Publisher: Michael Alan Peck
Publishing Date: June 2014
Publisher Description: 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: This was an amazing read. Each character rivets you to the story-line with complimentary movement that enfolds the plot development. Paul finds himself transported away from a bus crash by a strange man when black suited commandos begin to bludgeon what seem like crash survivors. People that he had passing interactions with on the bus are not so lucky. They are captured, and placed in working servitude to Mr. Brill.
The creative imaginations are really good. Mr. Brill’s golem is fantastic. Made from the essence of souls, it is relentless in its pursuit of Paul who has become somewhat of an ignorant prophet (one of the 36). Ken the mummy along with Po (Kenpo haha) and Rain are a great supporting cast that offer disparate if not challenging world views and personal laments. Every scene is like opening up a Christmas present. Its that good. Get it. NOW!