by D J Williams
Waking Lazarus is an ambitious globetrotting adventure that could make a blockbuster movie. Constantly on the move, this action-packed ride is all involving, with interesting backstories, big twists and an imaginative plot.
Jake Harris has problems. His struggles with alcohol and money aren’t helping his marriage which seems dead in the water. His wife wants a divorce; he doesn’t, and they have a daughter together. Meanwhile Jake has desires to write for a living but this all a dream until an old pal of his dad’s brings a proposal. Jake doesn’t have much of a relationship with his father (and doesn’t know his mother) but this contact, a man called Doc, may be the answer.
Shifting narrative there’s another time visited, featuring an evangelist called Sister Evelyn Shaw. She’s a woman with an ability to heal, an inspirational character who welcomes people into the church that aren’t particularly welcomed by her clan.
Back to Jake. Doc allows him stay in his pool house where he tells him about Sister Eveline. Later, Jake hears someone ransacking Doc’s office and finds a shocking and brutal discovery. Let’s just say the police are called and a change of events thrusts Jake into a world of danger.
Hong Kong triads, the shipment of drugs/money/people and old cases come to light, with personal ramifications for Jake and his lost childhood.
There are kidnappings, blackmail and political conspiracy, big reveals and a race against time scene, all in the search of a secret - and just who is the Ghost?
And there are deaths, many, as people try to keep an old society hidden. Once up and running it keeps you on the edge of your seat, book in hand.
This is the second book in The Guardian trilogy.
About D J Williams:
D. J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fuelled his creativity over the course of a twenty year career in both the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector.
Currently based out of Los Angeles, Williams continues to add to his producing and directing credits of more than 350 episodes of broadcast TV syndicated worldwide by developing new projects for television, film and print.
Jake Harris' life hasn't turned out the way he planned. Battling his addictions, and the shattered pieces of his family, he is hired to ghostwrite a memoir. From the 1920's story of a controversial evangelist, to the present day mystery of a former District Attorney, everything changes when his search for the truth leads to an atrocity hidden from history. With a past he can't remember, he begins to discover that he is not the person he believed himself to be. Rather, he is a threat to a secret society that has remained in the shadows for nearly a century. Jake is drawn deep inside a world he never knew existed that brings him closer to his own extraordinary destiny.