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Traveler (Joshua) Paperback – March 28, 2013
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Without any spoliers - Traveler provides insight into the justifications that people use for their actions. This is an interesting approach. Novels in the Post - Apocalyptic genre normally examine in-depth the journey of the 'good guys', Traveler also follows the 'bad guys' and the logic that can be employed to justify even the most abysmal actions. This of itself is interesting. In Traveler the main character, James, tries to maintain a thread of humanity in a tapestry of survival, ruthlessness and hardship. That this thread is not broken and becomes stronger as the story unfolds is, at least acoording to this tale, a testament to the power of good. The story shifts about half way through. The later part of the book presents a more positive view of humanity but also demonstrats how quickly this humanity can fall away.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I am a voracious reader of the PA fare, so I have a good share of novels I can compare it with. I'd say Traveller is one of the better PA reads. It is well written, the characters are well drawn and there is enough going on to keep the readers' interest. It probably suffers a bit because most readers will compare it to Joshua - and in such good company it does come up a little short.
Certainly worth buying and I look forward to future work by this author.
"Traveler" is a follow-up book to "Joshua" and the two books are totally different. This is a relentlessly dark book, with evil at the forefront.
It tells of terrible choices made by ordinary people in order to survive and provide the most basic of living essentials - food, water, clothing, warmth, shelter. What part of our humanity is it okay to give up in order to survive?
Excellent writing, some twists and turns I didn't see coming, a somewhat sympathetic protagonist. I'm glad I read "Traveler" even though I don't know if I enjoyed it.
NOTE: There is a lot of violence portrayed in this story, including rape and mutilation.
Included in the story are those who are innocent (to some extent), but are manipulated into becoming more than their conscience can fight. Grown men achieving their dangerous and murdering goals by using children as their "in" to get what they want.
I really appreciate Mr. Wilson writing a story about the "other side" of a post-apocalyptic story. This story is not about hero's or those defending the weak with great compassion and fortitude. No, this is a story about people losing all aspects of their inner self, giving up on their humanity just to cause others to feel the pain and loss of dignity. In a real life situation, this will happen.
As to the God aspect of this novel. I believe it presents a well thought out premise that; even though one may allow themselves to become something other than what they don't want to be, it also shows that, as humans, and as some who have been brought up with a Biblical foundation, that the conscience can assist one to come back into proper alignment with these attributes. Sure, there are some who don't believe in any of that...and that's okay. Take the story for what it is, don't over analyze it and just enjoy the read.
Looking forward to more of Mr. Wilson's writings.
Rape, murder and maiming.
It is the book that does not tell the story of the good guys and how they win.
IF the SHTF I think many would end up being like main people in story.
I am still glad I read it and have learned some things I never thought about.