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Cooper is an engaging character. He's been told all his life that he is special - simply because of the color of his hair. That's a good indication that his community has been isolated for a very long time. Cooper realizes that "special" brings responsibility to others, and is willing to undertake a dangerous journey into the unknown for the good of his failing community. He's also curious, and intelligent enough to know that embarking on this trip will boost the morale of the community, whether he survives to return or not. This makes him determined to survive, and learn all that he can. Finding other people would be a bonus, but isn't a sure thing. He journeys for the chance to learn. There's a great deal for him to learn.
This journey is a real adventure for both Cooper and the reader. And when he finds his destination, the reading is even more fun. Some of these characters are - well, real characters. Loved the brewers. Loved the dogs. I'm sure I'll love the sequel.
Yes, there's a typo or two, none of which mattered. It certainly did not detract from the story one bit. I mention it only because it's already been mentioned elsewhere. In decades of reading, I have yet to see a single book that was perfect, either digital or print.
Five stars means there was nothing about this story that I didn't enjoy. I look forward to the next part of Cooper's adventure.
Most of the book details Cooper's adventures in the lands beyond his city's walls. The dangers he encounters are of the natural variety (finding food, illness, navigating a river) which Cooper meets with determination, pluck and luck. He eventually meets up with another settlement, which possibly due to the main occupation being the art of brewing and sampling beer, is relaxed and welcoming.
If you want to read a post apocalyptic book of a man and his dog slowly exploring down river ala Huck Finn, this is for you. The characters are well drawn, the scenery is vivid, and Cooper's adventures unfold at a deliberate pace.
The novel begins hundreds of years after the "end of the world as we know it" with Cooper, a young man whose red hair marks him for a special destiny. The residents of Cooper's enclosed community seldom leave its borders...and when they do, the few who come back are diseased and don't survive for long. The community's birth rate is plunging, and the life expectancy is falling. To save the colony from extinction, Cooper sets off to try to find help. Along the way he meets man's best friend, a dog named Lupe who joins him on his journey and helps him survive the wilds.
Unlike many novels set in a post-apocalyptic world, the primary message of Down the Path is hope. Cooper is a likable character, willing to sacrifice himself if necessary for the good of his community, but also determined to do his best to survive. This is a kinder and gentler novel of the apocalypse, and as a bonus, beer plays a major role. What more can you ask for?
As some of the other reviewers have noted, there are grammatical and spelling mistakes throughout, but that's par for the course for an indie author without a publishing house and editors to hone the rough edges. These issues don't take away from enjoyment of the story itself.
I look forward to reading the sequel, Further Down the Path, this weekend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Post apocalyptic but not in the usual sense. A century after with very likely circumstances to deal with. I like this voice. I'm a fan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Craig W.
TM has written a novel of the future. The setting is at the South end of Lake Michigan near what
used to be Gary. The Survivors are fighting disease, animals and the elements. Read more
This was a very good read. However, there seems to be a new breed of authors who write specifically for Amazon and do not finish their books with a ending, just let you hang there... Read morePublished 6 months ago by arrakis
With a well-spun tale full of heart, Travis Mohrman managed to keep this book lover reading; far into the wee hours of the morning. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brandi Bromley
AUDIOBOOK - My first book by Travis Mohrman, and won't be my last. I enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing what else is in store for Cooper and the rest of the villages.Published 12 months ago by Bobby D.
This is the book that got me back into reading fiction. It re-started my addiction. Read it.Published 12 months ago by CurlyFat
I'm only halfway through the book, but I felt a need to stop and comment that the number of typos is inexcusable! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cool Breeze
Didn't realize this was one of a series. A little slow for my taste. Good concept. Probably won't read the others.Published 12 months ago by atabarac
I love to read but I am not very good at writing myself. I just wanted to say that I loved this book and had to download the next book so that I could keep on reading.Published 14 months ago by Sharon
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