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The Journey [Kindle Edition]

Dan O'Brien
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled with exotic places and age-old questions, the Journey is a book that seeks to merge the fantastical and real. Join the Lonely as he seeks out answers to his own existence and perhaps the meaning for us all.



Product Details

  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amalgam (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MEND1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Journey February 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
***This book was received as a free advanced readers copy***

Ok, I freely admit that I really just did not get this book. But I enjoyed the language in it for the most part, and thought it was interesting. It just made me feel a little dumb.

A being called The Lonely sets out on a journey. There a shape shifter called the Crossroads points him in the four directions of the compass, to meet a different kind of being at each end. To the North, a being of logic, the South, one of passion, the West something a little more wild, and to the East, something peaceful. Each of them has a lesson to impart and only after speaking with them can he continue on his journey, to try to figure out who or what he is and why is on this journey in the first place. And ultimately the journey is about knowledge.

The Lonely was kind of pretentious. I'm not going to lie. For a guy who claims to now know what's going on or where he is, he sure does like to argue with these all powerful type beings and try to show them up. But hey, at least he has spunk. The beings themselves are all very different from one another, and that's in both appearance and the messages that they have to impart. I actually think I liked the South the best out of all of them, just because she was a little wild and warm. She'd probably be a good friend. The last figure kind of confused me as I wasn't sure the lesson he was trying to drive home.

So aside from the book making me feel like an idiot with some of its ideas, I did like the imagery. I could actually picture the different places that the Lonely visited and enjoyed the concept of finding a different person in each direction. It was just the conversation (and this book is mainly conversation) that left me at a loss sometimes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost For Almost The Entire Book August 20, 2012
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition
The Journey starts with Th'bid, a man or not a man, that either dies or doesn't die and travels in his mind or not in his mind to find the meaning of life, or death, or neither, or both.

Confusing? Yeah, join the freaking club.

Evidently, our author, Mr. O'Brien, likes to make sure that you don't have a damn clue as to what you're reading, let alone understanding. Through the course of reading this book, I felt my sanity slipping ever so slowly away. I'm not sure if this was intentional by the author or not, but it worked ... or didn't work.

Just as an overview: From what I gather, this dude dies and goes on a trip in the "afterlife" or "purgatory." He has no idea what his name is and has no idea where he is going. He travels through time or space or a galaxy or ... who the hell knows. He visits five beings (get a load of these names): the Frozen Man, the Burning Man, the Wicker Man, the Translucent Man, and the Keeper. The whole book centers on his quest to find the meaning of who he is and what he is there for.

I won't spoil the ending for you, but, needless to say, I was lost for almost the entire book. I think Mr. O'Brien is far more intellectual than I am. I had no idea what I was supposed to learn from the book. Congrats Dan, this was a real winner. Only for smart people, anyone out there with a 150 IQ or better, let me know if you want to read this. Then, maybe, you can put it in redneck terms I can understand.

Note for future books, O'Brien ... try to make it so hillbillies can understand your work. You might reach a broader audience that way.

(Review written by CJ, a Literary R&R book review blog team member)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story December 28, 2011
By Jared
Format:Kindle Edition
The Journey is a very interesting tail, a bit random at times but what doesn't make sense at first, is quite understandable later. All in all I found it to be a very interesting view on what could be, is, or was.

Dan is really good at writing an "immersive" story that pulls you into the struggles & strife in his characters live. I've read most of Dan's work, He's got a great imagination. I fully plan to continue reading his stories into the future. Keep up the good work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read...it was amazing December 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was somehow to merge reality was fantasy. The Lonely, seeks out answers of his existence.The Lonely inhabits the Crossroads, the fantasy filled world that Dan O' Brien created here. I followed The Lonely on his journey and felt what he felt and saw in mind every detail he saw. To walk wandering questioning your own existence even for someone like Lonely, makes you feel like a lost soul in the darkness. This ook brings up age old questions even about our own existence and as a psychology major aswell as a writer, I believed even Freud would have loved this book.
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More About the Author

Dan O'Brien has written over 20 books, including the bestselling Bitten, which was featured on Conversations Book Club's Top 100 novels of 2012. Before starting Amalgam, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the publishing industry as a freelance editor. You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website at: www.amalgamconsulting.com. Contact him today to order copies of the book or have them stocked at your local bookstore. He can he reached by email at amalgamconsulting@gmail.com.

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