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The Traveller by [Addison, Garrett]
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"The Traveller" is a winner of The Bookcast's "Book of Exceptional Quality" award.

"...one of those books you can't put down..." - A.M via Amazon

"An interesting tale unlike any I have ever read." - anon via Amazon

"...one of those stories that will just stay with you..." - D.B via Amazon

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I simply couldnt put it down!..." - N. via Amazon

"Fast-paced and entertaining right through to the final page." - S. via Amazon

"An audacious & outrageous ride of a book." - C.M. via Amazon

"...this writer is fully aware of his ability in his craft..." - D. via Amazon

About the Author

Garrett is forty something, Australian, and also a geek, husband, father and novelist. He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and has been lucky enough to live in or visit most of Australia and much of the world. He now lives in Melbourne with his family. Not averse to change, thus far, he has been an Army officer, software consultant and author. But this is just the beginning. 'The Traveller' is his second novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVV1NF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,046,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Garrett Addison is an author I have not read previously....His story grips and you never quite understand why...narrated by a nameless !st person it for me, had an eerie compulsion rich with Harold Pinteresque intimidation. 'The Theatre of the Absurd' & 'Avant-garde' also spring to mind. Addison conjures up a lurking menace as the central, amoral character travels from location to location and you never quite comprehend why or what he is doing... apart from a manifest loathing of his female boss and a sense that something is terribly wrong. Words are used less for communication than for the justification by the speaker's self to himself and as a weapon against others.
No car chases, no brutal violence just a deep uneasiness pervades the narrative. It was compelling and refreshingly different...I found that once the first chapter was over it became more self conscious and absorbed into a structured pattern that critics could describe as a 'Comedy of Menace.' If you wish for something to break the usual expressions, do try this....I enjoyed the experience.
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Italian Poet F. T. Marinetti is known as a pioneer of the avant-garde movement in fiction for his idea of “words in freedom.” Fiction that explodes the traditional boundaries and formulas and calls to the reader to read the words but look within for the meaning. “The Traveller” by Garret Addison, for this reader, fits into that avant-garde genre. Whether intended or not, the narrative gives a vibe of being deeply symbolic and requiring deeper thought on the part of the reader.

The unnamed protagonist is living an ordinary life with his family. A life he seems to dread. As he prepares for the trip with his wife the reader gets a sense of crushing routine. He packs the usual clothes in the usual suitcase and contemplates the inevitable blow to his ego that yet another encounter with his soul crushing boss will bring. She doesn’t trust him and makes clear that he is incompetent at every opportunity. He seems unwilling through obligation to the other unnamed characters in a situation destructive to his sense of being. When his change comes it does so sort of without explanation or cause. The protagonist experiences a great deal of introspection within the story because the real story is his evolution within the setting. The realizations that what he does drives his life.

Despite it’s unusual structure, “The Traveller” is a quite easy book to follow. There are greater themes but they are displayed in somewhat common activity. It seems our protagonist is prepared to rise above his daily existence when we meet him and he’s as surprised with who he becomes as we are.

If you’re looking for an action packed, thrill-a-minute kind of novel “The Traveller” may not be the right novel for you. If you’re looking for something a bit abstract that brings readers to their own conclusions about what’s really going on in the story (I won’t spoil the story by telling you the conclusions I drew), “The Traveller” might just be the perfect novel for you.
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I quite enjoyed the way the character in this book is so totally and absolutely immersed in his work, and his consuming hatred of his boss. This was an interesting read, and I found the fact that most of the main characters remain nameless throughout intriguing. I also kept trying to guess which country he was in, especially after the stopover at Johannesburg on his way to it. A good story, written in a totally unique style, with a main character that you find yourself feeling real feelings for – including dislike now and then – and that’s the kind of realism that makes for an excellent read.
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An entertaining read I enjoyed.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 55 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is definitely not for the 'lazy' reader! 31 Dec. 2014
By T. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very intriguing read for me. The story was well-structured and the plot was unique in nature from anything else I've read in this genre. I think it would appeal to a technically-minded individual, but even as a writer and English major, it took a little extra effort for me to stay on course because of the 'wordiness' of it. (I personally just prefer fiction to be an easy read with occasional big words thrown in for variation). But, I'm glad I saw it through because the ending was worth the work:)

All in all, I would recommend this book to individuals who enjoy a challenging, intellectual read--because he is a talented writer!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey of Mythic Proportions 9 Jan. 2015
By Ralph E. Vaughan - Published on Amazon.com
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Travel can be a wearying task, even when associated with leisure and recreation, but it can be murder when it's a major component of a person's job. The anonymous narrator of this book has to travel...A LOT. It is a strain on both him and the family that rarely sees him. He is also ill used and unappreciated by his employer; to top it off, his boss is a woman he can describe only in allegorical terms--a vampire, a harpy, a soul-sucking demon, the alien who burst from that guy's chest in the film. As is the case with many of us, his boss is an inhuman beast who never passes a chance to humiliate, torment and crush him, all the while executing all sorts of machinations within the company to make him look the fool while claiming his successes as her own. Is it any wonder that she ends up...well, no, I won't spoil it for you.

What begins as yet another trip to Asia to grind one more client company into dust, destroying their management style and laying off scores of workers for short-term gain, quickly turns into something else. It seems that sometime during the long, alcohol-laced flight our narrator experienced an epiphany, one that was emotional, intellectual and physical. Suddenly, women want to be with him, men want to be him, and the client hangs onto his every golden word. After a mythic journey into a modern day version of the Inferno, he emerges from the wilderness a transformed man, in a vivid plot twist.

Had the story ended with the plot twist and the transfiguration, the story would have been disappointing, though only mildly so because it was still an exhilarating ride. No, the story goes on to an even more surprising plot twist and an extremely satisfying conclusion. It's hard to liken this book to anything you've ever read before, being part Willy Lomax from "The Death of a Salesman," part "Twilight Zone," and part Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth." It is a unique story, one which you might find as instructive and enlightening as it is entertaining.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read. 9 May 2016
By David W. Sherwood - Published on Amazon.com
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Garrett Addison
The Traveler

I found the story so well written and so thought out it left me guessing until the very end. When I was sure that he would go a certain route he took me completely somewhere else but I was never let down for a moment. The narration ran very smoothly and the dialogue was completely believable. The main character was cocky and arrogant at times, but altogether human as well. The chapters are short and beg to have just one more read before you go to sleep. I liked it and I am looking forward to reading more from him. Job well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Traveller 9 Oct. 2013
By Momto4BookLover - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me first say that I have never read anything like this before.
Right from the beginning I liked the writing style. However, I soon became concerned that I was going to be bored to death reading this book. I mean, most people are bored LIVING a life like the protagonist lives, much less READING about it.

I couldn't have been more wrong however. Soon the entire story line is turned upside down and there are twists and turns you won't see coming. You think the story has come to a resolution when suddenly the ending takes you completely by surprise.
The other thing that is really unique about this book is that NO CHARACTER is named. Not the main character, not his wife, not even his horrible boss. Although the boss does get a few fitting nicknames.
I can't quite decide if I like the whole "no name" thing, but I do have respect for how hard it must have been to write a whole book with no names.

Overall it was a solid 4 stars. Anyone who is looking to read something unique, or who is a "traveller" themselves would really love this story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot 7 Aug. 2013
By Reading Renee - Published on Amazon.com
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Garrett Addison wrote a pretty good book here. The first part was slow, in a way that made you think "this is his life". It is a narration and a direct pov which takes some getting used to. Faye was the spouse who hated that her husband was a consultant who did too much traveling. While the traveling part is probably the best part of his life, his friend Emil is the best co-worker, in my opinion. The way they call the boss, who is a woman the "Anti Christ" is hysterical to me.
The book shows the totally mundane life lead by the traveler. While enduring the life of a consultant, he contemplates family, life general and murdering the anti Christ. I couldn't really relate to his anger that much, seems like he needed a way to vent about work and the boss lady. Well no spoiler he may get a way.

When is able to create this nameless, faceless character into something that you hold close. You become witness to his turmoils as he wrestles with his self, and as he wrestles with the corporate world around him, and as he wrestles with his family. The overall story and plot were good. I might have a few say the beginning is slow, but stick with it.
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