I would like to thank the author for gifting me these awesome books via Goodreads! No review was required and all opinions I have stated are my own! I definitely would recommend this series and was thrilled to get this opportunity.
Everyone has secrets… What if you didn’t know your own?
One young man with latent supernatural abilities plus one street gang hell-bent on recruiting him equals… IA: Initiate.
The most important thing in the world to thirteen-year-old orphan, “Naz” Andersen is keeping his little sister safe from the streets of a Chicago/Detroit-like urban ghetto known as the Exclave. Naz tries to stay out of the way at his foster parent’s home, but he walks in his sleep. He is unable to keep the fact that he hears voices from his therapist. He attempts to go unnoticed at school and in the streets of the Exclave but attracts the attention of friends and bullies alike.
Naz is ordinary, or so he thinks. He harbors a secret of which he is unaware. A seemingly random act of gang violence propels Naz on a path that leads to discoveries about his supernatural abilities, abilities that will ultimately decide whether he lives or dies. Now he must navigate his turbulent surroundings and face the full force of the world around him. The only way he can survive is to discover the supernatural world within.
Pure science fiction, IA: Initiate is the first book in a YA supernatural thriller trilogy, an origin story, and a coming of age hero’s journey set in the mean streets of America. It’s like Anakin Skywalker growing up in a bad urban environment instead of a desert planet.
Award-winning author, John Darryl Winston has penned a story about, and for, those living the real story. Pick it up. Pick it up! PICK IT UP … today! *Above is the synopsis for Book 1 which Naz embarks on his entertaining adventures!*
Wow, what a series that I just know for a fact that many readers’ will absolutely LOVE! I fell in love with the characters from the beginning chapters of the first novel. I know it’s bad but I didn’t take a break to review between books because my girlfriend and myself couldn’t stop engulfing ourselves with this trilogy. I am so thankful to the author for sending me copies of this series and I am also so glad that along with my girlfriend another member in my household read along to this book and there just as an amazing two books that followed.
recommendation and can’t thank the author, John Darryl Winston for sending me these novels and giving me an adventure of a lifetime! Hands down, 5+++++ stars!
The IA series is an origin story by debut author John Darryl Winston. A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero’s journey as part of a creative writing and ‘Boys Read’ program. He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and received his MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis. He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and/or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Gerald Alston, and many others. Winston currently lives with his daughter, Marquette, in Michigan and intends to acquire an African Grey parrot one day when he conquers his irrational fear of birds.