Seventeen-year-old Michael Anderson and his deaf kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Samuel Herrington, a lethal biophysicist, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to Danny first will have the power to rule the world.
“The story never stopped moving. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you anticipating what is going to happen next as well as throwing in many unexpected twists/surprises along their journey. This is what makes the book exciting, entertaining, and almost impossible to put down. Highly recommended!”
An evil black mass has burst through Danny Anderson’s nightmares to attack him in broad daylight. If it weren’t for his birds, he would have died. Danny soon realizes that this monster is not coming for him, but for his little sister, Katie…because while he looks up to a place of light and peace, Katie looks down into realms of darkness and cruelty. Time is running out. The monster grows stronger with each attempt to steal Katie away to these dark dimensions, forcing Danny into the fight of his life to save his sister–before she is lost to him forever.
“I admire Salpeter’s determination–like that of Danny, Michael, and Katie’s parents–to keep this fictional afterlife untarnished by a particular religious viewpoint. At the same time, however, I appreciated her nod to Dante’s Divine Comedy, which might encourage younger readers to venture onto such classic literary grounds.”
“A fast-paced and imaginative story.”
Author note: One day I was watching a group of birds pecking at the ground and thought “maybe they are not what we think they are.” And then I got this vision of this little boy, and he was deaf and I thought, “How cool would it be for this child to know this amazing secret, but he doesn’t yet speak and can’t tell anyone?”