“Move over, Cormac McCarthy, another survivor is traveling the Armageddon road. Clemens P. Suter's apocalyptic thriller grabs you in the first couple of pages and never lets go. The reader feels real empathy for the main character's plight as he begins a seemingly impossible 9,000-mile trip to learn his family's fate. The cause of the calamity is mysterious but clues are uncovered along the way causing tension to build until we reach the shattering climax. Two Journeys is not to be missed.” -- G. Dedrick Robinson, author of Blood Scourge.
As Alan arrives in Tokyo on a business trip, he doesn’t suspect yet that a disaster is about to happen. Booking into his hotel, he feels a flue coming up, and as he awakes from his fever a few days later, he discovers that a pandemic has struck down humanity. Two Journeys takes the reader to a post-apocalyptic world, mankind obliterated… and apparently only one lonely single survivor. Alan sets out on a seemingly impossible 10,000-mile journey from Tokyo to Berlin, to learn whether his wife and two young sons have survived the catastrophe. He has to rely on his own wits to survive in a world that knows no mercy; unexperienced in survival tactics he must fight natural enemies, disease, hunger and his weaker self. The landscapes of Asia, Siberia and Europe are described in all ferocity. The story grips the reader in the first couple of pages and never lets go, all the way to the shocking climax. This is an extremely engaging, intelligent and very entertaining adventure story for all ages.
|Publisher:||Clemens P. Suter|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Clemens P. Suter is the author of post-apocalyptic and dystopian adventure novels. Suter's first novel “Two Journeys” was published in 2011, and describes the adventures of the sole survivor of a pandemic. Its sequel “Fields of Fire” appeared in 2016. “Celeterra” (2013) is a dystopian novel, centered around the theft of Charles Darwin’s testament. Suter’s novels are suited for all ages, combining straightforward, linear storytelling with adventure and philosophic elements. Although Suter’s topics are serious, romance and humor abound. Suter is a biologist by training, as reflected in his work. Before turning to writing, Clemens P. Suter was a university lecturer, a marketer and IT professional. Married for 30 years, he has two sons, and a dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I started this book thinking it couldn't possibly work. At least, not at the length it runs. But it truly does. Though this kind of apocalyptic tale has been tackled plenty of times before, Suter makes it so personal that it's difficult for a reader to stay at arm's length. This is despite the main character only ever being referred to as "Alan". It was exceptionally easy to place myself in the characters' position. I felt keenly Alan's waning resolve and his increasingly broadening acceptance of his situation. I found Suter's prose worked almost as a setting, too. This is a character with a simple goal and a stripped-bare existence. The prose is utilitarian, and it's obviously a conscious decision of the author's to present the story in this manner. On those occasions where utilitarianism gives way to sensation, the impact is enormous because of the intelligent use of contrast. This is by no means an easy read. But it is difficult to stop once you've started.
Wow - what an amazing book! I couldn't put it down. The eBook is extremely well written and a completely different subject matter than what I usually read. It was amazing...
Loved the story, an interesting twist to the post-apocalyptic scenario. Suter is quite imaginative, and is a good storyteller. Read it, you won't be sorry.
Two Journeys is a novel about a business man, Alan, stranded in Tokyo after the outbreak of a pandemic. Within a few days, the entire city is devoid of living people. Alan escapes from the town, only to discover that he may well be the last survivor on earth. He sets out to travel back home to Berlin, by boat, car and even on foot. The story shows how he learns to cope with day-by-day challenges, for instance, on several occasions he gets wounded, and needs to find ways to treat himself. He needs to cope with the smell of decay and the millions of bodies, and he needs to fight for his food with rodents and other pests. He encounters packs of wild animals, and at one point errs into the radioactive fallout from a nuclear explosion. And he is constantly confronted by the remains of human culture that are withering away rapidly. Several fellow humans have survived, and the encounters with these unlucky few are either highly stimulating or disturbing. His three new friends in Siberia welcome him like a rescuer, the banquests at their house are events full of melancholy and mourning; for a world that will never be again. On the other hand, the eccentric Englishman Somerset has set his mind on ruling the world. Alan is imprisoned in Somerset's camp, not far from Moscow, and only through a stroke of luck can he escape from the claws of this maniac. His pursuers, lead by Urs, a fanatical Swiss officer and murderer set of to follow him. Until the very end of the book it remains unclear whether Alan will find his family again. What I liked about the book: the author takes his time to develop the story (620 pages!), so that the reader get's to know the main character and his hardships intimately. The psychological anguish that Alan is going through is very well developed. I couldn't put the book down - it is the type of story that you just have to finish. Too much happens as you turn the pages, and you stay on edge about what may come next. The book never gets too philosophical though, it is simply a good, down to earth adventure story. Altho, I have discussed it with friends - it is that kind of story. On the negative side: there is a science fiction aspect in the book too, with brown 'balloons' acting as extraterrestrials. They seem to serve a dual purpose: to explain the cause of the epidemic, as well as a more surprising role close to the end. For me this was superfluous. The nook is rich enough as it is. The book cover is very boring for such a rich book. Five stars: a highly advisable read!