Saturday, September 21, 2013

{Book Nerd Tour} The Darkest Path Review/Spotlight + Giveaway!

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 photo The-Darkest-Path-Final-Cover-677x1024_zpsa87cdb9d.jpgUSA TODAY bestselling author Jeff Hirsch once again creates a futuristic world with stunning, dramatic realism.

A civil war rages between the Glorious Path--a militant religion based on the teachings of a former US soldier--and what's left of the US government. Fifteen-year-old Callum Roe and his younger brother, James, were captured and forced to convert six years ago. Cal has been working in the Path's dog kennels, and is very close to 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 him to be a vicious attack dog. This sends Cal and Bear 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.


 photo jeff-Headshot_zps5f4c2fa9.jpgHere are some things about me. 

I live in an extremely Brazilian section of an extremely Greek neighborhood—Astoria, Queens, which is just to the right of Manhattan. (That's as you face Manhattan. If you were, say, lying on your back in the middle of Central Park with your head in a northerly position, we would be to your left) I live there with my wife who has a blog and our two cats who do not. One day I hope to have a very large dog that I can name Jerry Lee Lewis.

I used to write plays (I actually have an MFA in it, which is currently number 8 on US News and World Report's annual list of the top twenty most useless masters degrees) and now I write books for teens. I've written two. One was about a girl who wanted to be a rock star and could graciously be called a learning experience. 

This was another book that I wasn't sure I'd like. But I was wrong. It was a pretty good read. A lot of action and emotions. I felt like I could have been there with the characters.

The story takes place in a post apocalyptic type setting where a group of militants are trying to take over what's left of America.

We meet 2 brothers who were captured by the Path. Its been 6 years and Callum, the older brother, decides it's time to try and escape. His little brother, James, doesn't think it's a good idea to leave and Cal tries to force him to escape.  After Cal realizes his brother is serious about staying with the Path, he sets off on his own and heads towards New York.

But so much happens in this book and I don't like spoilers when I read reviews. So I'm going to just say that if you're into post apocalyptic type books, then you should definitely pick this one up!

I gave The Darkest Path
3.5 stars out of 5.


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