IA: B.O.S.S.

IA: B.O.S.S.

by John Darryl Winston


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Supernatural abilities are revealed. A sacrifice is made. A hero is born.

Naz Andersen’s life is quickly becoming complicated. After losing his best friend to suspicious circumstances, he turns his attention to ruthless gang leader Roffio Styles and the Incubus Apostles for answers.

But to get answers, he must summon the world within once more. With his sister Meri’s help, he begins to understand his strange experiences are actually telekinesis and telepathy at play—gifts from his forgotten father.

When Naz gets too close to the truth and tragedy strikes again, he must unleash his newfound abilities to wield his own unique brand of justice. Will his appetite to avenge his friend’s murder lead to his destruction or his destiny?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946848642
Publisher: BHC Press
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: IA , #2
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(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: B.O.S.S 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed these two books so much. I am old and so tired of the graphic sex books I seem to get just because I enjoy fantasy. Thank you so much for a "clean", exciting, interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I.A. Boss is all at once tender but also hard core. Life in the Exclave is difficult. Nevertheless, the main character Naz shows over and over again that he can be tough when called for: in defense of his sister, and standing up to bullies to name a few, but we also see a gentle loving side of him as well in his care and guidance of his sister and in the development of the relationship with his first girlfriend. Winston creates a realistic neighborhood, that despite daily threats of violence, makes you want to gather around and participate in the action—the psychological intrigue, the intimidation atmosphere of the gang, and of course the basketball. Immediately drawn into the story with its in depth character development, throughout the impending peril you can feel is coming . . . you’ll want to linger. And be prepared—it will leave you hungry for more. The trail of clues that Naz uncovers (with help from his sister among others) that leads to game changing information regarding his past, ups the stakes as his incredible abilities come to light, deliciously realistic and raw in its slow reveal. As rich as this novel is in story, you’ll also go on an emotional rollercoaster from laughter to awe then tears. You’ll want to read this book. I highly recommend it!
QuillPen22 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I’ve read by Mr. Winston. I started with the second book in the series but now that I’ve entered the main character, Naz’s, world; I’m eager to read the first, third, and fourth installments. The main conflict presented in the first chapter hooked me immediately. Mr. Winston’s descriptive words (sharp, whip, monstrous, and flare) portends much danger and sets an ominous tone. “A sharp, mid-day breeze whips through the monstrous pines guarding the cabin causing the suit jackets of the men to flare. They are armed.” The main plot and subplots meld seamlessly touching on universal elements of familial bonds, childhood bullying, impoverished communities, gang violence, with a touch of supernatural. Written in the third person POV, the story flows easily at a pace that builds suspense and keeps the reader’s interest. All seems normal when the reader meets lovable brother and sister, playing jokes and pranks on each other in their bedroom. Happy children? You would think until the reader sees through Naz’s eyes the gang-infested, drug-ridden neighborhood called the Enclave. Mr. Winston provides the reader with auditory, olfactory, and visual stimulation from the tenuous comfort of Meri and Naz’s foster parent’s home surrounded by the dangerous world beyond transient walls. “The familiar disturbances sounded from a block away—someone was being robbed and calling for help, and then a gunshot rang out…” “The smell of burning wood mingled with some kind of narcotic that Naz had long since given up trying to identify awakened his olfactory senses.” The enclave threatens to burst Meri and Naz’s special world—a bubble filled with love and unique powers. Mr. Winston depicts a realistic picture of Meri and Nazi’s school life, so realistic I forgot Naz isn’t an ordinary kid. Naz wields a budding supernatural power like a chess game stratagem outwitting school bullies, and opponents with telekinetic powers. Mr. Winston’s provides well-defined voices for each character, a dialect consistent with the Enclave environment. Naz’s colorful friends enhance the story, heighten tension, and provide clues to his past, propelling the story forward with mystery and suspense. The plot thickens, with the death of Nazi’s best friend. Danger encroaches as he strategizes vengeance against an Enclave gang, the Incubus Apostles. Inconsolable anger kindles fiery vengeance and awakens the true Naz. Mr. Winston’s fresh, original voice takes a familiar phenomenon to a unique level, with many messages to be heeded. I can’t wait to see Naz’s powers explored fully in book three. Mr. Winston, thank you for the incredible read! I’m a new fan! This book will interest not only young adults but adults as well. I highly recommend IA: B.O.S.S. to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you John Darryl Winston for this really exciting follow up to IA: Initiate. After reading this novel, I am filled with mixed emotions. I am happy because in this installment, we learn more about Naz and Meri, we get to know some of Naz’s friends and several of my questions get answered. I am sad because (without giving any spoilers) the storyline takes you on a rollercoaster of emotion, I’m sad because I came to the end of this novel and now I have more unanswered questions! I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and if you read and enjoyed IA: Initiate, IA: B.O.S.S. is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit I don't usually read YA supernatural thrillers, but I absolutely loved this book. The author has executed the plot brilliantly about the main protagonist Naz and his younger sister Meri. A sequel to IA Initiate, both siblings are orphans trying to make their way through a scary world where they don't know who they can trust. Only Naz is a teenager with a difference; he has supernatural powers. He just needs to believe how powerful he really is to utilize his talents. John Winston teaches us that belief in ourselves and our own inner power can transform any situation and he has managed to convey a story that made me feel emotional, anxious and hopeful as Naz gets retribution for sins committed and fights for justice. Expect the unexpected in terms of how the story ends.
Ipuna More than 1 year ago
In the second book of the IA series, IA: B.O.S.S., John Darryl Winston continued to present tough situations for the protagonist, Naz, and his sister, Meri. I appreciated that John Darryl was true to the characters and their environment. He didn’t sugar coat things, but he was able to give glimpses of hope. I thought the pacing at the beginning of the book could have been a little faster, but because Naz and Meri felt very real to me, I gave the book a 5. I also loved seeing Naz mature. He had supernatural abilities, but it wasn't presented as over the top in the book. He used these abilities only when necessary (for the most part). Naz also had real feelings and emotions. Book two showed more dimensions of Naz including, glimpses of first love, having good intentions of helping others, and seeking revenge regardless of the consequences. I believe the strongest part of John Darryl's writing is that you want to follow his characters anywhere. I look forward to following them in book three. I have a feeling that Naz is going to be very mature and strong because of his unfortunate circumstance at the end of the book (which made me sad).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, poignant at times with enough humor and action to keep your interest.. off to find no. 3