The Beached Ones
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After a stunt jump gone horribly wrong, Daniel finds himself lost far away from home without knowledge of the accident. Haunted by disjointed memories, all Daniel knows is that he must get to his younger brother before time runs out.
HE CAME BACK, DETERMINED TO KEEP HIS PROMISE.
Daniel and his younger brother grew up in an abusive home. Daniel escaped. Now an established stunt rider, he intends to go back to rescue his brother. But then one jump goes horribly wrong . . .
He recovers to find himself in Iowa, unscathed, yet his life has drastically changed. His best friend won’t answer his calls. Even his girlfriend is hiding something. Increasingly terrified, he clings to the one thing he knows: He must pick up his brother in San Francisco. In five days.
From the isolating fields of Iowa to the crowded streets of San Francisco, Daniel must fight his way through a fog of disjointed memories and supernatural encounters to face the truth and pay a debt he didn’t know he owed.
“A suspenseful ghost story that takes the reader on an existential tightrope walk to an emotionally charged ending.” —Lance Thompson, Ghostwriter and Script Doctor
“A fascinating journey that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Story deftly treads the razor’s edge between life and death and the in-between with sharply drawn characters and an ending that will touch your heart.” —Doug Copsey, Writer/Producer/Director; Founder, Idaho Writers Guild
“In my opinion, The Beached Ones is author Colleen M. Story's strongest work of fiction to date.” —Marilyn R. Wilson, Book Reviewer, Published Author and Speaker
“Story has penned a work that is at once spellbinding, enigmatic, yet literary. It’s a book that mesmerizes—you won’t be able to cease following the emotional saga until the very end, despite feelings of anguish and enormous heartache.” —Nina Romano, Pushcart Prize Nominee and author of The Secret Language of Women and The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley
“[Colleen M. Story's] captivating prose successfully mixes an emotionally rich tale of love and forgiveness with supernatural twists that will keep you guessing to the very end. Part ghost story and part literary drama, the final chapters will leave you breathless.”—PJ Dempsey, Freelance Editor and former Senior Editor, Random House and John Wiley & Sons
“This profound and heart-rending novel satisfies on multiple levels. It’s an inspiring story of a brotherly bond that only strengthens when tested, a chilling glimpse into the heart of evil, and a riveting exploration of the mysteries and possibilities of the afterlife.”—Beth Castrodale, award-winning author of Marion Hatley, In This Ground, and I Mean You No Harm
“The Beached Ones . . . [is] a tour de force of world-building prowess . . . From mermaid fountains in Sin City to fog shrouding the Golden Gate bridge, the world building alone compels you to stay on this journey. And you won’t be disappointed.”—Scott Driscoll, writer and creative writing instructor (University of Washington), winner of nine Society of Professional Journalists awards
“Promises, grief, letting go, and the power of aiding others are all prominent themes here. Those who wish for closure or to know what happens when a loved one dies will empathize strongly with Daniel and Jolene as they struggle to face their truths and pay their debts.” —Booklist