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Down The Path [Kindle Edition]

Travis Mohrman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Several generations after the collapse of civilization, an isolated city is fighting to survive. Food is scarce, resources limited, and the population is dwindling alarmingly fast. Twenty-year old Cooper, marked since birth by his bright red hair, is selected to embark on a journey of a lifetime to bring hope and prosperity to his city. Prepared as best as he can for the unknown, he sets out with little idea of what he will find. Along the way he forages for food, battles sickness and the swift current of a river, and finds an unlikely companion – an immediately faithful dog he names Lupe. The duo follow the great river south until they find themselves invited into a thriving village. Cooper knows he must learn all he can and use this knowledge to save his own city before it’s too late. Down the Path is an enthralling adventure story backed with real-world survival knowledge. An exciting read for all ages!


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About the Author

Travis lives in High Ridge, Missouri and works as a botanist. When not at work, he is usually brewing hoppy beer or doing something else outside with his two hound dogs and wife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4412 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481106562
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications; 1 edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQJDFG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a good one. February 27, 2013
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I found this book by happy accident, which makes up for days when I don't find a thing of interest. I enjoyed Down The Path very much. It's said that any journey is at least as important as the destination, and this story illustrates that well.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It can be pleasant after The Apocalypse April 22, 2013
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Possible spoilers: Most current Apocalyptic books take place just after or even a generation afterwards and are usually filled with the violent breakdown of society and ordinary people forced into violent confrontations in order to survive. In contrast,"Down the Path" takes place a couple generations after a possible nuclear war and most civilization seems to be slowly fading away due to inadequate adaptation to their new reality. Cooper's city is somewhat organized with a rational division of labor, an Elder's Council and adequate if boring food supplies. It has been a decade since the last traveler wandered into their walled city, and desperate for some stimulus to re-energize their dying society, the Council decides to send Cooper on a reconnaissance trip. Cooper is known to be unflappable, observant and quick to adapt to new situations. He is to seek out other settlements, learn new skills, and return within the year.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read May 24, 2013
By mindy
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It's always a delight to discover a new author, particularly one like Travis Mohrman who has taken the popular genre of post-apocalyptic fiction and come up with something fresh.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up until I finished it. March 29, 2013
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I stumbled upon this and gave it a shot. It took me maybe a chapter to get into the narrative style as it's a new author to me but I very quickly became engrossed into the hows and whys of this dystopian society and the state they are in with resources and social cohesiveness both running out. The adventure that Cooper, the protagonist, embarks upon was descriptive to the point I was cringing at some points about the hardships he encounters. I can't go into too much about the plot as it would involve spoilers but I really became engrossed in the story as more and more hints were revealed about what brought the characters to the state they are in and what their hope might be. Very believable and possible and there were certain passions that showed through on the part of the author that I found entertaining and fascinating. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love to read but I am not very good at ...
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 7 days ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
The great thing about this book was it's simplicity. The normal horrors of the post apocalyptic landscape are subtle rather than overt, providing a more thought provoking... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Palopoli
4.0 out of 5 stars Has the makings of a good story line
Pretty good story- not what I expected- but enjoyed it. Will read the rest of the series.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey to find more than information
"He had come to understand that as a member of this community, he was partly responsible for changing the things that he didn't like. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 2 months ago by Amy E Lambes
4.0 out of 5 stars let's go fly a kite, or read an amazing book.
Down the Path was an adventure to read, one where you are sucked in from the very first page.
This is not your typical post-app. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Megan White
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a dystopian book that is about hope!
I really enjoyed this book! It is the first dystopian story I have read that focuses on the hope and good in people, rather than how horrible we can be to each other when bad... Read more
Published 3 months ago by booksmoviesandmoreohmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A real page turner
Published 4 months ago by maryjane marvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
I really enjoyed this book. I think it would be a great book for teenagers too. I liked it so much I bought the 2 remaining books in the series.
Published 4 months ago by S. Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
Finally, a good apocalypse book that isn't all about the worst of human nature and people turning on people. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Wyatt
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Travis lives in High Ridge, MO with his wife and two hound dogs. He sincerely hopes you have as much fun reading his books as he had writing them. Feel free to drop him a line Travismohrman@gmail.com

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