Giveaway & Review: Shattered Wings by Bryan Healey

Title: Shattered Wings

Author: Bryan Healey

Published: CreateSpace May 2011

Synopsis: John holds the American dream: A man he loves, a beautiful little girl, a suburban home and a well-paying job… And then a sudden layoff brings about unexpected financial and emotional strain. As he struggles to find new work, a growing sense of despair triggers a relapse into alcoholism and causes him to face his demons of addiction, discrimination, and regret as he tries desperately to recover before it’s too late. Read an Excerpt

Status: Read on October 25, 2011 — I own a copy{Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

Despite the slow signs of recovery, the Global Financial Crisis continues to impact heavily on society. While unemployment and the subsequent financial pressure may be the immediate consequence of the credit crunch, it is the long term individual repercussions that continue to reverberate. In Shattered Wings, John’s unexpected ‘downsizing’ triggers a spiraling descent into depression and alcoholism. The main breadwinner for his family that includes stay at home husband Charlie and daughter Cassie, John is initially confident he will find a new position quickly and hides his unemployment as he searches for work. As the days and then weeks pass, his optimism fades and as his stress levels mount John reverts to old patterns of coping – alcohol and denial. Eventually his secrets are revealed and John risks losing much more than his career.
Shattered Wings is an emotionally hard hitting novel, brutally demonstrating the destabilising effects of unemployment in our financially troubled times. It is not just the the loss of income that affects the individual, the impact on self esteem, identity and sense of security is equally as devastating, particularly for the main breadwinner who has a family who relies on him as John does. I was very sympathetic to John’s shock at being made redundant and his hurt and frustration as it became obvious that he was unlikely to find employment again quickly. The author skillfully illustrates John’s  devolving confidence and increasing desperation.
Twice my husband has been a victim of unemployment when businesses he worked for had filed for bankruptcy without warning so I have personal experience of the challenges men in John’s position face. Both times it took a few months to regain full time employment and while my husband tried to maintain a positive outlook I know it ate as his soul.
As we are shown through a series of flashbacks, John was already vulnerable to stress, he had had issues with alcohol that had previously jeopardised his relationship with his husband and like many alcoholics was under the delusion he could control it. When he begins drinking again after being made redundant it contributes significantly to the disintegration of his relationship. The drinking also robs John of his motivation, his common sense and eventually his sense of self preservation resulting in a shocking climax.
This is a well written novel, told in the first person through a series of flashbacks and the current agonies of his circumstance. While the division between the past and present is made clear in the narrative, the formatting in my e-version could be improved to define it more clearly.
Shattered Wings is a powerful story with timely relevance. Thought provoking and poignant this novel is sure to have an emotional impact.


About the Author

Bryan Healey went to Northeastern University for Computer Science and works full-time as a web engineer. He is now pursuing a degree in English. He previously wrote ‘A Line Blurred’ and is currently living in Rhode Island.

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1  of 2 print editions


1 of 2 electronic edition


Shattered Wings by Bryan Healey

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Krystal Larson
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 15:18:15

    Thank you for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson



  2. Michelle @ book Briefs
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 15:19:45

    thank you for this! i would love a print COPY (but I accept both)

    chelle2006 @



  3. kimyunalesca
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 15:49:07

    It’s indeed hard to find a job these days and maintaining a positive outlook in life plus faith is very important! Thanks for sharing your thoughts I prefer a paperback copy ^_^

    on my TBR pile



  4. etrabelsie
    Nov 02, 2011 @ 16:31:58

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d like to win the print edition. Have a wonderful day!




  5. Michelle Grayce
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 00:37:57

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would like a print copy.
    michelle grayce uk



  6. Teddyree
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 01:03:55

    Sounds like a hard hitting novel. Thanks for the giveaway, I’d prefer print but do read eBook copies.
    teddyree AT optusnet DOT com DOT au
    +1 I tweeted!/teddyree/status/131731127663734784
    +1 I added Shattered Wings to my goodreads wishlist



  7. StuckInBooks
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 09:53:25


    Either is fine by me.


    +1 added Shattered Wings to my goodreads wishlist
    +1 tweeted!/StuckInBooks/status/131866402985492481



  8. oriana
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 12:59:10

    thanks you for making this international
    I prefer a printed copy!
    follow you in goodreads! ans facebook!



  9. Theresa
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 03:31:31

    Thank you for this giveaway. I have tweeted:

    and follow Brian on twitter.

    I prefer this book in Electronic format and am located in the US
    Thanks again!



  10. Durão
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 09:51:09

    Thanks for this chance!

    Carlos Antunes
    Print Edition
    carlos_durao AT hotmail DOT com



  11. zetty
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 13:53:43

    I would love to have a printed copy of this one. It sounds so good! 🙂
    I’m from Philippines. ze3tty DOT valenciasabido AT yahoo DOT com DOT ph

    +1 for tweet (@ze3tty)
    +1 for following Bryan Healey on tweeter!
    +1 for Goodreads (



  12. Aik
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 18:22:18

    I’d love to win the print edition. Thanks!

    +1 tweeted:

    +1 friend Bryan Healey on Facebook – Aik Chien



  13. Mary Preston
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 23:25:58

    I would LOVE a print copy of SHATTERED WINGS thank you.

    +1 Added to GR: Mary Preston





  14. Kara D
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 05:29:23

    I would LOVE a printed copy of shattered wings!
    United States!
    +1 Shelved to GR: Kara DiDomizio



  15. iz (@izylight)
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 16:26:55

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would like a print copy.
    +1 twitted:

    ivy from Philippines



  16. oriana
    Nov 12, 2011 @ 05:24:17

    thanks for making this international!
    i always prefer printed copy but and ecopy is fine too
    thanks again



  17. Caty
    Nov 12, 2011 @ 09:57:26

    Do count me in for a print copy. I don’t have an e-reader!

    Catarina Santos
    catarina.magoito [at]



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