"The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman" is a novel by author Michael Alan Peck. This Kindle e-book was approximately 315 printed pages and sold for $1.99 at the time of writing this review.
Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
General theme <minor spoilers>...
A lonely and troubled Paul Reid dies in a wintery bus crash at age 17. But rather than being his end, it's where his story begins.
Some thoughts on "The Commons"...
1.) well written and superbly edited.
2.a) some great encounters, with a variety of unusual and strikingly unique adversaries. 2.b) a truly memorable main villain.
3.) a perfect sense of pace and timing. Not much down time in this little gem once the mayhem begins.
4.) some interesting and endearing characters are found in the main players.
Definitely an unusual and different tale. Think of Stephen King's, "The Dark Tower" series mixed every so deftly with a touch of "Alice in Wonderland" thrown in for effect. But all told with the adult reader and psyche in mind.
A mix of the weird and wonderful put in a blender and then put on pulse mode... at which point the author walked away from the machine and completely forgot about it. I was continually amazed at how the author kept coming up with stuff that he did... the strange became the normal, the unexpected became the expected. Sound kind of silly and foolish... yeah- well, it was in ways, but it was SO well written, developed and presented, that it was almost impossible to put down.
A blend of fantasy and sci-fi components... nothing too serious or pretentious but told with an accomplished sense of writing skill and story-telling finesse. The bottom line was that this was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in ages.
As it is... 5 Stars.
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