- File Size: 1700 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: The Thriller Factory (February 24, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B2ZPXSS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Journey: an unputdownable thriller. Absolutely gripping Kindle Edition
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It follows the story of a family caught up in what I guess could be described as civil war. Kalu is a doctor and he and his family live in Nigeria. One fateful day, his village is taken over by rebels and he and his family are forced to up sticks and flee for their lives. Being a clever man, Kalu is not unprepared for this eventuality and, what follows is their journey across war torn nations, trying to stay safe, not only from the rebels, but also from the other people also in the same boat, as well as the "kind souls" along the way willing to help, or hinder them... at a price.
This book was quite a difficult book for me. Indeed, it took me quite a while to read and I usually start a book and read straight through. This one, I had to keep putting down and taking a break from as it was really quite emotional. We are all a bit numb to the atrocities as shown in the papers or on the news, but there was something about the way that this journey was written that just brought it all a little closer to home. A little more real and, in turn, a lot more heart-wrenching. I guess this was mostly because of the wonderful characterisation which meant that I got to know Kalu and his family and really started to care and worry about what was happening to them. It also opened my eyes about what is happening in other parts of the world and made me very thankful for my own life and what it gives me above and beyond the basic necessities for existence. Something that some of the characters in this book didn't even have.
I said it was emotional. Well, it contained the full spectrum of emotions for me, both positive and negative. I felt for the characters every step of the way. I delighted in some of the people they met that helped them along the way and I was angry along with them when they encountered others of a more duplicitous nature. The book is not a true life story but it could be. That's whats so shocking. The things depicted herein are real, they are happening around the world. And that's so very sad.
This is a book that will stay with me for quite a long time. It will also change the way I view the news when it reports similar. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
As a doctor Kalu is torn between the self-preservation necessary to protect his family, and trying to help others as they become injured during this horrific time. Kalu desperately tries to get his family to Morocco, and then Europe, as he has been preparing for this eventuality. The journey is not easy, and is fraught with unimaginable tragedy. As I read this book, the atrocities that took place created such intense sadness and pain in me for these people who were driven from their homes, knowing that their futures offered very little hope. Nothing I have ever read or watched about a great exodus such as this could have prepared me for what the writer conveys in the story.
As described in the blurb, this is an emotional thriller. It is written as realistic as I’ve ever experienced for a fictional tale. This is a book that kept me up until all hours because I just could not put it down! It really made me think of my life and of how easy it is. It also made me sad because of the grittiness in which the tragedies occurred. However, I did not want the book to end. I wanted more for this family. This fact alone proved to me the realism conveyed by Conrad Jones. The book finished with a twist that truly shook me. I won't be forgetting about The Journey anytime soon. Kudos to Mr. Jones.
Many thanks to Bloodhound Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review.