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Johnny Came Home (A John Lazarus Adventure Book 1) by [Breeden, Tony]
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2115 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1452845506
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K51P8C
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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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This book kept my interest and there was always something new popping up around the corner. At first the book seemed really simple, and the plot rather easy to follow. However, as I got farther into it the book became more complex and harder to predict.
I do think that the book could be better. I would probably have given 4.5 stars if given the opportunity, mostly because I would like to see the author give a few more details, for example: more detail on the death of Johnny's parents, more detail on the life-supporting machines that Johnny saw other 'victims of Titan' in, etc. All the same, I think that this book is worth reading.
There is a cliffhanger at the end of the book, and a sequel to follow. I would be interested in reading it if I had an opportunity. I know that many sequels are not as good as the first book, but I hope that Breeden's next book will be an exception.
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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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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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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 controlled by a local corporation. Unfortunately, defectors from that organization have chosen Halloween to fight back, and Johnny must decide which team of superhumans to help.

This book was a lot of fun, in a comic book type of way. Maybe a little predictable, but still exciting an interesting. I'll be looking for the next in the series.
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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 beginning of the conspiracy. I really loved it and finished the book in 2 days. Thank you for such a fun read.
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Cool twist on the X-men concept. Quirky and edgy with constant attitude and action. The anti-redneck sentiment was a bit overdone in the first half of the book, to the point where it started to detract from the characters. But then the story settled into a full on adrenaline rush with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.
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