The Wind Is Not A River

The Wind Is Not A River

Large Print - 2014
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After his younger brother's death in Europe, journalist John Easley searches for meaning in his loss. Leaving behind his wife, Helen, he heads north to investigate the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government. Shot down over Attu, John survives only to find himself in an unforgiving wilderness. Alone at home, Helen is forced to reimagine who she is and what she is capable of. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410468697
Characteristics: 445 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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Sep 11, 2017

The author writes beautifully and most of this novel held me spellbound, but the awkward sub-plot and a weak ending caused me to feel a lack of connection to both the characters and the story. I so wanted to love The Wind Is Not A River as it did keep me enthralled most of the way through but I just couldn’t quiet that nagging voice inside that had unanswered questions.

ontherideau May 05, 2016

I have read many war stories over the years, this one is fresh, and I found myself getting out maps to put the event in geographical context.

akasq May 02, 2016

A moving tale of love, and a man trying to survive, taking place around world war 2.
A twisted ending only adds to
great novel.

May 14, 2015

I spotted this book on the library shelf on a recent spring Saturday afternoon, headed out into the sunshine and started reading. The story is well-written very interesting. I had to pick up the book daily just to keep tabs on how the characters' stories were unfolding. It didn't take long to read it through.
This work of historical fiction reveals a side of World War II I knew nothing about, until I read this book. I am somewhat humbled, but grateful, to be a bit wiser for the experience.

Feb 28, 2015

Very well written. Can't wait to find another book by Payton

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This novel is set during World War II. John Easley is a Canadian journalist, fighting to tell the story of the US forces fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands. The US Government has been keeping the fighting here out of the news and they don't want journalists in the area. John has tried twice and been caught and sent out twice. The death of his younger brother in Europe seems to change him and make him more determined than ever to tell the story of this aspect of the war.
John is also newly married, and his wife Helen is the best thing that ever happened to him. The two have set up their home in her home town of Seattle and doing well. But his determination to keep going back to the north has caused a rift in their relationship and they parted on an unhappy note.
John manages to bluff his way onto a plane in the Aleutians and that plane is shot down. John and a young airman are the only survivors, but the fog and the circumstances mean that the manage to stay unnoticed by the Japanese, but struggle to survive.
Helen, meanwhile, finds a way to get herself into Alaska following John's trail, hoping to figure out what happened to him and where he might be now. She is torn between looking after her ailing father and finding her husband, but is determined to find him if she can.
This is a story of a little told part of World War II, as well as a story of determination, of love, and of the things that drive us all.
A fascinating book.


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