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  • File Size: 1487 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Craig M. Buckhout (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054LOW6S
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Christy on December 12, 2011
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From my other reviews it is pretty obvious that I'm a huge fan of the Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian genre. It's true, I am. I've read hundreds and not many of them strike me as truly new or inventive. This is one that certainly does strike all the right chords and is new and bright. Despite it's Indy publishing, it is as well crafted...perhaps even better anything out of a big publishing house. But it's the writing and story itself that grabbed me.

Our story really revolves around an everyman named Alan. In our post-apocalyptic world he is alone and fairly happy as such. He has few connections and few aspirations other than survival. It is a dangerous world he is in. Too soon after the events that crashed the world (and we're really never sure what those all were) for a new equilibrium to have been established yet not long enough after to see the scarcity of human life a few more years would have given. In short, it is the worst possible time to be out of the roads in territory you aren't familiar with.

But Alan is surviving with a vague notion to try to find his far flung family members, or at least confirm their deaths. Enter the Journal. Found while scavenging a house the journals were written by a now deceased Claire. The tone of voice in the Journals is so clearly different from Alan and the words so incredibly inspiring, they remind me of how religions get started. In fact, it is so clearly all to the good that I wondered throughout the book if we might not see a sequel where this begins. The point of view of one of the other characters in the book (forgive my vagueness but I really don't want to spoil it for you) lends a bit of support to the "catching" nature of Claire's words.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cary C. Dunlap on October 20, 2012
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"Journal" was a better read than many self-published novels I've invested in. The premise isn't original and there are problems with the characters, their development, the plot, and the ending. Still, despite the negatives, I enjoyed the book and I'm glad I read it.

There are a million of these "end-of-the-world, hard-times, walking-journey" survival stories in print today, the best in my opinion being "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. Considering the number of similar stories that have been published since McCarthy's book in 2006 and the 2009 movie, I can only conclude that "The Road" struck a chord with writers as well as readers. I'm not suggesting that "Journal" is a knock-off of "The Road" or that McCarthy invented the concept of walking through the end of the world, but the premise here is the same.

Sadly, over the course of the book, the author abandoned his best plot device, one that was the foundation and inspiration for the title of the story. Our wandering protagonist finds a journal that belonged to an optimistic Washington woman prior to the end of the world. During the last days, as she watched the world collapse around her, she recorded her own positive, hopeful musings for posterity. The author periodically interjects one of these stoic and relevant journal entries to further the story and motivate the hero in dire circumstances. It was an effective ploy that provided a sense of direction, but it was abandoned and not used to its fullest potential.

And here's the obligatory criticism concerning the lack of editorial quality that plagues self-published books. Spelling, grammar, and writing mechanics in "Journal" are at times, noticeably sub-par.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah M. Skibitsky on August 4, 2011
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This was recommended to me by my sister in law. It is not the type of book I ordinarily read.......I'm not into the furturistic type books, however, after reading the first 30 pages...I could NOT put the book down. The characters were so alive and real, I just had to know how/what they were doing. It was a "page turner" from the beginning.
I'd love to know if there will be a sequel in order to find out how everybody survived.

I would recommend this to everyone...doesn't matter if you're into romance, thriller, sci-fi, etc...........this book has it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Cornfield on June 29, 2011
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For fans of post-apocalyptic tales, "Journey" will be like ordering up your favorite comfort meal at the diner you've come to rely on. You won't be blown away by a surprise chef who's taken over the kitchen and whipped up something unheard of, BUT you'll leave quite satisfied with an enjoyable feast that keeps you interested down to the last forkful.

The year is 2054 and protagonist Alan Trent is wandering what's left of the United States. Bad things have happened and civilization as we knew it has devolved into every man (and capable woman and child) for him or her self. We don't get a lot of details about what led to the demise of the country--or even if the rest of the world is suffering the same fate--but it really doesn't matter. The important thing is that Trent and the unlikely people he befriends along the way are constantly fighting for their very lives and this is where "Journal" shines.

Author Buckhout has taken the familiar end-of-the-world genre and used it to craft a well-told story. His hero Trent is a humble everyman who is resourceful enough to survive (and possibly help others do the same) but he never appears to be a silver screen superhero who will always come out on top.

The title "Journal" comes from a diary Trent finds before our story begins. It contains the writings of a woman Trent never knew but her thoughts (almost biblical in nature) inspire him and may even make him a better human being for having read them.

The journey taken by Trent and his confederates (to say more would be spoiler material) is well worth the read. The action is, at times, fast and furious. During the down time it's not easy relaxing because Buckhout paints a bleak picture where danger (or at least the potential for it) lurks around every tree and abandoned building.

Reading other people's journals is normally verboten but reading this one is more than acceptable--it's definitely worth your time.
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