Book Review: The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman by: Michael Alan Peck

Publisher: Dinuhos Arts LLC

Publication Date: June 20, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: “Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him.”

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It’s been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead.

Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.

Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever.

But first they have to save themselves.

Review: Combining metaphysics, fantasy, psychology, and mystery, THE COMMONS: BOOK 1: THE JOURNEYMAN will have something for everyone. The story takes place mostly in The Commons, a place in-between life and death, which was created from a mixture of people’s imaginations. We meet Paul, a seventeen year old boy, who must go on a journey to determine if he will continue on into death or return to his life on Earth. Unfortunately, The Commons has been taken over by a nasty man who wishes to harvest the energy of the souls who should be journeying for his own ends. Along with the last of the Envoys, a Goth girl, a mummy, and a mute Shaolin monk, Paul must undergo his journey and try to defeat the evil which has overrun The Commons. THE COMMONS: BOOK 1: THE JOURNEYMAN is a well-written and descriptive version of the classic hero’s journey. The author manages to keep the different story threads separate and concise until the moments when they join together. The overall story is cohesive and thoughtful, a true pleasure to read. Pick up THE COMMONS: BOOK 1: THE JOURNEYMAN if you are looking for a new twist on a classic theme.

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