I enjoyed the road trip that made up the bulk of the novel, especially as I am quite familiar with many of the locales (including the Mescalero Apache reservation toward the end of the novel). The attention to detail was impressive; you could really see every location and clearly understand the character struggles. Highly recommend.
Matthew William
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book. The scene descriptions were phenomenal, they are as good as any book out there. The soul searching journey in the book is inspiring. I loved learning about the geography of the southwest and the Apache culture. After whetting my appetite, I want to learn more about the Apaches. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Suzanne Segal
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has the feel of a mystery to it, though it wouldn’t be classified in such a genre. It keeps you gripped with what will happen next. The start of the story gets the heart racing and you’ll be turning pages intent on finding out what the character of Thomas will learn next about himself and his family. His upbringing is a miracle that he survives, and it’s his survival and its dominant theme in the book that keep the pace moving rapidly with clues as to what he’ll find when he hits the r ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another excellent novel from Roger DeBlanck. The beginning is incredibly intense and realistic in addressing the destructive forces of addiction. These pages had me needing to stop and take a breath. Redemption is found in the journey of a spiritual quest for the teenage Thomas Newsome. He visits reservations and churches in the regions of the Apache southwest. I always look forward to the fine writing of Mr. DeBlanck and the descriptions here are truly vivid and beautiful. Thomas finds ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you get to the end of his powerful novel, you may find yourself crying. It was tears of joy and relief for me after the long path Thomas has to take. He has had it rough for most of his life using drugs and battling his father. The journey he goes on is his best chance to put his past behind him. His travels are tense and amazing chapters full of history and beliefs of the Apaches in the southwest states and over the Mexican border. The descriptions of the characters and the landscape are r ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book was recommended by a friend, and wasn't of the genre I usually read. However, I became quickly engrossed in the story, the rich descriptions of characters and settings, and the desire to see the main character overcome his demons and find purpose in his life.
It's a story that some may relate to, and it underscores the power of resilience and forgiveness.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend.
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In The Destruction of Silence, Thomas Newsome, a Native American and a recovering drug addict, fights to stay clean at the same time trying to find answers and closure with his abusive father, who has disappeared. With the help of Great Star, an Apache elder and sage, Newsome drives through Arizona, New Mexico and into Mexico in search of him. DeBlack’s well-written and colorful descriptions especially of the landscape as the two travel through the Southwest ---‘the rugged hills that looked like ...more
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Roger DeBlanck is the author of four novels: Prayers from the Far Quarter, The Destruction of Silence, The Sky Buries All Sorrow, and The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy. He also has a book of poetry, Empire of the Mind. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He ...more

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