Abel Yeager is dead broke, down on his luck, and suffering from a serious case of what-the-hell-does-it-matter. His transition from active Marine to stateside long-haul trucker hit a wicked speed bump when his rig was involved in a wreck that claimed the life of a pregnant woman and laid him up for several months.
Back at work but deeply in debt, Yeager meets bookstore owner Charlie Buchanan in St. Louis and jumps at the chance to haul a load of remainder books to Austin for her. On the way south, a crew of truck thieves tracks his every move. But none of them know what Charlie's ex has smuggled inside the book pallets, who he stole it from, or how far the owner will go to get it back. Charlie's the first person Yeager has cared about in a long time, but as their bond deepens, so does the danger they're in.
With enemy forces closing in, Yeager battles greed, corruption, and his own fatalism in a bid to hold true to Yeager's First Law: come home at the end of the day.
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"What would John Wayne do?"
This is one of those rare audio books when everything is just right.
The basis for the book itself is a simple one - Abel Yeager, ex-marine who served in Afghanistan, is now a trucker, down on his luck, barely earning enough to keep going. Then an attempted hijack of his truck starts the whole series of events which drive the story forward to it's explosive ending. And this journey is full of unexpected twists throughout, with action aplenty. But although the bodies pile up, it is not a glorification of violence, simply, a following of Yeager's own internal rules which include, "Do something and do it fast"
But it is not the story alone which makes Yeager's Law such a joy. Without the excellent characterisation of the two main protagonists, this book would be merely another loner versus the baddies. Instead, Abel and Charlie, a bookseller who unexpectedly comes to his aid during the hijack, become real people as we peek into the awkwardness and fears of a man and woman, both out of practice in the game of love, who find themselves attracted to someone each believes to be outside of their social standing.
The writing is good, too, simple and direct, with natural sounding dialogue. There are even touches of humour throughout. Despite all of the action, there is a calmness about the writing.
All is perfectly presented to us by the narrator, J.Scott Bennett. His reading is carefully paced and well measured, the fight scenes and emotions expressed fully but never over the top. His voice is an exact fit for his subject matter. He is Yeager. A masterful performance throughout.
I received a complementary copy from the right's holder, via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review. I had anticipated a far more threadbare book, a good tale, enjoyable listen and nothing more. And that would have been fine. But Yeager's Law exceeded all of sy expectations.
- Norma Miles