“The Drifter” by Nick Petrie introduces readers to Peter Ash, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His time in the Marines left him with PTSD that manifests itself as “white static,” a buzzing claustrophobia that isolates him from typical society. He left civilization behind and spent a year roaming free and unencumbered, sleeping under the stars.
Things change for Peter Ash when a fellow Marine commits suicide, leaving behind a grieving widow and child. In an effort to make restitution for actions in his own troubled past, he invents a “veteran renovation program” and sets out to do home repairs for his friend’s family. He faces danger, angst, drama, and physical threats, and that is just while he is repairing the woman’s front porch. What follows that carpentry project is much more than Peter Ash could have ever imagined.
The descriptions are vivid, and Ash is sympathetic and heartwarming. The plot is suspenseful and thrilling as Ash protects the widow, the child, and the dog from threats unimagined. The book is quick to read because the action is non-stop, and it is impossible to put it down. This is the first of now five books featuring complex protagonist Peter Ash. I anxiously started book two, “Burning Bright.”