Off Roadby Stephen E. Wright
Paul Archer believes it's time to move on and leave the American obsession with God, guns, big trucks, and "family values" in the past. Which is why he is ashamed of both his country and his family. But just when Paul has risen above his "redneck" beginnings, his girlfriend demands commitment and children - which he is sure will trap him right back in the trailer park life he escaped. The only way he can gain time to think is to flee on an off-road camping trip with his Bible-thumping brother and gun-toting father.
Though driving his luxury SUV over a trail without pavement, bridges, bathrooms, or (God help him) cell service is definitely not Paul's ideal vacation, the tranquil Colorado wilderness turns out to be the perfect place for the Archer family to bond again. But why all the big guns? And the renewed obsession with the horrible crime committed against the family so long ago? If this is a hunting trip, it sure ain't rabbit season!
Off Road is a comedic journey into the uniquely American world of civilians with guns, lifted trucks with big tires, off-road trails, and evangelical Christians. But it is also a story of how Family can overcome any obstacle.
The plot mashes together the worlds of the successful businessman, who lives his life by his blackberry, and the blue collar men they secretly envy who drive big trucks and work construction jobs. The world of the atheist who rolls his eyes at the followers of "ancient superstitions," and the born-again on-fire-for-the-Lord evangelicals determined to save every soul they contact. And even anti-violence gun controller and the proud NRA member whose gun will have to be taken from his cold, dead fingers.
In other words ... the new civil war of red state vs. blue state. The war of cultures and political parties, but mostly of beliefs.
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- 18 Years
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This is a book written by a man for a man. Paul Archer devotes his whole self to his business, seeing relationships and commitment as a weakness that might result in financial insecurity. He vows he will never sink to the status of his "trailer park" family whom he has avoided for the last several years. But when he is coerced into an off-road camping trip, he comes to identify with his estranged Bible thumping brother and big gun, big truck, dying father. Steve Wright has brought his characters to life. The reader can almost see the old man with skin jiggling below his chin. The road trip keeps you clinging to your seat so as not to go over a cliff with him. I would gladly give this book five stars if I didn't let my Christianity get in the way. The one brother who claims to be a born-again Christian, drinks alcohol and takes God's name in vain. Although he only does this a couple of times, it offended me.