I’ll be honest, I don’t remember exactly how I came across this book. It may have been a freebie from Amazon Prime… Anyhow, I had never read anything from Mr. Johnson in the past, so I had no idea what to expect. It was a Kindle read, which is not my preferred method, but I’m glad I picked this one!
The story is convoluted to say the least. It bounces back between a great number of characters, some minor some major but everyone has a piece of the action.
The main character, who goes by many names, has been around a long, long time. Without giving away the story, I can’t really say too much, but I will say the “man of legend” has seen more than anyone can imagine and has had a hand in many things that have shaped the modern era.
He’s being pursued by the Catholic church, a highly ambitious investigative reporter and an old, long lost friend simultaneously, which leads to quite the thrill ride.
The book is a nice mash up of spy novel, historic novel, supernatural and religious imagery and just straight up suspense.
All in all, it was a good yarn. Is it gonna displace anything currently in my Top 10? No, not at all. But I’m glad I read it, it was certainly entertaining and it kept me coming back for more. Nothing worse than a book you have to force yourself to finish!
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If you want a better than average Kindle post-apocalypse book, the first in the series is free. “The Commune” by Joshua Gayou. Actually so good I’m buying the rest of the series. The author has a good sense of the reality of survival- it isn’t a God’s Chosen One surviving because he is just and moral, just people trying to do good without the religious BS aspect. I actually thought the author was a vet, it had such a dark hue to the thing. One of the first PA books in a long while I was excited about. Not One Of The Best, but certainly worth some coin. Which is rare enough today.
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Oops! Sorry. The first one is no longer free. Your book review reminded me I wanted to order the one above, and I just went there to do that and found out Baby Jesus doesn’t love you. I would recommend buying all four for$7, rather than $5 each, but I do realize tastes are different, so I was really counting on the first being free as a sample. If you do throw the dice, don’t be put off by the first few pages. It picks up and captivates very quickly.
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Thanks for the tip Lord Bison! I’m fresh out of post-apoc books waiting for me on my bookshelf, and it seems like Kindle is where most of them end up these days. I’ve been burned a few times but the cost of entry is so low I generally don’t feel bad about abandoning a crap novel only partially read. I can’t seem to do that with “real” books. I’ll definitely check this series out. (BTW, I started re-reading your BBB last night with the PEEv2 portion, good stuff!)