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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Bob Drifter is a substitute teacher with a secret. He seems like no more than a polite young man who loves to read and mentor students in his free time. Yet, on the side, Bob takes part in some rather strange extracurricular activities that soon attract the attention of local police. For some reason, people have a way of dying around him.

It’s not his fault. Maybe he just h
Paperback, 472 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Archway Publishing (first published March 4th 15)
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C.L. Schneider
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bob Drifter is an inconspicuous substitute teacher, who would hardly raise an eyebrow or garner a glance if he were to walk by you on the street. He’s a genuinely nice guy, who cares for his students. Yet, as usual, things aren’t always what they seem. Bob is much more than he appears to be. He’s a journeyman, someone who helps souls cross over to the other side. The problem with a secret identity, though, is that eventually someone is bound to discover who (or what) you really are—especially a ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It's my favorite take on reapers.
Short chapters make the book a fast read, despite length.
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In The Journals of Bob Drifter, protagonist Bob Drifter isn’t your ordinary substitute teacher. People around him keep on dying, for a very good reason, but this could make Bob’s life surprisingly complicated when the cops become suspicious of the high amount of dead people that cross his path. When his secret becomes endangered, Bob struggles to accomplish his task, fulfill his mentor’s wishes while at the same time
Kimberly Vanderbloom
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a audible version in exchange for a honest review

I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was fantastic and captivating. It was fast paced with an array of interesting characters. The story flowed organically and didn't seemed forced. I had a ton of questions in the first few chapters but I was quickly filled in and enjoyed the adventure. It is a unique point of view and a tough topic. It made me stop and look back at my life thinking I need to spend a little more time appreciating w
Geneva Handleman
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a deep story! Action packed and interesting. Very thought-provoking too. I will definitely recommend this one to my young adult readers. Woven into the fantastic storytelling are a few very good life rules for everyone to learn.

As an independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock, this is a departure from my usual as while it does have a sprinkling of romance throughout, that is definitely not the main theme of this story. I give it five fangs for being a great page turn
Anthony Marchese
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I was provided an audible copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Before I get nitpicky, let me say that I did enjoy this story. The main character was likable and I wanted to see him come through the conflict alright. I do discuss aspects of the plot so there are some slight spoilers, but I try not to give away anything important.

I listened to the audiobook, and the quality was lower than most audiobooks, but no worse than a typical podcast, so it didn’t bother me. The narrators did
Jess the Audiobookworm
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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3.5★ Audiobook⎮ Son of a gun. That ending made me want to tear up. I love it when a storyline comes full circle.

This was one of the most unique concepts for a plot that I've seen in a long time. There was good character development and its storyline was well explained, if a little "dumpy" (as in information dumping).

It took me a while to get through because the subject matter (death) is very heavily concentrated. The Journals of Bob Drifter was a rather dark and psychologically heavy story, whic
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Journals of Bob Drifter is a thought-provoking novel that, through a thrilling and imaginative plot, encourages readers to live life to the fullest, never taking anything for granted.

Bob is no ordinary school teacher. His students love him and he has unique ways of making learning fun, but Bob also has a secret. He helps transport the souls of dead people and when a local cop becomes suspicious Bob's life becomes complicated. With his secret in jeopardy, Bob struggles to complete his tasks w
Peggy Trujillo
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book.
This is my attempt at a review without any spoilers. As we meet all of the characters, we begin to fall in love with them. At times, the reader is left on the edge of his/her seat because it becomes obvious early on the reader knows people will die in this book. We wonder who it is going to be. You end up caring so much about the characters that you may feel guilty in hoping it is one over the other because you love each person to a certain degree.
I could see people I'v
Maya Barbery
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bob the Drifter…
I enjoy a book that makes me wonder and makes me have to guess and keep reading to learn if my theories were right or wrong. Thus book did just that. It created a world, and pulled you in. the main character is not your usual hero he is more of the guy next door that has no clue he is a hero he instead views himself as somewhat evil.
The secondary characters are so well developed that the melt into the story seamlessly. As I listened to the audiobook I would close my eyes thinkin
Sally Lindsay-briggs
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a free book from the Goodreads Giveaway. Bob is a substitute teacher who is really a Journeyman who transports souls from dying people. This tale is full of plot twists and two very romantic love stories. It has a horrible monster Grimm who keeps showing up. The story begins getting very weird when Bob moves to a new school, in Syracuse, New York. I only live an hour away, so that made it pretty neat for me. This book is way off from my comfort zone, but strangely enough, if you like st ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway and I'm glad I did. Split into three parts, each plot line leaves you curious as to what is around the corner for the protagonist Bob Drifter. This book combines a little of everything with a touch of romance, drama, crime and fantasy surrounding Bob's life. His career as a substitute teacher is only the tip of the iceberg and this book has a dense plot with plenty of action to keep the reader engaged at every step of the way.
I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peel
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the audio edition of this book. Strong story line, good characters. Definitely one to add to your book shelf.
Steve Taylor-bryant
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great concept with some real humanity in the main character. Full review here
Steve Lee
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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*Received free via Goodreads First Reads giveaway*

Very enjoyable.
Ilana Maletz
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a very good read from a promising author, M.L.S. Weech. The main character, Bob, is a journeyman; it is his job to help people who are dying to cross safely over to the other side. There is just an awful lot to like about Bob. He is a well-conceived, fully fleshed out character that you can’t help but admire and root for. He may not fully understand what his true purpose is, but still he navigates through his life, and through the lives of others he is bound to help, with a strong c ...more
When one journey ends, another one begins.

Death comes for us all, and none can escape their fate, not even Bob Drifter. As a Journeyman, Bob is drawn to death, forced to watch, powerless to interfere, or so he was taught. Now Bob is ready to challenge these long held tenets, earning him the ire of the others and the local police. Hemmed in, Bob narrowly averts one tragedy, only to face another, the dark secret no Journeyman will speak of.

At first the story seems typical of its genre: a looming
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, it had a wonderful premise and it started strong, but for me it fizzled out fairly quickly.

Bob is a substitute teacher, a great substitute teacher with a way to get kids to want to learn, sure his methods are unorthodox and involve copious amounts of chocolates without regard to diabetes concerns for some kids and peanut bans, but it works. But Bob has a secret: he also collects souls. Local cops link him to certain deaths and his life starts getting complicate
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M. L. S. Weech was born in August 1979 in Rapid City, South Dakota. He fell in love with fantasy and science fiction at an early age. His love of writing quickly followed when he tried to write a sequel to his favorite movie. He didn't know what copyright infringement was. He can't remember a time he wasn't working on some sort of project from that day on. He wrote for a junior high project. The o ...more