James V. Weatherill’s second book, "When Paths Cross," looks at life in the US in 1973. Turner Howw is an ex-army helicopter pilot now looking for work, trying to outrun his nightmares, and get his life back on track five years after serving in Vietnam. Moving to the Pacific Northwest, he gets a job with the logging industry flying the civilian version of the army’s big, tandem-rotor CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Along the way, he finds love with Robin, a woman with her own issues tied to events in the past; a past that catches up with her and threatens their relationship, their lives, and the lives of their friends. Well written, Weatherill paints a vivid picture of the logging industry and life in the United States particularly as it pertained to Vietnam Veterans in the ‘70s. Weatherill brings authenticity to "When Paths Cross" gained from his experience as an Army helicopter pilot flying the CH-47 in Vietnam, and later flying for the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest. This is an excellent story covering a troubling time for those who served in Vietnam; a period when people did not walk up and say, “Welcome Home.” The parts of the story covering the treatment and attitudes confronting the Vets, exemplified by Robin’s parents, may make the reader angry, and it should. John Bercaw, [author, A Pink Mist and The Mighty Jungle.]r paragraph here.
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Jim has followed his wonderful "The Blades Carry Me" with another great book "When Paths Cross". I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys page turning works with interesting premises and characters. He and Annie have set a high bar for themselves. Congrats. CHSType your paragraph here.
Entertaining read, enjoyed it! Robert Geiger, [Helicopter Master Mechanic.]e your paragraph here.
What a great first novel. Another good read by the author of "The Blades Carry Me". Good story and excellent character development and setting. Louis L"Amour would be proud of the techniques utilized.
I introduced Jim Weatherill to heavy-lift helicopter logging and trained him to "fly" the long lines we used to extract timber out of western mountains. We since remain good friends and maintained contact over four decades before reuniting at a "heliloggers" reunion just recently. Jim and Annie are both intelligent and immensely talented folks. I expect they feel comfortable creating expressions in writing, music and several forms of art. So this is a treat for me, as I experienced first hand long ago the excitement and passion Jim could demonstrate when discussing different topics. I appreciate he and Annie decided to finally publish so others can experience the talents they demonstrate in this story. The novel does a good job of describing a fledgling industry that became a standard for clean and ecological logging in sensitive or critically steep terrain. It provides a good setting for young folks finding themselves while dealing with individual and disparate demons.
A real page turner. I look forward to their next endeavor. Fred Penning, [helicopter logging pioneer.]pe your paragraph here.
This fabulous novel is a treasure that combines a love story with intrigue, drama, hope, and more. Weatherill freezes time in the Northwest United States and presents a story where many paths cross, including main characters Turner and Robin.
The book will magically come to life in the reader’s mind as the author masterfully describes each person, setting, and event. The author’s rich use of historical context adds a dimension that most novels lack and his research lends accuracy to the setting, the geographic area, and to logging.
His writing style is extremely engaging and within a few pages the reader will be hooked and not want to put down the book. It can be a fast and enjoyable read or the reader can savor every page, every description, every event, and every stage of the budding relationship between Turner and Robin from the first moment that their paths cross. But a host of other unique characters cross their paths, some supportive and others intent on creating harm.
This is a must read for young and old alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'He’d been away from the war five years. Rather than retreat into a lost past, the war had come alive.’
April 14, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
Vietnam veteran and author James V. Weatherill made his writing debut with a memoir/history book about not only his experiences as a US Army Chinook Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam – one of the finer books on the activity of helicopter activity in that war – but also as a humanist and his reactions to the war and to the wife who waited out the war at home. It is at once a thrilling suspenseful adventure novel and a bow to the constancy of marriages that survived that war. Jim clocked 1,341 combat hours in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968, then as a civilian pilot he flew helicopters in logging operations, dam, ski lift, and power line construction as well as fire fighting. He was a pilot for regional airlines and retired from a national airline as a Boeing 737 captain.
Many have written about their experiences in Vietnam (including this reader) and there is a natural bond among those who have attempted to put into words in impact of that war both while fighting it and the course of events after returning home to a community that generally held Vietnam vets in disdain. But few have written abut the aftermath veterans faced after Vietnam – returning to a public often times antagonistic towards those who spent time in that ‘wrong war’. Jim now writes a novel – a step away from his previous successful memoir THE BLADES CARRY ME: INSIDE THE HELICOPTER WAR IN VIET NAM – to share what at least one life (that of his main character who mirrors Jim in many ways) was like. In a brief Prologue he sets the story in motion: ‘In summer 1973, Jayboy sat on the trunk of a wind-thrown cedar tree that sprouted when Julius Caesar was alive and died in the century Galileo was sentenced for heresies. The maelstrom that uprooted the ancient tree also sparked rebirth. The forest floor relished the space and sunlight. Eventually, seedlings took root. Now, a grove of 200-year-old youth cast spectral shadows on the ancestral corpse and the freshly dug, unmarked grave alongside. “It was that girl and her pilot boyfriend that done it,” Jayboy muttered. He ran his fingers through the tree’s velvety moss shroud. Dew, trapped in the filaments, beaded on his hand. His wrist ached as he wiped his face with the cool liquid. He welcomed the pain. It reminded him of his promise. He’d find them, and he’d get them.’
Jim explains his story line best in his synopsis – ‘Love, Heroism, Intrigue, Revenge, Heartbreak, Betrayal … and a Faithful Dog. When Paths Cross is a love story and a snapshot of what it was like to be a part of a period of transition in America. The year is 1973, a time without cell phones, Internet, or microwave ovens. The Vietnam War winds down and young veterans bring home a personal war inside. Turner Howw, a veteran pilot, arrives for an assignment near a small logging town nestled in the foothills of the vast forest of the Pacific Northwest. Attempting to understand who or what he’s become, Turner finds refuge from his homeland’s hostility and his own nightmares when he goes to work in the cockpit of a civilian helicopter hauling logs. The former soldier crosses paths and falls in love with Robin, a local woman and assault survivor. They come face-to-face with her past when her assailant tracks her down and comes for them both. As each one’s past threatens their relationship, do they dare to dream of a future together? It is significant to note that in the same way the helicopter introduced a new form of warfare, it also set in motion the commercial heavy lift industry. As part of that growth, pilots and ground personnel blended traditional methods and knowledge with skills learned in the military to establish the technology of helicopter logging and other applications essential to many industries and services today’
This is a love story that could not have been written by an author without the Vietnam experience Jim brings to this fine novel. Touching, authentic and just plain fine writing, WHEN PATHS CROSS is a rewarding experience to read and share. To add to the timeframe of the novel Jim includes lists of all events – politics, the economy and prices, oil, science and technology, sports entertainment and legislation that took place in 1973. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, April 18
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And a Faithful Dog
It's 1973, a time without cell phones, Internet, or microwave ovens. The Vietnam War shuts down, and young veterans come home carrying a personal war inside.
The story takes place in a small logging town nestled in the foothills of a vast mountain forest in the Pacific Northwest. A Vietnam veteran pilot arrives for a short-term assignment hauling logs by helicopter. In the cockpit, the man seeks refuge from his homeland's hostility and his own nightmares.
He crosses paths and falls in love with a local woman, an assault survivor. They come face-to-face with her past when her assailant tracks her down anad comes for them both. As each one's past threatens their relationship, do they dare to dream of a future together?