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A Thousand Steps af T. Jefferson Parker
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A Thousand Steps (udgave 2022)

af T. Jefferson Parker (Forfatter)

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Titel:A Thousand Steps
Forfattere:T. Jefferson Parker (Forfatter)
Info:Forge Books (2022), 368 pages
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Teenagers always have issues. Parents, siblings, girlfriends/boyfriends, navigating life, all while undergoing confusing physical and psychological changes. Turbulent times. Such is the case with sixteen-year-old Matt Anthony. It’s 1968 in Laguna Beach, California. Matt’s father has been AWOL for years, his mother’s a druggie, his brother’s crawling through tunnels in Viet Nam, and his paper route barely makes enough money for him to eat. On top of that, his sister Jazz goes missing. The police believe she’s just another hippie runaway. Matt knows differently. Toss in a religious cult, drug smugglers, and aggressive and corrupt police officers and you have the making of yet another great story from T. Jefferson Parker. He never fails to deliver and A Thousand Steps is no exception. Grab a copy and follow Matt through the smoke and haze as he attempts to find Jazz, stay out of jail, and avoid a cadre of bad guys.

DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series ( )
  DPLyle | Nov 3, 2021 |
T. Jefferson Parker’s A Thousand Steps is the coming-of-age story of a Laguna Beach, California, boy who is largely having to do it all on his own. Matt’s father deserted the family six years earlier; his brother is a Vietnam tunnel rat; his mother seems determined to drown her own problems in booze and drugs; and his only sister has just been kidnapped. Matt may be the youngest member of his family, but he is smart enough to know that he is the only hope is sister has now.

It’s 1968 and Laguna Beach is attracting naive dropouts and cynical drug pushers from all over the country. Idiots like Timothy Leary are taking advantage of the new drug culture’s chaos to make themselves famous and rich at the expense of anyone and everyone they can exploit - and it seems that way too many people in Laguna Beach are happy enough to be exploited. Those protesting the justifiably unpopular war in Vietnam make it even easier for the unscrupulous to make a quick buck from all the turmoil. Right in the middle of all of this, Jasmine, Matt’s sister, disappears and no one seems overly concerned about that other than sixteen-year-old Matt, who decides to find his sister on his own if he has to.

Tied down by a daily paper route that is his only source of income, and never sure where his next meal is coming from, Matt still manages to spend his every spare moment in search of his sister, a search that eventually attracts the attention of the Laguna Beach police. The police realize that Matt gets around, and one of them wants to turn him into an informer while another, more sympathetic, cop encourages Matt to keep doing what he’s doing because it is Jasmine’s best chance at being found alive. The boy is in so far over his head, though, that he will be lucky to survive the next few days himself.

Bottom Line: A Thousand Steps makes for a good coming-of-age story, but its setting is really the novel’s strongest point. Parker vividly captures a place, and a time, in American history that was every bit as ugly as it is memorable, a period that changed the country forever. For readers who don’t remember living through those days themselves, A Thousand Steps is a little like jumping on a time machine and traveling back to the counterculture of the late sixties.

Review Copy provided by Publisher - Will be published on January 11, 2022 ( )
  SamSattler | Oct 15, 2021 |
I received an advance copy of this book. Thank you

This was a really good book. It wasn't fast paced, but didn't drag either, it gradually unwound reveal more about the story and characters. It takes place in Laguna Beach, CA in 1968. The Author nailed the scene. It was very real and genuine; the whole hippie and 60's scene seemed really, really accurate. Matt Anthony is 16, his older sister has not returned home. His mother is addicted to drugs and isn't always tuned in. He's incredibly industrious, he has a paper route, holds odd jobs and makes lots of connections. He uses his connections to try and figure out where his sister has been taken, because he has never believed she'd run away. The police don't seem to be doing anything, so it's up to him. We follow along, going to Mystical Art Centers, and LSD laced orgies, spiritual enlightenment centers. Very good! ( )
  cjyap1 | Oct 12, 2021 |
Growing up in Laguna Beach, Matt Anthony is used to the surfer/hippy vibe of his town, where Timothy Leary holds forth on the value of dropping acid and dropping out, a spiritual guru has established a retreat for enlightenment at the site of a former college, and Matt is doing his best to earn a few bucks delivering papers on his bike and supplement his meager food budget by fishing in the surf. His father, an ex-cop, is absent and his mother's weed habit is getting worse. Then Matt's sister vanishes just as the body of a girl is found on the beach. The cops don't seem very interested in his sister's fate, thinking she's just another runaway, so it's up to Matt to find her, enlisting along the way the help of a girl he's long admired and finally had the nerve to approach.

He has a few leads, thanks to his volunteer work at a head shop where its owner believes LSD will revolutionize society (though regular run-ins with local cops and threats from a new biker gang are complicating things), a visit to the guru's retreat (free food!), and a clandestine trip to see what goes on at a notorious party house where his sister may have been spotted. As the days pass, he grows more desperate and determined.

Parker vividly evokes a moment in time at the place he calls home, with the "thousand steps" of the title a real set of steps leading to the beach, but also a metaphor for young Matt's dogged search. Matt is a fine guide to the confusing and often destructive tidal currents of the 1968 drug-drenched search-for-enlightenment scene.
  bfister | Sep 28, 2021 |
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