IA: Initiate

IA: Initiate

by John Darryl Winston
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IA: Initiate by John Darryl Winston

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946006363
Publisher: BHC Press
Publication date: 06/12/2017
Series: IA , #1
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 685,190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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.

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IA: Initiate 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IA Initiate is an easy to read young adult novel that captivated my interest right away. The characters are believable and engaging, and the story touches on relevant themes, capturing the climate of the inner city while remaining mainstream. Mr. Winston has written an intriguing story with rich and interesting characters and I am eager to see what the next installment will bring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It was exciting, inspirational and kept me gripped from beginning to end. It tackles the serious subject of bullying as well as the underlying theme that we can do and be anything we want to. John's prose is descriptive, intelligent, yet easy to read. The story is about the main protagonist 'Naz' who sees himself as ordinary, but he is actually extra-ordinary with the powers to overcome all obstacles. Can't wait to now pass this onto my fifteen year old daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one fell swoop. Will mull over its purpose or central theme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Naz Andersen is a very reserved teen with a younger sister Meri to care for (since their foster parent Ms.Tracy honestly wants nothing to do with them). Naz and Meri live in a place that doesn't suit their potential to do great things, yet they still try to overcome and rise above their wretched culture. Naz faces many problems along the way in this story, which he has to figure out and solve, not on his own but with the help of his close friends and family. He's always been reserved and on his own. He is a very gifted young boy who has abilities beyond even his own belief. Naz is in no way the same as anyone, he is completely different, he walks in his sleep, hears voices and lots of other weird things per say. Naz loves more than anything his younger sister Meridian (Meri) who he will go through absolutely anything to save. Not only does he love her, she absolutely adores him. Meri has more faith in her older brother than he does himself, and she is in awe of his abilities, talent and potential. This book is my favorite out of all of the books I've read. It definitely deserves five stars (at least). There are things to find out that are just so interesting and it's so intriguing. This book is phenomenal everything that is revealed at the end is so worth finding out honestly. Once you read this book you will fall in love with Naz Andersen and his epic story, trust me you'll be begging for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would be wonderful to live in a perfect world, but we all know that it doesn’t exist. Some young adults are being raised in broken homes and turn to the streets for survival. They idolize heroes who often land behind bars. But John Darryl Winston brings a new hero to the streets, Naz, in IA: Initiate. Naz is a thirteen-year-old trying to survive in a foster home and stay away from the harsh streets while protecting his younger sister, Meri. Through Naz, John Darryl Winston sends a positive message to young adults living in rough circumstances that the biggest heroes are the ones who can walk away from adversity and create a better future for themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 68 and do not read a lot of teen stories. But this book was worth it. The more I read, the more involved I became. Well writen, good characters. On to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for all ages. Really enjoyed this one!