Written by Conrad Jones
One of the best books you will read this year..Outstanding!
A powerful and emotional read. The Journey is THE must-read thriller of 2019.
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.
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 and 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?
Formidable, Breathtaking, Overwhelming!
It’s fair to say this is like no other novel I have ever read before and, trust me, I’ve read a LOT over the years.
This is the story of a man and his family; as with the majority, he sees it as his job to provide for and protect his family – no matter what life throws in their path. The trials, tribulations and perils are similar to nothing anyone of us have ever had to face. It is a jaw dropping read, and one which I will never forget.
This is a tale which will, more than anything else you have come across previously, make you seriously consider the events on the pages. I have read novels by Conrad Jones previously but he has excelled himself with The Journey and I’m not entirely sure I have the words to describe the feelings this one evoked. Silently cheering on this family, the highs and lows really played with my emotions; I realise that their dilemma is one faced by enormous numbers of human beings and this story brought home their plight more than any news report. Skilfully crafted and beautifully told, this really is a book which everyone – and I really do mean EVERY ONE – of us should read. Full of surprises, it isn’t complete until the final page and the shocks just keep on coming. A formidable, breathtaking and overwhelming novel and I’ve never been so content that I chose to read a book. This one is worth so much more than the five stars I can give.
My grateful thanks to Book on the Bright Side for both my copy and inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. All opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Tags: historical thriller
- Format: ebook, paperback, audio
- Size: 254 pages
- Publisher: The Thriller Factory
- Publication Date: 24 February 2018
- Purchase Links: Google Play
Meet the Author
I’m Conrad Jones, a 52-year-old author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manager with McDonalds. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I 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, I was deeply affected by the attack which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewkesbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that would never have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series.