Winterswim by Ryan W. Bradley audiobook

Winterswim

By Ryan W. Bradley
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Pastor Sheldon Long was born of the woods, raised in a secluded cabin by a mute mother and an abusive father who preached God's vengeance. Forced to take control of his own destiny, Pastor Long found God in his own way, melded with the mythologies of his mother's tribe. Now he's out to send the wicked, as he has judged them, to heaven. Steven, Pastor Long's son, is simultaneously pining for his former babysitter who has moved to Hollywood and crushing on nearly every girl he goes to school with. Soon his preoccupation with the opposite sex lures him into investigating a string of drownings that local police are declaring accidents. Ryan W. Bradley's novella Winterswim weaves religiosity and mythology into a tale of drugs, sex, and murder set against the frozen backdrop of blue-collar Alaska. Features the song "Uninvited" by Mutts

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Summary

Summary

Pastor Sheldon Long was born of the woods, raised in a secluded cabin by a mute mother and an abusive father who preached God's vengeance. Forced to take control of his own destiny, Pastor Long found God in his own way, melded with the mythologies of his mother's tribe. Now he's out to send the wicked, as he has judged them, to heaven.

Steven, Pastor Long's son, is simultaneously pining for his former babysitter who has moved to Hollywood and crushing on nearly every girl he goes to school with. Soon his preoccupation with the opposite sex lures him into investigating a string of drownings that local police are declaring accidents.

Ryan W. Bradley's novella Winterswim weaves religiosity and mythology into a tale of drugs, sex, and murder set against the frozen backdrop of blue-collar Alaska.

Features the song "Uninvited" by Mutts

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Written in spare, unadorned prose reminiscent of Willy Vlautin and Raymond Carver, Ryan W. Bradley’s Winterswim is an edgy, fast-paced story about a psychotic preacher and his good son. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.” Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time
“Anyone who’s spent time in the world of independent publishing knows that Ryan W. Bradley is a true believer in the power of literature, so it’s fascinating to see what happens when he turns his attention to a believer of a different sort. Bradley’s novella about a meth-addled preacher and his teenage son manages to be fast-paced without sacrificing complexity, moral but not moralistic, and thrilling without a hint of pandering. I read Winterswim in a single sitting on a summer evening in Chicago, but it feels like I just survived a harsh Alaska winter.” Christian TeBordo, author of The Awful Possibilities
“A lightening quick read that sobers you up as it drags you down, Winterswim showcases the psychotic side of religion and the lasting, devastating scars of familial abuse.” The Next Best Book Club
“A recommended read for fans of great crime fiction, the novel possesses something else that makes it a must read; an indefinable quality that makes the narrative dance between the beauty of the mythological realm and the grittiest and most perverse moments of human desire, insanity, and addiction.” Crimespree Magazine

Reviews

Reviews

by Megrez 9/13/2017
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Well Worth the Swim

A fun and disturbing read. I highly recommend for anyone who is looking for a trip into the mind of the perverted and crazed with a return ticket. Bradley makes the reader feel the cold of Wasilla, Alaska as well as the complex chill of the true insanity of Sheldon Long. Fantastic narration by Paul Michael Garcia, he captures the tone of Bradley's words perfectly.
A great vacation read (providing you don't want to immerse yourself into something comforting). Well worth the swim.
by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Dark and Sordid

As a crime thriller, this book is right on par with what you’d expect. I found that although I had a good handle on the personalities, I wanted a deeper look into the characters. The tragic backstory of Pastor Long hits closest to this desire to know more, but I wanted to see what made him become a rapist and murderer of teenage girls. That said, the absence of over-the-top exposition lends a literary quality to the book that many crime thrillers don’t possess.

My biggest issue with this book is that, aside from Pastor Long’s disenfranchised mother, all the women in this book seemed possessed of an overactive libido. On the flip side, I appreciate how the author doesn’t resort to flowery euphemisms and allows the dark and sordid elements to remain just that: dark and sordid.
by Erik Y 9/13/2017
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DARK, just the way I like it

Ryan W. Bradley does not waste anytime, Winterswim get right to it and doesn't let you go (stays with you a couple extra days once finished). The way that the author is able to paint such a vivid world in such a short amount of time is brilliant. This book is pretty dark, but it is one that I know should get its praise.
by Samuel 9/13/2017
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Examining humanity's darker corners

This one’s pretty dark and explicit and disturbing, very much in the vein of Katherine Faw Morris’ Young God and sharing with that title a blurry edge between “poverty drug sex porn” and a worthwhile literary examination of humanity’s darker corners. While the themes and events are themselves problematic, it is the Pahlaniukian (or evocative of Bret Easton Ellis, for that matter) use of the abuser/perpetrator’s POV in several chapters which causes the most flinching when I attempt to wrestle with this work. Many may have no interest (or be repulsed, or offended, or even hurt) in inhabiting the point of view of a disturbed drug-using pastor whose religious delusions cause him to prey upon vulnerable young girls in the worst ways possible. (This is not a spoiler — this is drawn from the prologue.) This is a novella of power, delusions, and it is not for everyone. It is however very well narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, written very well by Bradley, author of a short story collection, a novel, and three poetry collections including this year’s The Memory of Planets, and evokes more of the better forms of this genre than of the lurid, self-indulgent strains. Through the chapters from more sympathetic characters, we get a better picture of the wrongness here, though the overall affect is one more of emptiness and confusion than of any sort of redemption.
by Alan 9/13/2017
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A Quick, Aggressive, Smack You In the Face Listen

Winterswim is definitely not for the faint at heart!

It quickly grabs you, and continues to hold you under the iciest of Alaska's lakes.

I have read other books by Ryan W. Bradley and this one by far is his best and most shocking. Quick chapters keep you constantly engaged with the characters making it hard to pause.

The story seems off the wall at times. However, you can easily imagine this story actually happening in any small town in America. Which adds a whole new level of how haunting and creepy the story goes.

Added with Paul Michael Garcia's wonderful narration to keep it even more haunting and to give you the chills even after you finish listening.

I highly recommend this to anyone who's not afraid to go against the contemporary and face reality.

Author

Author Bio: Ryan W. Bradley

Author Bio: Ryan W. Bradley

Ryan W. Bradley has pumped gas, changed oil, painted houses, swept the floor of a mechanic’s shop, worked on a construction crew in the Arctic Circle, fronted a punk band, and managed an independent children’s bookstore. He now spends part of his time designing book covers. He is the author of several collections of poetry, a story collection, and the novel Code for Failure. He lives in Oregon with his wife and two sons.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 2.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English