A juvenile delinquent chases his dream to build the greatest aircraft in history--and the world tries to stop him. A rising political star runs from her childhood dream--and the world encourages her on. A self-loathing geneticist hides below the streets of Las Vegas--and rebels against the whole world. An artist tries to make his father proud--at the cost of everything he loves.
When all four lives collide, each must make a choice--and the world will never be the same.
Quote from the back cover:
She counted her shallow breaths. "Roble, what...what is it you need?"
He pulled his arrowhead out from his shirt and rubbed it. "I don't need to hear how scary the world is and how I shouldn't try anything. I don't need to know how much suffering there is out there," he pointed out the window, "or how bad I should feel about it. What I need..." he looked up, his grey eyes pleading, "...is to see someone who is still happy after growing up."
Lowering his head, he added, "I need to see living, Ms. Patra, because I actually want to live."
Quote from inside:
The East China Sea glistened like an endless glass sheet. The F-22 Raptor Super Kai flashed just above its surface, ripping twin aerated water plumes into the air.
A grey destroyer sat broadside in the water just ahead. Roble hurtled toward its bow without slowing.
Crossing above the ship, the jet's sonic shockwave rocked sailors to the deck as if Roble's soul had exploded through their bodies. Sea spray from the wake doused the ship's hull like an exclamation point.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow ! This book kept me up past my bedtime, and I am glad. I haven't read anything like this in quite awhile. Thank you S.W. Southwick for asking me if I would be interested in a promo audible version of "The Untethered" for an honest review. I think you succeeded in writing a book, that people with dreams, can attain them against all kinds of odds. This book has four main characters : Roble, who was always in trouble as a juvenile. All he wanted to do was build the best aircraft possible, and no one would let him. Alexa, A rising political star, running from childhood dreams. Stock, who lives underneath the city. He has a brilliant mind for developing and science. He rebels against the world and Danny who is always struggling for assurance from everyone. Mostly his father. When these lives collide, choices have to be made. This has been one of the most entertaining, engrossing, intriguing, thrilling, thought provoking books that I have read in a long time. The story is a mix of mystery, sci-fi, star trek-y, military, government corruption. A contemporary epic thriller. You would think with all that, it would not be a good book. It's a great book !!!! All of the characters are deeply developed. The author has a unique way of mixing them together, and separating them so you can become attached to each one of them. A very unique style. The story is imaginative. It has action and adventure and did not lag during any part of the book. I would definitely read this authors works again. I was totally surprised by this book and enjoyed reading it. One of my goals this year was to read books out of my normal genre. This one hit the the spot. I would recommend this book to anyone. Its getting five stars from me. * S.W. Southwick, You had me at B1B Bombers =)
I'm grateful for authors and musicians. Good books and music are gifts that keep me sane. This book grabbed me right away, in the first paragraph, and never let go! I forgot I was even reading a book. I became so attached to the characters and instantly found my favorite. Then my favorite two; then three. The complexity of each personality made my mind work overtime. The intricate but seamless way their separate lives connect throughout the story is astonishing. I was constantly on edge! There are very few authors that can keep me up at night. S.W. Southwick has the magic.
Southwick immediately captivated me with the first pages. I just couldn’t stop. It was as if I was being transported right into a new world and the characters were so real and easy to relate to, I almost felt I actually knew them. Roble Santos (my personal favorite) is this orphan, ‘rebel without a cause’, genius mechanic who captured my heart immediately and even more as the story progressed. There were also some very interesting characters, like Libby, whose stories intertwine with Roble’s, as they set out to try and change the world. Southwick’s ability to describe is fantastic but what really captivated me was how he was able to perfectly paint each character’s essence. I’ve read books where description is good and even gripping, but to be able to dive into the minds of each character and clearly show us how they are, is an amazing ability. When you read it, you will see what I mean.
That was an unexpected read. Picture the movie Top Gun mixed with characters from a classic literary novel---that is how it felt. I loved the uniqueness of it. But be warned, it is a really long book (500ish pages) with small font.