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The Journeyman

(The Commons #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  97 reviews
“Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.”

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It’s been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken Am
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Published June 20th 2014 by Dinuhos Arts, LLC
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Harrison Squared

"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie--and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him."

An absolutely riveting beginning for a very enjoyable story. I’ve procrastinated forever on this review, prompting me to (re)resolve to review a book as soon as I read it, and not give into temptation to start the next book. At this point, I almost feel as if I need to re-read it–and at this point, I’m about ready to. I found this through Koeur’s r
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The Journeyman is Book one of the Commons series and is a very fascination novel in idea.
The story revolves around a troubled teen named Paul, and the beginning of the book is built around him getting onto a bus to head away from his troubled life. Before and during his snowy bus ride he encounters several other characters to include a young autistic boy name Zach and his mother. The bus is involved in a tragic cras
I don’t really know what to say after finishing The Journeyman… my mind is still whirring around putting things together, rehashing scenes from the start that held hidden meanings that only revealed themselves after you’ve finished the book.

My first thought was around how instantly engaging and interesting the story was, even though it began as a slice-of-life type of story. The first few chapters welcomed the reader into Paul’s world, showed a young man who had struggled through life, had been
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Imaginative Twilight Zone'ish Adventure

So many times while reading I had the anticipatory, edge of my seat, off-kilter, dreamlike feeling -- and I loved it!

Street kid Paul ends up in a snowy bus accident and wakes up in the strangest afterlife ever.

In this afterlife, things are not how they should be (weird as that baseline would have been). Instead evil Mr. Brill is trying to bend this reality to his will. The Last Envoy still awaits his orders and after an age of no assignments, finally g
Brodie James
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, i just finished reading the most amazing novel,The Commons: Book one: Journeyman written by Micheal Alan Peck. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I will be brutally honest, I loved it. Micheal is a true artist going from penning a column for and writing restaurant reviews it amazes me how naturally he writes fantasy. The characters were so alive I could feel them with me every step of the way.You would never know is's his first novel it flows so perfectly.

I can see why Michael Alan Peck’s The Journeyman was chosen as the winner of the Illinois Library Association's 2015 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project. The writing is crisp, clean and powerful. The story is an imaginative mélange of fantasy, magical realism and thriller. The characters are well developed. They’re in an after-world built on their thoughts and their thoughts are pretty dark, so the world is dystopic and bizarre. If you’re ready for a descent into a multi-level fantasy jour ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hmmm. For some reason, the concept of finite plot lines pushes its way to the front of my memory every so many years. I dont know when I first learned of the concept..high I remember more than one discussion about there being only seven plot lines and another about there being twelve. I remember these memories every so often because I do believe that nothing is new. Everything new is just something that was created before but with a different perspective...a different aspe ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Michael Alan Peck

Publishing Date: June 2014

ISBN: 9780986082313

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.9/5

Publisher Description: Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie–and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.”

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It’s been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is a
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Let me start by staying, this book started brilliantly. The plot, the character development and descriptions were so well developed I felt like I actually knew them all personally. Then I got about halfway through and I just sort of lost interest. It all just got so far-fetched and disjointedly complex that I spent more time trying to figure out what was going on than actually enjoying the book.

That being said, the writing was excellent. I l
Rachel Brune
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

First and foremost, I loved this book. I found it to be incredibly creative, well-plotted, and interesting, and it held my attention from the get-go. The prose was polished, and the author has an amazing gift for writing that leaves me wanting to read more and more and more. I could see this book as a movie, perhaps along the lines of "What Dreams May Come," or simply just an amazing Tim Burton flick, a la "Big Fish."

When we start, the ma
Dustin Bilyk
This book started out so brilliantly.

Peck set the story in place like a true professional, a real page turner until about halfway. And then it all fell apart for me. It was as if the author dropped acid and his imagination went off on a tangent that I can not describe as incoherent in its complexity.

The writing is very good. I love Porter, and Po the monk is just a badass. Paul, our MC, is your pretty standard protagonist, while most of the other characters follow the same vein. Annie had promi
Carole P. Roman
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wildly imaginative and well written odyssey for modern times. Michael Alan Peck has crafted an inventive narrative taking the reader out of every comfort zone that ever existed. Seventeen year old Paul dies in a horrific bus accident along with an annoying female passenger, an army vet, and her autistic son. They find themselves in unfamiliar territory where they have to figure what they must do next. Nothing is as it seems, their new world is both unrecognizable as well as hostile. Peck creates ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Journeyman started out a hard book for me to read. Once I got into it it became easier. Paul was my hero he had to endure a lot to get through his journey and helped many people along the way. This genre is not one I read much but I am glad I received this book and recommend it!
Adebisi Amori
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Received This Book For Free In Exchange For A Honest Review......Firstly,I Must Say I Loved The Synopsis,that Gripped Me At Once...And The Characters Were Really Great.I Did Like Paul.It Was A Great Story Right From Beginning To The End,the Plot And Setting Were Great.4 Stars For Me.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With echoes of Dante's inferno, interesting characters, killer action and a completely new concept of the afterlife, The Journeyman, Michael Alan Peck's first novel, was a welcome surprise. He is definitely an author to watch, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie - and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.

The story follows Paul Reid, a New York street kid as well as Anna, a v
Wow. When you agree to accept a free copy of a book in exchange for writing a review of it, you always hope it will actually be good. I hate returning the author’s kindness with a negative review, but I also can’t lie to my readers (all three of them!) and tell them that something is good when it’s clearly not. If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’ll have seen the results. If a book deserves to be skewered, I skewer it. This book? I’m not kidding you when I say that I couldn’t put it ...more
Russ Linton
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to vlog today but the weather happened. From sixty degrees to freezing in a matter of days, we’ve got an official snow day here in North Texas. Well, “inclement weather” day. Snow is uncommon. A thing of myth and legend.

How might weather stop me from Vlogging you ask?

There are people here.

Like, people all up in my space. True, I own a house that in other parts of the world would probably fit multiple families comfortably (This is Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas except housing costs
Pop Bop
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alright! Everybody Do the Limbo Now!

Here's the basic premise, our hero Paul, the heroine Annie, and the heroine's possibly autistic child Zach are more or less killed in a bus crash. They appear in the Commons and must trek through it to reach their judgment day. The Commons is being terrorized by a megalomaniac villain who has figured out how to use the spirit energy of the recently departed to fuel his evil plans. Paul, with the aid of Porter, the worn out last remaining spirit guide, (and in
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars.
I am uncertain how to rate this book because it was so technically good, well-written with well developed unique characters, but it also lost me a couple of times and I struggled to make sense of the connections between the different stories taking place. I definitely enjoyed it though, and found myself particularly invested in Annie and Zach, as well as Po and Ken. The relationships already developed by the
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly, I have to confess that I have become fairly difficult to please when it comes to literature. So much of what is churned out lately is just cliches and stereotypes where the closest thing to originality is bizarre character names. It leaves me feeling rather jaded, often.

That being said, this was a refreshingly creative novel. There was so much randomness in this story that you never knew what was coming next. The character
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I were given this book and not told beforehand who wrote it, my closest guess to who the author might be would be Neil Gaiman. The writing styles are different but the landscapes and creatures found within are from equally large imaginations.

We begin the story a little ahead of ourselves. Paul lies, apparently dead, on a snowy hill. We do ultimately go back in time to see how got Paul to this point. But to take a concept from the Princess Bride, ‘He is not dead, he is just mostly dead’. Paul
The Journeyman (The Commons Book 1) by Michael Alan Peck starts out strong. An orphaned street kid has a chance encounter with an injured vet and her autistic son. They board the same bus, which is in a terrible accident. They come to consciousness in the Commons, called purgatory by some religions.

The narrative grabbed me right away. I didn’t understand some of what was going on, but in an “I don’t understand this” way, not a “This isn’t understandable” way. I was intrigued by the premise and t
Mishka Jenkins
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

*I received this in exchange for an honest review*

I have to start this review by saying- This book was an incredible read.

If I could have given it over 5 stars, I would.

It captured me from the first page. One night when I was reading it, I turned to my clock to see it was 2 in the morning and I still kept reading!

The writing style was easy to read, it flowed well and was engaging.

The story itself was interesting, unique and kept me despera
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting, fast paced story I think is the best way to describe the first book in the Commons series. I enjoyed it because it kept me thinking, what happens to the character, will they make it. I was even shouting warnings at the book, totally scaring my poor cat! The story follows three strangers who are each on a journey, one that seems them cross paths and affect another’s journey.

Sadly though I wasn’t overly keen on how the book jumped from one person to another, as I was a little confused in
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliantly written and deeply philosophical odyssey into an afterlife where the essence of human souls are the primary currency. The first installment of Michael Alan Peck’s series, The Commons, the afterlife is an oppressive nightmare made real by the imaginations of the dead. The view of a wise monk named Po seems to sum it up best: “There is no death. It is all one Journey.” Check out the rest of my review at ...more
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I received this book for free from For Love of a Book in return for an honest review.

This book wasn't what I thought it would be. Through just about the whole book I was very confused. Every time I thought I had it figured out it changed. By the end of the book I had some of it figured out. I got what the journey was and what it was supposed to represent. I think the author has a good idea on what he's trying to convey I just couldn't keep up with the way it was written.

Thank you for letting me
The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck is a free NetGalley ebook that I read during a morning in late August. You keep right on sleeping, Gabe.

I didn't quite think it was possible for a book to be YA Dystopic and Noir at the same time, but, somehow, The Journeyman does it. What I couldn't deal with is the sudden influx of non-essential characters and complicated plotpoints that distracted from details to be gleaned from the main characters.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book grabbed me from the get go, even when I wasn't quite sure what was going on. I'm not always a fan of "mystical" stuff, but I certainly enjoyed this. I really liked the characters and the plot is very imaginative. I'm ready for the sequel NOW.
Elaine White
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Book – The Journeyman (The Commons #1)
Author – Michael Alan Peck
Star rating - ★★★★☆
Plot – an exciting mix of contemporary and fantasy, with a little sci-fi thrown in.
Characters – unique, well developed and relate-able

Movie Potential - ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy to read and follow
Cover - ✔
Suitable Title - ✔
Would I read it again - ✔


This book was pretty magical, to be honest. Not in story terms. The plot was a lovel
Laura Furuta
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Commons, Book 1: The Journeyman
By: Michael Alan Peck
5 out of 5 stars

The story The Commons, Book 1: The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck is a paranormal/urban book. Paul Reid died at seventeen. He awoke in a place called The Commons, which is the afterlife. It has been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. In this landscape our heroes find themselves. Paul, Annie and her child Zach are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itsel
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