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The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman (Volume 1) Paperback – January 10, 2015
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"First step: Mix sci-fi, fantasy and suspense in a drink. Next: Give it to 'one hell of an imagination' to consume. Result: The Journeyman. This is creativity and imagination defined." -- Boundless Book Reviews
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In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Michael offers insights into his new endeavor: `The Journeyman is the first in a contemporary-fantasy series about an afterlife world known as The Commons. It's a Purgatory-like place, only without the default setting of guilt and suffering. When you die, you end up there and are assigned a guide who helps you on a journey to determine what your fate will be. The landscape creates itself around your memories, dreams, and experiences, and you face a challenge tailored to you, your experiences, and your imaginings. It's like Defending Your Life on Fantasy Island, I suppose, only with much higher stakes and a lot more weaponry, teeth, and claws. There's just one problem. The Commons has been taken over by a corporate-raider type who's using its imprisoned souls to power his own immortality.Read more ›
Paul Reid is a tough 17 year old having spent most of his life in foster homes or on the street, he finds himself living at new beginnings group home. Even though he has grown to love Mike Hibbets also known as Papa Mike who runs the group home. A man who taught Paul "There's no god to lift us up - we rise or fall together". He finds himself leaving to find a place in the world. Paul buys a one way ticket to San Francisco, aboard the bus he meets Annie Brucker a red headed army veteran who did two tours of Iraq and her sweet little autistic boy, who turns out to be more than he appears. Both have their own stories in the book. The bus crashes and so starts the journey to free the commons from the thief Mr Brill who holds souls and their energy known as essence for his selfish gain never allowing them to move on. Which means everybody that dies gets trapped in Mr Brill's web never to leave purgatory.
Along the way Paul meets Jonas Porter a workaholic envoy who's job is to help him complete his journey. Rain a beautiful goth girl who's hair is as dark as her eyes with an attitude to match. Ken a huge mummy with a gentle personality and Po a crazy little monk with anger issues, who when fighting reminds me of tazzy devil just a blur of arms and legs.Read more ›
Now, everything in this book is better than that summary would suggest. The teenage hero Paul is observant, troubled, insightful and articulate, and this book would be worth reading if all he were doing was just crossing Kansas to get home for the holidays. The heroines, (Annie and Rain) are strong, deep and multi-layered. The kid has a bit of "the Oracle said Little Neo is the one" to him, but he is developed so thoroughly you don't mind.
Secondary characters are well described and, even if some have limited roles, they all pull their weight. The worn out, burnt out, anguished angelly guide guy is usually a pretty tired convention in the hands of most authors, but here the combination of nobility, dedication, and bureaucratic pettiness is blended just right and gives us a character who could easily have been the focus of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book for free from Love of a book group on Goodreads.
I think the author has a good idea with what he was trying to convey but I couldn't keep up with... Read more
I can see why Michael Alan Peck’s The Commons: Book 1 The Journeyman was chosen as the winner of the Illinois Library Association's 2015 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Freedom Long
An engaging story in the style of Stephen's King The Dark Tower Series.Published 3 months ago by Strangequark
What I really liked about this book was the fact that different characters are the focus of different chapters and I enjoyed that fact. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Luke N. Havumaki
First step: Mix sci-fi, fantasy and suspense in a drink. Next: Give it to “one hell of an imagination” to consume. Result: The Journeyman. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Boundless Book Reviews
The Journeyman is the first book in the Common’s trilogy. I think this one fits very well into urban fantasy, though some may argue. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Caleb E. Shadis
Recommended for fans of China Mieville, David Mitchell, William Gibson. Great writing and a fully realized world. Looking forward to more...Published 6 months ago by Mark Lerner
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
This a very well executed book. The plot is excellent. Read more
I just can't get into this book. I am trying my best to get through it, but I can't. Some parts are interesting, but I'm dragging through. Read morePublished 7 months ago by PAM