When family man and war veteran Russell loses his job as a quarry worker, his life suddenly seems more like a waking nightmare than a chance to finally live the American dream. Facing bills, a new baby, and a bone-dry bank account, he’s got nothing left to lose. Russell comes to the rescue of a naked stranger dancing in the rain, and what was supposed to be a straightforward good deed turns into a spiral of danger. When Russell finds an enticing stash of money in the woman’s house, he knows the cash could be his only hope. Taking just a handful will save his family’s future.
His “victimless crime” seems to be anything but risky—until the criminals he robbed come looking for their dirty money. Russell’s ready to surrender it, but then his daughter gets sick…and he must choose between saving her or giving the devils their due. Someone’s going to pay. The question is, how much?
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About the Author
Randall Silvis is the internationally acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, one story collection, and one book of narrative nonfiction. He is also a prize-winning playwright, a produced screenwriter, and a prolific essayist who has been published and produced in virtually every field and genre of creative writing. His numerous essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in the Discovery Channel magazines, the Writer, Prism International, Short Story International, Manoa, and numerous other online and print magazines. His work has been translated into ten languages.
Silvis’s many literary awards include two writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize; a Fulbright Senior Scholar research award; six fellowships for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded for “distinguished literary achievement.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 all the stars book There are some books you read because they have gotten so much hype you just can't pass them up.There are some books you read because a friend, or a family member recommends them. Then there are books you read just for the beauty of the writing, the ease in which he author tells his or her story, the emotions that stir inside you are you turn the pages. Only the Rain is one of those books. It comes at you slowly, pulling you into the story of a young veteran, a father, a husband who finds himself in the middle of a problem created because he loves his family and needs to protect and provide for them Russell, the main character in this tale finds money stashed in a meth house. He takes it, a victimless crime really, and that money that is so needed by him and his family. Russell has just lost his job, has two young daughters, and a wife who is expecting baby number three. How could he not take the money? And yet, Russell struggles with his conscience, struggles with the impact of what he has done, and when the meth dealers come after him, his life and family are in jeopardy. Russell has a grandfather, the man who raised him, who is the impetus behind the man that Russell is and wants to be. He also have the memory of a man who was the leader of his company while serving in the army overseas. Told with tenderness and a certain amount of grit, this story was wonderfully done and had this reader rooting for Russell, his family , and Pops.
An Overboard Use of Self-Justification Asides This novel starts with the main character, Russell Blystone, writing an e-mail to his Army buddy, Spence, from Iraq. The author uses this mechanism to delve into the mind and thoughts of Russell. The action of the story starts shortly after this introduction. Russell learns that he has a third child on the way, that he is losing his job without any viable prospects on the horizon, and that he looking at the future without any real savings. On his ride home on his motorcycle Russell decides to take a back road to avoid traffic. On the way, he sees a naked young woman dancing in the rain who then collapses. Russell decides to help the woman who is higher than a kite back into the house. After fighting off her amorous advances, he discovers a fortune in the bathtub. He decides to take some as the woman could not possibly remember him, and the place looked like a meth lab. The storyline proceeds from here. Needless to say, the main storyline continues to go downhill for Russell from here. The action in the main storyline as one would expect with an ending that was interesting and fulfilling. Unfortunately, my problem was with the author’s use of Russell’s talking to his buddy Spence. This is a literary technique called an aside. It is an excellent way for a character to tell the audience what he or she is thinking. While a little wandering in the beginning, I really liked the use of theses asides. Unfortunately, the author, in my opinion, overuses this technique excessively. Russell keeps justifying his actions with shallow logic of someone who really knows that what he had done was wrong. These asides started to overpower the main storyline until the near the end. To some people sex, violence and vulgar language is important. There is the regular use of f-bombs and other vulgar terms. There are some sexual situations, but no graphic sex. There is some violence. To me the language fit the situation, and the violence not excessive. Unless you are sensitive to these issues, they should not pose any problems. This is the first book by this author that I have read. In my opinion the use of the asides just went overboard with Russell’s self-justification for his actions. This excessive use of asides turned an OK main storyline into an exacerbating read for me. For this reason, I am rating this novel with two stars.