Friendship is one of the strongest bonds uniting two people. Being understood and soothed when things become darker and everyone rejects you is the best part about having a true friend. In “Vanished from Dust,” by Shea Norwood, Eric learns this lesson through his own experience, discovering the importance of friendship and courage after being forced to confront the mysterious past of Dust.
Eric Stark, the protagonist of “Vanished from Dust,” isn’t your average fourteen-year-old teenager. He has a special ability: he can see phantoms. After trying to warn the inhabitants of Dust about the figures lurking in the shadows, his life takes a turn for the worst, because those around him think he is insane. Luckily for Eric, Kyle Barrett moves to town and they become friends. With Kyle as his ally, the protagonist learns more about himself and eventually finds comfort and peace, despite his feeling that danger looms over the town.
However, Kyle and Eric soon realize that something truly sinister is taking over the people of Dust, but they can’t identify the cause of the entire phenomenon. Maybe the phantoms are to blame or maybe it is all linked to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople in 1922. The two teenagers embark on a dangerous adventure in order to find out the truth. Soon they get lost in a deserted, ghostly version of Dust. The discoveries they make there are edifying, yet chilling.
“Vanished from Dust” is a well-written paranormal novel, filled with mystery, suspense, and heart-warming lessons of friendship. Comparable to works such as “Stand by Me,” “Odd Thomas,” and “The Dark Tower,” Shea Norwood’s work keeps the reader’s interest at peak level thanks to his masterful manner of creating vividly detailed narrative scenes and well-developed characters. Find “Vanished from Dust” on Amazon. The book will be available for free on Amazon on 7/15 and 7/16.