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  • 10/2014
  • B00OYZPJ8A B00OYZPJ8A
  • 227 pages
  • $3.99
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  • 10/2014
  • 978-1502829030
  • 226 pages
  • $12.99
Paladin's Odyssey
Joseph Paladin is a national hero everyone thought they knew - a former major in the United States Army, retired colonel in the Maine Republic Militia, and considered one of the key founders of the New American Confederation. His legendary odyssey to reunify a fractured nation in the aftermath of the great flu pandemic is a household story. In his long awaited memoir, Paladin shares untold stories of his past, including a shocking secret that he's harbored for decades. Is he really someone who should be held in such high esteem?
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Fottler departs nicely from the usual survival fiction formula by presenting a hero who isn’t already trained in prepping and survival, but who organizes the nitty-gritty details of continued existence, taking small steps in the shadows. Eventually he would be called Maj. Joseph Paladin, cofounder of the New American Confederation. But first he was Walter Johnson, who was an ordinary middle-class civilian when the world was laid low by a pandemic-born apocalypse. This novel is cast as Walt’s memoir, written in his old age to explain how someone with no military experience or survival skills eventually became a key player in America’s restoration by using logistics rather than guns, acting behind the scenes, enduring terrible circumstances, and making hard decisions. In the process of restoring modern amenities, Walt stumbles across the story of a hidden treasure trove that is just what the survivors need to rebuild. But getting to it—if it exists—will require a dangerous journey from his relatively safe but slowly decaying life. The conclusion feels anticlimactic, but the understated suspense otherwise works very well. This is an intriguing new slant on apocalyptic fiction, and fans who are tempted to snub it because it breaks away from genre expectations should set aside their concerns; they’re likely to enjoy it far more than they expect. (BookLife)
Windy City Reviews

A THRILLER IN A POST-PANDEMIC-APOCALYPIC WORLD

Paladin's Odyssey is a post-pandemic-apocalyptic tale that opens in August 2059 with a confession by Joseph E. Paladin, former major in the United States Army, retired colonel in the Maine Republic Militia, and one of the founders of the New American Confederation. Paladin reveals in opening his memoir that his true identity is Walter Johnson.

Walter Johnson is one of the very few to survive a global flu pandemic that takes the lives of millions around the world. What remains is a world we have all imagined, and dreaded, a desperate and primitive new world where survival has become the only imperative and vicious predators create a climate of fear. It is a dark, dangerous, and seemingly hopeless new world.

Walt is the unlikeliest of heroes, a quiet, low profile, reticent man, but as he faces this terrible new world, he is drawn by destiny and circumstances to a life of extraordinary heroism.

The story opens quietly, just the way Walt likes things, but his world soon erupts in lies and deceptions and violence, and Walt is forced to emerge from his shell and join the struggle against evil.

As Walt tells is story, a woman from his past named Veronica becomes an intriguing character. All we know about her is that Walt's mistrust of women seems to stem from her. He tells us early on, “The truth was, I couldn’t find a woman I could trust.” Then he adds later, “Trying to start a relationship with any woman I met during that time would’ve been Veronica all over again, but worse.”

This was my first clue that Walt, ironically, resembles Walter Mitty, James Thurber's uncommonly ordinary, usually ineffectual, and hapless dreamer of personal triumphs. However, this Walt does not dream of personal triumphs, he avoids them, along with women. He is content to be withdrawn, keep his head down, and hide. It is this aspect of Walt that kept me turning the pages to see how in the world he becomes the honored, revered, and famous savior of the Confederation—Major Joseph E. Paladin.

The author has done a wonderful job creating a suspenseful tale of a post-pandemic-apocalyptic world. His characters are well drawn and authentic and define the desperate world in which they live. I highly recommend this book.

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • 10/2014
  • B00OYZPJ8A B00OYZPJ8A
  • 227 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Details
  • 10/2014
  • 978-1502829030
  • 226 pages
  • $12.99

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