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Johnny Came Home

(A John Lazarus Adventure #1)

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Three years after the fire that took his home and his family, John Lazarus returns to the town of Midwich searching for answers to why he can do extraordinary things no one's ever seen outside of a comic book. Is he human? Alien? Something more? The answers lie within the Titan complex that overshadows Midwich. But someone else wants Titan's secrets too and will stop at no ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by Createspace
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Ali Isaac
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must admit to feeling a little apprehensive at the start of reading this book; “Christian” and “Sci-fi” were not two words which fit comfortably together in the same sentence for me. Add to that, that the author is a Christian minister, and I expected to encounter bible-bashing and moralising at every opportunity.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Oh, the messages are there, but they fit neatly and discreetly into the essence of the story. In no way were they distracting, or overwhelming. In fac
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Lu
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Christian Sci fi?? I was unsure of what to expect, but what a thrilling story. Action packed from the very beginning with enough mystery and suspense to keep you hooked and turning the pages.
A town gripped in conspiracy and tyranny and now teenagers starting to understand they have superpowers accelerated by the towns governing company.

The names of course have biblical and mythological meanings: Lazarus , the hero, Pandora, unleashing all the terrible things she can find in people, Titan, the c
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Joelle
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Before I get into this review, I have a few things to mention. First off, I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review. Second, I'm totally NOT the intended audience for this book. Well, I don't believe the author intended people like me- avowed atheists of liberal political persuasion- to read the book, unless he hoped he could convert people to Christianity, conservatism, and creationism through his adventure novel. Now in addition to being a politically liberal atheist, I'm ...more
Anthea Carson
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm always drawn in when an author tells me in the first sentence the goal of the character. I am especially drawn in when and author then immediately shows the character contradicting his stated goal. Such is the beginning of Johnny Came Home, because, as the title reveals, Johnny violates his intention to never go back to his hometown of Midwich. In fact he swore he'd rather die!

This is a very action-packed adventure, with comic book style characters who have super-powers. Normally this is not
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Allan Reini
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From its opening line, Johnny Came Home draws you into the world of its reluctant, damaged, and super-charged hero. And what a fast paced, dark, and intriguing world it is!

Author Tony Breeden lays a firm foundation for what I hope will be a series of novels centering around John Lazarus, a young man assumed dead in a tragic, but suspicious, house fire years earlier. Clearly against his better judgment, but driven by circumstances and a sense of duty he doesn’t quite understand himself, John retu
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Lisa
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, I want to point out that I gave Johnny Came Home a rating of 4.5 (I do wish Goodreads would let us do half stars!!)
When I first received a request to review Johnny Comes Home, I was in 2 minds whether or not to read it. The synopsis of the book sounded great, but I was put off slightly by the sci-fi/thriller genre, but I decided the synopsis made me curious enough to give the book a go, and hopefully change my mind about the genre!

And boy, did it! From the first few pages I was sucked rig
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Lu Ann
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
First, although this is a totally honest book review, I
must acknowledge this book was sent to me by the author
for a review. It has been on of the most difficult book
reviews I have ever done. I have very mixed feelings on
the subject matter vs. literary content.
It is very well written. Breeden has effectively
captured an array of strong characterizations yet, has
brilliantly intermingled them in an interesting way.
Johnny's super-human abilities go beyond human understanding-
I felt it a little too ex
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Peter Stone
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
After his parents perished in a house fire, Johnny vowed never to return to his hometown, to never again see the boarded up remains of his fire-gutted family home. Yet inexplicably he returns, dragging his best friend with him. And plunges them both into a world gone mad - for Pandora's box has been opened, unleashing 'evil' X-Men style antagonists onto the deceptively sleepy town. For this is a town of secrets, all of which are related to the shadowy Titan Corporation and its ultra-secret resea ...more
Carolyn
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An action packed story that reads like a Christian X-Men comic book, with lots of action.

Johnny escaped the house fire that killed his family. He knows that Titan was behind it all and thought it best to disappear. Johnny comes back home. What follows is action adventure with X-Men like characters- Super humans with abilities beyond wildest imagination fighting each other and it is just the beginning of the conspiracy.

This book is written for young adults. Important issues such as racism are
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Mary Davis
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first received this book to review I was unsure whether I wanted to read it as I was a bit put off by its science-fiction genre. However, from the first few pages I was drawn into Johnny's fast paced, dark and intriguing story. The characters are well-rounded and believable. The author kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put it down.
Timothy Coplin
Interesting premise with a good message. overly reliant on the preternatural abilities of the book's subjects. Ending is unsatisfying as a conclusion to a stand alone piece; is this intended as book one of a series - it certainly finished as thought this is the case.

Clean book sans profanity and questionable humor. Heavy subject matter is handled well without crossing any lines.

Now for the gorilla in the room: EDITING. There are many missing words. There is an over reliance on phraseology. And
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Melanie
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So this is a difficult book for me to review. I love the idea! I can see what the author was going for but something just didn’t connect for me. The premise is very comic book based which is not a bad thing especially with the YA market the way it is and I have a feeling if the author could team up with a great Graphic Novelist this could become a sensation. The problem for me lies with the fact that this “feels” like a comic book
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Natasha House
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Johnny came home is a book about a boy named Johnny Lazarus. He returns back to his home town with his best friend Weasel after a dark feeling that if he doesn’t he’ll die. While he’s there he’s on a mission to stop a lady name Pandora from destroying a facility called Titan. He originally escaped this place called Titan and had been presumed dead when his family’s house had caught on fire killing both his parents. You join Johnny and find out he is no ordinary kid. He has strong, powerful, supe ...more
Tony Breeden
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Here's what readers are saying about Johnny Came Home:

"This is an all holds barred, thrills 'n 'spills, non-stop, white knuckle ride of an action adventure. I was gripped from the first page by the author's effortless, fluid writing style, and the fact that he throws us into the action from the off. Back story, essential to the complicated plot line, is drip fed to us as and when we need it, so we are never bogged down by boring, clunky paragraphs of narrative that we just want to skip over... t
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Tony Breeden is an author, creation speaker, apologist and Gospel preacher from West Virginia. He is the founder of DefGen.org, CreationLetter.com and CreationSundays.com. He got the writing bug as a child when his late aunt Sharon helped him make his very first book about dinosaurs, vigorously illustrated in crayon.

Johnny Came Home, published September 28, 2012, is his first book.

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