Restless Heart

Restless Heart

by William Phillips T. William Phillips

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ISBN-13: 9781450232517
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/07/2010
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

T. WILLIAM PHILLIPS was born and raised in Texas. He attended high school in Denver, Colorado; after graduation, he began wandering from one place to the next, living in Bozeman, Montana; Los Angeles, California; and Fort Collins, Colorado. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Restless Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Restless Heart is truly a masterpiece. Artfully crafted, beautifully tragic, and grandly existential. This philosophical novel explores a period in history that not only acts as a metaphor for the character, but seems eerily relevant to the modern age.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
"My restless heart beats to a rhythm of its own. A rhythm that has been lost in time and nature and has become so deeply hidden that few ever hear it..My restless heart is a map with no end." So begins T. William Phillips' novel about Konrad Quintero de Leon, a young man in love with life, thirsty for knowledge and adventure, and driven to explore the world beyond the strangling confines of aristocratic city life in the 1840s. Konrad's restlessness takes him to Europe, New Orleans, Texas, Mexico and beyond as he searches to discover what kind of man he wants to be. Scholar, swashbuckler, gentleman, lover, warrior - Konrad tries on every hat that interests him in his quest to fulfill his wanderlust. The author paints a detailed portrait of Konrad, the embodiment of the passionate spirit of youthful maleness. "I have this insatiable thirst to see and touch and taste everything," Konrad says. "I want to experience and learn as much as I possibly can - while I can." Phillips uses this portrait of a young man freed from the restrictions of society in order to render a time in life when one is able to see the social rules objectively. Konrad is resistant to fitting into "civilized" society. He chafes at the restrictions of the aristocracy. Yet he maintains a visitor status in the other worlds he steps into as well. Although Phillips has incorporated a great deal of careful historical details into this clearly well research book, the tone and verbiage remains based in the 21st Century. Thus Konrad has a time-traveler quality, perhaps an apt reflection of his "otherness" mindset. Although there is the appealing social commentary of The Graduate in this book, the overall boyish, romantic view of the open road, women and life feels very much like the exhilaration of an Indiana Jones movie, particularly in the sections when Konrad is a Texas Ranger. The author imbues Konrad with superhero qualities that carry the reader through the middle of the book at a galloping, sword-slinging, shoot-'em-up pace. Readers fight alongside Konrad during a battle of the Mexican-American War, "I was among the first to make it to the top and was immediately confronted by a Mexican soldier who attacked me with his bayonet. With my left arm, I knocked his rifle away from my body, and with my right hand, I drew my sword and swiftly stabbed the soldier through the gut..We stormed through the doors of Bishop's Palace and were greeted by an explosion of gunfire." Konrad has his soft side too, and Phillips has created a fine balance between yeehaw exploits and quiet intimate moments. Konrad becomes entranced by the beautiful, free spirited Anastasia, who he describes as "the metaphor to which all beautiful things were compared." Will Konrad choose to be with the woman he loves or his need to quell his restlessness? The author offers tantalizing tastes of this romance throughout Restless Heart which culminate in a dramatic conclusion. Phillips carries readers eagerly along on Konrad's adventures with his fluid story-telling ability and nice descriptive language. Though Restless Heart is a substantial length (a bit over 500 pages,) the story is well edited and remains captivating from beginning to end. No doubt many readers will look forward to another book from this young writer. Quill says: Set in 1840s America, this timeless tale of young manhood offers an engaging read as it delive
Texas06 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. Though the author is younger than most, his work was exceptional. It was evident that he put a tremendous amount of time and effort into research to make me feel like I had stepped back in time. I connected so well to his main character, Konrad, that I hope Phillips will consider a sequel. I highly recommend this for high school librarians to add to their collections. I am definitely looking forward to reading his next masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Konrad Quintero de Leon is a man of many layers. He is beset with a wandering spirit but also needs the sanctuary of friends, family and a lover. Is Konrad a selfless adventurer who, through all his hardships, helps to open the West to those who are more timid? Or does he place his drive to satisfy his Restless Heart above his commitments to those who love him. This book has it all...action and adventure, love and lust and voodoo and violence. It cost me many hours of sleep as I could not put it down. A good read. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Set in the 1840's, Restless Heart is a classic western tale of adventure and romance. Author T. William Phillips chronicles the uncertain journey of Konrad Quintero de Leon,a recent graduate of Oxford, who finds himself bored with the routine and expectations of his comfortable life in New York. The wandering protaganist embarks for the historic and prospering city of New Orleans and doesn't stop there. He joins the legendary Fremont expedition and discovers the beauty of the Great Plains,the Rocky Mountains, and the natural beauty of the rugged frontier. His real quest for adventure ignites as he becomes a Texas Ranger, fighting one bloody battle after another, including a terrific Indian faceoff. Author Phillips masterfully takes the reader on a bumpy ride, between the relaxing and festive ambiance of New Orleans, where Konrad's true love awaits his return, to the exciting and adventuresome frontier where "duty to man and yourself comes from what your heart tells you is right." Eventually, the restless wanderer must choose between love and his lust for adventure. Phillips fills the reader's hearts with their own desire to rediscover something new and exciting in their lives.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
T. William Phillips emerges on the literary stage of greatness with his destined-to-be-epic novel "Restless Heart." "To thine own self be true," echoes from William Shakespeare, whereas "Justice by God. Truth by will. Duty by heart," will be etched in the memory of the readers of T. William Phillips' exquisite novel. The book is appropriately titled "Restless Heart," as "restless" is indeed the proper adjective to describe the heart of Konrad Quintero de Leon. The reader is taken on a journey throughout the expanding United States of America during the mid 19th Century, a formative era often overlooked in contemporary literature. Written in the first person, as if it were an ambrosial diary professing the most intimate thoughts and observations of Konrad, the reader gets immersed within this novel. It is fair to say the book is written within Konrad's mind. The events are seen through his eyes, the dialog from his words or to his ears, his destiny chosen by his thoughts, revealed only to him as well as to the privileged readers. This creates a most memorable experience, transporting one into a surrealistic zone laying witness to this man's life from within his mind, through the words of his narration, as honest as a confession to God. Phillips writes a complex storyline not unlike how Charles Dickens' told his story in his novel Great Expectations, is reminiscent of love's passion and tolerance similarly to Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, and exhibits the power of destiny like in Doctor Zhivago from Boris Pasternak's novel. Yes, those are bold statements, I realize, but that's the tone of "Restless Heart." Take, for example, an excerpt when Konrad was fighting with the Texas Rangers Phillips writes: "What if I die here today? I asked myself. What if this is the last thing I ever do? Has my time come so soon? Could it be? Is it possible that my fate is to die here in the walls of this Mexican city? If it is my fate to die now, will I be happy with the life I leave behind? No! There is so much more I must do! So much I don't know!" T. William Phillips has certainly done his research establishing his characters with complete credibility, conviction and confidence. Paralleling history with exact adherence to people and events which helped shaped this country; he interlaced human conduct within his characters with an inherent wisdom beyond his years. The self-evident amount of work that has gone into his creation shows a humble respect for those fortunate enough to find the opportunity to read his novel. My advice to all is if you can't find the opportunity to read this - make it. This book should be required reading by English Literature courses and novelist's workshops. Impeccable in presentation, T. William Phillips is by all accounts destined to become renown in our day as a contemporary literary force and an inspiration to all writers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprised at the depth of character developmment from such a young author. The story is thrilling and well paced. Mr. Phillips's description of the action scenes is very well crafted as is his descriptions of the scenery. I highly recommend this novel.