Saturday, December 19, 2015

I A: B.O.S.S. by John Darryl Winston (I.A. #2)

IA: B.O.S.S.
by John Darryl Winston

My rating: 5 stars

Series: IA - Book 2
Publication Date: November 27, 2015
Publisher: Purple Ash Press
ISBN13: 9780991609123
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Print Length: 221 pages
Available from: Amazon

The most important thing in the world to thirteen-year-old orphan "Naz" Andersen is keeping his little sister, Meri, safe from the mean streets of the Exclave and insidious foster parent, Miss Tracey. Until now, he's done just that. But after losing his best friend to suspicious circumstances, Naz turns his attention to ruthless gang leader, Roffio Styles, and the Incubus Apostles. But to find out the truth, Naz will need to once again summon the world within, and with the help of Meri and his therapist Dr. Gwen he begins to discover that the voices in his head, his nightmares, and sleepwalking are actually telekinesis and telepathy at play: a gift from his father of whom he has no memory.

But when Naz gets too close to the truth and tragedy strikes again, he is compelled to unleash his newfound abilities, wield his own unique brand of destruction, and bring his friends' murderers to justice.

I A: B.O.S.S. by John Darryl Winston (I.A. #2)

IA: B.O.S.S. (IA #2)Naz is coming of age in a hostile world where danger may come from any quarter. He has discovered he has gotten a gift from the father he cannot remember and it has the potential to be his savior or his doom. What was once thought of as an illness, is actually the gifts of telekinesis and telepathy. Who was his father and why can’t he remember him? As he struggles to keep Meri safe, another will lose his life and it is that incident that will fuel Naz’s abilities and bring them to the forefront.

Naz is determined to seek justice, but is that truly his goal? Revenge is often a blinding evil and Naz is caught between wishing to control his powers and wanting to unleash them like a raging tsumani. Only his own sense of worth, responsibility and the love he shares with his sister, Meri keep him focused on trying to make a better world to live in. How much can Naz take before the weight he carries on his young shoulders becomes too much to bare? Too young to carry his self-imposed burden, too afraid to let it go, and in too much turmoil to always take the best road forward, the choice he makes will help define the man he will become.

Once again, I am in awe of the power behind John Darryl Winston’s pen. Out of the gate, Mr. Winston set himself a high bar with IA: Initate, but IA: B.O.S.S. proves that he is no sprinter. This author has the talent, the gift and the words for the long haul. We look for stories for younger readers that have action, intrigue and characters they can respect, whether it is fantasy overlapping the real world or a world in another dimension. Naz is still an amazing role model, simply by NOT being perfect, but by maneuvering in a dystopian world doing the best he can to make it a better place, if only in his portion.

IA:B.O.S.S. goes right to the top of my hidden gem pile, right next to IA: Initiate. Give a younger reader the gifts of other worlds, new characters and problems to solve. You’ll be a hero and this series is a great place to start!

I received this copy from John Darryl Winston in exchange for my honest review.

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