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I excitedly waited for this second installment of the Charles James series, The Forgotten Road. It's a quick, interesting read but I am disappointed that it read more like a travelogue and history of Route 66 than a continuation of Charles James's quest.
I really enjoyed the first book of the series The Broken Road, giving it 5 stars, and I certainly look forward to the third book The Road Home due sometime in 2019, but with this second book the series seems to be a poor relative to the authors Walk Series. I'm hoping for redemption in the The Road Home
3 stars, solid C
I have read the 1st book in this series and enjoyed it, then I picked up "Forgotten Road" and was very disappointed to see that the story was about a different man, different destination, etc. I was looking forward to continuing Alan's walk to Key West Florida. I am now confused and must search for the continuing story of Alan Christofferson. Not sure if I will continue with this series and do not understand why it has been done this way.
I loved this book -- and the first one in the series, as well. As a senior citizen Route 66 holds a lot of good memories for me, My parents and I traveled it often. The adventures, insights, epiphanies, sadness and joy that Charles experienced were wonderful to share with him. I am looking forward to another in the series when Charles finishes his walk to Monica and California. Thank you Richard. Keep writing.
The connections Charles James makes in this second installment and the epiphanies he experiences are 5-star worthy. Unfortunately 50% of the book is a travel guide on Route 66. Not that the details about the route are not interesting -- there were just too many town names one after the other sprinkled with museum/gas station/restaurant visits and descriptions of what he was eating. That part was worth 2 stars. Hence the 3-star rating. Based on the ending of Part 2, Part 3 looks more promising. Additionally, Charles's detour to raise $$ for his trip give much food for thought and sheds light on a hidden segment of our culture.
I picked this book up just randomly and really enjoyed it. Quite a quick read, but definitely kept my interest. Better than 'The Alchemist', which I thought about while reading this book. Just basically both books based on a self-discovery journey. Now I need to read the previous book, The Broken Road.
I'm a huge Richard Paul Evans fan. Thus I was waiting eagerly for "the forgotten Road" the second book in the "Broken Road" trilogy. The book was a disappointment to say the least. Unlike the "Walk" series this series does not talk of emotions and life issues. Instead it goes on describing Route 66 and the description was mostly repetitive. It was only towards the end of the book that there was anything of substance. I'm hoping that the third and final book in the trilogy will be better.
I read "The Broken Road" and had to continue it in this sequel. This book was a little slow at times but interesting for the most part. I got a map of Route 66 and followed him along the journey.
Richard Paul Evans uses a unique concept with this character to really makes one think about things - what you value in life.
I can't wait for the next book which will complete Charles James (Gonzales) trek.
I'd recommend this book. It can be read as a stand-alone but I'd suggest getting the entire picture of the progress and read "The Broken Road" first before jumping into this book.