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IA: Initiate (Book 1) by John Darryl Winston


A supernatural thriller set in the mean streets of America. A seemingly random act of gang violence sends “Naz” Andersen on a quest to find answers surrounding his dead parents that lead to a series of discoveries about his supernatural abilities.

Admittedly I enjoyed this book more than I expected, talk about taken by surprise in an exceptional way.

I love the mix Winston provides – science fiction, supernatural, LOADS of intrigue and mystery, last but not least the dark horse prevails. Plus, brain over braun, Winston emphasizes engaging your mind, very appealing to this reader.

The premise of the narrative won my heart, love the message. A book ALL ages will enjoy, Naz a brilliant young man faced with great adversity refuses to succumb to his harsh environs. He possesses ‘powers’ he’s just now beginning to understand. Coming of age, Naz must make heavy choices/decisions. He is a compelling character as well as his younger sister Meri. Together their strength, resilience and unbreakable bond see them through their challenges, no doubt brother and sister are united in both affection and support.

Intriguing backstory, the reader alternates between past and present, as we learn of Naz’s deceased parents. His father excelled in science, his research might be connected to Naz’s superpowers in some form. Enough crumbs are given to engaged the readers curiosity as to the mystery of Naz’s parents.

Looking forward to the next book, Winston leaves the reader demanding more stat!! Great character and theme offering all readers an adventure filled with intrigue.

Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published April 19th 2014 by Purple Ash Press (first published March 17th 2014)

Reviewer: Melinda