The Migrant

Fiction - General
340 Pages
Reviewed on 09/17/2016
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Author Biography

Author of two novels and two short films, Lucian Leonte is inspired by elemental themes that surface through wide-ranging characters and action, from idealistic excursions to gritty thrillers and to comical impromptu. Born in 1968 in communist Romania, he completed his architectural studies in 1993 in London and then lived in various places between the Pacific and rural France. Nowadays he can be spotted as the chauffeur of his children in a time-anchored New England coastal town.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

Fast-paced, intense, and utterly absorbing makes an apt description of The Migrant by Lucian Leonte, a novel with great potential to grab the interest of fans of sci-fi and futuristic books. Set in the future, in the 2200s, readers are introduced to two powerful characters, Brett Falco and Susan Connelly, who are fighting against all odds to immigrate into the Commons. But the country has just been founded and it has strict laws. With the help of their brilliant lawyer, Clarens Mann – a lawyer who is daring and determined and who has his own share of troubles – can they find a place in this world of the select? What would happen should Clarens fail to get the couple the results they are looking for?

There is just so much to love in this book. First off, Brett and Susan are great characters, resourceful and determined, and it’s their determination that creates the sense of impending danger throughout the novel. The author creates a very difficult conflict and allows the characters to navigate towards a denouement. The stakes are high and, at every moment, the reader is rooting for the couple, hoping against all hope that things turn out well for them.

Setting a book in the future and creating a fascinating and convincing atmosphere isn’t an easy job, but Lucian Leonte seems to have the skill for this difficult job. Readers will also love the plot and the sense of mystery that comes up at every turn. It isn’t easy to guess what could happen and the author’s unpredictable way of twisting the plot builds tension in readers and makes the story even more enjoyable. The Migrant will certainly find a welcome home with fans of this genre. I’ll recommend this one for the great writing, great characters, and compelling plot.

Chris-Jean Clarke

The Migrant by Lucian Leonte is a futuristic thriller, set in the 2200s. It opens with Brett Falco, Susan Connelly and their adopted daughter, Tara, seeking to migrate to the Commons from the Free State Alliance (FSA). In spite of the fact that Brett previously worked in Asset Management, and Susan owned a flower outlet, their application is not automatically accepted. This opens the door for Clarens Mann to step into the picture as their lawyer and create mayhem between the couple, as he seems to be interested in helping only one of the migrants achieve their application. In turn, Brett's resourcefulness to gain the family an income does him no favours, and it isn't long before his hair-brained ideas and contacts cause him to fear for his and his family's lives.

I love the fact that Lucian Leonte has given Brett many flaws and, in turn, created a complex character. I also love the fact that the introduction of Clarens gives The Migrant an interesting back story that doesn't detract from it, but actually adds to the impact. I believe Lucian Leonte's story will have the reader flipping eagerly through the pages, wanting to learn more about Susan, Brett, and the delightful Tara's dilemma. The Migrant is a well thought out story, with lots of twists and an ending that won't disappoint the reader. All in all, Lucian Leonte's creation will be much-loved by adults 18+ who are looking to enjoy a great thriller that, although set in the future, is still believable.

Rabia Tanveer

The Migrant by Lucian Leonte is the story of a couple and their lawyer and how they changed their lives for each other. Susan Connelly and Brett Falco want to immigrate to the Commons, a great place and a shelter where only the chosen few can live. The year is 2200 and things have changed dramatically. The new constitution does not allow this and Susan and Brett are ready to do anything to get into this idyllic land. Clarens Mann, a superb lawyer, takes their case and is ready to fight for them. Mann takes them and their case as a challenge. But he has his reasons; he is not well. He is sick and he needs to find a cure fast. He hopes that with their case, there may be hope for him. But the law is too strict and there are minimal opportunities. Can Mann and the couple beat the odds and achieve the impossible? Things are changing and they are happening fast. Who will win? Can these three win? Or is this simply impossible?

This was certainly a different type of historical fiction. It was not as grim or as terrifying as some, but it was definitely attention grabbing. I was invested from the get go. I wanted to know more about Susan and Brett, and I wanted to know more about Mann. And, boy, Mann is amazing. He was intelligent, fast and witty. I loved him and his character. His attitude was exactly how you expect a lawyer to be. If he were real, I would bet my money that he would have a great win rate. This novel was written beautifully and the characters were developed to perfection. They were well-rounded and the plot complemented the storyline and what the author promised from page one. It was amazing. I loved it.