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Profile Image for Didi Oviatt.
Author 29 books191 followers
September 20, 2017
Fender really has a real heartstring puller of a plot line. It shines a certain light on the grieving process that in my opinion really should be pointed out more often. Loosing loved ones unexpectedly is an extremely rough road and this book puts the realities of such hardship front and center for the world to see. Nothing is sugar coated about this book which I love. The emotions felt are raw and the way the main character copes with the loss of his wife and child are likely. One thing that gives this book it's own unique twist, setting it apart from the run of the mill grieving husband tale is his dog, Fender.

Brennan has an alcohol problem. It started in his early twenties when his best friend committed suicide and Brennan blamed himself for the tragedy. It was during one of his drunken nights, slurring and blacking out that he came across Fender. He found the Beagle hiding under a car in a rainstorm. Brennan wound up keeping the dog and over time, Fender helped him to cope with the death of his friend. Through thick and thin Fender is there for him. As Brennan's wife neared the birth of their child, she tried talking Brennan into getting rid of Fender. Luckily he stuck to his guns and kept the pup because little did he know his life will take another turn for the worst in the years to come and it's Fender then will help him through.

Days after the funeral of Brennan's wife and six year old daughter (they were in a car accident), Brennan's two best friends Rocco and Franky talk him into going with them on a road trip to help him heal and cope. Brennan had quit drinking while his wife was pregnant with his daughter, and when they passed away he fell off the wagon. The road trip is full of ups and downs while tries to wrap his head and heart around the loss of his loved ones, all the while battling his pull to drink. He insisted on bringing Fender along for the drive, refusing to leave him behind.

I love the way the story bounces back and forth between past and present. Brent Jones is able to reveal the character's marriage and family life along the way, as if reflecting it all as Brennan's memories while enduring the grieving process. Brennan didn't exactly have an easy upbringing or the perfect experience with his in-laws. It was actually quite the opposite. It's his unique relationship with his loyal companion Fender that helps bring him clarity.

This book is a bit of a slow burn, and sad... Very, very sad. From cover to cover, every single time I sat down to read I wound up crying!! I definitely recommend it to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one!
Profile Image for Chauncey Rogers.
Author 5 books43 followers
May 22, 2018
I saw a friend's review, was intrigued, and received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked: Brent's writing was clean and smooth. Absolutely no complaints there. The characters were good as well. I thought Brennan's sorrow and path to recovery were very well paced and believable. Brent captured those emotions well. Rocco and Franky, the two friends, took a little while to distinguish themselves in my imagination, but were clearly defined and consistent. I also appreciated that, in some ways, the book felt like a road trip, minus the interminable hours of staring out the window at nothing (I'm looking at you, Kansas). The stops were nice, meaningful to the plot, described clearly but briefly, and not too long.
I also liked Fender. I don't normally give a can of beans for pet-characters, but this was certainly an exception, and a welcome one at that.

What I disliked: Okay, I'm pulling out a magnifying glass to pick a few nits. Two nits, to be more precise. But bear in mind that this is just that--nitpicking.
One being that I didn't love Franky and Rocco. They were both very well written and totally believable, but they didn't seem the kind of company I would enjoy. However, for a book this length, they were totally fine to watch. And actually, as I write this I realize that I grew to like them more and more as the story progressed. So, perhaps I unpick that nit.
The other nit is the narrative style. I had the impression about 95 percent of the time that Fender was told in 3rd person limited, where the only head we could look inside of was Brennan's. However, every now and again the narrator would drop into someone else's head, making it a bit more 3rd person omniscient. I don't like omniscient narrators personally, so I'm glad that it was generally limited to Brennan's mind alone, but if I were to change something, that would be the thing. Definitely not enough to bother me, but there it is.

My Verdict: Fender isn't going to be for everyone. Not everyone loves dogs or stories of loss or etc. etc. But if you think, "Hey, I might like that," then you probably will. If I knew that someone had a general interest in emotional books, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Fender to them. For many people, this will be a very good book. For some, I think it could be an incredibly good book.
If you're curious, sink some time into it and find out for yourself.
Profile Image for Lynda Dickson.
581 reviews57 followers
August 21, 2017
Brennan is in mourning after losing his wife Rosie and his daughter Abby in a car crash. The only one who survived the crash is his twelve-year-old beagle Fender. Worried about Brennan's self-destructive behavior, his friends Rocco and Franky convince him to go on a cross-country road trip from New York to California. Brennan reluctantly agrees to the road trip, as long as Fender can join them. What follows is a tragic-comic series of events that proves that the journey is more important than the destination.

The current day story is intertwined with flashbacks to how Brennan met Fender, his relationship with Rosie, and his friendship with Rocco, Franky, and the absent Colin. We learn the role Fender played - and continues to play - in Brennan's life, and how Fender saves him on more than one occasion. It's nice to see how Brennan grows over the course of the book.

As well as being a story of family, friendship, and forgiveness, Fender is a delightful travelogue, mirroring the author's own experiences on a cross-country trip taken with his wife and two dogs. This explains the remarkable detail of the seemingly mundane experiences Brennan and his friends encounter along the way. I especially enjoyed Franky's interaction with the Mormons.

Full of humor and pathos, this is a story about the redemptive power of friendship, and how one dog can make such a big difference.

Warnings: coarse language, sexual references.

I received this book in return for an honest review.

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564 reviews27 followers
February 20, 2018
Book Challenge: Read a book with a one word title.

Fender is a dog and Fender was the best thing about this story. In fact, for me he was the only good thing about this story.

Brennan is a man who has had tragedy strike his life twice and both times, his salvation has come in the form of a male beagle named Fender. A friend's suicide found Brennan weeks later in a drunken stupor. On the porch in the rain, accepting a pizza delivery, he sees a shadowed movement under a nearby bush. Upon inspection he finds a small, bony and scared young beagle. He takes the pup in and finds a purpose in life again.

Twelve years later finds Brennan again in a drunken state as he mourns the accidental death of his wife and daughter. The one constant in his life amid yet another human disaster is his ever faithful friend, Fender.

Two of Brennan's friends take him and Fender on a road trip in hopes of finding hope and vision for the future. I'm sure the road trip, which consists of flashbacks of past experiences, was meant to be full of heartfelt moments, but it just didn't take for me. The journey was sad and sweet, joyful and tearful, and yet felt out of kilter.

On a positive note, I did walk away with a few positive lines:
"Sometimes we have to get away from all we know just to find our way home again. "

"Find a way to live the life ahead of you instead of the one behind you."

I've had many dogs in my life and in the last 3 years have had to help a 16 year-old and a nearly 18-year old cross the rainbow bridge. I still have another ailing 16 year old at home. Two of these dogs were rescued, saved from certain destruction -- one saved from the street and another after losing her caretaker. In actuality it is never us who save the dogs, but the dogs who save us and bring us comfort, companionship and unquestioning devotion. Who doesn't need a "Fender" in their lives?
Profile Image for Amy Roebuck.
478 reviews4 followers
August 21, 2017
Fender. A car part? Nope. A guitar? Nope. Fender is the dog every guy needs—the true friend, the philosopher, the understanding and nonjudgmental companion. It is also the title of Brent Jones’ sophomore novel, well worth your time to read. In it Fender, his ‘Man human’ Brennan, and Brennan’s two lifelong best buddies are taking a cross-country car trip, from Buffalo, New York, to San Francisco, California and back. Their reasons are varied and complex, and motivations realistically and organically change over the course of the book. The humour is subtle and enjoyable; the honesty is complete. Even the cities they pass through are described so thoroughly they take on the significance of characters.
In the story of Fender and Brennan, Rocco and Franky, as in his debut novel, Fifteenth of June, Jones does not gloss over the trouble, pain or darkness in a person's life experience, but he feathers the story with quick, sure glimpses of the good in life...the kind people who cross paths with the protagonist.
It leaves me with the feeling of having met real people--not heroes or villains, but human beings who hold deep inside themselves a heroic moment, or a response to others that can hold traces of cruelty.
I was given a copy of Fender, to read for I’m waiting eagerly for Jones’ third book!
Profile Image for Erik Larson.
8 reviews7 followers
October 9, 2017
Sometimes a book comes along at the right time in your life. Such was the case for “Fender”. Going through a bit of a low point myself, I found it easy to relate to the main character, depressed about the loss of his wife and young child in a car crash.
I had to put my 15yr old cat down the week prior to finding this book. Her name was Vicious. No shit, Brent. The rest of you, see chapter 24.
On many levels this book mirrored my current situation. If you decide to read “Fender” do so while looking inside yourself. You’ll enjoy both a bit better in the end.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Shannon.
299 reviews33 followers
August 21, 2017
Ugh! Break out the tissues cause your going to need them for this one!

Fender is not like other books about tragedy. You know the ones I’m talking about… The ones that paint over the ugliness that is pure, soul-destroying grief, with flowery prose and comforting platitudes. No, this book is as visceral as it should be. The protagonist lost his whole family in one vicious blow and there are no words capable of soothing that kind of grief.

No, this kind of loss violently shoves Brennan off the wagon, his only comfort. That, and his poor dog Fender. Not only is Fender injured in the crash that only he survived, he’s also terribly old. But, he is Brennan’s only tenuous hold on life. (Are you crying yet?)

Brennan’s oldest friends decide to take him on a cross-country road trip to California. They are desperate to help their grief-stricken friend and think removing him from everything will help. Brennan will not leave without his dog, so they all pile in a car (Fender too) and head out.

The road trip in my humble opinion, is depicted in a very realistic way. The author provides an authentic experience of three grown men, all with complicated lives of their own, and their shared history, stuck in a car for hours at a time. There is laughter, tears, foul language, anger, more laughter and eventually, glimmers of hope for Brennan. Signs that maybe he can survive this.

Fender isn’t a pretty story but it’s real, well-written, and evocative. It’s hard to say “I enjoyed it” because of the nature of the story but I will say, that I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. And, God help you if you have a furry family member because this book will rip your guts out!

Seriously though, I can’t recommend this one enough.

Rating… A
Profile Image for Janice Richardson.
Author 7 books95 followers
March 3, 2018
How many authors do you know who can make you cry? What a beautiful book, an emotional roller coaster. I'm sure I am not the first reader to shed some tears as I read this story, and I won't be the last. Highly recommend this book.

Profile Image for Stanley McShane.
Author 10 books44 followers
August 12, 2017
Brent Jones has exceeded expectation that his sophomore novel, Fender, might best the debut. This emotionally packed literary saga of Brennan Glover, a protagonist who suffers unspeakable loss, will have you grabbing for a hankie. Fender is a Beagle, but he is no ordinary dog. He manages to (albeit unintentionally) save the life of his human counterpart--his beloved man human--part of his second family. The author skillfully conveys Fender's conversations with Brennan, who has lost his wife and daughter in the horrific accident in which Fender alone survived. Jones skillfully maneuvers Brennan's journey through the heartbreaking process of grief from denial and anger to acceptance.

Fender heats up the pages from the first chapter. Rosie Hutchins and Abby, his six year old, are irretrievably gone. Brennan's dog is inexplicably the only survivor of the crash.

The author explores in alternating chapters how Brennan and Rosie meet. We are introduced to Franky and Rocco his closest friends immediately. It is Franky and Rocco who lovingly convince him to join them on a road trip. And it is his neighbor who quietly affirms, "...sometimes we have to get away from all we know just to find our way home again." And he wonders; should he go, his grief still so raw? The trio leaves very quickly--no stalling--no rethinking and they take Fender.

The tension-filled dynamics between men finally explode and in the fit of crisis Rocco reveals a secret. This one could be the termination of a life-long friendship and further tears at a wound not yet healing.

Fender is powerful and profane and masterfully examines the overwhelming condition of stupefying grief. Blinded by his pain, Brennan short-sightedly views his friends. Brennan got an education, and while he "married well" and escaped their collective early beginnings, his friends have not. They are blue collar workers with limited income. This trip represents a life-saving mission for their buddy at considerable sacrifice.

It is the depth of the plunge that the author closely examines with insight and sensitivity into the individual's experience in this human condition. This literary scrutiny pulls even a balky reader along for the ride, leaving you weak for having survived and elated for having won.

I received an ARC from the author for an honest review. I loved it--the mission and the message. Warning: it is peppered with course language--still--phew! What a book and I can heartily recommend!

Read more of my reviews on Rosepoint Publishing.
October 4, 2017
Originally posted on Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews

Fender starts by introducing us to Brennan and how he met his wife, Rosie. Through their relationship, Brennan’s dog Fender has always been there and now he is the only survivor of a car accident that took Rosie and their daughter. Brennan’s friends take him, and Fender, on a road trip. We see just how far these guys would go for their friend after tragedy hit his world. The love shown between these three friends is amazing, beautiful even, as is the love between Fender and Brennan.

As the road trip takes place we are also seeing the relationship between Brennan and his wife grow. It is a vital part of the story to have this backstory take place. I have been known to find flashbacks hard to keep up with but the way this was written was easy to follow.

When I started reading I was not expecting what unfolded and being an animal lover I was really affected. I saw myself and my beautiful dog, Amber, in the relationship between Brennan and Fender. The bond between a dog and its owner is like no other…dogs can help us in our darkest hour – their love is unfaltering.

Love is an amazing thing regardless of what form it takes: the love for a spouse, a child, a friend or even a dog are all unique and Brent Jones has made a wonderful job of showing us this. He has also brilliantly shown us heartache, heartbreak and animosity.
Profile Image for Jessica Bronder.
2,015 reviews23 followers
August 20, 2017
Brennan Glover lost his wife Rosie and his six year old daughter Abby in a car crash. The only survivor was the family Beagle, Fender. Brennan is heartbroken as his world is turned upside down. Fender does his best to help out his master get through this hard time. Then Brennan’s friends Franky and Rocco talk him into taking a road trip to find his way along with move on with his grief. But things are not going to go smoothly as a deep secret comes out that could destroy the friendship.

This is a heartbreaking story. How would you go on after losing your family? It’s very emotional as Brennan tries to go on with his grief and depression. Fender is there to help but he can only do so much. Brennan needs to get out in the world to see that there is so much more happening. Thankfully Franky and Rocco are they to give him the proverbial boot in the butt.

Of course I’m a huge animal fan, having several cats of my own and treating them like my children. I loved the interactions with Fender. I love when stories show how important our furry children are and how big of a difference they can make in our lives.

Brent Jones has a great story and one that I think anyone will enjoy. Definitely check out this book. You will run the gambit of emotions but it is worth the tears.

I received Fender from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Profile Image for Alicia Owen.
18 reviews
August 21, 2017
First off, although I greatly enjoyed his first novel, The Fifteenth of June, I wasn't sure I would be as into this story. I mean, 3 dudes on a cross-country road trip, with a central focus on a dog? (A “yappy” breed at that. Have I ever mentioned I don't care for small dogs much? Hate me all you want.) But, as with the first novel, I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised!
It was much more...emotional, than I had expected. Let's just say I cried at least once in the first 60 pages. At first I thought maybe it was just my crazy pregnancy hormones talking, but evidently I was not alone in this thinking! As you can read on Mr.Jones' blog post, several other reviewers got “the feels” too.
With that being said, I think this is one of those rare books that a man or woman would enjoy. Sure, it has plenty of sad moments, but there are a lot of life lessons and wisdom to be gained from it as well. Plus, who doesn't love a good “bro-mance” story?
As with his first novel, I found this to be a very easy read (because it's so good!) and very engaging. It will be a great vacation read or a “the kids are back in school and I actually have some free time!” read. I think it will appeal to a broad age-range too.

*I received an ARC copy in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
2 reviews1 follower
August 21, 2017
This is the second novel from up-and-coming author Brent Jones. Just like his first novel, this was an emotional and beautiful piece.

Jones' characters are complex and sympathetic, if at times a little difficult to like. Our protagonist, Brennan, has just been through the worst tragedy you can imagine, so his friends take him on a journey with his aging dog, Fender. In the story, the journey is definitely more important than the destination. Brennan learns a lot about his past and himself, and comes to terms with what he finds out.

I cannot stress enough how this is not the type of genre I usually read, but I can't seem to put down any of Jones' novels. They are compelling in a way that I never thought I'd find interesting. Reading Fender made me bawl like a baby. Jones has a way of bringing life to his characters, and making them seem like they actually exist in the real world. They are complicated, and not at all perfect. Especially Brennan, who we see go through a fantastic journey of acceptance and forgiveness that feels completely real.

I absolutely recommend this read for everyone!! Just... maybe not in public or anywhere you don't want to be seen ugly crying...
Profile Image for Jen Jordan.
5 reviews
December 28, 2017
This book is a great read. It reminds you that family isn't always blood and that none of us escape life without a bunch of scars. However, it's how we let our friends help us heal those scars that make the journey awesome. The author has a great way of telling the story - and making you want to hop into a car and take a road trip with your buddies - both two and four-legged. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will do some serious introspection into your own life.
Profile Image for Mark Gunning.
Author 5 books64 followers
June 9, 2018
Anyone looking for a new start in life will enjoy a story like this. Jones keeps the reader turning page after page. How can you not like to see what three good friends and a dog do as they travel across the United States? Sure, Brennan is mourning the loss of his family, but sometimes we need to pick ourselves up and continue on. Life does challenge us. Buckle up because it's time to go on a ride with Brennan, Rocco, Franky, and of course, Fender.
August 29, 2017
A Journey of Healing

Ironically I was reading this book while my favorite uncle was passing away... the journey this book took me on was full of twists, heartache, and healing... I couldn't stop turning the pages, I wanted to see where this journey ended.... this is another great book by Brent Jones and I cannot wait for more books by him..
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175 reviews7 followers
August 31, 2017
Dog stories always get to me and "Fender" did as well. The main character has several tragedies occur in his life and is trying to come to grips with it all. Fortunately for him, he has good friends who don't give up on him. As the story unfolds, we are taken back to the time he acquired the dog and all that they have been through together. He comes to find that his dog was his guardian angel in many ways. Through these various relationships, Bee learns about new beginnings and finding his way "home." I highly recommend this book! You won't want to put it down!
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857 reviews22 followers
February 28, 2018

I decided to start reading this tonight fully intending on it not being a binge book so I could get a decent night's sleep. Here I am three hours later having finished one of the most emotionally enthralling,yet simple and super enjoyable books I've had the pleasure of reading. LOVED it!!! Oh, Fender, I love you.
October 6, 2017
Could not put this book down!

I loved this book! Brennan's bond with Fender was so touching and it's so true when saving a dog, they end up saving you. I laughed and cried throughout this story, it was that good!
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37 reviews12 followers
July 24, 2019
Earthy writing and heart rending subject matter, turn three friends, a road trip, and a dog, into a life changing experience. Causing you to question, along with Brennan, the true meaning of home. I'm still unpacking thoughts and emotions, after reading this one!
Profile Image for Andréa.
17 reviews11 followers
August 15, 2017
What an emotional journey! Fender is a wonderful story of discovery + hope. As a certified dog mom (yes, I made that up), I loved reading the interactions between the pup Fender and his human Brennan. I also thoroughly enjoyed the progression that the road trip symbolized. I don't want to give anything away too much but some of my favorite moments are at the halfway point.

The author does a great job of getting you to care for the main characters and absolutely despise some of the others. Brennan's late wife's parents are the worst! His friends genuinely care for him. By the end, you're rooting for Brennan to succeed.

All in all, I highly recommend this lovely book to everyone! You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy the story either.
Profile Image for Brent Jones.
Author 12 books88 followers
August 21, 2017
A man in mourning travels across the country with his dog. But will the open road lead him to new beginnings?
Profile Image for Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh) .
224 reviews35 followers
December 17, 2017
'Find a way to live the life ahead of you instead of the one behind you.'

Words we all need to learn to live by, especially those with the toughest breaks imaginable set upon them like Brennan Glover. Everyone needs to realize that they all usually have someone trying to help and they need to let that help in.
Prepare for plenty of waterworks, but also some laughs as well.

'"It's called Elliott Bay Trail. Named after Elliott Bay."
"I thought this was... Pugg-it sound"
"Puget sound. And it is."
"it's two things? Like they gave it two names?"
"It's, uh... Puget sound's a little further north, I think."
"like in Canada?"
"Not that far north."
"so, when does it stop being a bay and start being a sound?"
"it's always a sound, but, uh, this middle part here, they call that part Elliott Bay, I think" '

A lot of conversation between the friends made me think of conversations I've had with my own friends. Sometimes it doesn't have to be deep to be meaningful, and sometimes it's the nostalgia that will help with the healing.
This isn't normally my type of book but I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review and that's what I will give. This book made me laugh, and it also made me cry. It was quite the rollercoaster.
Profile Image for Cathy Ryan.
1,174 reviews64 followers
November 3, 2017
Brennan Glover is on a downward spiral after the crash which killed his wife and small daughter and he’s fallen off the wagon in spectacular style. The only survivor of the crash was Fender, the twelve year old Beagle Brennan rescued after the dog had been abandoned on the roadside. Brennan’s world has lost all meaning. This tragedy following his dysfunctional childhood and his best friend, Colin’s suicide, just about does for him. But Fender kept him going through that dark period of his life and there’s a strong bond between them. It’s a lovely relationship, with great interactions, and one I can relate to.

Brennan is frightened and confused, and clinging on to Fender, his lifeline. Rocco and Franky, his two good friends, are worried and try to talk him into taking a road trip in the hope that it might help Brennan to come to terms with his grief and give him the will to move forward. In the end, after much persuasion, he agrees, but only if Fender comes along.

The chapters alternate between past and present, building a picture of Brennan’s character and life, his meeting and subsequent relationship with Rosie and their family life. It’s an emotional read, the author delving deep into the grieving process. The main characters are complex and realistic, all with tough backgrounds and less than straightforward lives. As the story unfolds we learn more about each of them through their conversations and reminiscences.

The story touches on several topics relevant to most of us, including the healing nature and strength of relationships and forgiveness, not to mention the huge part a dog, or any animal, can play in someone’s life. I enjoyed the road trip aspect, the details relating to each stopping place and the historical snippets attached to each one, made more authentic because it’s a trip the author has taken with his wife and two dogs.

It was good to see the character development as the trip progressed and, I’m glad to say, the story ended on a hopeful note. It’s an evocative read with one particular thread that generated several soggy tissues.
Profile Image for Dana.
Author 5 books11 followers
August 10, 2017
I'll start my review of Fender saying that Brent is a kick ass story teller.
Fender is the story of Brennan - a man dealing with loss and his journey toward finding the light once his world fills with darkness. Fender is his dog...his best friend, his constant companion and in my humble opinion, his soulmate.

The story takes place on the road. Brennan's two closest friends decide to take him away to rediscover the joy in life. The personal journey that Brennan experiences happens as he realizes there is life outside his own suffering. At least, that's my take.

Fender touches on relationships, especially the power of friendships and the act of getting out and being part of the world in which we live. It's so easy to stay swallowed up in our minds when we're sad, and sometimes, you just need the ones you love to remind you that every step you take in life could either lead you to more suffering - or healing.

If I had any issue, it would be that I wish there had been an epilogue or a more extensive wrap-up. That may not be a requirement for everyone, but for me personally, when I invest time in a story, I like to get a sense of how things turned out somewhere down the road.

Otherwise, I enjoyed and highly recommend Fender - and I have little doubt this book will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who reads it.
Profile Image for Mae Clair.
Author 19 books553 followers
October 6, 2017
Brennan has recently lost his wife and little girl, and the only glue partially holding him together are his two friends and his dog, Fender. When friends Rocco and Franky take him on a road trip across country as a means of healing, Brennan insists Fender go along.

I think what appealed to me most about this story was the idea of the road trip. The author made each aspect of the journey interesting with believable character development along the way. Franky and Rocco are every day guys trying to help a good friend through his grief, and we see that healing as Brennan experiences it. Fender is the glue holding everything together. I don’t normally read books that I anticipate being sad, but this was not a sad book. Emotional, touching, poignant—yes—but rewarding and heartwarming despite the losses Brennan endures.

There is some head-hopping that goes on, but it’s not overly distracting. I enjoyed Fender and would recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
2 reviews
August 21, 2017
The novel Fender by Brent Jones was amazing. This is the second book I have read by this author and I am impressed.

The story starts with the protagonist, Brennan, in a state of grief after losing his family. He is left with his dog, Fender, as the only survivor to the accident. The author paints a clear picture of what life was, and certainly hooks your curiosity for what life might look like for Brennan and Fender going forward.

Without adding spoilers I will say this....I could relate to many of the characters in this book, they were well developed and I felt invested in each of them, especially Fender. The manner in which the story unfolds triggers sympathy and compassion by the reader. The story will impact you positively and give you important life lessons/experiences to think about (How would you handle...., What would you do if....., How might I feel should happen.....). Overall, I liked this novel even more than the previous and I can not wait to read what the author has in store for us next!

I recommend this novel, and I will re-read in the near future as well. 5 stars! Well done Mr. Jones!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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241 reviews6 followers
June 25, 2023
At some time or another we all suffer, and the loss of a love one seems to be the most painful of all. Brennan has suffered in this way before, and now he is disappearing down the dark hole of grief yet again. But Brennan's best friends, Rocco and Franky, can't just stand around and let that happen. They have a crazy plan to help Brennan through his pain: they will go on a road trip across the U.S.A. Brennan reluctantly agrees to the trip, but won't go without his dog, Fender.

This is a story about love, friendship, caring and pain. Getting through life isn't easy, but we can survive better if we are not alone.

Despite the heavy theme the novel has its lighter, even funny moments. In other parts the book also has some dreamy, mystical moments.

I cared about the characters in this novel and was certainly interested in their fates.

I am happy to award this book four stars.
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11 reviews
August 12, 2017
I really liked Brent Jones's first book, The Fifteenth of June, and was happy to receive an early copy of Fender. I was not as happy with this book. I loved the dog and I believe you can communicate with your furry loves like Brennan did with Fender. What I didn't care much for was the spoken conversation of Brennan with people, especially when he was drunk. A lot of what he said just didn't ring true. I found myself liking Brennan's friend, Rocco, much better, and I wanted to know more about him.
I had several questions throughout the book that were never explained.
Again, I loved Fender from the first moment, and I would have read this book just to see what happened to him.
This second novel written by Brent Jones makes me want to read more by him. Keep them coming, Brent!
5 reviews
August 22, 2017
A touching look at the healing power of the open road, a friendly dog and friends who give you what you need - even when it isn't what you want. Well researched and well written, "Fender" is an excellent edition to my growing collection of Brent Jones novels. I would recommend it for anyone dealing with a loss (human or furry), people who would like to cry a little (even I was not immune, there are tear drops on many pages of my copy) or people with itchy feet - although it will NOT by any stretch cure you of that..if anything it might give you inspiration for your next road trip! Read the author's notes - many of the places in the book really do exist and would be great to see if you ask me.
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