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Vanished from Dust: (Book One) by [Norwood, Shea]
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"...well-written paranormal novel, filled with mystery, suspense, and heart-warming lessons of friendship. 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." - Jo Ammons, Examiner News NY Arts and Entertainment.

"...one that readers of all ages can enjoy. Awkward conversations with a crush, school bullies, wild phantom-filled imaginations--and realities--and above all, blood-brothers who value their friendship more than anything else make this an enjoyable read." -RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books.

"...well-written and vividly detailed. Shea Norwood has created a fascinating concept and a very realistic town." - Readers Favorite, 4 out of 5 stars.

"...a constant looming threat and a fear of the unknowable keeps the reader as much as the main characters on their toes. Very intriguing read." - Self-Publishing Review.

"Paranormal novels are often too predictable. Not so with Vanished from Dust, where everything feels fresh and different. What is uncommon - and powerful - in Vanished from Dust is an attention to providing details that, like life, hold no simple answers or pat resolutions. Prepare for a cliffhanger: as it's Book One in a projected series, the action is just getting off the ground and the stage is set for more." - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Reviews

From the Author

Vanished from Dust is book #1 in a series. Book #2, entitled The Illusion of Home is coming soon.

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  • File Size: 1225 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Dust Devil Press; Second edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FBZXMHW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Vanished from Dust" was a great read. The storyline was suspenseful and well-thought; it simply "tickles" your imagination, determining you to wonder what is really happening. The mystery factor was definitely well-played upon, as the author portrayed a town whose inhabitants are suffering, although nobody can identify the cause (nobody except Eric, that is).

For me, relationships between characters have always been just as important as how the storyline unfolds. In this respect, the friendship between Eric and Kyle was a winner. Shea Norwood offered a picture of the average teen: feeling isolated, excluded; being the weird one, almost invisible, misunderstood and marginalized. Of course, in this novel the cause is paranormal (Eric sees phantoms, but no one believes him), but the way in which a slice of everyday teen life has been reflected in the narrative made me appreciate this novel all the more.

Overall, an entertaining read, full of suspense and mystery, which also teaches the readers a thing or two about friendship and its importance.
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The moment I read the book description, I knew that I had to get “Vanished from Dust”. I’ve always liked the idea of small towns that hide dark secrets and terrible past events, so I had to know what was with the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople in 1922. I have to admit that the author didn’t disappoint me in the least. Of course, I don’t intend to spoil the mystery for you, so you’ll have to read the book to find out what happened in Dust, Texas, the town Eric and his best friend, Kyle, are from.

The novel begins with quite a powerful scene: Eric is bullied by his classmates because he said that he can see phantoms. Everyone thinks he is crazy, so what they do is beat him, insult him, and call him names. The only one who stands up for Eric is Kyle, who is the new kid in town. I’ve always liked young adult novels that prove to be more than just fun and entertaining. “Vanished from Dust” touches on the problematic matter of bullying, and it portrays it in a very realistic way. Then, the author emphasizes the strong friendship between Eric and Kyle, and how much it means to them.

I loved that the characters were very well developed, likeable, and believable. This adds a lot to the story, which is also filled with mystery, suspense, and unexpected twists. All these elements kept me glued to the pages, and I managed to read the novel in two sittings. I would recommend it to readers of all ages, even if the description says it is a paranormal novel for young adults.
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Strange as it may seem, I identified with the lead character of this book as I, too, have seen "strange things" since I was very young. Thank goodness (unlike the poor lad of the story) I had the presence of mind to keep these sightings to myself until I was much older or else I would probably have been ostracized and abused by my peers just like he was.

That having been said, I found the plotline of the story quite intriguing. I don't believe I've ever read any other story with a similar line. The influences of the paranormal and almost a sci-fi feel make it interesting and the main theme of the friendship of the two boys weaving throughout was endearing. The two exhibit characteristics admirable in anyone -- more so in ones so young: Braveness, supportiveness, inquisitiveness and genuine human empathy made for extremely likable heroes.

The timing of the events of the story was spot on -- starting out at a leisurely pace and then building faster and faster to the last few chapters where the quickening pace and suspense combined into a dizzying combination.

This is a book slated for teens or young adults but I found it quite readable, as well. I would recommend it to anyone interested in mysteries or paranormal-related books.
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"Vanished from Dust" by Shea Norwood is an exciting paranormal mystery and adventure geared toward young adults.

The foundation of the story is the friendship between fourteen-year-old Eric Stark and his supportive classmate, Kyle Barrett. Whereas Eric's other classmates perceive him to be "crazy" and bully him, Kyle befriends him, and they adventure together in the small town of Dust, Texas.

At the start, Eric and Kyle walk by a mysterious abandoned theater where Eric sees a "dark human shape" and tells Kyle about a young girl who disappeared there. After establishing more trust as "blood brothers," the boys adventure to uncover mysteries in Dust, Texas that may be caused by the phantoms that lurk in their midst and that they encounter firsthand.

The main strengths of Norwood's book are the writing style and character development, especially between Eric and Kyle. The creation of the world of Dust, Texas is also well-done, with great attention to detail.

"Vanished from Dust" by Shea Norwood is a must-read if you like a good adventure story with paranormal elements.
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Great book, read in 2 days! I was very disappointed in the ending until I came on here and seen there is to be a book 2 pretty soon. Can't wait till it comes out! Very good book that kept me on the edge of my seat.
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