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From the first chapter FROM AWAY pulls you in to the mystery of the island where a group of five island watchers are doing their routine checks on their monitoring equipment. Monitoring equipment meant to observe something or someone from the various lighthouses around the island. Aaron one of the five lighthouse operators is a bit more worried than his fellow watchers, they don’t feel there is any reason to be worried. Martin, their boss and coordinator, has a different perspective and takes this all most seriously. Martin and his crew of are part of a secret group called ‘The Circle’ entrusted to watch and protect the island. The reader is given just enough to let their mind fill in the blanks about what horrors are out there and why the island maybe in danger. Dawn and her father are traveling to the island so Dawn can learn more about her family and Ren her father has his own agenda. Ren is from the island and has a connection with ‘The Circle’ that Dawn isn’t aware of, but will soon discover. She meets family she didn’t know she had and this only provides more questions than answers.
A strange group of nuns and a mystery couple in a green jeep also make this trip on the ferry to the island. Deke Mackey greats multiple characters and inserts them in the story from various sides all the while building great suspense and mystery. The story is fast-moving and keeps you locked in from the first chapter. New questions appear every time a few answers are revealed, reminiscent of LOST and this had me engrossed and turning pages in search of answers. There are numerous shady characters and well painted descriptions along with strange old island folk and an ever-expanding mythology surrounding the danger hiding in the shadows. FROM AWAY sucks you in and doesn’t let go, Deke Mackey creates his characters and makes the real, characters you want to know and become attached to. The Old Men who run ‘The Circle’, the group of nuns, and the couple in the jeep are just the tip of the iceberg as FROM AWAY is a story of complex relationships with fully developed characters. As the book one winds to its end the action moves at a furious pace and doesn’t let you go with an excellent cliff hanger that had me screaming for more. FROM AWAY is one of the best mystery stories I’ve read this year and I’m glad book two is waiting for me.
Length: 164 Pages
Publisher: Pearlcasting Productions
Release date: July 18, 2015
Impossibly ancient. Eternally patient.
Something is lurking in the cold, black waters surrounding Mossley Island. An arcane and eldritch horror. Hungry. Craving the flesh – and perhaps the very souls – of all who live there.
For fifty years it’s waited. As those who so valiantly defended the island against its last invasion have succumbed to age. Died off. Allowing it to fade from secret history into half-forgotten myth.
Now It’s mounting a new attack. It wants the island and this time… Its evil intentions will not be denied.
The first eerie chapter in a suspense-filled seven-part serial of buried secrets, dark places and the occult follows Dawn, a teenager from the mainland, as she accompanies her wayward father back to his hometown and the family he abandoned before she was born.
Hoping to understand where she comes from, Dawn gets more than she bargained for as she begins to uncover the island’s secret societies, a dark conspiracy that may endanger all of mankind, and her own shocking blood destiny.
Deke Mackey Jr., biography
Deke Mackey Jr. has spent most of his life sitting cross-legged in a corner. Rocking in place. Knocking his head against the wall. Quietly telling himself stories.
Recently? He’s been getting louder.
Occasionally, he can be found making trouble at: http://www.dekemackeyjr.com