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Gone Away Into the Land
by Jeffrey B. Allen   

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Publisher:  Strategic Publishing ISBN-10:  160860859X Type: 
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Copyright:  November 1,2009 ISBN-13:  9781608608591
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Kill the Beast, John.
Shifting in and out of reality, this inspirational story follows 12-year old John Greber, who with his mother, Ellie, suffers abuse at the hands of Johnís father, whom he calls ďThe Beast.Ē The Beast abandons his family and kidnaps Johnís six-year old sister, Marny. John vows revenge as he seeks to confront his father and rescue his sister.
Jeffrey B. Allen takes us on a fantastic journey into a Land where John and his mother become embroiled in a civil war that could destroy the Land and the World, so John must tread carefully. This coming-of-age novel travels a totally different path than expected. With both poignancy and adventure, it proves that the strength of the human spirit can overcome all odds.
"GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND is unlike anything I have ever read before. Itís a completely unique story." November 4th,2009 - submitted by Carrie Feletti

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 Kill the Beast, John
 
  
“My journey is my journey, how can you comprehend? That what becomes the truth for me is one I cannot lend .  Or even simply give away, because it is of me. It is of me, and me alone, not him, not her, not thee.  A private part of who I am and what I represent.  Impossible to understand from where your journey's sent.” 
There is a faint dream-like quality to this book, a metaphoric attribute as it deals with themes of friendship, loss, violence, courage, greed, innocence, selfishness and love. It is an adventure, an allegory, a bittersweet fantasy filled with subtle meaning and depth that never loses its appeal. GoneAway Into the Land is a captivating book with a creative narrative that quietly lures a reader into an original world that is fully realized and thoroughly absorbing. It transcends into a superb piece of fiction, and I recommend it highly

Short Synopsis

This ambitious yarn follows twelve-year old John Greber who, along with his mother Ellie, is the object of abuse at the hands of John’s father whom he names “The Beast.”

One day, “The Beast” abandons John and his mother while at the same time snatching away John’s six-year old sister Marny. John vows to seek revenge, confront his repulsive father, and rescue his sister Marny. As we discover, all of this transpires during a time where John and his mother will be indirectly involved in a Civil War that has far reaching repercussions that may lead to the destruction of the world.

Tagging along with John and his mother, Allen cleverly uses his mind-boggling world as a vehicle in understanding what life is all about and the human condition. This is particularly in evidence as we witness John’s challenge of making the transition from childhood to adulthood as he self-examines the big questions in life as well as the nature of good and evil, the meaning of life and the quest to understand himself.

What I found quite striking about GoneAway Into the Land is Allen’s skilful narrative pacing in revealing bit-by-bit the various themes to the reader and permitting him or her to slowly discover it. Another plus is that Allen does not resort to some kind of magic wherein he relies on the fantasy aspect in order to enable John to break out of a thorny situation by manufacturing a super-duper miraculous spell that the reader never even knew about.

With its deftly constructed plot, episodic structure, a lovable hero, interesting secondary characters, and a dash of suspense, Allen’s fascinating debut novel is a haunting tale that jolts along at its own pace. Moreover, Allen’s writing is extremely powerful particularly his imagery and masterful descriptions such as when John meets up with “The Beast.” And when all's said and done, we have a novel that is not only amazingly fitting for our times, but one that is rich and rewarding for anyone, young or old, wishing to ponder over insightful questions pertaining to our existence and journey through life.

 

The story is riveting - but the symbolism is inescapable.  Read this book to its end and you will be richly rewarded. 

                                  Scott Douglas, Professor,  Rutgers University

Excerpt
There was a sound of working machinery, a rhythmic sloshing, churning some strange brew the Beast could not ignore. A thick red mist clung to the top of the door header and floated out in stratified layers. The Beast took his eyes off John and bent even lower to see into the doorway. John seized on his chance. He raised his weapon and ran at the Beast. With every muscle in his body he jumped up and hurled his spear into the exact center of the Beastís eyeball. The monsterís head snapped back in shock. John landed between the Beastís legs but by the time it grasped what had happened John was clear and back standing by the MixingRoom door. His weapon was gone. There would be no more chances.


Professional Reviews

Unforgettable. Like nothing I have ever read.
Review posted on Amazon by Carrie Felletti Ė November 4th, 2009

Let me start off by saying in order for me to give a book a 5 star rating, it has to completely consume me and when Iím finished reading it, Iím still thinking about it days later. I love this book. I love stories that you find yourself stopping at periods and pausing at commas to get the full effect. There was so much depth, which so many books lack these days. The poetry of Jeffery Allenís words allowed my mind to truly see the unique characters that became part of my life for awhile. I loved them and some, I even loved to hate. I usually rush though stories, just so I can start another, but with GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND, I took my time. A whopping week! And now as I write my review, Iím still attached to the characters Iíve come to love.
About the story...GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND is unlike anything I have ever read before. Itís a completely unique story. Think of the childrenís board game CANDYLAND gone wrong. Think of the characters, to name a few, King Kandy, Lord Licorice and the Molasses Monster. Think of Tim Burton getting his hands on it and wrapping his mind around the chaos.
Jeffery Allen fills your mind with colors and the love of sugary things. I popped Skittles and M&Mís the entire time I read it. Not only do colors consume you but the plot is gripping with page turning suspense. At times I thought of, LORD OF THE RINGS when battles commenced. Throughout the story you are introduced to characters and taken away into their adventures. Piece by piece all this stories and characters come together for the big battle in the end.
I would recommend this story to YA and adults, though above average young children would love it too. Great for children that know how to let themselves fall into a fantasy world. This story has a sequel but it doesnít leave you hanging. There is enough closure but still I long for more. I look forward for the follow-up and happy to add this book to the shelves in my own family library.





Jeffrey, I really enjoyed the book. My review follows.
By Geri Ahearn

"GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND" is a unique story that takes the reader on a journey through life as we follow the footsteps of John Greber, a young hero. At age twelve, John was brave enough to travel into the land of the unknown to confront his father face-to-face, better known as "The Beast" through John's eyes.
John made a secret vow to seek revenge on his abusive father, rescue his sister, and help his mother during a Civil War that threatens not only the land, but the world. As John guides the reader through the battle of horror, with survival as the ultimate goal, he becomes stronger each step of the way as he shares his strength with Ellie, and Marny. The reader can feel his strength as we continue a journey through the wonders of youth, learning life's intense lessons, while absorbing the pleasures of childhood.
Can the reader relate to any of the dramatic events that take place in the land of evil? Does the reader feel hope as the journey continues? Can a parent read through the mind of Ellie? Does Marny learn to treat John with respect, and admiration? I recommend this novel to teens, adults, and all fantasy lovers.
Jeffrey B. Allen created a Masterpiece, a captivating story the reader can
never forget. The author's wild imagination draws the reader in, like a
magnet. The plot is superb, and his charismatic characters come to life.
"GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND" is a riveting tale of not just John's epic
journey, but also our journey through life. The vivid description of "The Beast" is incredible. The remarkable journey is chilling, haunting, and mysterious as it takes the reader to a place with unforgettable consequences. John Greber tugs at the reader's heart as much as Trevor does in "PAY IT FORWARD."
Jeffrey B. Allen's "GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND" transforms into an action - packed adventure that explodes with spectacular special effects, and the reader will indulge into an awe-inspiring experience as if viewing one of Steven Spielberg's finest!

Geraldine Ahearn AIOM HonDG
Author of 6 books
CCRN/ Founding Member ABI Women's Review Board
Author Geri Ahearn, INC





NORM GOLDMAN
Using his own unique style and voice, Jeffrey B. Allen with GoneAway Into the Land has really stretched the limits of the traditional fantasy novel. Shifting in and out of fantasy, Allen cleverly intertwines the theme of child and spousal abuse with a land of the unknown. The magic that he has created does manage to make sense to the reader, although at times I must admit I was a trifle confused with the multitude of bizarre quirky characters and the inventiveness of their language.
This ambitious yarn follows twelve-year old John Greber who, along with his mother Ellie, is the object of abuse at the hands of Johnís father whom he names ďThe Beast.Ē
One day, ďThe BeastĒ abandons John and his mother while at the same time snatching away Johnís six-year old sister Marny. John vows to seek revenge, confront his repulsive father, and rescue his sister Marny. As we discover, all of this transpires during a time where John and his mother will be indirectly involved in a Civil War that has far reaching repercussions that may lead to the destruction of the world.
Tagging along with John and his mother, Allen cleverly uses his mind-boggling world as a vehicle in understanding what life is all about and the human condition. This is particularly in evidence as we witness Johnís challenge of making the transition from childhood to adulthood as he self-examines the big questions in life as well as the nature of good and evil, the meaning of life and the quest to understand himself.
What I found quite striking about GoneAway Into the Land is Allenís skilful narrative pacing in revealing bit-by-bit the various themes to the reader and permitting him or her to slowly discover it. Another plus is that Allen does not resort to some kind of magic wherein he relies on the fantasy aspect in order to enable John to break out of a thorny situation by manufacturing a super-duper miraculous spell that the reader never even knew about.
With its deftly constructed plot, episodic structure, a lovable hero, interesting secondary characters, and a dash of suspense, Allenís fascinating debut novel is a haunting tale that jolts along at its own pace. Moreover, Allenís writing is extremely powerful particularly his imagery and masterful descriptions such as when John meets up with ďThe Beast.Ē And when all's said and done, we have a novel that is not only amazingly fitting for our times, but one that is rich and rewarding for anyone, young or old, wishing to ponder over insightful questions pertaining to our existence and journey through life. The only flaw in the book is that it could have been shortened by about one hundred pages. No doubt, I am sure Allen had a great deal of fun writing this novel, however, at times I felt he overwrote-a common trap that many debut novelists fall into. Nonetheless, I am certain readers will find a great deal of fun in reading this provocative fantasy novel.


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Reviewed by Barbara Smith 2/17/2010
This book really blew me away! And, I'm not that big into fantasy but this book has made me a true convert. "GoneAway into the Land" by Jeffrey B. Allen, will be the next "Lord of the Rings," I kid you not! The story starts out with a 12-year-old boy and his family who suffer the trauma of dealing with an abusive father and husband. The father is a beast and truly becomes one once they leave the World and end up in the Land, looking for John's sister Marny, who has been abducted by the beast.
ZingZongLand is a land of confections. How cool is that? Any type of confection you can imagine. It seems like a paradise until greed and power of a few take over.
Allen's wonderful art of description makes you forget you're in a land of make-believe. Instead you are entrenched in this "candy land" of sorts. Of course, you are also entrenched in the horrors and battles because Mr. Allen so vividly describes them.
The Land and its civilizations are virtually destroyed in the process of fighting the greed and power. John and his mother are in the midst of it all as they search for Marny. And, during the process, they find another lost wonder. To tell more would be to give away the story and I enjoyed this book way too much to ruin it for someone else.
This is an easy read because of the lightness Allen keeps despite some of the horrors experienced by John, his family and the friends he meets along his journey. There are times you will laugh out loud! Personally, Albertson was my favorite character. I wanted to take him home with me.
You will be on the edge of your seat to the very last page. And, if you react as I did, you will be anxious for Allen to finish the sequel. I can't wait to read "Into the World" and my guess is that we'll be seeing a film version one day. I highly recommend this book for both young and older adults.
Great job, Jeffrey B. Allen! Keep up the good work!
Reviewed by William Potter 2/4/2010
The dust jacket text for Gone Away: Into the Land promises an epic fantasy adventure. I can tell you that this is one novel that exceeds expectations. Author Jeffrey B. Allen takes the reader on an adventure that will leave you thinking about the story long after you close the final page.

We meet our protagonist, twelve-year-old John Gerber. John's life is not that of an average pre-teen-not even close. John, his mother Ellie, and his sister Marny live in constant, paralyzing fear of John's father, Daniel. Daniel, or the beast as John calls him, is an extremely volatile man whose rage could explode on his family at any moment-and explode it does. John dreams of ending the beast's reign of terror, of taking his family away before it is too late. The first fifty pages of Part 1 are no fantasy as the author describes in vivid, shocking detail Daniel's unpredictable fury and a horrible example of violent abuse, as the beast leaves John and Ellie beaten and bloodied and kidnaps six-year-old Marny.

With the help of a mysterious taxi driver, John and Ellie begin their search for Marny. This is where the fantasy starts as it is believed that Marny is somewhere in the candy factory where Daniel was employed. Soon John and his mother are aboard a train in an amazing land called ZingZongLand. ZZL is a place that is all about creating the best tasting candy. The leader of the land is called KyaSiftar. The Siftar's main rival is the minister of Southland province named Mengus. Desperate for power, Mengus has his sights set on dominating the land and controlling the new flavor creations. Mengus recruits the beast to aid in his conquest of the Land. He believes that gaining control in the Land is the key to overthrowing the World as well.

Jeffrey B. Allen showcases his considerable imagination and writing talent in creating an entire universe. His lead is a believable, lovable character with which readers young and old will quickly bond. The villains are wonderfully horrible and easy to loathe, without overshadowing the hero. The secondary characters are interesting, fresh and well drawn. The dialogue is crisp and clear and well suited to the vast variety of creatures and peoples. Allen slowly reveals his characters' secrets along the way, keeping the reader captivated throughout. He wastes none of these nearly 500 pages, using suspense and vibrant description to keep the pages turning. He brings all the players together in a David versus Goliath-type showdown for the ages that will have you rooting for John to the end.

Gone Away is building momentum, was recently picked up by a major publisher and was accepted in several school libraries. I believe it will become the next time-tested classic fantasy tale, universally adored and mentioned in the same breath as The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Lord of The Rings. I highly recommend this thought-provoking, entertaining read.
Reviewed by Carrie Filetti 11/4/2009
This book completely consume me. When finished reading it I still thinking about it days later. I love this book. I love stories that you find yourself stopping at periods and pausing at commas to get the full effect. There was so much depth, which so many books lack these days. The poetry of Jeffery Allenís words allowed my mind to truly see the unique characters that became part of my life for awhile. I loved them and some, I even loved to hate. I usually rush though stories, just so I can start another, but with GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND, I took my time. A whopping week! And now as I write my review, Iím still attached to the characters Iíve come to love.

About the story...GONEAWAY INTO THE LAND is unlike anything I have ever read before. Itís a completely unique story. Think of the childrenís board game CANDYLAND gone wrong. Think of the characters, to name a few, King Kandy, Lord Licorice and the Molasses Monster. Think of Tim Burton getting his hands on the game gone wrong and wrapping his mind around the chaos.

Jeffery Allen fills your mind with colors and the love of sugary things. I popped Skittles and M&M's the entire time I read it. Not only do colors consume you but the plot is gripping with page turning suspense. At times I thought of LORD OF THE RINGS because each group of characters had their own quest. Throughout the story you are introduced to these characters and taken away into their adventures. Piece by piece all this stories and characters come together for the big battle in the end.

I would recommend this story to YA and adults, though above average young children would love it too. Great for children that know how to let themselves fall into a fantasy world. This story has a sequel but it doesnít leave you hanging. There is enough closure but still I long for more. I look forward for the follow-up and happy to add this book to the shelves in my own family library.

Reviewed by Elise Crawford 9/22/2009
In GoneAway into the Land Jeffery Allen allows us a refreshing escape from reality. Although fantasy fiction, a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, but on steroids, and eerily parallel to real life power hungry politics we face in everyday life, GoneAway into the Land keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense until the very end.
Ė Elise Crawford, author of A Promise Kept
Reviewed by Cynthia Dennis 5/21/2009


Gone Away Into The Land....by Jeffery B. Allen. Truly a vacation spot that takes you to depths of the unexpected. The more that you read, the deeper this story gets while remaining light hearted and fun to read. This book leaves you with a feeling of yearning for more. As you travel throughout the land with John and his mother, Ellie, you are on a journey to places that you only dare to imagine. Mr. Allen has found a way to depict self exploration, our journey through life, the wonders of the afterlife, intense life lessons and the wonders of youth masterfully hidden within a light hearted story. Find yourself in a world where not only is it impossible to forget the pleasures of your childhood; but a place where you can embrace them and make them part of your soul.
Reviewed by Carol Boerner 5/5/2009
"I bought this novel from Wandering Sage Publishing's online bookstore while brousing their site. The write up intigued me. I am glad I followed my instinct and made this rather impulsive purchase. Jeffrey B. Allen has an incredible imagination. But not only that--GoneAway is a novel that invited my imagination to soar beyond its limits. It rekindled sweet childhood memories, yet made me feel such a powerful connection to the main character, who suffers so intensely in the opening chapters. I discovered myself holding my breath during some of the opening scenes. Absolutely riveting. The Land that John travels into is a place of sensory fullness. Memorable characters (my favorite: Hampton Ducksberry) linger still. GoneAway feeds the imagination, yet addresses serious life issues in a thoughtful, soul-stroking way. It's not too often I finish a novel, put it down, and think,"Superb. Now someone has to make this into a movie." This is my favorite novel in a long,long time.It would be an ideal springboard for discussion for both adolescent and adult audiences. I highly recommend it, and I look forward to more Jeffrey B. Allen novels."
Reviewed by A. Stewart 4/29/2009
GoneAway Into the Land by Jeffrey B. Allen is an interesting juxtaposition between a childís harsh, abusive reality and a Land of fantasy and tasty confection. It is well-written, engaging, and fascinating, creating a vibrant world that draws in the reader.

The plotline of GoneAway Into the Land is innovative, and delicious. The story begins with the sad home life of young John Greber, who tragically has an angry, abusive father; he, his younger sister, Marny and his mother Ellie all live an unhappy existence. The forlorn home life explodes in a violent confrontation that results in Johnís father, whom he calls The Beast, kidnapping Marny; this horror catapults John and his mother into a strange odyssey, as they search for the little girl. With the help of the mysterious Driver they venture into the Land, a curious place of sugary bonbons and inspiration intricately connected with our World. This extraordinary place is now in serious danger of destruction by the evil machinations of Mengus, one of the Ministers of the Land, and the rampages of The Beast. Denizens of both worlds are bound together in their attempts to save their respective worlds and one small girl.

GoneAway Into the Land is a remarkable novel, and I was most impressed with its characterization. The portrayals in this novel are not larger than life heroic depictions; they are solid, relatable, fully complete people, be they born of the real world or the realm of fantasy. The wondrous characters that abound in this novel are diverse, some malicious, some decent, some in-between. They will earn your loyalty and your affection or your dislike and disdain.

There is a faint dream-like quality to this book, a metaphoric attribute as it deals with themes of friendship, loss, violence, courage, greed, innocence, selfishness, and love. It is an adventure, an allegory, a bittersweet fantasy filled with subtle meaning and depth that never loses its appeal. GoneAway Into the Land is a captivating book with a creative narrative that quietly lures a reader into an original world that is fully realised and thoroughly absorbing. It transcends into a superb piece of fiction, and I recommend it highly.

Reviewed by Bridget Hopper 4/19/2009
I just finished reading this book called "GoneAway Into The Land" by Jeffrey B. Allen. The author contacted me on Facebook and asked if I would review his book. I am so glad he did! It's an amazing story told with wonderful imagination.

GoneAway is the story of John, who is twelve years old and a victim of the abusive wrath of his father whom John renames, the Beast. The Beast takes off with John's younger sister, Marny. In order to save Marny, John and his mom venture into the Land. It is during their desperate search to find her that John decides he must destroy the Beast. Not only to protect himself and his mother from future abuse but to save his sister and the friends he has made in the Land. An evil plot developed by Minister Mengus may destroy the Land and everyone in it. Will John be able to save his sister and this new land he's come to love?

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who was once a kid. You will not be disappointed!

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