Joe Branch has been working for the One World Alliance (OWA) since the outbreak of the deadly Sembe` virus. Under the guise of saving humanity, the OWA has become the masters of the populace. Once Joe discovers the truth, he is determined to do what he can to break their hold, and in the process becomes the most wanted man alive.
Bird’s first installment of the Breaking the Beast series, The Redemption of Joe Branch could easily be read as a standalone novel. It is told in the first person by Joe. After he realizes his employer is a coldhearted beast, he sets out to take this message to others. Are they willing to listen to his story, and most importantly help him try and defeat the beast?
The characters are well developed, and the pace is rather exciting. Nothing is predictable. It’s a hard book to put down. So, grab a cup of coffee and sit back for the ride.
5 out of 5 stars.
Joe Winston and his family are living the American dream until the bureaucracy of government from every level descend upon them like a plague of locus. Time after time some government agency hits the Winstons with an obscure and/or illogical citation. These Gestapo tactics continually take away time and money or property from the once thriving family of four. Even with Joe’s hopeful nature he too has a breaking point. Thankfully, his wife and friends are there to rally around him. It’s almost a David and Goliath story told in modern times.
Walker’s novel, Status Schmo: One Man Against the Status Quo is a very unique look at government out of control. No matter who you are he will have you rooting for the Winstons. While serious in nature the story is told with smatterings of humor interlaced throughout.
If nothing else this book will make you rethink some the ways the news media spins a story about someone fighting a government regulation. I can relate to some of the things the Winstons have come up against. And, I bet you can too.
5 out of 5 stars.