The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land
From acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land comes a story of action, mystery, and the endurance of young love.
Twenty-four hours. That’s all it takes for the lives of two young people to be changed forever.
Alex Chin has the world on a plate. A football hero and homecoming king with plenty of scholarship offers, his future looks bright. His tutor, Samantha Dixon, is preparing to graduate high school at the top of her class. She plans to turn her NASA internship into a career. When a football accident lands Alex in the hospital, his world is turned upside down. His doctor is murdered. Then, his parents. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes, and now it’s after him.
Alex flees. He tells Samantha not to follow, but she became involved the moment she walked through his door and found Mr. and Mrs. Chin as they lay dying in their home. She cannot abandon the young man she loves. The two race desperately to stay ahead of Alex’s attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him in the first place. The answer lies with a secret buried deep in his past, a secret his parents died to protect. Alex always knew he was adopted, but he never knew the real reason his birth parents abandoned him. He never knew where he truly came from. Until now.
HEATHER GRAHAM is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. She has written over one hundred novels and novellas and has been honored with awards from Walden Books, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, RT Book Reviews, and more. Visit her online at theoriginalheathergraham.com.
JON LAND is the USA Today bestselling author of thirty-eight novels, including the bestselling series featuring female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. He is also the co-author of the nonfiction bestseller Betrayal. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island and can be found on the web at jonlandbooks.com.
Alex Chin is the high school quarter back star. After a particularly rough tackle, he spends the night in the hospital. There the doctor makes a strange discovery about something in his brain. Samantha is Alex’s tutor. Sadly she discovers Alex’s parent’s murdered in their home. She meets Alex and they both go on the run after they discovery robots are who killed Alex’s parents. It seems there is much more to Alex then just being adopted by the Chin’s. There is a hunt for him and a race to stay alive and try to find someone that can explain what is happening.
I love Heather Graham’s stories so I was over the moon for the chance to review The Rising. It was easy to get into the story as you feel for Sam. Her parents are hippies and growing medical marijuana. She has dreams of working for NASA but no money to get there. She also has a crush on Alex.
Alex is a great kid, nice, respectful, and has some loving parents. He is the adopted child of Chinese immigrants and although strange, he loves his parents deeply. But after the CT scan and discovering his doctor murdered, Alex knows he has to go on the run. His origins are a great twist that I didn’t see coming.
I really liked how everything came into play and how the ending was left open for a possible sequel. I did listen to this on audiobook and really enjoyed listening to Luke Daniels. He did a great job narrating and drawing me further into the story.
This is a great young adult thriller. I strongly recommend checking it out.
I received The Rising from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.