Cory’s Way


Corys Way Baileys CoverAfter his father leaves in the middle of the night, Cory Maddox and his mom, Gina, are forced to start over. Left alone while Gina tries to work her way out of debt, Cory deals with life as the new kid in school with no friends. Fleeing from the school bullies, Cory ends up under an overpass where an old homeless man lives. After being saved from the bullies, Cory and the homeless man, Mr. Washington, become friends.

But things don’t get any easier for Cory. Children are disappearing from around the state, and the bullies haven’t forgotten his escape the first time they went after him. And there is something wrong with Mr. Washington…something terribly wrong.

Accompanied by his only two friends and the unlikeliest of allies, Cory sets out to keep a promise to the ailing homeless man. Will Cory and his friends find a way to keep the promise, or will the journey prove too difficult for them?

AMAZON REVIEWS

Like An 80’s Classic
By Justin D on December 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
5 Stars
Adult or Young Adult? That, friends, is the question. I’ve been accused of being an adult. Im in my early 30’s, so it’s probably a fair accusation. So what does it mean to be in your early 30’s in the year 2014? It means you were a child of the 80’s. What does being a child of the 80’s mean? It means I know what it is to be a Goonie. When I hear someone say they need to phone home, I point a finger in the air and say, ‘Elleee ot.’ Vanilla Ice is not a desert, and cowabunga is a real word. It means movies like Stand by Me and The Sandlot Kids are amongst my favourite of all time. A grown man enjoys watching movies about the hardships of being a kid? Why? Because I was one. As an adult you notice the things you didn’t as a youngster, you reminisce and you saviour. Also, I enjoy them now because I enjoyed them then. This book, Cory’s Way, has that instant classic feel of an 80’s movie. You will connect, you will feel, you will know Cory. As an adult you will remember the simple conversations between boys and girls, moms and sons. As a Young Adult, I believe you will relate, but also, enjoy. Such a ride. The real horror, is because you feel like you know these kids, feel like you are one of these kids. You will smile…but…beware. You will also cringe. You may even put the book down a minute, to catch your breath. Moments of horror and gore, maybe a bit too much for the young…but maybe it’ll hook them. For a young adult, this is the type of book to get you hooked to the horror genre. So, Adult or Young Adult? Well that’s easy…BOTH! Feel the horror.

A.J.’s Enduring, Suspenseful Masterpiece
By Lynn Mullican on February 18, 2015
Format: Paperback
5 Stars 
Cory’s Way reminded me of a combination of Stephen King’s story “The Body” and Robert McCammon’s “Boy’s Life.” A.J. Brown combines the life and death dramatic Stephen King story with Robert McCammon’s suspenseful yet terrifying book. Both were fantastic coming of age stories which A.J. has mastered with this creative, enduring tale. It’s a heartwarming, suspenseful, coming of age story that gripped my heart, terrified me, and brought me to tears. I might add that A.J. Brown’s “Dear Faithful Readers” was also a tearjerker. Cory’s Way is about a twelve year old boy that befriends a homeless man named Mr. Washington and learns about the importance of life, death, family, and friends. His life experience with two bullies, a homeless man, a young girl named Emmy, and two nameless other characters (I don’t want to reveal too many spoilers here), puts Cory, and his friends on a heartbreaking, scary, suspenseful, and terrifying journey. When Mr. Washington was first introduced, I couldn’t help but picture Morgan Freeman as Mr. Washington. I highly recommend reading this! It is a journey you will enjoy yet will terrify you and keep you turning the page.
 
Realism and Emotion
By KRW on February 10, 2015
Format: Paperback
5 Stars
AJ Brown’s novel “Cory’s Way” covers a wide variety of genres – mystery, suspense, thriller, a bit of horror thrown in, and a coming-of-age tale, with the romance implied by such. But it can really be summed up with one word: emotion. This has always been Brown’s forte, packing his seemingly endless number of tales with the type of raw emotion that leaves readers with their guts in their throats long after the last word, and “Cory’s Way” doesn’t disappoint. The protagonist Cory is the type of boy everyone will be able to relate to and see themselves in, and it doesn’t take long to find yourself rooting hard for him. By instilling that realism into the story, Brown ensures that the reader almost becomes Cory during the triumphs and tragedies he endures in his Stand By Me-type trek. Without that kind of emotion, this story wouldn’t work. It would fall into the seen-that-before subgenre of coming-of-age journeys, but in the hands of a writer of Brown’s capable talents, “Cory’s Way” not only works, but works exceedingly well.
 
Great story…Well worth the read…
By Dawn Starkey on December 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
5 Stars
The novel Cory’s Way by A.J. Brown is a coming of age story that is both beautifully written and easy to read. Hidden between the artfully graphic covers, the reader will find not only colorful characters but also lessons about compassion, contentment, love, loyalty and friendship. While there is minimal swearing, I wouldn’t let anyone under the age of 13 read the book due to a few instances of violence that are crucial to the storyline. When I read my advanced copy I literally could not put the book down and still find myself (almost two weeks later) thinking about the characters and the what ifs… What if Cory gave up. What if Emmy was found all alone in the trees. What if the train car proved not to be the safe haven they’d hoped. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that appreciates a complex story delivered in a easy to read package. I also recommend checking out A.J. Brown’s other published works Along The Splintered Path and Southern Bones.
 
I didn’t want the story to end.
By zhanglebin on March 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
5 Stars
Cory’s Way is a beautiful story, told in a creative and vivid way. Brown does an excellent job of making you feel like you know the characters. When a certain character dies, I nearly cried. At one point in the story, I was worried about Emmy’s demise. When I saw that she was OK, I literally said out loud, “Praise God.” That is how emotionally involved I was with the characters. Brown is a ‘word wizard.’ I was constantly amazed at the words he used to describe something and I wondered how anyone could come up with such a unique way of describing something. And that description, which I never would have thought of, made perfect sense. ( I suppose that’s why he is a professional writer!) I also loved how the two short stories at the end tied in with the main story of ‘Cory’s Way.” Throughout the book, it is easy to see that Brown has genuine compassion for the homeless and for other “lesser” types of people. I can’t wait to read more of Brown’s stories.

If you read this book you won’t regret it.
By Sadie Lydon Front Row Center on January 6, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
5 Stars
I like this book. I like Cory. I like Mr. Washington. I felt a great deal of sympathy for them and was drawn into the story of their existence in just a few lines. The credit for that goes to A.J. Brown. It’s a well-written book by an excellent writer. AND… It’s a damn good story. You immediately want to sign up to fight Cory’s battles. Here’s a kid who has already had way too much disappointment in his young life and it isn’t about to end. Here too, is the same kid who made one hefty promise and, wow, does he ever intend to keep it. He faces many obstacles along the way? Will they prevent him from doing what he promised to do? If you decide to buy this book you won’t regret it.

This is a great book by a really good storyteller
By Andrew on February 6, 2015
Format: Paperback
5 Stars
This is a great book by a really good storyteller. The book takes an almost heartbreaking, honest look at life and has a lot of good themes in it. AJ tells the book like he is having a conversation with the reader. Albeit a very serious conversation. It has it’s dark and (sometimes) terrifying moments but in the end the book teaches really good life lessons. Mainly friendship, sacrifice, and love. Those three themes struck me especially through the entire book. Those themes lightened the book considerably. A very hard book to put down once you start. Thank you, AJ for writing such a good book.

Overall a very enjoyable read and I also really liked the short story that followed about Baxter Street and…
By shelly on December 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
4 Stars
I wish there were half stars available for reviews, because I would up this to 4.5 stars. A bit of a slow starter, but once the journey started (I’m trying to stay spoiler free) I couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. Very engaging characters, reminded me a bit of The Body by Stephen King. My only complaint would be about the Crazy Man character, he just seemed so out there he didn’t quite fit the story for me. Overall a very enjoyable read and I also really liked the short story that followed about Baxter Street and would love to read more about the residents.

Highly recommend!
By Jan Hull on April 30, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
5 Stars
Cory’s Way is a coming-of-age story of a young boy with a social conscience. This theme drives a beautiful and well-written story that at times reminded me of some of the elements Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” in that there’s a quest involved that seems at times to be riddled with nothing but obstacles. Those among us with the least power can be heroes, and A.J. Brown weaves this theme throughout the book to a suspenseful ending, tying his beautiful story with a thriller-style bow. I love Brown’s prose, and I hope to read more of his brilliant work.
 
An extraordinary story
By abqsue on December 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
5 Stars
An extraordinary story about a boy who learns that he must follow his heart when it comes to doing the right thing, even against Mom’s wishes. Well written, tense, and engaging, with all the emotional impact I love in a story, I found myself rooting for Cory through his difficult journey to find himself and keep a promise. The story wrapped me in Cory’s world and I didn’t want to put it down, even when finished. Because of the darker aspects of the story, it is best suited to anyone, young or old, over 13 or so. Highly recommended.

A dark coming of age tale.
By Shutterbug on December 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
5 Stars
It’s a darkish coming of age story like stand by me with touches of Earth to Echo and Goonies thrown in. A good read for adults which slowly pulls you in until you can’t put it down so you can read just one more page, then another…Look forward to seeing what else this author comes out with.

A great story about a young boy who seems to be…
By mando333 on December 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
5 Stars
A great story about a young boy who seems to be still trying to find himself. With the help of a stranger and few friends, young Cory really blossoms in this story. Recommended from a good friend of mine and I in turn would recommend it to you. Please the author is a really great guy.

A.J. Hits A Home Run
By Amazon Customer on December 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
5 Stars
A.J. hits a home run. I started this book late one night when I couldn’t sleep. Once I started it, I simply could not put it down. It was like watching something on tv or a movie. I was afraid if I put it down, I would miss something. Highly recommend that you get this book.

4.5 Stars
By Reader’s Hollow on October 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
4 Stars
It leans a bit toward horror and mystery, but the main focus is on the coming-of-age characters, specifically Cory. Moving to a new town, Cory doesn’t have any friends, but has gained a few bullies. In one of his heart-pounding escapes from his new teenage taunters, he is saved by a homeless man named George Washington. Mr. Washington, as Cory often calls him, is also a bit lonely and I think this is where the friendship was first formed. Having an absent father, Cory soon starts to see Mr. Washington this way and continues to visit him even when making new friends at school. It’s when Mr. Washington passes away that Cory has a new purpose in life. A promise he made to himself, and Mr. Washington, to bury him next to his family. Determined, and with a few friends, Cory takes on a treacherous journey. With a murderer on the lose you can see how this already tedious trek of hauling a coffin on wheels 19 miles could have plenty of adventure and strife. I enjoyed watching Cory grow as a character. He has a strong moral compass and sticks to his guns even when it’s easier to back out. He started out as trying to figure out himself and his world and soon began to gain footing in his life in a short amount of time. Bullies are confronted, stereotypes dashed and a small romance surfaces for the young 12 year old. CONCLUSION With tests to the friendships, it reveals itself as a story of tolerance and forgiveness as well as growth. I think that even YA readers would enjoy this one, as well as adults.

Brown skips the boring parts and just digs right in
By Suzie Linnenbank on June 4, 2015
Format: Paperback
5 Stars
Cory’s Way was a typical A.J. Brown. Thank goodness. This guy is pure story teller in a way I can’t really compare to anyone else. Perhaps Stephen King yet Mr. Brown skips the boring parts and just digs right in. Cory’s Way was very moving for me in an emotional way and pace of the story. Never a dull moment with Cory and friends and enemies. I love the way A.J. makes each character absolutely jump off the page and run from bullies into a dark, scary tunnel right in front of your eyes. Or how Emmy looks at him with such compassion and endearment you can see it happening before you and that goes to say for every character and interaction of this story. It is guys, storytelling at its finest. If you’re reading this then you have probably read the other reviews that give you a recap or quick synopses of the story so I’m not going to but rest assured this is well worth reading. I am very impressed with A.J. Brown and will definitely read anything he publishes because I know I’m gonna get one hell of a story!

Loved it! I absolutely loved this story
By Katherine Sakovich on September 6, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
5 Stars
Loved it! I absolutely loved this story. It’s been a couple of months since I finished it and I still think of Cory, the story, and characters often. I enjoyed the suspense throughout the story. Cory is a good kid – I like that. He has manners and is thoughtful. A.J.’s words painted such pictures that in my mind I could see the story unfolding. I loved that. I recommend Cory’s Way and look forward to reading more from A.J.

Brown has written a wonderful coming-of-age tale
By Robert C. Eccles on June 7, 2015
Format: Paperback
5 Stars
In “Cory’s Way”, A.J. Bown has written a wonderful coming-of-age tale. As others have said, the story has a bit of a “The Body” feel to it, but I’ll tell you what – “Cory’s Way” has much more heart. Combine unlikely friendships, young love and genuine terror, and you get a story that will alternately have you grinning, cheering, cringing and dabbing at your eyes. This is a journey you don’t want to miss!

Four Stars
By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
4 Stars
I enjoyed it.

 

 

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