REVIEWED by Jen B.
TITLE: Homeward Bound
SERIES: Journeyman #1
AUTHOR: Golden Czermac
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 246 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2016
The entire world is on the brink of finding out that nightmares are real.
An army of demons known as the Noctis is growing in strength. They control all manner of foul beasts and if not stopped soon, cities will burn, lives will end, and hope will be lost.
The only thing standing in the way are the Journeymen; humans and supernatural beings united against the darkness.
There is one known amongst men and the supernatural alike that you don’t f**k with; unless it’s on his terms.
His name is Gage Crosse and he’s the best damn Journeyman around.
These are his adventures.
Homeward Bound is a story that concentrates on the paranormal aspects with a side of relationships. There is fabulous worldbuilding here – it is quite a different world, fraught with demons, vampires and other beings. The Journeymen are a group of people who have formed an organization whose goal it is to rid the world of evil demons and other paranormals.
Gage Cross is one of the most well known Journeymen known for his effectiveness at taking out the bad guys. He and his teammates, Adrienne and Joey, make up a fierce fighting unit on a mission to take down as many of the enemy as they can. The story evolves pretty quickly when it is realized that the demons are gearing up for a major takeover. There are six magical items needed for them to accomplish this, and it seems those same items in the hands of the Journeymen will also be able to prevent the demons from achieving their goal. The problem is that the six items are generally unknown, although they are off to a pretty good start after obtaining one or two.
Much of this story is about the demons and their plans, the Journeymen and their defensive measures. This is full of action and adventure, mystery and suspense, with some humor and sexiness as well. Gage is hot stuff, and he and Adrienne realize they have more feelings for each other than friends and teammates. Unfortunately, this doesn’t do anything for Joey’s crush on Gage which he has managed to keep a secret at this point. My heart was breaking for him when Gage and Adrienne took things to the next level, and I’m really hoping he is able to move on and find someone for himself. As I said earlier, much of this story is about the paranormal aspects, and not the relationships. Gage and Adrienne don’t get together until almost the end, and there is a twist where they are concerned.
The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking how hard it was to believe this was a debut novel. I’ve read quite a few well-known paranormal romance authors, and this book would easily fit on the same shelf as those I was quite impressed with this series opener. It was interesting and exciting and left me longing to jump into the next one. There is a lot going on, but it is easy to follow. I’m definitely looking forward to tagging along on what promises to be a fantastic journey.