Above All Men

Above All Men

Above All Men Book Page - http://bit.ly/1fpryrQ Years from now, America is slowly collapsing. Crops are drying up and oil is running out. People flee cities for the countryside, worsening the drought and opening the land to crime. Amid this decay and strife, war veteran David Parrish fights to keep his family and farm together. However, the murder of a local child opens old Above All Men Book Page - http://bit.ly/1fpryrQ Years from now, America is slowly collapsing. Crops are drying up ...

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Title:Above All Men
Author:Eric Shonkwiler
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0988201321
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:266 pages pages

Above All Men Reviews

  • karen
    Oct 22, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

  • Paula Hess
    Apr 24, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

  • Sandie
    Jun 13, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

  • Lori
    Oct 22, 2013

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

  • Aline Ohanesian
    Oct 17, 2013

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

  • David
    May 26, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

  • Leah Angstman
    Jan 21, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

  • Taylor Brown
    Jun 10, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

  • Angel
    Jul 09, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men (available now from MG Press) is a novel set in the not-too-distant future after a war I generally assumed to be inspired by the war for oil we are currently trying to live through. This future is only a few decades from the present day and Shonkwiler ...

    Above All Men is both a cautionary tale and a mirror ? its apocalyptic landscape brought on by climate change isn't that far from the one I could ostensibly see outside my window or on the news. Bridging that space between where we are and where we are certainly headed does wonders ...

    5 stars as a first book. Other reviewers have mentioned that the writing style is borrowed directly from Cormac McCarthy and it can be distracting but once you can keep that loose nugget from rattling around in your head this book shines like gold. The writing is economical and read...

    I received this book as part of a giveaway for the August 2014 author reader discussion in The Next Best Book Club. I really enjoyed this book. Eric has created a book that looks at difficult but interesting themes including climate change and post-tramatic stress syndrome. I think ...

    A patient, subtle, and deeply moral read, Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN gets the obvious Cormac McCarthy comparisons -- and deservedly so -- but for my money it has much more in common with John Steinbeck's moral fiction. Call it a dystopian new western, wrought in glinting, polished-...

    If it were possible I would award this book six stars instead of five. The setting is in farm country sometime after the nation?s oil supply has peaked and diminished. The land yields a bare living with the greatest difficulty. The protagonist is a tough man with a tough past. A good...

    I knew that I would like this book based on a trusted source's glowing review. I did have trouble with the absence of quotation marks, but it could be because I read electronically and tend to make the print larger (I walk and read at the same time). The book reminded me a good bit of ...

  • Sheldon Compton
    Aug 10, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men (available now from MG Press) is a novel set in the not-too-distant future after a war I generally assumed to be inspired by the war for oil we are currently trying to live through. This future is only a few decades from the present day and Shonkwiler ...

  • Hosho
    Mar 13, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men (available now from MG Press) is a novel set in the not-too-distant future after a war I generally assumed to be inspired by the war for oil we are currently trying to live through. This future is only a few decades from the present day and Shonkwiler ...

    Above All Men is both a cautionary tale and a mirror ? its apocalyptic landscape brought on by climate change isn't that far from the one I could ostensibly see outside my window or on the news. Bridging that space between where we are and where we are certainly headed does wonders ...

    5 stars as a first book. Other reviewers have mentioned that the writing style is borrowed directly from Cormac McCarthy and it can be distracting but once you can keep that loose nugget from rattling around in your head this book shines like gold. The writing is economical and read...

    I received this book as part of a giveaway for the August 2014 author reader discussion in The Next Best Book Club. I really enjoyed this book. Eric has created a book that looks at difficult but interesting themes including climate change and post-tramatic stress syndrome. I think ...

    A patient, subtle, and deeply moral read, Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN gets the obvious Cormac McCarthy comparisons -- and deservedly so -- but for my money it has much more in common with John Steinbeck's moral fiction. Call it a dystopian new western, wrought in glinting, polished-...

  • Jay
    May 14, 2019

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

  • Al Sevcik
    May 04, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men (available now from MG Press) is a novel set in the not-too-distant future after a war I generally assumed to be inspired by the war for oil we are currently trying to live through. This future is only a few decades from the present day and Shonkwiler ...

    Above All Men is both a cautionary tale and a mirror ? its apocalyptic landscape brought on by climate change isn't that far from the one I could ostensibly see outside my window or on the news. Bridging that space between where we are and where we are certainly headed does wonders ...

    5 stars as a first book. Other reviewers have mentioned that the writing style is borrowed directly from Cormac McCarthy and it can be distracting but once you can keep that loose nugget from rattling around in your head this book shines like gold. The writing is economical and read...

    I received this book as part of a giveaway for the August 2014 author reader discussion in The Next Best Book Club. I really enjoyed this book. Eric has created a book that looks at difficult but interesting themes including climate change and post-tramatic stress syndrome. I think ...

    A patient, subtle, and deeply moral read, Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN gets the obvious Cormac McCarthy comparisons -- and deservedly so -- but for my money it has much more in common with John Steinbeck's moral fiction. Call it a dystopian new western, wrought in glinting, polished-...

    If it were possible I would award this book six stars instead of five. The setting is in farm country sometime after the nation?s oil supply has peaked and diminished. The land yields a bare living with the greatest difficulty. The protagonist is a tough man with a tough past. A good...

  • Richard Derus
    Aug 10, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

  • Patricia
    Mar 14, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

  • Woogie! Kristin!
    Apr 08, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

  • Michelle
    Apr 04, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

  • Frau Sorge (Yuki)
    Jul 07, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

  • Scott Wilson
    Nov 09, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

  • Steph Post
    May 14, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

  • Megan
    Jul 09, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men (available now from MG Press) is a novel set in the not-too-distant future after a war I generally assumed to be inspired by the war for oil we are currently trying to live through. This future is only a few decades from the present day and Shonkwiler ...

    Above All Men is both a cautionary tale and a mirror ? its apocalyptic landscape brought on by climate change isn't that far from the one I could ostensibly see outside my window or on the news. Bridging that space between where we are and where we are certainly headed does wonders ...

    5 stars as a first book. Other reviewers have mentioned that the writing style is borrowed directly from Cormac McCarthy and it can be distracting but once you can keep that loose nugget from rattling around in your head this book shines like gold. The writing is economical and read...

    I received this book as part of a giveaway for the August 2014 author reader discussion in The Next Best Book Club. I really enjoyed this book. Eric has created a book that looks at difficult but interesting themes including climate change and post-tramatic stress syndrome. I think ...

  • Katie
    Oct 17, 2013

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

  • Steve
    Nov 17, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

  • Emmett Chase
    Apr 05, 2015

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men (available now from MG Press) is a novel set in the not-too-distant future after a war I generally assumed to be inspired by the war for oil we are currently trying to live through. This future is only a few decades from the present day and Shonkwiler ...

    Above All Men is both a cautionary tale and a mirror ? its apocalyptic landscape brought on by climate change isn't that far from the one I could ostensibly see outside my window or on the news. Bridging that space between where we are and where we are certainly headed does wonders ...

    5 stars as a first book. Other reviewers have mentioned that the writing style is borrowed directly from Cormac McCarthy and it can be distracting but once you can keep that loose nugget from rattling around in your head this book shines like gold. The writing is economical and read...

  • Steve Karas
    Apr 24, 2015

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

  • Ruth Awad
    Apr 16, 2019

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

    Life is different in America after the wars. Infrastructures fell and were not able to be replaced. For example, when a hurricane knocks out oil refineries there is no more gasoline after what is available is used up. The country reverts to life as it was a hundred years ago, in the ...

    A book that I really liked yet also really didn't. With that said, you should know that this is the most artistic, expressionistic piece of writing I've read this year. The majority of the criticisms here are directed at the characters and not the author. As a first novel, Above Al...

    This stark and compelling literary debut is set in an apocalyptic Midwest, where water and oil are scarce. The plot revolves around a war veteran fighting to keep his family safe, while confronting the dark side of his own nature as he hunts for a child killer. It's a beautifully craft...

    As a young man David Parrish goes to war to try to save a world he little understands. Haunted by the ravages of battle, David returns to the blighted heartland of the country he fought to save only to discover that the battle rages on - only now to save his farm and family. "Above All...

    This book made me want to grab the family, load up the chickens and the dog, and head back to the mountains I grew up in. The author did an amazing job inserting the reader into a very plausible and personal story of struggle. Steinbeck meets McCarthy. Parts weighed heavily on my heart...

    Great, moving book. Each time I took a break from it, it stayed in my bones, hung in the back of my mind. Everything about it was so well-crafted: the characters, plot, setting, prose. I admire Shonkwiler's patience, never in a rush to make the story unfold, to me, the mark of a genuin...

    FANTASTIC read! The build up is perfect, much like the horses gait featured throughout the novel. The end is a fast paced gallop and kept me guessing about the outcome the entire time. ...

    Intense take on apocalypse in rural America in the not too distance future. Severe droughts, oil and fuel shortages. No jobs.. maybe closer than we think. Look forward to the authors next book. ...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men is a surprisingly strong effort for a young writer. His first novel, it is set in the Midwest of the United States in an unspecified future time. It traces the struggles of David Parrish as the country?and presumably the world?is in a state of slow...

    Eric Shonkwiler?s Above All Men (available now from MG Press) is a novel set in the not-too-distant future after a war I generally assumed to be inspired by the war for oil we are currently trying to live through. This future is only a few decades from the present day and Shonkwiler ...

    Above All Men is both a cautionary tale and a mirror ? its apocalyptic landscape brought on by climate change isn't that far from the one I could ostensibly see outside my window or on the news. Bridging that space between where we are and where we are certainly headed does wonders ...

  • Noel Mariano
    Feb 21, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

  • Kandi
    Jul 01, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...

    At first the fact that I went to a reading that this author gave distracted me from the story--it is the ultimate of someone recommending a book and then you spend the whole time that you reading it wondering why that person thought you'd like it so much. But, frankly, the story drew m...

    I love the grittiness of the text. I have to say that the book was so good, I was able to barter it for a stuffed goat head from the local taxidermist here. He loved the book so much that he bought a copy that he keeps in his shop and the one I bartered with him he keeps at his home. T...

    "For a moment he knew Samuel's heart and knew its trajectory, like a star loose from constellation." (224) Beautiful. ...

    Stunning and well written - I couldn't put it down! I think this was an amazing read. Such talent this author has - I was blown away on so many levels. This has definitely been a novel that I had to sit back and think about after the last page. A couple of days later, I'm still in t...

  • Jane
    Feb 20, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

  • Lynne Janbergs
    Mar 11, 2014

    i haven't read will mcintosh's Soft Apocalypse yet, but it is such a perfect description, i have to apply it to this book. as i understand it, it refers to the idea that our comfortable modern civilization will be destroyed slowly but steadily by the inevitable decline of resources and...

    Review for Audio edition (narrated by Dane Elcar, published by Fiddleblack) Listened March 2015 3 Stars - Recommended to already-fans of audio books (Awesome 5 star story that just doesn't shine as sharply when narrated) Length: approx 8 hours Publisher: Fiddleblack Narrator: D...

    UPDATE 3/17/15: I first read this book as an ARC in January 2014. This is my fourth or fifth time reading it, and it is still as vibrant, surprising, and new as the first time I read it. Highly, highly recommended to fans of the "slowpocalypse," near-future, character-driven, dark, rea...

    A feeling of desperation permeates the pages of Above All Men and from the first word to the last, the reader can sense this knife's edge looming over the fate of the characters. David, though haunted by memories of a previous war that he and his best friend lost their innocence to, is...

    This book was a challenging read and took a long time to get through, but it was worth it. I'm not sure whether anyone else has really captured this concept of the "Slowpocalypse" - a deterioration of society that happens incrementally, the result of an environmental and societal colla...

    How would I describe this book? "Grapes of Wrath" reimagined through the lens of "The Road." The voice is plainspokenly honest like the Steinbeck classic, but takes you darker places than the struggles through which humans have already been. We get to see how a very real seeming man tr...

    I won the copy of this book in The Next Best Book Club giveaway thanks to amazing Leah Angstman (she told me about TNBBC giveaway and I love her). Review to come, I'll be rereading the book before discussion. ...

    I don't usually review the books I read, but when I do it's a book as good as Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN. There is a lot of comparing done these days of writers to Cormac McCarthy, and I find most such comparisons unmerited, to be honest. Not in this case. Rarely does a writer ach...

    Rating: 5* of five Review TK. ...

    It's hard to believe this intense, gritty, dark book was written by such a young author. The imagery is spot on, and the characters, while not particularly likeable, are real people. The action is slow to build, but by the last quarter Above All Men grabs you by the shirt front and pul...