Blog Tour: All Things Left Wild by James Wade #LSBBT

ALL THINGS LEFT WILD
by
James Wade
Genre: Adventure / Rural Fiction / Coming of Age Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Publication Date: June 16, 2020 Number of Pages: 304 pages Scroll down for the giveaway!
After an attempted horse theft goes tragically wrong, sixteen-year-old Caleb Bentley is on the run with his mean-spirited older brother across the American Southwest at the turn of the twentieth century. Caleb’s moral compass and inner courage will be tested as they travel the harsh terrain and encounter those who have carved out a life there, for good or ill.  Wealthy and bookish Randall Dawson, out of place in this rugged and violent country, is begrudgingly chasing after the Bentley brothers. With little sense of how to survive, much less how to take his revenge, Randall meets Charlotte, a woman experienced in the deadly ways of life in the West. Together they navigate the murky values of vigilante justice. Powerful and atmospheric, lyrical and fast-paced, All Things Left Wild is a coming-of-age for one man, a midlife odyssey for the other, and an illustration of the violence and corruption prevalent in our fast-expanding country. It artfully sketches the magnificence of the American West as mirrored in the human soul. PRAISE for All Things Left Wild: “A debut full of atmosphere and awe. Wade gives emotional depth to his dust-covered characters and creates an image of the American West that is harsh and unforgiving, but — like All Things Left Wild — not without hope.” — Texas Literary Hall of Fame member Sarah Bird, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen “James Wade has delivered a McCarthy-esque odyssey with an Elmore Leonard ear for dialogue. All Things Left Wild moves like a coyote across this cracked-earth landscape—relentlessly paced and ambitiously hungry.” — Edgar Award finalist David Joy, When These Mountains Burn
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All Things Left Wild is a stunning debut novel from James Wade, bringing together classical western elements and unique storytelling that will enchant readers!  Told in alternating point of views, the story follows Caleb, a boy caught in turmoil and struggling with his own demons, and Randall, the man charged with hunting down Caleb for terrible crimes.  This juxtaposition reminds me of classic Western novels and writers, like Lonesome Dove and Louis L’Amour.  As someone raise on John Wayne movies and wild west tales, I found the narrative to be tightly woven and very topical.

Author James Wade’s writing is stylistically unique and has a distinct poetic influence.  The tone in which both Caleb and Randall are written is also distinctly different, which enhances the overall effectiveness of the stories of these two characters. The plot ramps up, building tension with each chapter and doesn’t lose momentum.  The craft and care that the author employs in this novel would have you believe that this is not a debut!

The descriptions of the southwest landscape, dusty towns with saloons, huge swaths of desert, and the perils of the natural world, really bring the story to life.  I am often driving near the southern edge of the Palo Duro Canyon and I travel to New Mexico frequently.  In my future travels, I will remember the visceral experience of reading All Things Left Wild!  I would recommend this book to adult readers who enjoy western adventure tales or coming of age in the west stories. 

Thank you so much to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for a complimentary copy of this book!  This is my honest review.  Enter the giveaway below to win a signed copy of All Things Left Wild and see all of the great stops on this tour!

James Wade lives and writes in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughter. He has had twenty short stories published in various literary magazines and journals. He is the winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest and a finalist of the Tethered by Letters Short Fiction Contest. All Things Left Wild is his debut novel.
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TWO WINNERS: A signed copy of All Things Left Wild
JUNE 18-28, 2020
(US ONLY)
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