The gripping story of a young boy and his family, driven from their home by war and indiscriminate violence. Like millions of others, they attempt the treacherous journey across their war-torn continent, trying to reach the safety of Europe.
The truth is, Europe doesn’t want them and thousands die every month at the hands of thieves and profiteering men to whom life is cheap. Kalu believes that he can lead his family to safety, he has planned for this. They have money, a plan and Kalu is, after all, the smartest man in Monguno.
The story is fast-paced, at times funny, at times heart-breaking but it will pull you along at 100 miles an hour. It will make you think, it will make you question your perceptions. Most of all it will make you ask, if your family was in peril, what would you do?
The Journey is very different from the authors other books. Where as his others are more crime some bordering on horror, this one is more to do with the atrocities that go on in the real world of which is happening right now.
Kalu and his family are peace loving people. Sadly their home town comes under threat from a group wanting to take over. These people have no respect for anyone and will kill without a second thought as well as raping and pillaging the villages and towns they come into. I couldn’t imagine anything worse, there seems to be no stopping them and Kalu has no choice but to try and get his family into Europe where they will be safe. Like I say, with what is happening in Syria and other parts of the world, Kalu’s journey I think will hit home for what these people have to go through.
From picking this book up I couldn’t put it down and read it in one evening. I had to know whether Kalu and his family make it. There are so many horrors and heartaches along the way that will shock and surprise you.
The Journey is a story that will have you go through so many emotions, mainly anger and compassion for what is happening to the people. It is one that will make you sit back and reflect with what is going on in the real world. This is a story that needed to be told, and whilst not a true one, this is what is happening in our world and hopefully it will make people sit up and take note. A hard hitting and emotional read that will stay with me for a very long time to come.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Conrad Jones is a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which he classes as his home. He worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working his way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
On March 20th 1993 he was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day he was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. He began to read anything crime related that he could get his hands on and links this experience with the desire to write books on the subject.
He signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The Alec Ramsey series is now 7 books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. Conrad has also written The Soft Target series, which has received critical acclaim.