Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Lance Haynes’ One More is a story of one more chance, one more day, one more minute to right the wrongs of the world. Richard Evans is a broken man, a hard working man, trying to overcome life’s burdens. Richard is conducting a geo-chemical survey in the desert of Nevada, when the world is literally turned off by a solar flare. Hundreds of miles from his wife and boys, all Richard can think of is getting home to his ranch in Texas. Panic, riots and looting hit the cities. Richard faces a horrendous journey. In his quest to get home, he must overcome traffic jams, no fuel, a broken truck, off-roading hazardous mountains trails, and crazed men and women who are hungry and lost in the chaos of survival. With each setback and detour, Richard meets the kindest and the most evil of people. In solitude, he recalls the most awful and fondest of memories. Through it all, Richards gains a new perspective, a renewed faith. By pushing through, being a light within the darkness, Richard Evans proves one man can make a difference.
Lance Haynes pens an exceptional tale of survival in One More. Haynes’ heart and soul flowed through every word; his fictional story grew out of his own personal journey. He articulates mankind’s violence and compassion with equal potency – “Grace and forgiveness are the weapons to fight the destroyer.” The narrative is visually stimulating, from the night sky, to desert heat, to the chill of the mountains, wide-eyed adrenaline surges of the action, outbursts of rage and conviction; your senses are heightened by the imagery, the figurative style and intense sensory descriptions. I am a pragmatic, somewhat stoic person; very few things bring out an emotional reaction in me. However, this novel drew me into its action, its drama, and its conflict. The struggle to push through, the resilience to never quit on life or love brought me to tears. Haynes portrays man’s fight to survive with truth and dignity. While some turn selfishly violent, others reach out in selfless heroic measures. In a turbulent and chaotic time of darkness, Richard (the main character) perfects humanity, without being perfect. He was the best of heroes. One More is a beautiful work of fiction, one that beckons to be read again and again.