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 parents' 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.
About the Author
A native Detroiter and public school educator, Winston created the IA series, a coming of age hero's journey, as part of a creative writing and 'Boys Read' program. He is also piloting the Adopt an Author program to connect authors with young readers via the web to help foster the love of reading. 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.
This book should be required reading in every school system as a model of how to find your talent, a belief in oneself without falling victim to the downward, dismal spiral that can come from growing up in a dysfunctional atmosphere. -- Paul Atreides, Las Vegas Review-Journal
IA: Initiate has the potential of becoming a new literary phenomenon. -- Readers' Favorite
IA: Initiate is a great read from start to finish. John Winston does a masterful job of capturing the hearts of his characters, making them feel real, and in doing so he captures the hearts of his readers. -- Allison Maruska, Author of The Fourth Descendant and The Project Renovatio Trilogy