It was a strange year for me and I don’t think I read quite as many books as in years past, but I’ve compiled a list of those I’ve read in my Kindle and can tell you what I did read was pretty great.
I have a wide variety of genres in there, but tend to lean toward Post Apoc it seems; though that’s predictable. This list is in ascending order; starting in January. In years past, I was able to pick one or two standout favorites…this was not that year. Some of them linger with me like Alas Babylon, a book I reread this year. This entire list is excellent. If there was a book I didn’t particularly enjoy, I didn’t list it. So I just cannot pick a favorite this year. Instead, I’ll say a few words about each below…whatever comes to mind from the memory of having read the book. If it’s on this list…I enjoyed the book very much and totally recommend the read.
This was my last read of 2016. And could not have ended the year better. Patriot Deception is excellently written, a real page-turner…Ross Elder is an author to watch. I hear he’s now working on a postapoc series…
Traveler Series by Tom Abrahams is reminiscent of the old classic western series.
You must know what I’m referring to… the ones my dad in Texas still watches in the afternoon while sitting in his armchair. They were quality then, not like the quick scotch tape versions now. They were the kind that were laced with subtle humor. The ones you’d catch a moment later. Genius works of art, really. The films were long then. You had to have patience in the old days but they were worth every minute. That’s what Author Tom Abrahams has done here with The Traveler Series.
His main character, Battle, is like that famous actor, he’s tough yet weak, he’s dangerous and he’s funny. He’s got that quirky sense of humor that only men of danger rely upon. I loved the series.
The first book in the series, Home, begins in Texas before the Scourge, which was a pandemic. It’s where the pain of the character sets in profoundly. Tom Abrahams has two elements that many authors do not. This is where you see that he can provide both the action and the emotion. That’s uncommon and a great combination.
Canyon is after the Scourge and in the upheaval of a power struggle. Though there’s also another element in Canyon; one I thought Abrahams pulled off very well. He implemented a secondary storyline, weaved through excellently. I’m a terrible guesser to plot lines. I tend to ruin anything I sit through with the family… it was the butler! But, I didn’t see this coming which tells me he’s good and when he revealed the ending I was satisfied that he’d entertained me. That’s what we all want isn’t it? To be entertained. To not guess the ending or to know who did it in the end?
And then Wall brings everything’s full circle. Forget succession. Texas, in this setting, is long past succession. The state itself is fractured. In Wall, we still see an emotional struggle that’s very personal to Battle. He struggles to overcome the worst battle he’s ever endured and it’s within himself. Of course, there’s an outward struggle as well. Abrahams again brings in his artistic talent. He combines these battles for one man and makes him deliver despite the pain. And just like in the old west movies you wonder if he’s going to get the girl in the end, survive his inner struggles and triumph over the bad guys. Well, I won’t ruin it for you. Read it for yourself!