Summary

Award-winning science-fiction mastermind Kenneth Johnson blends epic adventure, romance, and evocative drama into an intense supernatural thriller rooted in one of the great untold legends of human history.
New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.
In another part of town, Will - an enigmatic thirty-three-year-old of immense charm, wit, and intelligence - looks forward to the new year with hope and trepidation. Haunted by his secret past and shadowed by a dangerous stranger, he finds himself the object of an intense manhunt spearheaded by an ambitious Vatican emissary and an elderly former UN envoy named Hanna.
During the next forty-eight hours, a catastrophic event unites Will, Jillian, and Hanna - and puts them in the crosshairs of a centuries-old international conspiracy. Together, the three must unravel an ancient curse that stretches back two millennia and beyond, and face a primal evil that threatens their lives and thousands more.
The full list of narrators includes: Eric Pierpoint, Emily Adams, Stephen Mendel, Alexis Evans, Kerrie Keane, Jackson White, Terri Treas, Francesca Ling, Jackie Mah, Jeff Marcus, Kenneth Johnson, Nelson Estevez, and Susan Appling.
©2017 Kenneth Johnson (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Adrian on 11-04-18

A Definite Keeper

Any additional comments?

I was kind of surprised that after listening to this book, following the journey of Will and the people he meets on his travels really filled me with a sense of compassion for my fellow 'man'. The book was very well read by all participants and from the start I was captivated.

Its one of those books you wish was twice as long so you could immerse yourself in it for longer, rather than it coming to an end. I suppose there is scope for a sequel - I hope so.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Daran G. Rowlands on 13-04-18

Dreary and Predictable

Would you try another book written by Kenneth Johnson or narrated by full cast?

No

Has The Man of Legends put you off other books in this genre?

No

Have you listened to any of full cast’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did The Man of Legends inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

The book is intriguing to start with but it gets a bit tiresome with the "hero" essentially being responsible/involved in everything from levi-jeans studs through to Einstein's theory of relativity and even the killing of Hitler... I think the author simple drew up a list of significant historic events/discoveries/inventions and then wrote a story around it. There is no real depth to the story and it just meanders from one event to the next although I did like the way the story was told via a mixture of eye witness accounts interspersed with additions from the main character.

The most interesting part of the book was the biography of the author at the end!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 11-07-17

A great concept. Just terrific story telling

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man of Legends?

The entire story is memorable, and I still find myself mulling it over and over in my head. But if I have to pick one thing, it's when Will says, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Nicely done Mr. Johnson. Knowing your background, this line was an out-loud hoot. Thanks for the giggle.

What about full cast’s performance did you like?

I generally do not like multiple narrators, but because the way this story is unveiled, the multiple "character" voices work just fine. Thoroughly enjoyed their performances, and great direction from the author himself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I was listening to it while working, which is something I generally do not do.

Any additional comments?

I trust Kenneth Johnson has already written the teleplay for his novel. A 4-night 8-hour miniseries should allow time to tell the entire, unabridged story. I hope you direct it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G. Nightingale on 12-07-17

Enjoyed every minute.

I started this book after 3 awful books I couldn't finish. What took me so long? I've lost faith in book reviews. Maybe my tastes are different, but I was despairing.

History so well delivered you believe it was a first hand account. I never guessed where the plot was headed, even if there was one. There is and it's a doozy.

One thing, if you are touchy about religion being played with, you might have a small issue here. Remember, this is supposed to be coming from a man who was there at the crucifixion. Having lived until the present day he has his own take on things.

Recommend this book to those who can never know enough. Even if it's fiction.

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24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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