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The Corridors of the Dead Paperback – November 30, 2011
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Born and raised in the rural Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Jonathan wrote his first fantasy/sci-fi novel at the age of 13. After studying writing and communication at James Madison University, Jonathan turned his passion for writing into a full-time technical writing career in the DC Metro area, working for companies like Sprint/Nextel, Time Warner Cable, and Sirius XM Radio, where he had an opportunity to combine his love of music with his love of writing. He may have drifted away from fiction at times, but it was always his first love – and he always returned to it. Now living in Bethesda with his wife, two cats, and two quirky guinea pigs for whom his publishing company is named, he crafts the kinds of stories that he had always hoped to read but just couldn’t quite find.
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Protagonist Matty is an antisocial outsider who prefers spending time on her artwork to spending time with people. Matty is visited (rescued from a tweeker, actually) by a strange old lady with superhuman abilities who insists that Matty has powers of her own that are key to the fate of humanity. Though Matty would rather play turtle than get involved in saving the world, she soon finds herself traveling through other planes of existence, where the lines between good and evil are blurred and people are not what they seem, and where even the nature of the universe is challenged.
Corridors of the Dead is reminiscent of Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber, with a little of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials thrown in. Although the novel isn't perfect, Jonathan Allen shows a knack for characterization and a depth of imagination that makes him an author to follow.
This book has tags of sci-fi and fantasy. It maybe to some people but I took the book more as an post-apocalypse book. No the book did not talk a lot about God or have reference to the Bible, but that is how I read the book. While reading this book I kept thinking in my head about 'The GunSlinger by Stephen King' and the movie '2001: A Space Odyssey. The author does not reference to either in the book but I while reading that is the thought that came to my mind.
Characters: Matty DiCamillo, Kristy, Delilah, Daniel, Tommy, Azazel, Grabbe
Corridors of the Dead start's out with Matty who is a clerk at Circle K. I guess it is a convenience store out west. Matty works 3rd shift because she does not like dealing with people. Matty has a girlfriend named Kristy. While reading the book I kept getting the idea that Matty was a male not female. I guess it is part of her having a male name.
Matty has had some bumps in her young life. In this first book she is 22 years old. While at work one night Matty get's rob and then kidnapped. Several day's after being kidnapped Matty learns she is 'The Chosen One'. But she does not fully understand what that means. She soon learns that life is not exactly everything it seems.
Matty meets up with Delilah and is taken to different planes on what the world is based on. Some of the areas are like the earth we know today and some are dead zones. All of the area's have Watch Towers. I am not sure what these Watch Towers were for in the book, but I look for the author to expand more in the next book in this series.
Matty is help by Delilah who has super powers. Matty is told that she has her own powers but she finds that hard to believe. Matty soon learns what those powers are and how to use them.
Matty soon learns that she is not just 'The Chosen One' she will be responsible for all of life.
Matty and several of the characters travel to these different planes of existence. But Matty actually get's to travel further than that and what she learns astonished her. She keeps saying to her self over and over that she would never believe it if someone told her but she actually saw, felt and traveled and learned this information for herself.
While this type of book is not what I usually read, I was drawn to this book. It was so hard to put down. The author has created wonderful characters that just draws the reader into the book. This is an author to watch for, I believe his future books will quickly become best sellers.
Thanks Coral and Jonathan for a great read.
The bunnies and I give this book 4-carrots.
I did not feel as though I was reading an "Indie" book, it felt as though I could have plucked Matty's story off the shelves at Chapters or Barnes and Noble. As I read I found myself thinking often of Stephen King's Gunlslinger series, the style of Allen's writing was very reminicent of those books which couldn't have made me happier. :-)
I'm looking forward to the next book, City of the Dead, and have to say that I think I found myself a new author to follow. Well done, keep up the excellent work!
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