She draws what she sees. What she sees is the future.
Her street-smarts-with-tough-attitude project a rough interior snugged up in cocoa skin and dreadlocks. Some folks love her instantly. Others are easily put off by her and past those, some folks are undecided.
But, since her opinion of herself isn't defined by others ... no problem with the last two.
She's a gifted but poor artist, inking the images her customers request onto their skin, but don't underestimate her. She's an expert in her craft and her imaging talent is but one of her gifts.
Her name is Brenda and I loved her instantly, and not just 'cause she has dreads. ☺ I loved her because she's brave. She's been hurt and broken but is consistent to not let the fallout of those experiences define her anymore than she does the sometimes negative opinion of others.
Some folks see her as a simple and affordable sketcher and ink artist, but a few others are learning differently.
They've received the same call she has. They're recognizing and learning that there's something different about Brenda, and the same thing about themselves.
Their differences aren't readily seen. It's more like they're experienced in certain moments or situations. They don't know how or why they can do what they do, but they know there's a purpose for their abilities and a reason they've all been brought together in a supernatural fashion.
Extraordinary things often happen on ordinary days and nights without warning or expectation.
The drunk college jock and the plane crash were two of those sorts of incidents and they were just the first of many more to follow in rapid succession.
Click. Click. Like two links in a chain, Brenda and the quickly sobering, "My-friends-call-me-Tank-for-short" follow the trail, the big blazing one, arcing across the desert sky, as the flaming jet roared overhead on it's way to a crash landing.
It was an easy trail to follow, even if Brenda had a bit of trouble keeping up because her car stayed grounded while cruising AFAP (as fast as possible) after the descending jet in her beater car.
The flaming plane was delivering a payload Brenda and Tank never ordered, in the personages of Dr. James McKinney, Professor of Philosophy and comparative religions emeritus, sharp-tongued, rude and crotchety skeptic, Jesuit-priest-turned-atheist, insulting machine and chronic-complainer-at-large.
What he lacks in the more positive aspects of personality, his curly-headed, high-energy, mile-high-IQ'd assistant, Andi, makes up for.
That's four and then, there's Daniel, the quiet little one, who rarely speaks yet seems to have knowledge and awareness of things unseen and a soul gentle enough to break past Brenda's steel exterior and even warm the rude professor's cold heart.
Harbingers 1: The Call is the first book in a new series written by four best-selling authors of supernatural suspense, who are also four friends and colleagues.
The series is exceptional in plot and characters but also in how it's written. Each of the four friends has rules to follow in the story development and one of those is they must write the story as if they were one of the four adult main characters in the episodes.
BILL MYERS kicks the series off in Harbingers 1: The Call, telling the story as Brenda, the talented tattooist who works so hard at keeping her big, generous heart hidden.
FRANK PERETTI follows up writing as Prof. James McKinney, in Harbingers 2: The Haunted.
You'll have a relationship with his character built on exasperation, frustration and admiration.
ANGELA HUNT authors Harbingers 3: The Sentinels told from the perspective of Andi, the professor's bright-spirited and hyper-focused assistant who's brilliant with mathematics, patterns, history and a a kaleidoscope of other things.
ALTON GANSKY writes as Tank, the brave, strong yet gentle giant, who's tact with others is to let them believe he's simple in method and mentality.
Harbingers 4: The Girl is told from Tank's perspective.
Each book in The Harbingers meets the challenge of yanking its readers into the story. Move over, Indiana Jones ... you've got company.
Something I especially loved about these stories is that I got fooled by jumping to conclusions too early.
When I first met Brenda in The Call, I was SURE she was gonna be my fav character. I was sooooo wrong! Don't misunderstand, you're gonna loveeee her, but soon as you meet Tank, you're gonna love him just as much. Same for Andi and Daniel.
The Professor ... he'll be the biggest surprise factor of all. You'll have a whole lot of reasons to dislike him, but when you learn why he's such a jerk, and believes the way he does, I imagine you'll find room to do more than tolerate him. You'll probably end up caring about him a great deal and be torn between slapping him stupid and hugging him.
The first four episodes were written with a plan. If reader-interest was maintained well enough, the writers would continue with subsequent stories in the series.
Cross my heart, I was hooked from book 1-chapter 1 and immediately started on the rest of the stories as soon as I finished the first. I even pre-ordered Book 5 so it'd download as soon as it hit the e-book shelves and I can't type WOOHOOO!!!! loud enough to sincerely express my excitement over how thankful I am they're continuing the series into the second set of episodes.
These books make stellar reads for anyone. They're free of adult content, including foul language.
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