The John Doe Society
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A sudden and violent tragedy shocks a peaceful Illinois suburb, damaging countless souls, and gaining the attention of an extremely covert organization. In the aftermath, new bonds are forged while others are broken, and many of the directly affected are forced to fight an internal battle that cannot be won. From the survivors, to the investigators, to the perpetrators themselves, this heinous crime will drastically change the course of many lives, all while a dangerous secret society aims to change the very course of civilization.
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Oct 28, 2015Just finished "The John Doe Society" and thought it was really good. I started out slow, thinking I didn't want to miss any clues I might need later. But then something happens about half way through (can't tell you what it is) that made me want to read fast to find out what was going to happen. Author does a good job with the characters; some of the bad guys are very likeable. Caution: There are a few gruesome scenes. They are symbolic so you have to read them, even if you read over them quickly.
Oct 7, 2015I used to be an avid reader for many years. That has not been the case for the last half-decade or so; I came across "The John Doe Society" and saw this as an opportunity to get myself back into the swing of reading on a regular basis. I made the right choice, because this book not only garnered my full attention, it has stayed with me afterwards. "The John Doe Society" is not your run-of-the-mill crime drama. The impressive part of this book is the countless amount of layers it contains. The characters (and there are many) are each developed in such a detailed fashion, and are incredibly relatable. It's safe to say that we all know at least one of two of the players here, if not more. The reader is taken on an emotional ride, rife with anger, sadness, humor, frustration, concern and, at the end of the tale, shock. Most importantly, it also forces the reader to face powerful questions about one's own moral compass, and what one might do if faced with a similar... More > situation. That is what I took away from this book after I was done. Much like the struggle with some of the characters in the book, I found myself dealing with my own mental tug-of-war. "What would I do here? Could I think rationally amongst the chaos of extreme loss? If I had a chance to right a wrong in my life, would I do it?" Like many others, I was hooked after reading the first 10 to 15 pages. I never looked back, and it was the best reading experience I've had in a long time. I actually miss sitting down to read it during my work lunches, and late at night before bed. "The John Doe Society" will truly stay with you, even after you finally put it down. Great work.< Less
Oct 2, 2015After reading the first page, I knew I would read the entire book. It kept me up as I could not stop at the end of a chapter or section, I had to know what happened. When discussing it with a friend, I was excited for what they were about to read. One has to learn to appreciate the possibility that exists in fiction. When it comes down to how believable a story is, I truly believe the events, the lives changed, and the story itself were so real because they were so possible. I would recommend this book if you enjoy crime and detective shows like CSI, Law & Order, Criminal Minds. Some of those writers could use to take a page from this book and introduce some new twists and turns to their story lines.
Oct 1, 2015The John Doe Society is easily one of the most compelling crime thrillers I've ever read. In this mini-epic, Jared Noel was able to blend simple concepts and realistic characters into a complex plot with perfection. It starts off fairly intriguing, then charges forward with excitement, emotion, mystery, and intensity. There is a consistent duality of light/dark, pleasant/uncomfortable, sweet/morose, that challenges one's perception of morality. The writing is good, but the author's true strength is his ability to paint a vivid picture without being overly verbose. As for the story...well, I can't think of a proper way to describe it that isn't a critical cliche, so I'll call it a marvelous crescendo of suspense. I was so invested in the characters and the outcome that I remember feeling exhausted after finishing it, in a good way. Five stars, no question. Read this book - you won't regret it.
Sep 29, 2015I mostly read Science Fiction and non-fiction books, so when I was presented with “The John Doe Society” by Jared Noel, I had reservations. All fears were allayed within the first few chapters. This book is a page turner in the truest sense of the word. Noel tells his story with urgency, switching seamlessly between character perspectives to keep the narrative moving. Fans of the crime drama will appreciate the meticulous way in which Noel dives into the crime scene and subsequent investigation, but will be pleasantly surprised when a psychological drama unfolds in place of the stereotypical “whodunnit”. There are no one dimensional “good cop/bad cop” characters here. All of the characters are believable with back stories that make them feel like they are real people. Noel tackles some heavy themes in this book. Central among them are "what does it mean to be a victim of a crime", and "how does one cope with loss?" Noel does a great job of taking you inside the... More > characters minds and depicting their emotional state, and makes you wonder how you would respond to what they are going through. Noel also dives straight into the question of “what is justice?” and shows that just because the law is followed, justice does not always prevail. “The John Doe Society” starts with a bang and ends with a chilling scene that is hard to forget. I highly recommend this book to lovers of good fiction, and of crime genre enthusiasts in particular.< Less
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- Jared Noel (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Jared Noel
- June 26, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.68 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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