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Dion: A Tale of the Highway

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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After a bizarre dream a man wakes up in the middle of a deserted highway, with no clothes, and no memory of who he is. In front of him is a vehicle with keys and a note inside: Drive this forward. Drive, or there will be consequences. The consequences will be immediate, and they will get worse with every transgression.

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Paperback, 330 pages
Published October 29th 2016 by Createspace
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Mike Siedschlag
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Jonathan Maas gifted me this book a while back without expectation of a review, but hey it's what I do.

Dion: A Tale Of The Highway; what to say about this book. It totally blew me away! I personally like stories of a lone character on a quest, it speaks to my favorite fantasy of being the "last man on earth".

There are so many things going on in this simple precept: a lone man being forced to "Drive until this road ends, and then drive some more" (pg 24).

Our hero doesn't remember who he i
Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: alternate worlds, good vs. evil, Gods, deciding right from wrong
Recommended to Beagle Lover (Avid Reader) by: The author
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a very strange and weird story. It took me a while to get into it, and initially I did not like it. But I grew to love it. Our hero, Dion, is on a "road trip" like no other. He finds himself in some strange area, with complete amnesia, instructed to drive. He is warned not to stop or he will be severely punished. On the trip he has many strange and enlightening adventures. This was a very imaginative and well written book.
Adam Mahler
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book blew me away. The ideas and philosophies it throws at you really make you think. It also took me a long time to realize what dion was short for lol
There is clear evidence of hard work, endless researching and quite a bit of maturity to be found in Jonathan Maas' latest book, Dion: A Tale of the Highway. The story opens in the barest, most confusing fashion possible, for both reader and character. Dion awakes on the side of a road, completely naked and unsure of who his is and where he’s at and most importantly, how he got there. A strange dream still lingers on his memory. Besides him there is a car and in the car, a note:

“Drive this vehic
impossible to put down great story
Jen B
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It made me think and feel and want to drink wine. It takes you half the book to find out who the main character IS and by the end of it you realize it wasn't about THEM at all but about being human and the worth of life and hope. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and style of the writing. I have recommended this book to friends and will be reading it again in the foreseeable future. ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would Definitely Recommend

As someone who really enjoys Greek mythology, this was a modern spin on it that I enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this for someone who likes mythology and philosophy.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dion: A Tale of the Highway by Jonathon Maas is a dark tale of the influence of mythology and dreams. Dion the main character awakes from a dream not knowing who he is and is forced to take a car trip, driving where he is told, without question. The story has a bizarre quality of dreaming and surreal worlds, hell, heaven, and earth. Gods and other mythical creatures pop up through-out the tale and provides background and story continuity. The writing is descriptive and detailed. Breaks in the te ...more
Sarah Mcleod
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Another one of my firstreads books.
I really wasn't taken with this book, it started off well with a man waking up naked on his own with a letter, a car and a car boot full of wine. In the letter he is told to get in the car and drive, to drive straight down the road, and then some more when he gets to the end of that road. He just has to keep driving. Along the journey he listens to some philosophical audio books he finds in the car, after discovering he has a guest in the back of the boot of hi
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read! It isn't a quick easy read but this is good as there is much for the reader to digest within the pages. It is a very dark fantasy that mixes elements of sci-fi and mythology into a story that becomes more and more mesmerising as the pages turn. We tread the path of minor philosophy, space and time travel, we join demons on the chase for their brutal entertainment, Gods and demi-gods seeking to escape and preserve the world and we are with Dion when he throws ...more
Ronald Smith
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
got to say had never read any of Jonathan Maas books before but always been a fan of fantasy novels so was really pleased to have won a copy from goodreads ,the book is very well written with a good main character its easy to read and fairly fast paced a book that one want's too carry on reading to the very last page ...more
Marbea Logan
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Author does an exquisite job kn mixing fiction and facts. This book could be considered very opinionated, but I see truth, philosophy,and reasoning. The storyline brought the drama and the message,but mostly every character brought it's truths fact and fiction into there arguments or speeches to Dion. There are 18 highlights from the book that gave me the most insight, and the ending has a partial bibliography of the books used in quoting facts.

*See all my Notes & Highlights
18 of 18 visible*
Seregil of Rhiminee
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Jonathan Maas' latest novel, Dion - A Tale of the Highway, was a pleasant reading experience for me. It's a fine example of how intriguing and original fiction independent authors are capable of writing and how much imagination they have.

I consider Jonathan Maas to be one of the most intriguing and versatile independent authors to emerge during the recent years. He boldly blends fantasy and science fiction elements in an interesting and original way. He has h
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to say about this book without giving too much away?
Usually, I do not really like books written from the narrator's perspective (first person singular); furthermore, anything too philosophical will after a while just make me skip passages (I know, I am horrible).
However, none of these applied here. The story, the narration, everything was just too interesting to even think about not liking the type of narration, or to be even slightly bored by too much philosophy.
We have Dion, the main pro
Keith  Blodgett
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Debated between three or four stars on this novel. It takes off and is exceptionally interesting and hard to put down. . . Except for the footnotes, yes you could ignore them there's very little that drives the story in them but they do, as the narrator, Dion, states add something to the story as a whole but 98 footnotes? Ninety eight? Isn't that just a little distracting jumping back and forth in and out of the storyline? By the way, I knew who Dion was after the 5th or 8th in depth reference t ...more
Deborah Klein
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish the book. In fact, I removed it from my Kindle. With my husband's feedback, I realize now who the main character really is. I won't give that away, but I do suspect that no matter how much wine he puts away, he'll never be drunk.

I don't understand all the high ratings because this is less of a narrative than an attempt at a philosophy book. Fine, if you want the author's philosophy of life. Not fine if you want to read a novel. Robert Pirsig succeeds at a great story with philos
Jon Grafton
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book... a tale of biblical era crisis for the modern age. It's a fast-paced, well-written read with many threads; heaven, hell, deities and demigods and of course the multiplicity of humans whose belief has given them this power. Thus, there are many conflicts and resolutions and mysteries revealed and answered. But the thing that makes this novel most special is your ability to identify with the first person protagonist, Dion, and following him on his long path to answer the ...more
Tim Gray
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good read indeed, to hold a high level of tension whilst covering philosophical issues isn't easy (and this occasionally slows the pace), but this book delivers very well overall. It deals with big issues - it draws from and develops mythology in a skillfull way - it has a cinematic feel - it is it's own book.
The villains are monstrous, and the hero is a driver on a quest, but without control of his own direction, and a persistent drinker to boot! I doubt you have read anything quite like
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From reading the description the story interested me but I got so much more than I bargained for. We are talking characters from mythology written in such a way that it leaves you breathless. The story takes you on a journey of both soul and mind that is just to much to take on the first read through, so I may just read this a few more times to be able to take it all in. This is not a simple read but if you are looking for something with true depth, this is the story for you.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read all of Jonathan's books so far, and have liked 4 of them. Loved this one. It took me a while to actually get to it, but once I started it, it was hard to put it down. I actually figured out about a third of the way through who the protagonist was, but it did not make me enjoy it any less. A great story by an amazing author. ...more
Janina s. Asselin
Omg my head hurts

I finished this book ONLY because there were brief moments of interest. Then once again I was plunged into the abyss. This book reads like , I don't know what. Parts were able to grab your interest giving a glimpse of what could be. Then you were left to sludge through existential drivel. The "surprise" at the end was no big surprise.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Dion, no memory of who he is or where he came from. But because we are who we are at our base core we must do what we feel. This is a book that attempts to explain that statement. I was entertained reading this, I thrown into the metaphors and mythological refers spread throughout this book. While it was a good book I don't think I will read part 2 of there is one
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another interesting look at the morality and choices of mankind. Complete with philosophical discussions and dissertations by three of the greatest philosophers in history.

By far Jonathan's most out of this world work and a wonderfully compelling read.
Noelle Walsh
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was an interesting novel. Any answers to initial questions don't show up right away, they are slowly revealed, leaving the reader wanting to read more until you figure everything out. You just keep coming back, no matter how many times you set it aside.

*won as a GoodReads Giveaway*
derek burns
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God's and wine

I admit I know little about both but am now willing to find out more, especially about the wine, this book made want to try some and see if I can taste the difference between them.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Yeah, just wow! This is a unique and very entertaining story. I would recommend this to anyone. Now I'm going to go and buy every other book by this author.
Richard Massey
May 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Really wanted to like this as I had won it on a Giveaway. Just not my thing.
stacy wilson
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking

This was indeed hard to put down. Plato and his fellow philosophers were often frowned upon when alive. Their ideas live on well after their death. AWESOME story.
Crystal w
I found this book to be kind of slow and boring. I didn't care for it too much. ...more
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Jon Maas was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Biology and History, he's earned a living as a Musician, Peace Corps Volunteer, Standup Comedian, TV Producer and Web Designer.

He has published ten books, and has more on the way.

He has also directed the movie 'Spanners' starring Shawn Christian and Eric Roberts

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