WTF?! (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer)

August 21, 2014 Contemporary Fiction 20

Greetings Bookworms,

I should probably not be allowed to go onto NetGalley. I am entirely too susceptible to “the next big thing” and I end up picking up books I’d never ordinarily look into. Sometimes it’s a great way to get me out of my comfort zone. Other times, I’m just left scratching my head wondering WTF just happened. Enter David Shafer’s new novel, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. *I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley for review consideration.*

whiskey tango foxtrotWhiskey Tango Foxtrot centers on a trio of thirty-somethings whose lives haven’t exactly turned out the way they’d expected. Leila Majnoun begins this crazy ride attempting to make a difference in Burma only to have her efforts thwarted. Frustrated by the ineffectual non-profit she’s working for, Leila stumbles across some information that throws her entire world out of orbit. Leo Crane is a mentally unhinged trust-fund kid with a substance abuse problem and a penchant for conspiracy theories. Mark Deveraux is a charlatan of a self-improvement guru who has managed to get himself in the clutches of one of the most powerful men in the world. This unlikely trio unwittingly get wrapped up in a worldwide super conspiracy, and it’s nuts.

Okay. So. Definitely not my normal fare. It took me longer to get into this book than is typical for me. I found Leila, Leo, and Mark’s back stories compelling, but the novel spent a lot of time in exposition and crammed all the action in at the end. The very end. Like, the yellow brick road hit a yellow brick wall and nobody got to chill in the Emerald City. The lack of resolution left me wondering if this was the first novel in a series or if it was just too darn artsy for me to “get.”

All that said, it definitely had some cheeky moments, and I can’t help but smile at the implied WTF joke in the title. I was also rather fond of some of the book’s most bizarre elements (which I won’t reveal to you, because spoilers.)

I’m still scratching my head on this one, but I’m sure there are a lot of folks out there who will love this book. If you’re into conspiracy theories, dark humor, and general weirdness, maybe give Whiskey Tango Foxtrot a try.

Alright, Bookworms. Tell me. Do you ever read things and feel like you’re not in on the joke?

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20 Responses to “WTF?! (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer)”

  1. Sarah Says Read

    I ALWAYS read books that I feel like I must be missing something. I had heard good things about this one and I liked the “WTF”… but now I’m not so sure. Hmm.

  2. Kelly

    Yup…this sounds too weird for me. Ha! I wonder if the title was just supposed to represent your feelings about the ending…WTF??? 🙂 Glad you got to read outside your comfort zone though! I need to push myself to do that more often.

    • Words For Worms

      Dude, I don’t even know! I mean, it IS how I ended up feeling about the whole book, but acknowledging it in a cheeky acronym wasn’t enough to save it for me.

  3. ThatAshGirl

    Yeah not a fan of pretentious books that are too artsy for me to get.

    Btw….I totally giggled over the “nobody got to chill in the emerald city” line.

  4. C.J.

    Netgalley is very dangerous! I often get too click-happy and request books I don’t have time to read. I heard about this book and was curious about it. We’ll see if I get around to picking it up.

  5. Annabel Smith

    Well I personally HATE this book because I had to change my book title (Whisky CHARLIE Foxtrot) because of this title being too similar, even though my book came out first (in Australia though). I will never read it. I may however buy a copy to deface and perform voodoo on. I am on a one-woman vendetta to bring it to its knees. Die, WTF, die!

  6. AMB (Koiviolet)

    “The lack of resolution left me wondering if this was the first novel in a series or if it was just too darn artsy for me to ‘get.'”

    Eek. This doesn’t sound like a good choice for me either! I don’t have any experience with Netgalley, but I can understand getting wrapped up in the “next big thing.” I’ve made far too many unwise purchases as a result.

  7. Rory

    So I just started this one and it sounds like it might be a good one for me…? I feel like general weirdness is a good descriptor for many things I read.

  8. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Oh I DO hate it when I read a book and feel like I’m not in on the joke. Or even worse, when I feel like I’m missing important information that I should be understanding about the book. I felt the latter way about Richard Adams’s book The Girl in the Swing — I finished it and thought, “Wait, what?” :p

  9. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    Yes, I’ve definitely read books like that! It’s almost like they’re intended for a very narrow audience… and don’t really care to bring others in. They can still be fun and interesting and all that, but being left on the sidelines watching is a weird reader experience.

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