The Father

The Father

by Brett Williams

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BN ID: 2940149397822
Publisher: Combustible Books
Publication date: 03/29/2014
Series: The Father Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 315
File size: 405 KB

About the Author

Award winning author, Brett Williams spent his career as a physicist in engineering and applied research in Dallas, Houston, and Southern California. He is a landscape oil painter and frequent backcountry hiker. He left physics to focus on writing, painting and travel. The Father is his debut novel, and 2014 Global eBook Award winner in New Fiction. More about Williams and The Father can be found at

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The Father 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite The Father is an interesting story about three generations of the Whitaker family. Joseph Whitaker was a farmer. He raised his son, John; John raised his son, Morgan; and Morgan named his child John, giving him his grandfather’s name. Author Brett Williams traced the lineage of this poor Midwest farmer, Joseph. He showed how each successive father influenced his offspring socially, psychologically and intellectually. Joseph was very strict as a father. He was a dedicated farmer and he believed that tilling the land was the ultimate job to have. John did not share his father’s love of the land to that extent. He wanted to get as far away from the countryside as possible. As a child, he had a love for animals and nature. He served as a soldier in the army in World War II. He got married after his stint there and had twin sons, plus another son, Morgan.  Morgan was a different child. He was inquisitive and intuitive. He followed his passions of science and theatre as a man. He met the woman of his dreams, got married and had his son John. John had both his grandfather’s traits as well as his dad’s. At thirteen years of age, he was an avid reader, always questioning the status quo. Like Morgan, as a man he set off to see the world his way. The Father is a book that allows you to be introspective. As you read it, you wonder what kind of legacy you are leaving for your kids. I love the attention to detail that author Brett Williams placed on each child’s upbringing. This suggests that this period of a child’s life is very important. At this juncture, persons who have influenced the child play a role in the way that child matures into an adult. It also affects the choices that child makes and so on. The language used is simple and easy to understand. I love the way in which the author showcased the cultural differences of the generations. In a way, this can transform the novel into a learning tool instead of just a form of entertainment. Readers would be able to glean some truths about the proverbial generation gap. Most persons realize that there are fundamental differences between the way persons of the younger and older generations operate. For example, when I was younger, my mother taught me to iron bed sheets. I don’t teach my children to do this because nowadays the sheets available for purchase are wash and wear. When I told my children that I used to do this, they were amazed. This clearly demonstrates the differences of opinion in my generation. Overall, The Father is a good read. I recommend it to all readers.
Dr_Wayne More than 1 year ago
An excellent story addressing two questions in this philosophical journey through four generations of Whitakers: where is American society headed? And what is the validity of a spiritual life? The author weaves a wonderful tale of intertwined, personal confrontations with these questions as the characters are developed through their stories. Bread crumbs are left for the reader, leading a path from 1926 where blind faith in our creator is in concert with patriotism; during a time where through community and country people believed they were a part of something greater than themselves. The path traverses through the generations as the reader witnesses the evolution of core beliefs to the present where self-concern and apathy toward a greater good enables the empowerment of pseudo-intellectuals to re-define history to cater to the majority populace of victims. The extrapolation to the future is an easy one as the author provides strong reference to current day events that illustrate the movement in academia and party platforms that goes unnoticed by the general populace, but soon becomes the core of the country’s legislation. One of the story’s main characters, representing hope and common sense challenges the immutable course through debate at one of our country’s patriotic corner stones. What begins with an active discourse with academic mavens, leads to a final debate between son and father … one that has been a lifetime in the making. Each has a noble motive for entering the dialogue, but it is only when their gloves are removed in the end that they reveal how much each means to each other.The story is a strong, thought-provoking message, providing an impeccably researched glimpse of where our country’s current path could lead. It is a must-read … twice