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review 2015-09-07 04:53
Finally finished...
The Darkest Path - Jeff Hirsch

 

The Glorious Path wants complete control of the country. Those they capture are give the choice: Join or Be Killed.

Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured by the Glorious Path -- a militant religion based on the teachings of a former U.S. soldier -- and forced to join six years ago. As a war rages between the Path and what's left of the U.S. government, Cal gets along by working in the Path's dog kennels. But soon Cal is presented with an opportunity to move up in the Path's ranks, putting him on the verge of becoming one of the Path's deadliest secret agents.Then Cal befriends a stray dog named Bear and kills a commander who wants to train Bear to be a vicious attack dog. This sends them both on the run, and sets in motion a series of incredible events that will test Cal's loyalties and end in a fierce battle that the fate of the entire country rests on.

--From the book jacket

 

This isn't a bad book, but it took me a very long time to read. Partly because it is a physical book, I think. At night I mostly read on my Kindle because it is more convenient. But I also think the plot just wasn't that compelling. The blurb on the book jacket (see above) sounds very exciting. But the story just didn't live up to the excitement. Maybe if I had read just this book all at once, it would have been more enjoyable.

 

The bond between Cal and Bear really touched me. Once Bear trusted Cal, he was a faithful companion and would never leave Cal's side. But I just didn't get some of the actions Cal took when it came to Bear. Even though one time especially it was for Bear's own good, it really bothered me.

 

Nathan Hill wasn't a very scary villain and we didn't get to know him enough to feel his motives or to hate him. I hated the organization (The Path) more than I hated Hill. I get why Cal and James agreed to join, they didn't want to die. But it seemed like others could have fought back and didn't. The book tells us that Hill was very persuasive and his followers practically worship him. I think that is how James becomes a believer. They are taken at a young age; Cal was 9 and James was younger but I don't remember exactly how much younger. And maybe Cal was able to resist Hill's teachings but James needed something to believe in.

 

The end was predictable to a point. But I was really disappointed by part of it.

When James shot Nathan Hill to protect his brother, I thought he knew who he was shooting and I was glad he chose his brother over the leader of the Path. But, when James admitted that he didn't know who it was, he just wanted to save his brother, well, I realized that he was still brainwashed. And that was disappointing.

(spoiler show)

 

I do like that the final ending of the book wasn't cut and dried. You don't know exactly what happens to Cal, James & Bear, but you have hope that they will be okay.

 

Recommended to:

Fans of young adult dystopian fiction or fans of the author Jeff Hirsch.

 

 

 

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text 2015-07-31 04:34
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 320 pages.
The Darkest Path - Jeff Hirsch

 

 

If this kid leaves the dog all alone to fend for himself again, I am going to scream. 

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review 2014-02-14 00:00
The Eleventh Plague
The Eleventh Plague - Jeff Hirsch It was just ok. The plot and characters were underdeveloped and it felt like fleshing out both would have made it a trilogy, and potentially more enjoyable. Not great, not terrible.
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text 2014-01-02 22:09
January New Releases, Week 5 (Jan. 26-31)
Up From the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
Tiger Shrimp Tango - Tim Dorsey
The Silence of the Library - Miranda James
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe - David I. Kertzer
Into the Still Blue - Veronica Rossi
The Bride Says No - Cathy Maxwell
Shadow Ops: Breach Zone - Myke Cole
At the River's Edge - Mariah Stewart
Breakaway - Jeff Hirsch
An Officer and a Spy - Robert Harris

Sources:  Fictfact,  Dear Author, and Bookreporter.

 

Monday, January 27:

 

Convincing Rowena by Tara Rose (#6 in Passion Peak, Colorado)
Death Defying by Nina Croft (#3 in Blood Hunter)

 

Tuesday, January 28:

 

A Case of Possession by KJ Charles (#2 in Charm of Magpies)
At the River's Edge by Mariah Stewart (#7 in Chesapeake Diaries)
Blindfolded Innocence by Alessandra Torre (#1 in Innocence)
Breach Zone by Myke Cole (#3 in Shadow Ops)
Breakaway by Jeff Hirsch (#2 in 39 Clues: Unstoppable)

The Bride Says No by Cathy Maxwell (#1 in Brides of Wishmore)
Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden (#1 in Phoenix Fire)

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text 2013-11-14 04:21
Currently working on the reviews for... 11/13/2013
Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison
The Darkest Path - Jeff Hirsch
Cafe Insomniac - Mark Capell
Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health - Charlotte Biltekoff
Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology - Greg Bear,William Gibson,Paul Di Filippo,John Shirley,Bruce Sterling,Pat Cadigan,Rudy Rucker,Lewis Shiner,James Patrick Kelly,Marc Laidlaw,Tom Maddox
Parasite - Mira Grant
Runaway Groom - Sally Clements
Vessel - Sarah Beth Durst
Talisman Of El - Alecia Stone

This is more for my own personal notes, but I'm currently crafting reviews for the following books. I'm taking my time for some of these.  Hopefully I'll be able to play catch-up.

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