Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Micah Johnson Goes West
SERIES: Get Out #2
AUTHOR: Sean Kennedy
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
LENGTH: 186 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 4th 2017
Sequel to The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson
On the outside, Micah Johnson seems to have everything. He is proving his worth on the field during his rookie year with his new professional football team, the Fremantle Dockers, but his personal life is a mess. Homesick, three thousand kilometres away from his family and friends on the other side of Australia, Micah isn’t coping. He’s using casual sex, alcohol, and drugs as crutches since he doesn’t feel comfortable approaching his foster family with his problems, and he’s left with nowhere to turn. It isn’t until he experiences a health scare and a friend is rocked by a personal tragedy that Micah realises he does have the strength to succeed at a new life in the West—but he has to learn to ask for help.
This is the second book in a new spin-off series from the author. You don’t have to read the first one to read this one, but a lot of the references could be confusing if you don’t. It also helps if you’ve read the author’s more adult series, Tigers and Devils, which is where the characters originated.
Regardless of where they came from, I like these characters in the new series. This series is geared towards the younger crowd, but is still the same caliber as Mr. Kennedy’s previous works. In the current book, Micah Johnson has been picked up by a team that is at the total end of the world (in his opinion), in Perth. He is still reeling from breaking it off with boyfriend, and sinking into despair. He makes some extremely poor choices in this one, and as I was reading along, I was muttering out-loud about some of them. I wanted to shake him.
I don’t want to say a lot about the story. It is the continuing story of a late teen, thrust into an adult world as a rookie on a sport’s team, but a late teen who happens to be the first ‘out’ player who was ‘out’ at the beginning of his career. Micah isn’t able to handle the fame, and acts out. Will his career survive? Will he?
I highly recommend the book. I’ve loved every one of Mr. Kennedy’s books, and this one isn’t an exception. His characters are always well written, and I enjoy how he has both ‘good’ characters and ‘villains’, and his story lines are believable. That doesn’t mean I always liked the characters. Just saying… Micah might have really pissed me off a couple of times in this one. 😉
Pick it up and see what you think. I’ll be here waiting for more of Micah’s story. Oh, and Mr. Kennedy… now I have ‘Go West’ stuck in my damn head! Both the original, and the remake mentioned several times in this book! Thanks a lot!