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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.

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  • File Size: 4416 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications; 1 edition (December 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Deb Robbins on 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 By J. Mattison on 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 By mindy on May 24, 2013
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Clark on 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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