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Two Journeys [Paperback]

Clemens P. Suter
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23 Aug 2009
First, unrevised edition of Two Journeys, now out of print. Refer to the 2012 second edition (ISBN 1468122789) to fully enjoy this post-apocalyptic adventure story! Suter combines post-apocalyptic elements with an adventurous road novel in this book about a man left alone on earth. Alan, the hero of the story, is visiting Japan on business. After the outbreak of a pandemic, he finds himself to be the single survivor. The viral disease has wiped away his past life: Alan must fear injury, sickness and hunger - the food begins to decay in the stores. Yet, Alan swears to travel back to his family in Berlin, straight across Asia and some 10,000 miles. The hardships and landscapes (the Gobi desert, Siberia) are described in all ferocity. A few other humans have survived as well, some eager to use the disaster for their own purposes. Electrifying chapters describe the encounter with Somerset, a charming, yet psychotic warlord, who is assembling an army to conquer Moscow, if not the entire world. However, Alan remains determined to return to Berlin, by whatever means. An exciting, thought-provoking book, impossible to put down.

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  • Paperback: 626 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (23 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439250138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439250136
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,908,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clemens P. Suter is the author of fantasy and mystery novels. Famed for his subtle humor and engaging never-let-go writing, he has created highly entertaining novels that take the readers to the end of the world... or beyond. Suter's characters are inspired by the strange folk that he has met on his many journeys and in his rich professional life. The plots of his stories are inspired by the Greatness of the Universe in the Absence of a Supreme Being, or wild dreams induced by heavy eating. Suter has been married for 25+ years (unconventionally to the same wife), has two sons of different grandeur and three dogs (all black). He lives on a dilapidated farm which is in constant need of repairs, but is too lazy to do anything about it. Suter has been a student, lecturer, painter, scientist, anatomist, marketer, resident weirdo, product manager, mobile IT specialist and international program director. He is currently struggling with a novel set either in Afghanistan or Ohio (this text will be updated as soon as a decision has been made). Clemens P. Suter can be found in many social media platforms, so use that opportunity to get into contact with him - he needs the reassurance.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine novel, highly recommended 10 Sep 2009
Two Journeys is a very enjoyable book. The protagonist of the story, Alan, appears to be the sole survivor of a pandemic. Suddenly stranded in downtown Tokyo, he decides to travel back to his home in Europe, hoping that his family has survived. In >600 electrifying pages the highly entertaining story unfolds.
What makes the book so interesting is the analysis of the protagonist. Alan is no superhero, like in similar "Endzeit" books/movies (e.g. Will Smith in "I Am Legend"). Alan comes across as a real, down-to-earth person, a man that initially curses his solitude caused by the disaster, but soon tries to come to peace with his circumstances. And towards the end of the journey, Alan actually starts to embrace life and humankind again. He sticks to his values, realizing that they are the only certainty in a world that has collapsed. The "two journeys" in the title hint at Alan's (physical) travels, and at his (psychological) maturation as a human being.
This psychological thread is interlaced with thrilling adventure. Chance meetings occur with (what seem to be) extraterrestrials, with wildlife and the remnants of humanity.
In the end, Alan is a wiser, more experienced man. The reader too, as the well written book offers great insight into life, our species, and the transient nature of our existence.
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Firstly this is a book with a great idea, how does a guy get back from Tokyo to Berlin after a global apocalypse has killed everyone else? A big challenge and one that is of great interest. However the book has been written by what appears to be a German and the text can read in an odd way, with many German things translated directly into English - e.g. "I gave gas", "on the market" and so on and on. There are many other mistakes - e.g. Straight instead of Strait for a sea crossing. These mistakes are distracting. The author should have got an editor or a better proof reader. It seems to be self published. Interesting that this book got so many overly glowing reviews a while back despite the problems with it.

There is also an element of Karl May here, exciting stories set somewhere that the author has not been, at least that was the way it seemed to me, sometimes the places do not really seem to jump out at me or be very descriptive.

The hero lives in Berlin, Germany and he is a pretty pragmatic sort of person and appeared to me to have some very German attitudes to life, at least that is my opinion and I have lived in Germany for 14 years. I didn't always sympathise with him. I had to wonder that he only takes dogs which are German of all the strays in Japan, he never thought of his friends and colleagues in the hotel once, he doesn't wonder that he is the only survivor for many days, he leaves valuable virus information behind in a burning city, why does he keep talking about getting naked with the dogs?. I also had to wonder about taking a lorry rather than a big RV/mobile home which would have solved some of his problems with heating water, hot showers, electricity, sleeping comfortably, and so on. In the book I kept having to stop and think why would he..?
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous novel, couldn't put it down! 17 Oct 2009
Two Journeys is a great, highly entertaining read - I read the 600+ pages within one weekend! Obviously inspired by the threat of pandemics such as SARS, H1N1, or the Mexican Flue / Swine Flue, the story immerges the reader into a present-day world where all of humanity has apparently died out. Highly enticing to see how the single surviving hero fights his way home to his beloved ones - in our high-tech world with all the tools and vehicles free at hand, but missing the knowledge how to use them ... and the remains of our industrial world already beginning to deteriorate (energy sources, communications, machines, food, medication). In such a world, the main missing items are the knowledge and the mass of people to keep a technological society working. The story transports the feeling of a high-tech stone age. It is very well written, partially very funny, yet at the same time also full of dangerous situations that the hero has to master.
Highly recommended to all readers who love travel novels, intelligent and close-to-reality SF. Seems like it is the first book of the author, I really hope there is more to come soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult journey but worth it 27 Dec 2010
By Cheryl Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the books I have read lately, very much including this one, have made me feel like a high school (or sometimes junior high school) English teacher reading sample stories submitted for grading. And let me tell you a lot of "my students" are failing my class. Are spelling and basic grammar not taught in our schools any more?

"Two Journeys" had MANY distracting and sometimes conflicting errors that would have been taken care of by a thorough editing. One thing I would like to point out, though, in Suter's favor, is that I believe English is a second language for him. Some of the passages read a little differently than they would have from a primary English speaker. And considering this, I think Suter did a very credible job with this story if it is basically a self-published novel.

This was a unique story idea, with the protaganist being stranded in Japan by a pandemic and then doing his best to try to reach his family in Germany to ascertain whether any of them survived. Some parts of the book I really enjoyed; some not as much. But the book held my interest to the very end; I don't regret the time or money I spent on it; and I will be keeping an eye out for future books by this author. What more could I ask for? Well, other than a good editing before a second printing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book ! 2 Oct 2009
By A. P. Alberda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an awesome read. My wife and I read it both and were very pleasantly surprised. We couldn't put it down; it is the kind of book that is so intriguing, you simply have to finish it right away. The story takes the reader through a frightful scenario of a world depopulated by an epidemic, splendidly told. The narration is highly realistic, I can only hope that it will never take place, especially in these days with so many dangerous viruses (Mexican flu, swine flu, H1N1, SARS, ...) - I do not want to think what would happen if such a pandemic would become reality. The story is a perfect blend of last-man-on-earth psychogram, adventure story and a deep view on mankind. The ending is very satisfying. Great settings! A very skillful novel, read it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great adventure 23 Jan 2010
By Cube - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good post apocalyptic novel. A Stephen King's Stand like virus decimates the world's population leavening a survivor. This survivor is on a business trip to Japan when a pandemic strikes. He sets off across a world of the dead to travel back to where he left his family at his home in Germany, not knowing if they are still alive? It reminded me of the cult movie "The Quiet Earth" for several reasons. The story takes many turns and has exceded my expectations. I enthusiastically recommend it and found it difficult to put this book down once I started it. Based on this book the author has a promising future.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 1 Feb 2011
By Ellzeena - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an aficionado of apocalyptic fiction. I've read them all, excluding zombie oriented materials: classics, wanna be classics, and drek (a great deal of drek). The most difficult scenario in this genre involves the worldwide epidemic (pandemic, plague, et al) since it's so difficult to portray this realistically. Authors almost always mess it up with pseudo science, sometimes alarmingly idiotic. Not THIS author: I am ENORMOUSLY IMPRESSED by this effort.

One problem: lacked a professional reader who cared; grammatical errors became more abundant as the work progressed, sentence structure a tad askew on every other page as it made its brilliant way toward its fabulous ending. Now, normally this sort of thing turns me off, especially if it's abundant, BUT in the case of this novel it didn't stop me from reading for one moment. What it DID was make me angry because this author's voice is strong, his story telling skill sublime, and he deserved a strong, committed, expert editor, a proofreader with skill, and a final once-over for perfection. OH if only I could have put an eye on this manuscript before it went to press! I wanted to get out my red pencil, I was so frustrated by this editorial gaff. I have no idea what the publishing industry is like nowadays, my novel went to bed seven years ago. This work is self published (I think) and, as such, can still find a publishing house. I think this author should look for a literary agent. With a little trimming and cleanup, this work of apocalyptic fiction belongs right up there with some of the best in its genre and it won't get the marketing hype and distribution it deserves any other way.

Don't be put off by the errors in language and grammar, blow past them, the experience is worth a little frustration. I literally could not put it down, it scared me, I talked out loud to it!, I gasped, I cared about the protagonist, and never once -- never ONCE -- did this book let me down. Read it. I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add one journey and you have three 5 Oct 2009
By It is ME - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well written and easy to understand - specially for non native english speakers like me.
The story - i don't want to spoil anything - takes you very fast to a question:
What would I do if I will be in such a situation?
And this is then your personal "third journey" i meant in the title of my review.

The story is a (best of) mix from various SciFi-Stories.
28 Days, I Legend, Quiet Earth, Last man on earth, etc.

Well, short message to Roland Emmerich and Quentin Tarantino:
This is a story for your next film.

OK - I really like these kind of end of day szenario stories.
And I hope Mr. Suter will find more time to spend on writting.

Markus E.
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