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 is so credible an apocalyptic event and not badly performed, it was just frustrating that 'The Man' seemed kind of dense sometimes and I had to make myself stay with the story..the temptation to just turn it off and start another book was strong but other reviews were really positive so I kept thinking it would get better..it didn't.
The narrator had a pleasant voice but he definitely is a narrator, not a performer. I felt that he could have been reading any story, about anything and he still would have sounded the same..not monotone, but not much inflection either.
I felt no emotional involvement in the story, even tho it was a frighteningly possible scenario given the economic state of the US right now. It was just a vaguely unsatisfying book...like when you're hungry for a big chunk of chocolate cake, but have to make do with a piece of licorice..it's sweet, just not what you wanted.
Borderline viable narrative served by graceless prose with a witless economic back story. I am several hours in and have no idea why it's named for the boy. Maybe Joshua is special but I have seen no indication of it yet. I don't care to follow this "Road" any further. Cormac McCarthy did it infinitely better.
No, not by the author. The writing was not realistic at all. Most of the dialogue was tedious and repetitive.
I'll see ya in the smoke.
Read the reviews by Nan and Wayne before you decide to buy, from what I have listened to so far I agree with them. Although the auther has a lot of his facts straight, his style is stilted, and uncomfortable to listen to. I don't care much for the narrator so far, but that may be the fault of the book itself.
I don’t understand how a book like this can get published, the writing is horrible. If the main character was not given a name so that we might all think “this could be me”, that failed miserably. Trying to connect with someone just called “The Man” is hard and to hear that over and over again is annoying. I don’t have time in my busy life to list all the terrible writing examples in this book.
I love post apocalyptic stories but this one should be skipped.
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