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The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck
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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 gets instructions to assist Paul.

Add a hodgepodge of other characters that all come together in a journey through the desert, encountering a variety of bizarreness. You've got the Envoy:

An ancient, sunglasses-wearing mummy named Ken:

A silent monk dealing with his anger issues:

A kick-ass spitfire of a girl with a shotgun:

Two others were on the bus, an Iraq War Veteran and her five-year-old autistic son. She is taken to work for the destructive, hell-bent on afterlife domination, Mr. Brill and his minions. Though drugged into a mind-numbing state to avoid rebellion, she starts emerge from her fog with the help of a watery vision of a nautilus.

In the meantime, her autistic son is left to his own devices and starts playing with a broken tape recorder and spending hours gazing into the mirror.

The evil Mr. Brill has innocents encased in webs and is aided by a shadowy figure to capture Paul and his ragtag group.

Soon everyone is on the run and assistance comes in many forms and from the oddest characters.... case in point:

The book also digs into the self-examination of the characters as well.

Some quotes:
"Simply put, you are your idea of you. And you are others' ideas of you, whether you wish to be or not."

"The next string of working bulbs revealed his catch: a grotesque combination of rat, beetle, and shrimp. It had the body of the first, the head and pincers of the second, the thick, plated tail of the third. And the temperament of a hornet. Furious, the thing waved its six legs in the air, tail lashing about and pincers clasping, wet and sharp, trying to get at his wrist. Then with a hiss, it changed tactics and went for his eyes. He flung it into the darkness."

"Beware the soft-spoken when secrets are kept, for they hear what the thunderers do not."

This is one of the most imaginative books I've read in a long time!

I received a free digital copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Michael Alan Peck
“Beware the soft-spoken when secrets are kept, for they hear what the thunderers do not.”
Michael Alan Peck, The Journeyman

Reading Progress

December 13, 2014 – Started Reading
December 13, 2014 – Shelved
December 13, 2014 – Shelved as: netgalley
December 13, 2014 – Shelved as: after-death
December 13, 2014 –
December 13, 2014 –
10.0% "Engrossing read so far."
December 13, 2014 –
December 14, 2014 –
45.0% "Intriguing, vivid, Twilight Zone'ish. Quite the page-turner."
December 14, 2014 –
December 15, 2014 –
December 15, 2014 – Finished Reading
December 17, 2014 – Shelved as: character-development
December 17, 2014 – Shelved as: re-examine-life
December 17, 2014 – Shelved as: running-from-the-bad-guys
December 17, 2014 – Shelved as: special-abilities-powers
December 17, 2014 – Shelved as: suspense

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message 1: by Jeff (new) - added it

Jeff Nice review! This looks intriguing, Aimee. I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually. :)

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