Drift Away (Noah Braddock, #4)
Noah Braddock is reeling.Forced to leave San Diego after his life is destroyed by tragedy, Noah is hiding and trying to heal on the Florida Panhandle. Paralyzed by fear and the pain of loss, he’s isolated himself and given up everything that meant anything to him. When a young boy comes to him on the beach, unable to find his mother, Noah is pulled into both of their troubled lives. As he reluctantly works to protect them from local thugs, he must confront the memories that continue to haunt him. Those memories come to life when shadowy figures from his past show up in Florida. While he grapples with this, a new threat emerges that will forever change the lives of the boy and his mother and compels Noah to make a choice - keep running or face the consequences of his shattered life. Picking up where the critically acclaimed Liquid Smoke left off, Drift Away exposes a new Braddock – introspective, lost, confused…but not yet broken.

Drift Away (Noah Braddock, #4) Details

TitleDrift Away (Noah Braddock, #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 17th, 2012
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GenreMystery, Suspense, Crime

Drift Away (Noah Braddock, #4) Review

  • Beth Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    Good news! Noah Braddock is back...in a big way. With the fallout from Liquid Smoke (the 3rd installment in the Noah Bradoock mysteries), I wasn't sure what to expect with Drift Away. Where would Noah go? What would Noah do? His life forever altered, Drift Away begins with Noah living in Florida, a quiet, mundane existence renting chairs and umbrellas on the beach. Yes, he's on the run. Not just from the consequences of his actions in San Diego; he's on the run from himself. While laying low on Good news! Noah Braddock is back...in a big way. With the fallout from Liquid Smoke (the 3rd installment in the Noah Bradoock mysteries), I wasn't sure what to expect with Drift Away. Where would Noah go? What would Noah do? His life forever altered, Drift Away begins with Noah living in Florida, a quiet, mundane existence renting chairs and umbrellas on the beach. Yes, he's on the run. Not just from the consequences of his actions in San Diego; he's on the run from himself. While laying low on the Gulf of Mexico, Noah is suddenly befriended by Jackson, a young boy and Bella, his troubled, attractive mother. Despite his attempts to remain aloof and uninvolved, he finds himself in the thick of things as he tries to help disentangle Bella from a life flavored by poor decisions. While helping her, Noah's own past filters in—in very surprising ways—and he's faced with the biggest decision of all: does he keep running or does he go back to San Diego to face the memories...and the consequences?The Noah Braddock in Drift Away is unlike anything we've ever seen before: scared, worried, and haunted by memories of what he did and all that he left behind. Our tough-guy surfer detective is flawed and vulnerable and I'll admit...by the end of the book, I liked him more than ever.The internal struggles he faces—does he help young Jackson and his mom, Bella?—is front and center in this story. Sure, there are external forces moving the story along. Thugs and seedy characters materialize regularly, both new ones and some surprisingly familiar ones (hint: you may want to read the Noah Braddock short story in Shelby's Out of Time collection), and although they help propel the action, it is really Noah's thoughts and emotions that are the driving force in this book.Be prepared: this isn't your typical action-packed mystery. It's more thoughtful. More introspective. It gives us an intimate glimpse into the mind of a wrecked man...a man wrecked by his own decisions and actions. Watching Noah struggle—and ultimately rise to the challenge—makes it much different than any of the earlier Noah Braddock books. It makes it better.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for On a Book BenderI was first introduced to Noah Braddock with book 3 (aka I still haven't read books 1 & 2). For the record, book 3 is a total doozy of a book. A main character dies. There's backstabbing, betrayal, murder, revenge, injustice, bloody justice, and surfing. Now, I want to make it clear that I REALLY liked this book BUT... it's not a mystery. It's an oddly poignant look at how one man deals with his crushing grief and guilt to find himself again after a terrible trag Reviewed for On a Book BenderI was first introduced to Noah Braddock with book 3 (aka I still haven't read books 1 & 2). For the record, book 3 is a total doozy of a book. A main character dies. There's backstabbing, betrayal, murder, revenge, injustice, bloody justice, and surfing. Now, I want to make it clear that I REALLY liked this book BUT... it's not a mystery. It's an oddly poignant look at how one man deals with his crushing grief and guilt to find himself again after a terrible tragedy. He does it in his own distinct, sometimes brutal way, but he does it.Jeff Shelby does an outstanding job of showing us how far Noah has sunk into depression. His monosyllabic answers, his crushing need to work his body to exhaustion so he doesn't have to think, his awkwardness and suspicion when someone is nice to him, his refusal to surf when, before, he lived to surf. Noah's pain was very real and alive. He blames himself for everything that happened and he's punishing himself for it. As he gets drawn into Bella and Jackson's problems, he slowly begins to unthaw. It's slow, but his inability to walk away when someone needs him gives him a chance to come to terms with what happened in book 3.Like I said, this isn't a mystery. All the bad guys are laid out for us without any guessing or second guessing who's who. The true mystery is whether Noah will be able to forgive himself and face the demons he left behind in San Diego. Even then... well, let's just say that Noah plays true to character and even though he lost an integral part of his life, he still has people who care about hm and are willing to help and I can't imagine that he'd abandon them when they need him.There was truly only one thing that made me sad... we got to see so little of Noah's crazy-ass friend Carter. The guy is a menace and he's SO MUCH FUN to read about. Here's to more Carter in book 5!-Kelly @ Reading the ParanormalThis book was a free Kindle download I picked up 06/24/12 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge.
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  • Ron Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read the previous books in this series, but that was OK. Shelby did a fine job of weaving in some history without spoiling it for me if I want to circle back and read the others. After working through a couple of literary classics, which weren't nearly as well-written as I would like, Drift Away was a nice, breezy change of pace.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    why is it not possible to give this book more than five stars?! I definitely pouted an sulked after the ending of the previous Noah Braddock book, but Drift Away was more than I could have ever hoped for! the transition to a new outlook on life after Liz's death was so believable, and I find myself still wanting even more for Noah. I'm excited to see here his life takes him next!
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  • Melodie
    January 1, 1970
    I wondered what might happen to Noah after the events of LIQUID SMOKE. This story tells you. Good story and an excellent look at a man who has temporarily lost himself and his way. More people need to find out how good these books are! RECOMMEND!!
  • Cherrie
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent!Best read I've had in a long time! Romance, suspense, heroes, bad guys, the whole shebang! And all ends and is right with the world.
  • Lisa Cox
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Noah Braddock mystery I have read and I literally could not put it down. I started it after getting the rest of the family off to bed and basically devoured the book, finishing shortly after 2 a.m.I love the writing, the way the hints of Noah's past life are doled out to us, his interactions with the people he meets, the way he deals with the bad guys, the way he deals with processing his own emotions and his past, the action, the description of Ft. Walton Beach and Destin, and This is the first Noah Braddock mystery I have read and I literally could not put it down. I started it after getting the rest of the family off to bed and basically devoured the book, finishing shortly after 2 a.m.I love the writing, the way the hints of Noah's past life are doled out to us, his interactions with the people he meets, the way he deals with the bad guys, the way he deals with processing his own emotions and his past, the action, the description of Ft. Walton Beach and Destin, and the ending. The whole book unrolled in my mind like a top-rated Hollywood action film. It is a wonderfully well-put-together book.Of course, now I have to go find the earlier Noah Braddock books and see what I've missed!
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  • Ed Scott
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. If you like suspense, this is a book for you. No mystery, you know all the characters and what they stand for right away. But still the tension and suspense goes from page 1 until the end. Read this 382 page book in one day. Could not put it down.
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  • Patricia Cushing
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it !Loved it !I liked this book from start to finish. The character's were easy to recognize and relate to and the book continued to keep you wanting to read. Wasn't expecting the ending like it was, thought there might be a bit more excitement, but all in all it was good.
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  • Paul Penney
    January 1, 1970
    Great book early on, but the ending sucked so badly, it ruined the book for me. I won't spoilt it, but it was an utter disappointment, with the book building and building toward a climax that did not happen. My neighbor's cat could write a better ending.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Downloaded this book last minute (for free) in an airport when I had nothing to read. While it kept me entertained, I was disappointed in it overall.
  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    the worse thing about finishing this book is I so miss the characters.
  • AH
    January 1, 1970
    Kindle free download 9/14/12.
  • Rodney
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Noah Bradley book and I liked enough to go and buy the other three. It's a fun read, lots of action and a little different kind of hero. I'm looking forward to the other three.
  • LizH
    January 1, 1970
    Love Noah!! So good to be back with him, and see him healing! Already ready for another!
  • Therese
    January 1, 1970
    $0.0
  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Ex private detective + single mum + her Lego-loving son = great read albeit a quick one due to the spaced out text on each page
  • Bettie
    January 1, 1970
    easy read. lot of manhandling, lot of softness. somehow a little too much of both. not too feasible, but kept me turning pages
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