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 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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