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A Wayward Wind

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 331 pages
Published April 30th 2009 by Authorhouse (first published April 28th 2009)
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Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Opening Line: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, Mrs Powell once said from the front of my high school literature class, going on to explain that some ancient Chinese scholar made that sage observation many centuries ago."

A Wayward Wind was one of those great surprise reads as I’d never heard of author John. W Huffman before and knew next to nothing about this story when I began. I will admit to a somewhat shaky start though as I got used to his style of writing and love
Jeannie Walker
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading at its best! Another novel that is as good as they get! John Huffman is a wonderful writer as well as good friend.
His novel, Wayward Wind is an absorbing tale. Runaway boys with troubled pasts are reunited when tragedy takes them another venture. As adults, the lives of Jay, Oliver and Hattie become entwined once again. Jay, a discouraged and cynical, but highly decorated veteran gets a forlorn letter from his friend, Oliver, who is sitting on death row. This starts a painful and traumat
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you grow up in the South, your friends become "blood" to you. In this novel, Huffman uses characters that are such friends. Their adventures are heartfelt and eye opening. You will love them and cheer them on. And when you come to the end and close the book,you will do so with a smile on your face!
Javier Robayo
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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John W. Huffman was known to me as an author of Vietnam themed books, so I was eager to read a different facet, and I must say, I got far more than I expected. Who of us has never ventured outside of our safe zone in order to find who we are, and what we're made of? Few things forge a friendship more than adventure, one fraught with obstacles to overcome. The trials and triumphs blur the things that tend to label people as too different to be no more than strangers, and bring out the best in eac ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome story! I loved the strong friendship between Jay and Oliver and what melted my heart was how they became friends. Jay's braveness and adventurous heart won me over and earned my utmost admiration for the way he confronted all the obstacles that got in his way. But the part that melted my heart the most and touched me at a very deep level, was its ending and how Jay found himself again, after the trauma Vietnam left him, in the eyes of the person he came to love more than anything ...more
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A Wayward Wind is a gripping tale of three former runaways whose troubled past spills over into the present when tragedy reunites the trio and spins them off into yet another unlikely venture together. When Jay Harte returns from the Army a highly decorated but disillusioned veteran, a desperate letter from his childhood friend, Oliver Freeman, now incarcerated on death row in Angola prison, launches him on a heartrending search for his youthful love, Hattie Trudeau."

The author seamlessly thre
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I think I'm more like 3.5 stars on this one. I enjoyed the story, but sometimes I felt like the characters weren't speaking authentically. I could imagine thirty year olds speaking that war but not fourteen year olds. All in all I'm glad I read it.
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book, thanks to the author for a few hours of fine entertainment, if you are looking for a good book about love and friendship, this is the book you should pick it up.
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John W. Huffman was born in Hemphill, Texas, attended elementary school in Pineland, Texas, junior high and high school in Jasper, Texas, and graduated summa cum laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

John enlisted in the Army Airborne in 1966 and served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam, the first as a private, and subsequently a sergeant, with Alpha Company, 1/27th Infantry, 25th Infa

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