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A Gripping paranormal thriller
By Elyse Salpeter

A well written paranormal thriller about a boy with a special gift…

Publisher’s Book Description

How far can you run, until you just can’t run anymore? Seventeen year old Michael Anderson and his kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Samuel Herrington, a lethal biophysicist, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to Danny first will have the power to rule the world.

The book description provides an excellent synopsis. What it cannot do is set the tone of the author who communicates it so effectively. We see most of the events unfolding through the eyes of almost seventeen year old Michael who takes his six year old brother under his wing after their parents are kidnapped by agents of Samuel Herrington.

Samuel Herrington, the antagonist, is as despicable as the boys are likeable. There is nothing he won’t do to learn Danny’s secret. Mr. Herrington seems to have near limitless power, a power he uses relentlessly. He planned the kidnapping of Michael and Danny’s parents and to grab Danny at the same night. Had it not been for Michael’s resourcefulness, he might have been successful.

For Michael and Danny, life as they know it is unraveling. The second paragraph of Chapter 1 sets the stage:

Michael was so terrified he couldn’t breathe. His safe, little world had shifted out of its comfortable orbit the moment his parents were kidnapped, propelling him to places he never dreamed imaginable. Suddenly, there was horror everywhere and nothing was what it appeared to be. How could life go so terribly wrong in just a few hours? He had had no time to think. He couldn’t plan, but just reacted to what was happening. A storm, more volatile and dangerous than a level five tornado had turned his world inside out and all he could do was attack it head-on, swallowing his fear and living strictly on the adrenaline pumping furiously throughout his body, hoping against hope his luck wouldn’t run out.

Salpeter, Elyse (2011-11-10). Flying to the Light (Kindle Locations 51-56). Cool Well Press, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Michael becomes suspicious when it appears everyone he knows is leading him into a trap. Most of the book addresses how the resourceful Michael evades those in pursuit. There are spies and counterspies. The trouble is knowing who is really friend or foe.

Flying to the Light is a fascinating read and I recommend it highly!

For more information about Elyse Salpeter and her writing, refer to the links below.

Website: http://www.elysesalpeter.com/

Blog: www.elysesalpeter.wordpress.com
Twitter Account: @elysesalpeter


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Review of the Novel – Pentecost, a Thriller

PentecostPentecost by Joanna Penn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pentecost. A Thriller. (Kindle Edition)

Readers of action adventure and suspense-thrillers will love Pentecost by Joanna Penn. Get ready for a globe hopping journey that will take you from India to Arizona with numerous stops in-between.

Morgan Sierra once served with Israel’s IDF and she knows her way around in combat. She left that life to become an academic trained at Oxford as a biblical scholar and in psychology. She and her twin sister possess what is said to be Apostle’s Stones, stones taken from the tomb of Christ after the resurrection. There are people who believe these stones give the holder great power. This leads to the kidnapping of Morgan’s sister Faye and niece Gemma.

Two powerful organizations are determined to collect all of the stones. They believe these stones were the source of astonishing events on the original Day of Pentecost in Act 2 of the New Testament. Morgan will do anything to rescue Faye and Gemma. One organization, Thanatos collects occult and religious objects and believes that if they follow Morgan she will lead them to the stones in her effort to affect a rescue.

Morgan is eventually persuaded to join forces with ARKANE against her own better judgment. It is the lesser of two evils as far as she is concerned. ARKANE does have advantages. Using powerful computers and a massive network of resources, they promise to help Morgan in her quest. ARKANE will do anything to keep Thanatos away from the stones because Thanatos will stop at nothing that gets in their way.

As the story unfolds the reader follows Morgan as she uses data gained from research to track down the remaining stones. It is a race against time and unimaginable consequences.

Joanna Penn’s Pentecost is filled with vivid images taken from holy shrines around the world. If you’re into action and fight scenes, you won’t be disappointed. Readers of historical fiction will enjoy revelations gleaned from painstaking research.

Joanna’s work has been compared to Dan Brown and Morgan Sierra to Lora Croft. I’d venture to suggest that fans of Clive Cussler will enjoy the book as well. Get a copy of Pentecost and you have a real pager turner in your hands. You will not be disappointed.

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