About The Forgotten Road
The second novel in the bestselling trilogy from Richard Paul Evans about a man on an inspirational pilgrimage across Route 66 to find his way back to himself.
Chicago celebrity and successful pitchman Charles James is supposed to be dead. Everyone believes he was killed in a fiery plane crash. But thanks to a remarkable twist of fate, he’s very much alive and ready for a second chance at life—and love. Narrowly escaping death has brought Charles some clarity: the money, the fame, the fast cars—none of it was making him happy. The last time he was happy—truly happy—was when he was married to his ex-wife Monica, before their connection was destroyed by his ambition and greed.
Charles decides to embark on an epic quest: He will walk the entire length of Route 66, from Chicago to California, where he hopes to convince Monica to give him another shot. Along the way, Charles is immersed in the deep and rich history of one of America’s most iconic highways. But the greater journey he finds is the one he takes in his heart as he meets people along the road who will change his perspective on the world. But will his transformation be enough to earn redemption?
I usually like to read Richard Paul Evans’ books. I don’t have any that I’ve bought, but I’ll borrow them from the library. It’s been almost exactly a year since I read the first book in this series, The Broken Road.
I kind of have mixed feelings on this one. This book seems a lot like this author’s The Walk Series. But the main character in this one isn’t nearly as likable. He seems a bit like a sleazy used car salesman. At least he does at the beginning of the book. By the end of this one, he’s growing on me a little bit. But I still can’t say that I like him.
In this book you see everything through the eyes of Charles James. He was supposed to be on a flight that ended up crashing and he spends a good chunk of his time at the beginning of the book trying to get out of his home town of Chicago without being seen or recognized by anyone. He figures since he’s supposed to be dead that it’s as good a time as any to disappear. And he really takes no thought for anyone besides himself. I was kind of appalled by the conceited way that he went to his own funeral. He went expecting it to be full of mourners that would go nuts when he went to the microphone and showed them all he had survived after all. What he found was about 6 other people. And at least some of those people didn’t like him anyway.
The plot of this one is fine. Like I said earlier, it really reminds me of The Walk series by that same author. I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to read the third book in this series. For me to want to read more, I’d have to care about the character enough to want to know what happens to him. And I’d have to think there would be something in the plot of the next one that’s really interesting. I don’t on either count.
I borrowed this book from my local library.
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