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Publisher's Summary

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 13-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.
©2016, 2017 John Darryl Winston (P)2017 John Darryl Winston
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Sorrell on 04-14-18

Very Intriguing Setup!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook! It was my very first, and I don't know if I could have had a better "initiation." I love the way John and Marquette Winston played off each other; their personal bond really lent weight and emotional depth to Naz and Meri.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Though Naz is the star, I'd say Meri was my absolute favorite. Her tone and snappiness are very much like my own, and I love the way she grounds Naz. Many great heroes have that one person who keeps them tethered to reality; for Naz, that's definitely little Meri.

Have you listened to any of John Darryl Winston and Marquette Winston ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my very first audiobook. It definitely will not be my last!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I truly wanted--and tried--to consume the book in one sitting. Unfortunately, life barged in, but I was quick to come back and finish. The story draws you in, and you just don't want to leave the world the Winstons so expertly craft with their readings.

Any additional comments?

I found this audiobook to be a delight. It's enthralling and immersive, and you really fall in love with the characters of Naz and Meri. This was an intriguing story and an excellent reading performance. I can't recommend this enough, and I'm looking forward to the next installment!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Star Traveler on 04-08-18

A fabulous story with excellent narration!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Not only is it creative and inspiring, but it is narrated with a strong storytelling technique in the voices and accents of the characters. I totally loved it!

What was one of the most memorable moments of IA: Initiate?

One is most definitely meeting Naz. He is the kind of guy I wish I had around when I was growing up. He has special powers, but he is also kind, empathetic and uses his intelligence, instead of caving in to peer pressure. He's my hero.

Which scene was your favorite?

That's too tough to answer. There are so many great ones!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What moved me the most is that no matter what Naz faced, he never let all the negative things coming at him change who he really was. This character is the kind of person everyone can relate to and I love this story!

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read or listened to the IA Series yet, you are missing out!

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