Squall is a novel based in the Canadian North, and written by bestselling Canadian Author, Sean Costello.
The book follows a recovering drug addict who, through the influence of his girlfriend, has fallen off the wagon and back into using. The other main character is a bush pilot and father of a young family with a wife, a son and another one on the way.
Without giving away too much of the plot, the drug addict and his girlfriend have to flee Toronto in order to get away from the drug addict’s brother and his underworld cohorts. They head to his uncle’s cabin up ‘North’, which ends up being not far from Sudbury.
They arrive there just before a major snowstorm hits, and with his brother close on his heels.
The father-to-be is doing one last run before heading home, but the squall hits before he can land and he ends up crashing his plane into the cabin… the two meet and we’re off on an adrenaline fueled ride that keeps you guessing until the very end.
I loved this book because the ending fit. There is not one, but two tales of redemption, tragedy, poetic justice… and plenty of action. The narrative was tight, to the point–although, be warned, it’s very strong. Canadian censorship isn’t the same as US censorship, so strong language regularly makes it into regular genre and trade fiction. There are also some rather adult situations and graphic scenes of a medical, but not sexual, nature.
I gave this book five out of five, because I had to finish it even if that meant reading it on my BlackBerry’s tiny screen in the Kindle app.
Disclaimer: I ran across this book by running into the author (not literally), and then found it for free on Amazon. Sean Costello also happens to live in the same town as I do.