He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.
©2012 John S. Wilson (P)2013 Podium Publishing
The story doesn't try to hard. It's not larger than life. If feels like it could legitimately take place over the next 5 to 10 years. Everything about the characters and the situations they found themselves in felt completely natural.
The calm/controlled/rational tone of Yen's voice was perfectly matched to the protagonist. And it provided a perfect counterpoint to the turmoil of the plot (the end of society as we know it!). That made it all the more unsettling and eerie. Really nice!
Two of the first three reviewers mentioned the fact that the protagonist is left unnamed. I admit that I found that a bit unusual at first, and wasn't even sure what to make of it. But I personally didn't think any more of it after the first chapter or two. The very first reviewer suggested that a name is critical in making a connection with the protagonist. I don't agree at all. I can (surprisingly often) finish watching a movie, and not be able to tell you the primary character's names, but I most certainly can tell you all about them and their experiences. While that's very uncommon when reading a book, it was the case with this audiobook. And when you think of it, an audiobook is pretty much halfway between a book and a movie.
A typical Armageddon scenario, but with great characters.Definitely makes me fear the "Survivalist" wacko-s more than before...
Hmm, American Meltdown
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Of all the stories written about the ending of America as we know it, this one is my favorite. The financial downfall is not at all far fetched, as the economy has long been "propped up" falsely . . . and it's indeed a frightening thought what ordinary people might do when faced without food and necessities. What makes this book different than others is the human story of THE MAN and the boy, Joshua. It is captivating. I couldn't stop listening, as they encountered the worst and the best in others. And though in small pockets across America, there was GOOD . . . there was faith . . . and there was hope.
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On the whole, yes. The story itself was quite good. The grammar and syntax were atrocious. There was a lot of repetition and calling the main character, "the man" was quite tiresome.
I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.
Innocent, curious and resilient.
The Man. Even though he wasn't given a name, and The Man was repeated over and over and over.He's a true to nature kind of guy. Honorable, protective, nurturing, pleasant and caring. The kind of man I aspire to be. Despite the precarious situations he found himself in, "just" about everything he did was done with Joshua's needs in mind.
The Man, the vocals are very well acted. I don't remember any parts that I felt were over dramatized. Very even and consistent.
There is a moment in the story when The Man did put himself before Joshua and tragedy happens. Very sad and heartwarming at the same time.
Try not to be discouraged by the constant referencing of "The Man" it is just a moniker after all.
An alpaca farmer in Oregon.
Ayn Rand meets Ted Nugent. If that's your cuppa, then go for it. But not for me, thx.
The story was well paced and kept me interested. I did have to overcome the authors not-so-subtle political and religious views. It was an ok enough story. Not the best, not nearly as good as "The Road."
Didn't have a favorite.
It was an ok story. I think it can be rewritten without the political commentary and still have a good affect on the overall tale.
I'm confused by this book. "The Man" is a very frustrating character. Yes its annoying that he never gets a name during the story. But what is much more annoying to me is his need to constantly put himself and the child in danger in a post apocalyptic world without good reason. Also the character conflicts himself. A lot. He seems to have strong Christian beliefs but commits some pretty unthinkable acts which just don't make sense. And why the hell does it take them so many years to get to where he is going ? I didn't like this at all. I wish I could unread (listen) to it. Stay clear of this. There's a sequel but I wont be checking it out.
I have never been one for torture and I hate unfairness. This was an extremely unfair book, with no redemption or satisfaction for the reader.
First rule of creative writing: make the reader care about the characters. Second rule: don't make your readers angry. Third rule: If you must make your readers angry, give them satisfaction. Wilson succeeded with the first, bombed with the last two.
The county fair.
If I had written the man's reply to the woman who was trying to defend Michael, I would have said this: Laws and rules are there for the SURVIVAL of society. I stole so that Joshua and I could survive. Michael told me I had broken the rule of trespassing but that I had been forgiven because of the circumstances and yet even though he knew why we stole, he punished me for a crime that I had committed out there were there was no society and where he had no jurisdiction over. And while I'm at it, where did you guys get YOUR food and guns? Your medical equipment? Did you buy it from the government or did you just take it?
I am leaving because of Joshua, because one day he is going to break a rule that someone decides needs punishing. I need Joshua to learn and understand rules that don't change on a whim of whomever is in power.
The performance was very stagnate. There was a lack of underlying emotion in the actor. When the story said something like "The man was getting angry," the actor didn't necessarily sound angry or not angry enough.
The story line had potential but it was simplistic. I am a Christian, but this was very "Christian-ese."
Not necessarily, but I may be less likely to trust the "You might like" recommendations.
I'm not sure.
I might not have cut anything but the story could have been more robust -- seen also from Joshua's perspective.
I'm not sure what the point of always referring to the main character as "the man" was. It felt awkward. If the idea was that it could be "anyone," it fell far short of it.
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