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  • Title: The Never-Open Desert Diner: A Novel
  • Author: JamesAnderson Kirby Heyborne
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  • Page: 178
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  • Listening Length 10 hours and 14 minutesBEN JONES, the protagonist of James Anderson s haunting debut novel, The Never Open Desert Diner is on the verge of losing his small trucking company A single, thirty eight year old truck driver, Ben s route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert The orphan son of a NativeListening Length 10 hours and 14 minutesBEN JONES, the protagonist of James Anderson s haunting debut novel, The Never Open Desert Diner is on the verge of losing his small trucking company A single, thirty eight year old truck driver, Ben s route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert The orphan son of a Native American father and a Jewish social worker, Ben is drawn into a love affair with a mysterious woman, Claire, who plays a cello in the model home of an abandoned housing development in the desert Her appearance, seemingly out of nowhere, reignites a decades old tragedy at a roadside caf referred to by the locals as The Never Open Desert Diner The owner of the diner, Walt Butterfield, is an embittered and solitary old man who refuses to yield to change after his wife s death Ben s daily deliveries along the atmospheric and evocative desert highway bring him into contact with an eccentric cast of characters that includes John, an itinerant preacher who drags a life sized cross along the blazing roadside the Lacey brothers, Fergus and Duncan, who live in boxcars mounted on cinderblocks and Ginny, a pregnant and homeless punk teenager whose survival skills make her an unlikely heroine Ben s job as a truck driver is than a career it is a life he loves As he faces bankruptcy and the possible loss of everything that matters to him, he finds himself at the heart of a horrific crime that was committed forty years earlier and now threatens to destroy the lives of those left in its wake Ben discovers the desert is relentless in its grip, and what the desert wants, it takes.
    The Never Open Desert Diner A Novel Listening Length hours and minutesBEN JONES the protagonist of James Anderson s haunting debut novel The Never Open Desert Diner is on the verge of losing his small trucking company A single

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    1. Ben drives a truck over route 117, the people that live there are different and it s his calling to deliver the stuff that they feel they need because no one else will A couple of odd brothers who live in some abandoned box cars and request barb wire and cases of hormel chili A guy that carries an actual cross before he delivers his desert sermons and Walt who owns the Desert Diner That hasn t opened since 1987 Ben is about to lose his home and his truck lease though because he is dead broke He [...]

    2. Onvan The Never Open Desert Diner Nevisande James Anderson ISBN 1101906529 ISBN13 9781101906521 Dar 304 Safhe Saal e Chap 2015

    3. MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListSometimes I read blurbs to books and think they sound like something I would like sometimes I m wrong and I don t like them as much, other times I m shocked at how much I love them This is one of those books I fell in love with the book and so many of the characters It s not some big action book, it s not some big romance book, it s just a book about the lives of people that are pretty much living off the grid or trying to get by It s about things that go hor [...]

    4. This is a mystery novel unlike virtually any other original, and captivating with a very intriguing cast of characters At the center of the book is Ben Jones, a thirty eight year old trucker who runs a one man outfit, hauling freight up and down an isolated highway in the middle of the Utah desert The illegitimate son of a Jewish mother and and American Indian father, Ben lives alone, has no friends to speak of, and is at the end of his rope financially He hasn t made a profit in years, if ever [...]

    5. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum 3.5 StarsThe amount of ratings on combined with my own experience reading The Never Open Desert Diner has me thinking the marketing for this book failed epically Here s my advice to anyone sitting on the fence about this one Don t read the synopsis and ignore the mystery moniker and you will probably have a fine time.While there was a bit of mystery to be unraveled, readers specifically looking for a mystery novel might find themselves disappointed For me [...]

    6. A copy was furnished to me by Net Galley in exchange for a review.Secrets smolder amongst the sparse sprinkling of souls who live in the areas off Highway 117 These folks are off the beaten path, off the grid, for reasons best kept to themselves With no mailboxes, no real addresses, there is no postal service, UPS, or Fed Ex delivery available Ben Jones, owner and driver of Ben s Desert Moon Delivery Service, has made their oddball deliveries for years The inhabitants found along this route don [...]

    7. I d rate this 4.5 stars.Full disclosure I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review Many thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for making it available This book snuck up on me and both charmed and utterly fascinated me.Ben Jones has been a trucker in Utah for some time now, traveling up and down Route 117 in the desert It s a fairly solitary existence he s eked out for himself during his workdays he interacts periodically with some of his customer [...]

    8. Posted toThe Literary LawyerStriking Setting, Confused Plotting The Never Open Desert Diner is billed as a literary crime mystery If slow and plodding is all it takes to be considered literary then it hits the mark It had all of makings of an excellent novel A striking setting, a unique and interesting protagonist, a mysterious love interest and, initially the buildup of intrigue In the end, the novel was a victim of its own potential and unraveled at a disastrous pace Plot Summary Ben Jones is [...]

    9. I read this book because it interested me when I saw it on the Tournament of Books long list, and I had not heard of it before I enjoyed it far than I expected Things to like various people puzzles like the woman in the house and the diner owner the small universe of a one man trucking organization on a small stretch of highway the characters were all there for a reason the use of landscape the ending

    10. Excellent read and memorable In fact, this and Last Night at the Lobster are the only two I can remember in recent years that nail the working class day in any faction of a minutia any true detail of reality But do not assume that it is a simple tale It s also, for me it was, a difficult read Simplicity is complex here Very And with all that description and movement to changes of location within the Utah 117 Route and outback desert canyon and arroyo Mirage or real This is not a fast mystery rea [...]

    11. I didn t think I d like The Never Open Desert Diner by James Anderson It s desert almost noir tone seemed like it would become irritating The characters seemed like they would be stereotypes.But I was happily surprised Although the tone sometimes did irritate me and the characters were slightly stereotypical, I loved the book The desert is presented beautifully, one of the truest characters in the entire novel And Ben Jones, a self employed trucker about to lose his truck and his business, becam [...]

    12. Have decided to stop reading this one It has taken a turn to the weird, doesn t make sense, and I dislike some of the scenes, actions.

    13. Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThis was a quirky exploration of people with dark secrets and memorable flaws Ben Jones is an engaging protagonist, who feels comfortable with people hiding themselves because his own history is a mystery He was left by his Mother and raised by adopted parents, but theorizes he is Native American and Jewish Ben makes light of the bizarre people he encounters while delivering packages, to people who don t keep actual mailing addresses The peculiar charact [...]

    14. 4 starsI ended up reading this book because it was the debut book by James Anderson I have his next book Lullaby Road, which I don t think is a series, however it s main character is the same one as his first book So decided to do my homework and learn as much about Ben Jones, truck driver, as I could In this book Ben is about bankrupt His rig is about to be repossessed, he really has nothing material to his name He runs route 117 in the Utah desert Basically he is an errand boy for the odd, ecc [...]

    15. Maybe due in part to my recent move to the desert, I found i really connected to this novel Not the experiences, but the landscape This is another novel in which the landscape is as much a character as the people are A beautiful but unforgiving character The people in the story are formed by their relationships with the desert The characters are well developed and never overdone or larger than life I can picture them clearly The writing paints a vivid picture overall The story is solid and the p [...]

    16. The Never Open Desert Diner is one of those books I want to tell everyone about and I will There is crime and mystery involved, but to limit the description to that does a severe injustice to the book Mr Anderson writes unforgettable characters, and the plot is a little like those winding desert roads because you find yourself totally compelled to discover what s around the next bend There are profound observations about life, death, grief, love, isolation, making a life in harsh conditions and [...]

    17. THE NEVER OPEN DESERT DINERJames AndersonA debut novel so original and creative you wonder where the author has been all this time.A broken down truck driver, the cantankerous owner of the diner and a woman playing a cello without strings in a deserted and unfinished home development are a few of the brilliantly portrayed characters The deserted highway through the Utah desert becomes almost a character amid all the real life ones.As the truck drivers interest in the woman with the cello grows t [...]

    18. The Never Open Desert Diner is a standalone mystery novel written by debut author James Anderson It is a story that follows a trucker Ben who makes deliveries to people who choose to live in the barren Utah desert Off the grid Um yes Ben is pretty much these people s only contact with the world outside of the desert They ask for stuff, Ben brings them stuff It s a routine that works for everyone involved But when a beautiful cello player Claire enters the scenario, everything goes haywire Althou [...]

    19. Was different from my normal literary fare A dark, macho storyline dealing with a lone cargo delivery man working as a one man private business, about to sink as the lonely desert region of Utah is inhabited sparsely by misfits and loners who are not much in need of delivered goods and the bigger companies areing up the young uns Ben Jones encounters a mysterious but lovely woman serendipitously while traversing the lonely rutted tracks with his heavy cargo truck His first encounter is a disaste [...]

    20. Twisty, Solid Plot Weary, Jaded Noir Hero Evocative, Honest WritingIf you like your noir sun baked and dry, this may be the book for you All of the important action takes place as we drive up and down fictitious Route 117, a deadend highway off of the very real Utah 191 in the undeniably real scrubby high desert south of Price, Utah Midway along this stretch of useless highway, rrounded by miles of flat, rugged nothing, you come upon The Well Known Desert Diner , filming site for dozens of B mov [...]

    21. Ben Jones is a delivery driver in a remote part of Utah, struggling to keep his business going, when he happens upon a mysterious woman in the middle of nowhere From that moment forward, nothing is the same, and Ben is swept up in a tale of mystery and crimes, both old and new What I liked best about this book was how unusual everything was The mysteries, the region, and the characters were all unlike anything I had read before This is a funny, wacky and sometimes alarming mystery.Tune in to our [...]

    22. Anderson s first novel is fresh off the presses and flying out of inventory like a startled bat into the pale night sky Atmospheric, introspective and genuinely literate, it s a mystery set in the badlands of the Utah desert where the tattered remnants of America s frontier, if sought, can still be found Here are the fringe dwellers the vagabonds, the refugees, the fugitives, the scavengers the faithful and the faithless come to rest in the gritted sand along U.S Highway 117 Everyone has a story [...]

    23. I am afraid to summarize or say too much about this book because I am afraid to give something away and ruin the book for you if you decide to read it so just read the publisher s blurb about it and that is not even the first 25% of the book This book was a true mystery book for me and one of the few that I could not predict the ending or what was coming next through most of the book I grew very attached to the characters especially the main characters Ben and Walt and their story lines I loved [...]

    24. About halfway through this book, I knew that I was enjoying it, but wondered if it was really going anywhere I am glad to say that the second half did get going somewhere This book is really well crafted, it flows nicely The protagonist, Ben Jones is an absolute keeper He carries the story well There are a couple of terrific side characters too, from a single 19 year old pregnant mother to a 79 year old former Marine The plot is not as strong as the characters or the writing style, but the deser [...]

    25. 4 1 2 stars This is a great story about a truck driver on a particular route in the desert country of Utah, and all the strange people to whom he delivers Intrigue, murder, and mayhem ensue Like most people who said they wanted change, all I wanted was enough change to keep everything the same, only better The Lacey brothers were small and scrappy, raw boned men who wore their years in the desert like leather armor I remembered a definition of chivalry I d heard once a man protecting a woman aga [...]

    26. The only reason I started on this one was because Jaya recommended it and the only reason I finished it was because Em did a BR with me This was a starkly grim book It had things way far from the fluff I usually read One thing that strikes you as soon as you start reading and stays with you long after you have finished it is the loneliness The loneliness of Ben the protagonist and the loneliness of the windy sandy desert It is so well written that you can imagine that sort of loneliness and what [...]

    27. An isolated 100 mile stretch of desert highway in Utah Hwy 117 is home to a small but special breed of characters Walt Butterfield, owner of The Well Known Desert Diner, keeps his establishment pristine with one table constantly reserved and set for his dead wife Bernice No paying guests have set foot in the now never open diner since the day the unspeakable tragedy befell Bernice Walt now lives with his immaculate collection of motorcycles and his own secret in the restroom of his storage shed [...]

    28. Most people associate the desert with what is missing water and people They never think of the one thing the desert has of light So much light Ben, a truck driver, delivers goods to hermits living up and down a lonely dead end road in the arid Utah desert His customers include two eccentric brothers, ranchers, a pregnant woman with unmatched cravings for butter brickle ice cream, a preacher who repents by sporting a humongous cross on his back while traveling the highway, a cellist who plays he [...]

    29. This is a very unique debut novel about a hard working trucker, Ben Jones, whose days are spent making deliveries up and down Route 117 in the Utah desert He s heavily in debt and ready to lose his truck and business His life changes when he meets Claire in one of the most unusual introductions I ve ever read The book branches off in many directions as you meet Ben s customers, all of whom have their own stories to tell Much of the book revolves around a decade s old tragedy that happened at the [...]

    30. A delightfully compelling read of a mystery filled with heart and a tinge of noir, unconventional characters, a seductive romance set in the majesty of the Utah desert The lyrical of the language and the charming main character Ben Jones, a local area truck driver of a hard scrabble community pulled me from the beginning Each of the characters have something of a traumatic past but are respectful of each other s privacy Then a woman shows up, Ben is smitten, and drama begins that threaten to unr [...]

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