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Joshua | [John S. Wilson]

Joshua

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.
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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

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    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 07-19-13
    Brenda Midland, Tx, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I wanted to like it more"

    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.

    2 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 07-27-13
    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 07-27-13
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    "I can't stands no more!"

    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.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Rupe 07-22-13
    Rupe 07-22-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Worst book I've downloaded."

    Sorry, I have a 12 year old with more imagination and writing skills. I turned it off at the end of chapter 3.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Valley Glen, CA, United States 07-19-13
    Corinne Valley Glen, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from John S. Wilson and/or Jonathan Yen?

    No, not by the author. The writing was not realistic at all. Most of the dialogue was tedious and repetitive.


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    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 07-18-13
    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2005

    I'll see ya in the smoke.

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    "I had to put the book down to warn other readers"

    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.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne New York, NY, United States 07-16-13
    Wayne New York, NY, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow this is not a good book"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful

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