A CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS. HE SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . . Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut? No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town. Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth. They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust. Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them. They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.
“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.
“I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings? Will they find a way back home? Or will they be lost forever? The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower.
Review: Having only read Odd Thomas in the above listed book comparisons, I was still very interested in reading Vanished From Dust. I was disappointed as I was quickly pulled into a story about a boy who could see something no one else could. The small town setting with small town gossip was perfect to build up Eric's need for answers. I loved how realistic the characters were for the time that the book was set. Parts of the book made me smile as I could relate them to my own childhood.
Vanished From Dust is an exciting and fast paced book full of suspense. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what would happen next. The characters were well written and relate-able. I think young adult readers will love this book. I know I am ready to find out what happens next. I wasn't ready for the end.
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About the author:Shea Norwood is an American writer that lives in Texas with his family. Recently, he published his debut novel, Vanished from Dust, on Amazon in September 2013. He was raised in the small rural community of McCamey, Texas and lived a short year in Odessa prior to moving to Snyder to complete high school. He attended Angelo State University for his undergrad and graduated with a BBA in 1999. Many years later he graduated with a MBA from the University of Texas - Pan America and is currently pursuing a second masters from Texas Tech. He has spent most of his professional career in healthcare but has never given up his love of writing.
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I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.