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Dylan has devoted his life to caring for his autistic brother Shepherd. Never could they imagine in a million years how they would meet and become unseemly travel companions with Jillian Jackson. All three were attacked and injected with some unknown, psychotropic drug while overnighting in the same motel. Not knowing each other before, they were now bonded for life. Fearing for their lives, they fled together having no guide except for their newly emergent mental powers. Each discovered they had a new gift that scared them half to death, yet together, the powers enabled them to face the perilous paths ahead.
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The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

Bantam, Dec 2002, 26.95, 431 pp.
ISBN: 0553801430

Accompanied by his autistic brother Shep, artist Dylan O'Connor is driving to Santa Fe to attend an arts festival, but stops for the night at an Arizona motel. Also staying at the same facility is comedian Jillian Jackson, but neither knows the other. From out of a B horror movie starring a mad doctor, a stranger injects Dylan and Jilly with a mysterious serum. He informs his guinea pigs that they are carriers with an incredible future or a quick death, but now must flee for his enemies are near.

Disbelieving and frightened, Dylan and Jilly realize they must run when her Cadillac explodes. With Shep acting stranger than ever, the trio goes on the lam. Jillian begins seeing visions; Dylan turns obsessed with a need to be the ultimate Good Samaritan; and. Shep teleports himself and others. With the doctor dead, there is no one to guide them and probably no turning back. Also they must deal with their deceased experimenter's enemy who wants them dead too.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Given added abilities Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   clairvoyant


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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