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Johnny Came Home (A John Lazarus Adventure Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tony Breeden
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

(Revised. Now includes a sneak peek at the sequel, John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich)

Three years after the fire that took his home and his family, John Lazarus returns to the town of Midwich searching for answers to why he can do extraordinary things no one's ever seen outside of a comic book. Is he human? Alien? Something more? The answers lie within the Titan complex that overshadows Midwich. But someone else wants Titan's secrets too and will stop at nothing to make sure that she alone possesses them. What would a world of men and women with superpowers mean for Biblical Christianity? Would they represent the next stage of human evolution, as many comic books, movies and television shows suggest? Or might there be a different explanation? Find out more in Johnny Came Home, an action-packed novel full of mad scientists, zombies, flying saucers, future technology, conspiracy theories, epic battles and Biblical truth!


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"This is an all holds barred, thrills 'n 'spills, non-stop, white knuckle ride of an action adventure. I was gripped from the first page by the author's effortless, fluid writing style, and the fact that he throws us into the action from the off. Back story, essential to the complicated plot line, is drip fed to us as and when we need it, so we are never bogged down by boring, clunky paragraphs of narrative that we just want to skip over... there is so much non-stop action, that I had to keep stopping and put the book down, just to come up for air." - Ali Isaac [Goodreads review]

"I finished "Johnny Came Home" by Tony Breeden yesterday. What a fun story! If you like comic books or superheroes, I highly recommend this book to you. I'm looking forward to future adventures featuring main character John Lazarus." - Joe Westbrook, co-author of the Truth Chronicles [Facebook comment]

"This was an awesome book with a mixture of action and personal relationships. It included sound biblical truths without being preachy. It definitely leaves you wanting a followup. The characters are well rounded and believable. Tony has a unique writing style that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down!" -"Lady Ace" (Amazon review - 5 stars)

"...an action-packed story full of surprises. The action, once it begins, is almost non-stop all the way to the end of the book. You won't want to put it down." - Buddy Helms, author of Mike's New Reality (Amazon review - 4 stars)

From the Author

When I began writing the Johnny Came Home, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to provide more than just an entertaining read.

I was browsing local Christian bookstores, just bored out of my mind. With few exceptions, I was looking an endless sea of romance novels, marketed at women. I'm a guy, so I'm into science fiction, fantasy and action thrillers. I remember thinking, "Why should I be forced to get the stuff I actually enjoy reading from secular bookstores in novels written from a non- or even anti-Christian worldview?"

The success of the Left Behind series demonstrated how influential exploratory fiction can be in shaping and reinforcing beliefs concerning eschatology. I realized that apologetics fiction could do the same for evangelical convictions concerning our origins. With that in mind, I set out to tell a great sci-fi story that gives a plausible young earth creationist explanation of comic book super powers rather than the prevalent evolutionary assumption of beneficial mutations, popularized in the X-Men movies and on TV shows like Heroes.

Of course, I basically transcribe a movie that plays in my head, so the books are action-packed and fast-paced. I've had more than one person tell me they had a hard time putting it down... which means I accomplished what I set out to do.

I'm already working on the sequel! You can check out my progress at johnlazarus.wordpress.com.

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  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1452845506
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K51P8C
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is survival of the fittest justifiable amongst humans? November 13, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After his parents perished in a house fire, Johnny vowed never to return to his hometown, to never again see the boarded up remains of his fire-gutted family home. Yet inexplicably he returns, dragging his best friend with him. And plunges them both into a world gone mad - for Pandora's box has been opened, unleashing 'evil' X-Men style antagonists onto the deceptively sleepy town. For this is a town of secrets, all of which are related to the shadowy Titan Corporation and its ultra-secret research.

This is an action packed novel, the action starts near the beginning and never lets up, and continues to ramp up in intensity as it draws towards its finale. And it is a most enjoyable ride, I found it difficult to put down, wondering how on earth the characters would overcome the seemingly invincible agents of Pandora.

The author explores the concepts of the unmapped areas of the human brain/mind. What if we could use other areas of the 90% or so of our minds? Could we develop X-Men style abilities? Would we in fact still even be human? Is survival of the fittest justifiable amongst humans? These last two questions are examined in the light of solid Biblical teachings which are an integral part of the story (not preaching), giving us a quantifiable yardstick to measure them against.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Came Home (A John Lazarus Adventure) November 16, 2012
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Johnny Came Home by Tony Breeden is an action-packed story full of surprises. The action, once it begins, is almost non-stop all the way to the end of the book. You won't want to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed thrill ride May 22, 2013
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Christian Sci fi?? I was unsure of what to expect, but what a thrilling story. Action packed from the very beginning with enough mystery and suspense to keep you hooked and turning the pages.
A town gripped in conspiracy and tyranny and now teenagers starting to understand they have superpowers accelerated by the towns governing company.

The names of course have biblical and mythological meanings: Lazarus , the hero, Pandora, unleashing all the terrible things she can find in people, Titan, the company acting over the town as a God like figure.
With all the action and sci-fi of comic book style superhero's, the writer expertly and gently eases in the moral questions of faith and evolution and how peoples beliefs in the differing ideals motivate their belief in their place in society.

The back story which is essential is timely fed to us when we need to know it and how it affects the story at this point. It gives drive and essence to the actions and understandings our young heroes are facing in this tale of good versus evil, and deciding which side is actually which.
The character development was very well done. The main character incites a sympathy and identification in the reader, while keeping a dark and lonely hero, comparable to many comic book style heroes.

I highly reccommend this book to any sci-fi and comic fan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Came Home December 5, 2012
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I really enjoyed this adventure. It is well written and held my attention. Got a bit "unreal" toward the end...far out even for a sci-fi fan, but having said that, I still look forward to a further book about this (or these) characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Came Home October 26, 2012
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This was an awesome book with a mixture of action and personal relationships. It included sound biblical truths without being preachy. It definitely leaves you wanting a followup. The characters are well rounded and believable. Tony has a unique writing style that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All action, pretty good! May 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book in exchange for a fair review.
Johnny Lazarus is a special young man. Aside from being alive when everyone in his home town thought he was dead, he also has super powers. Actually, several citizens of his small hometown have extraordinary abilities, thanks to Titan, the company that keeps the small town afloat.
A few years before, Johnny escaped the house fire that killed his father, and knowing that Titan was behind it all, thought it best to disappear. He's been sort of a moving target all that time, until he was suddenly feeling compelled to go home. Johnny's telekinetic abilities come courtesy of a microchip implanted in his brain at birth. These children are referred to as Indigoes. As a group they remind me of The X-Men more than anything. They all have different abilities, or the same abilities with slight differences, and some are bad, some are good, and some have no idea what's going on.
Johnny returns home to find that he is a sort of pawn in not just one person's game, but several people.
I like the premise of the story but did have a bit of a hard time following the large number of characters, especially since it was a little hard to tell which side most of them were on. Everyone wanted control of the Indigoes, for Titan, to destroy Titan, or for someone else. The action was good, exciting and well described. The character of Johnny was well developed, but I think I could've connected better with the other characters if some of the action time had been used to tell more about them. Some other reviews mentioned that this might be better suited to a graphic novel, and I agree. It would be easier to follow, for me, with pictures! But pretty good, all in all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Action filled comic style novel
Wow, simply great action adventure just like how X-Men written as a novel will be. Superhumans with abilities beyond wildest imagination fighting each other and it is just the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonathon Koh
2.0 out of 5 stars slow and obscure
Hard read for me. Plot line elusive. Characters contrived. Slow moving in indeterminent directions. Did not finish. Probably not my cup of tea rather than a not so good book.
Published 8 months ago by Lawrence Brandt
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for young adult readers
VampireLovingDork said most of what I think about this book better than I can. The last quarter of the book is just too absurd for an adult reader who is not into super heros. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mary D. Krenke
3.0 out of 5 stars A difficult one to review ..... Would make an awesome Graphic Novel!!...
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So this is a difficult book for me to review. I love the idea! Read more
Published 17 months ago by VampireLovingDork
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Came Home
When I first received a request to review Johnny Comes Home, I was in 2 minds whether or not to read it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lisa S
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Johnny Came Home' - Sci-fi- Beyond comprehension?- good for debate
First, although this is a totally honest book review, I
must acknowledge this book was sent to me by the author
for a review. Read more
Published 18 months ago by LAWonder
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun adventure book, but skip it if you're not a conservative,...
Before I get into this review, I have a few things to mention. First off, I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joelle O'Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action from first to last!
I must admit to feeling a little apprehensive at the start of reading this book; "Christian" and "Sci-fi" were not two words which fit comfortably together in the same sentence for... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ali Isaac
4.0 out of 5 stars Super-hero genre with a unique twist
I'm always drawn in when an author tells me in the first sentence the goal of the character. I am especially drawn in when and author then immediately shows the character... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jane Austen Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Real life X-Men
Johnny was a teenager when he witnessed his family being killed and his home burned down. Now he is back, and the town is the same as always, filled with super powered humans... Read more
Published 20 months ago by V. Smith
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More About the Author

Tony Breeden is an author, creation speaker, apologist and Gospel preacher from West Virginia. He is the founder of DefGen.org, CreationLetter.com and CreationSundays.com. He got the writing bug as a child when his late aunt Sharon helped him make his very first book about dinosaurs, vigorously illustrated in crayon.

He published his first book, Johnny Came Home, on September 28, 2012.

Luckbane, the first novel in the Otherworld series, was published on Friday 13th of September '13.

He is currently writing the next Otherworld novel, Soulbright, the next John Lazarus adventure, John Lazarus: Mann from Midwich, and a children's book called The T-Rex and the Fuzzy Bunnies: A Bedtime Story for Boys.


You can find out more about his books at http://TonyBreedenBooks.com and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tonybreedenbooks

Read excerpts of his books at http://wattpad.com/TonyBreeden

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