Road to Nowhere

Road to Nowhere

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For years, Wardsville, North Carolina, sat nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, a peaceful small town. The kind of place where neighbors care for each other. But that's until unexpected funding arrives to build a road into town. Suddenly, this quiet town becomes torn in two, with everybody looking first to their own interests, and somebody willing to commit murder to make sure things go their way.

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ISBN-13: 9781436124140
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 11/15/2002
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

Paul Robertson, author of the acclaimed novel The Heir, is a computer programming consultant,

part-time high-school math and science teacher, and former independent bookstore owner in

Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Road to Nowhere 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
battlinjack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paul Robertson has created a great tale. I was caught up after reading the first page of 'Road To Nowhere' and could hardly put it down.It is a wonderful story of a small town at perhaps it's best and most assuredly at it's worst.Who would have thought that a simple plan to build a road could destroy a town before the bulldozers even get started! Or even get a man killed?'Road To Nowhere' is told from the point of view of each of the city board members. We get to see the various sides of the story as it unfolds and it unfolds at a rapid pace.I am glad to have read this and will be looking up more of Paul Robertson's work.
kingsportlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Totally without plot, interest or characters. Road to Nowhere is apt title.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm used to international or urban high drama, so to read about this small town was a refreshing change. The story starts off as a simple conflict and slowly builds into a tense face off. I enjoyed the diversity of characters (farmers, salesmen, hair dressers, engineers, even a mystic) each with his unique voice, so much so that it would only take an expression to recognize who was talking. The grand finale is far-fetched and the author does recognize it by qualifying it as "crazy" and the symbolism is definitely heavy-handed, but this is made up for with humour and intringue. A page turner.
pshaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I currently live in a town where we have a contentious Parish Council, and I've watched some fights similar to this play out. Happily, no one has been murdered, but I enjoyed how Robertson portrays the way the fur can fly. It was a page-turner and has great potential with some editing.There were some subplots that added nothing to the main storyline, and the pacing in places really bogged down. If it were tighter it would read much better. The ending also seemed too contrived, but it was still a laugh-out-loud moment. It was also rather heavy handed with the symbolism and foreshadowing, but that was not so bad as to be a distraction.
msjoanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really couldn't get into this one. The book seemed sort of pointless and the characters poorly developed. I definitely won't be watching for anything else from this author. Unfinished.
karenthecroccy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a book about a road. It's a book about a road that is controversial. The road symbolizes so much to a small town. Change. Movement. New people. Growth. Transformation. Not everyone is interested in any of this. But would someone be so against it that they'd kill for it?The book is told from the point of view of the town's board members. There are a great number of characters, which makes the novel seem long winded and pointless at times.There are a lot of plot devices used, some heavy handed, like the use of red herrings and the symbolism. There's a lot of stereotyping, repetition and subplots that distract. You will discover this if you are able to get past the first few chapters. To say it's a slow starting book is an understatement.And the ending? Wow. Talk about far fetched.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
On Jan 2 in North Carolina, the Jefferson County North Carolina Board of Supervisors meets with the new Chair Joe Esterhouse who just replaced the recently deceased Mort Walker. Joe reads a document from Raleigh for the county to apply for a grant and if they succeed in obtaining the money determine whether they want a road to bring the Gold River Highway over a mountain to Wardsville. They vote in the affirmative. However the county residents split in two between supporters and dissenters.--------------- The people of Gold Valley with expensive homes want the highway to cut down on their commute. A developer Charlie Richer wants it done so he begins bribing folks to vote for the highway and Selectman Wade Morris is killed when his car goes off an embankment. Joe thinks some one murdered both men and another selectman was shot so he works behind the scenes trying to uncover who has taken the debate to a lethal level.------------- From the onset when he makes his proposal Joe knows the locals will be polarized into two camps, but believes the highway is the right thing for the county. However, he never anticipated how violent and ultimately deadly the argument turned as neighbors and families turn on each other and the selectmen. Thus readers obtain a regional drama with a whodunit wrapped inside it.--------------- Harriet Klausner