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Beth's Review: The Journeyman (The Commons #1) by Michael Alan Peck

Author Provided Copy Publisher: Dinuhos Arts, LLC Released: June 20th 2014 Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy Length: 315 pages Format: eBook, Paperback Add to Goodreads Buy Links

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“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 America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever. But first they have to save themselves. Five (4.5) Boundless Stars

First step: Mix sci-fi, fantasy and suspense in a drink. Next: Give it to “one hell of an imagination” to consume. Result: The Journeyman. This is creativity and imagination defined. Peck created an afterlife concept unlike any other. I appreciated his writing style; he kept the suspense strong by giving new information and/or explanation only when it was needed to keep the story going.

I have to be honest and admit; it took a little time to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. I can’t claim this book to be a quick read, but it does read smoothly. Overall, I rate The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck with 4.5 stars. I really enjoyed it.

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