Less of the Same

Blistering New Novel Dissects, Explores & Challenges Readers’ Geopolitical Assumptions

This book is an adventure story. It follows a mixed group of people, who meet while attempting to escape from the ravages of war. Their exciting journey through many countries, manages to be of help to more than just themselves, in what I hope you will find to be the most original adventures you will read this year. If Donald Trump and Brexit were a shock to you, the story you are about to read here, will surely get you thinking about the way we approach politics, and the way it approaches us.

“I wrote the narrative at a time when the world, its societies and political dynamics were rapidly changing,” explains the author. “While it added hundreds of hours to the book’s composition, it allowed me to piggy-back off real-world events and truly blur the lines between fact and fiction.”

Continuing, “It’s a story that will resonate with anyone keen on politics, culture, the military and fast-paced, hard to forget fiction. The book’s test readership programme has been a great success and I’m so exciting to launch it. Is this book perhaps a prophecy? We’ll find out very soon!”

Book Reviews

First, I have to say that I don’t normally read books like this, but I was looking for something different from my normal fare (I like fantasy and suspense) so this book “Less of the Same” was about as different as it got. But considering what is happening with our world, national/ international elections and political and religious hostilities worldwide, I was curious to see what this book had to say. Color me impressed!! And I was surprised to see that this is the author Colin Johnson’s first fiction novel. There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own problems. They all have such wonderful SPIRIT. Very timely and relevant--- almost spookily accurate, and does include some real people/political figures for added credibility. Liked Ellie, John. Abdul, Mike…Everything and everyone just felt “authentic” for lack of a better word. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions…All in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! And you may even learn something and broaden your global perspective.

Cody Brighton—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

5.0
2017-11-22T15:04:13+00:00

Cody Brighton—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

First, I have to say that I don’t normally read books like this, but I was looking for something different from my normal fare (I like fantasy and suspense) so this book “Less of the Same” was about as different as it got. But considering what is happening with our world, national/ international elections and political and religious hostilities worldwide, I was curious to see what this book had to say. Color me impressed!! And I was surprised to see that this is the author Colin Johnson’s first fiction novel. There is such strong, vivid writing, and the characters are all fascinating, flawed, and going through their own problems. They all have such wonderful SPIRIT. Very timely and relevant--- almost spookily accurate, and does include some real people/political figures for added credibility. Liked Ellie, John. Abdul, Mike…Everything and everyone just felt “authentic” for lack of a better word. Dialogue, interactions, scenes, descriptions…All in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! And you may even learn something and broaden your global perspective.
Wow, what a powerful, complex, and relevant book! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Less of the Same” by author C.G. Johnson is a great mix of fact and fiction, with events that could have been ripped from today’s headlines (touches on things from Syrian refugees, to ISIS, to Putin, Trump and Brexit and more…). But there is also a riveting human story here and I appreciate how the author made it so easy to read and used the characters in a way that really showed the story and the experiences firsthand. It also had a political-drama feel to it in a way… even a thriller at times. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was very easy to read, (near flawless editing!!!). The fast-paced narrative and dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. Right from the beginning Johnson plops us down in a warzone, and then we go with the ‘group’ to several countries. Because of the overarching storylines relating to real events (or plausible hypotheticals) it just felt more real than I expected and extremely relevant to today’s international political landscape. It makes you think a bit what’s really going on, but I liked that there are some really interesting ideas put forth here. Johnson makes an interesting case for a new type of World Order, and this is a book that I think will greatly appeal to fans of drama, thriller/suspense and political action. Recommend.

Samantha Ryan—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

5.0
2017-11-22T15:20:46+00:00

Samantha Ryan—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Wow, what a powerful, complex, and relevant book! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Less of the Same” by author C.G. Johnson is a great mix of fact and fiction, with events that could have been ripped from today’s headlines (touches on things from Syrian refugees, to ISIS, to Putin, Trump and Brexit and more…). But there is also a riveting human story here and I appreciate how the author made it so easy to read and used the characters in a way that really showed the story and the experiences firsthand. It also had a political-drama feel to it in a way… even a thriller at times. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was very easy to read, (near flawless editing!!!). The fast-paced narrative and dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. Right from the beginning Johnson plops us down in a warzone, and then we go with the ‘group’ to several countries. Because of the overarching storylines relating to real events (or plausible hypotheticals) it just felt more real than I expected and extremely relevant to today’s international political landscape. It makes you think a bit what’s really going on, but I liked that there are some really interesting ideas put forth here. Johnson makes an interesting case for a new type of World Order, and this is a book that I think will greatly appeal to fans of drama, thriller/suspense and political action. Recommend.
A real page turner. This exciting adventure story kept me enthralled, it included much creative but ,realistic thinking. I look forward to reading Colin Johnsons next book

5.0
2017-11-22T15:22:27+00:00

A real page turner. This exciting adventure story kept me enthralled, it included much creative but ,realistic thinking. I look forward to reading Colin Johnsons next book
A global story that moves at a pace. The style reminds me of Desmond Bagley or Hammond Innes. Very difficult to juggle so many characters but they are all kept involved and plausible. It has started a new game in our house... pick your own government of all the skills from current public figures. I think this should be THE parlour game for this Christmas. How can u promote playing Less of the Same?

Mr C T Broom

5.0
2017-11-22T15:21:32+00:00

Mr C T Broom

A global story that moves at a pace. The style reminds me of Desmond Bagley or Hammond Innes. Very difficult to juggle so many characters but they are all kept involved and plausible. It has started a new game in our house... pick your own government of all the skills from current public figures. I think this should be THE parlour game for this Christmas. How can u promote playing Less of the Same?
Superb book, had me gripped from the start and couldn't put it down. Great style of writing.

Alan Naylor

5.0
2017-11-22T15:23:23+00:00

Alan Naylor

Superb book, had me gripped from the start and couldn't put it down. Great style of writing.
I ended up liking this book way more than I even expected to! In fact, now other books will seem boring/shallow by comparison! I like that it felt very plausible and ‘true to life’ on the sense that this is stuff that happens in real life, yet is presented in a way that is ‘entertaining’ (for lack of a better word!) and is exciting (closest you can be to being in a war safely!) I literally could not put my kindle down for the last half of the book, at least. I would describe this book as being a very ‘realistic’ drama, thriller, political-action book, and I thought it was awesome! I do think reading this helped me to appreciate and understand certain aspects of religious and political strife, especially internationally **this takes place in countries such as Syria, Cyprus, Sicily, UK and more**, that I never much thought about, and ideologies that I’m not very familiar with other that what I hear on the news, so that aspect was interesting. Liked how the different characters all worked together, and there were some great conversations that I enjoyed – like where its said how ‘all the countries with lowest literacy are also the ones currently at war’ – so interesting! Many other profound and insightful observations about the current state of things, and also doesn’t shy away from exposing atrocities and corruption. Way too much to get into here… this is a book that a simple summary can’t do it justice – you have to read and experience it for yourself!

Stacy Decker—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

5.0
2017-11-22T15:19:40+00:00

Stacy Decker—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

I ended up liking this book way more than I even expected to! In fact, now other books will seem boring/shallow by comparison! I like that it felt very plausible and ‘true to life’ on the sense that this is stuff that happens in real life, yet is presented in a way that is ‘entertaining’ (for lack of a better word!) and is exciting (closest you can be to being in a war safely!) I literally could not put my kindle down for the last half of the book, at least. I would describe this book as being a very ‘realistic’ drama, thriller, political-action book, and I thought it was awesome! I do think reading this helped me to appreciate and understand certain aspects of religious and political strife, especially internationally **this takes place in countries such as Syria, Cyprus, Sicily, UK and more**, that I never much thought about, and ideologies that I’m not very familiar with other that what I hear on the news, so that aspect was interesting. Liked how the different characters all worked together, and there were some great conversations that I enjoyed – like where its said how ‘all the countries with lowest literacy are also the ones currently at war’ – so interesting! Many other profound and insightful observations about the current state of things, and also doesn’t shy away from exposing atrocities and corruption. Way too much to get into here… this is a book that a simple summary can’t do it justice – you have to read and experience it for yourself!
Fast paced, emotional, eye-opening and thought-provoking… and with a very strong and powerful message throughout, once I started reading “Less of the Same” by Colin Johnson I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished! Seemed never a good place just to stop for a while as the action continued to build and build. Some ‘not far out there’ scenarios that come to life, in a way that makes you wonder what is really going on out there and how things can possibly change or get better… the world might be in need of a revolution! I personally feel that there could have been a bit more depth to some of the characters, and some scenes seemed a bit too rushed (like toward the end). Liked the international setting and the characters, though, and didn’t expect some things to happen that did. For those who enjoy realistic drama and political action/adventure this is a good one for you.

Brenda Maxwell—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

4.0
2017-11-22T15:18:53+00:00

Brenda Maxwell—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers

Fast paced, emotional, eye-opening and thought-provoking… and with a very strong and powerful message throughout, once I started reading “Less of the Same” by Colin Johnson I didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished! Seemed never a good place just to stop for a while as the action continued to build and build. Some ‘not far out there’ scenarios that come to life, in a way that makes you wonder what is really going on out there and how things can possibly change or get better… the world might be in need of a revolution! I personally feel that there could have been a bit more depth to some of the characters, and some scenes seemed a bit too rushed (like toward the end). Liked the international setting and the characters, though, and didn’t expect some things to happen that did. For those who enjoy realistic drama and political action/adventure this is a good one for you.
4.0
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About the Author

I am currently an Independent Financial Advisor, with twenty-five years’ experience giving financial advice. I also worked for twelve years on nuclear submarines and other warships, as a marine engineer for the Ministry of Defence in Plymouth. As well as this I ran two retail businesses for seven years, along with several other jobs.

I have travelled the world for work and for fun. I have always had to postpone my desire to write in order to raise a family, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to launch this my first book. Hopefully it will be one of many, I am working on the next as I write this introduction.

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