IA: B.O.S.S.

IA: B.O.S.S.

John Darryl Winston / Oct 20, 2020

IA B O S S How much would you sacrifice to learn the truth Supernatural abilities are revealed A sacrifice is made A hero is born Naz Andersen s life is quickly becoming complicated After losing his best friend

  • Title: IA: B.O.S.S.
  • Author: John Darryl Winston
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  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • How much would you sacrifice to learn the truth Supernatural abilities are revealed A sacrifice is made A hero is born Naz Andersen s life is quickly becoming complicated After losing his best friend to suspicious circumstances, he turns his attention to ruthless gang leader Roffio Styles and the Incubus Apostles But to get answers, he must summon the world within onHow much would you sacrifice to learn the truth Supernatural abilities are revealed A sacrifice is made A hero is born Naz Andersen s life is quickly becoming complicated After losing his best friend to suspicious circumstances, he turns his attention to ruthless gang leader Roffio Styles and the Incubus Apostles But to get answers, he must summon the world within once With his sister Meri s help, he begins to understand his strange experiences are actually telekinesis and telepathy at play gifts from his forgotten father When Naz gets too close to the truth and tragedy strikes again, he must unleash his newfound abilities to wield his own unique brand of justice Will his appetite to avenge his friend s murder lead to his destruction or his destiny Pure science fiction, IA B.O.S.S is the second book in a YA supernatural thriller trilogy, an origin story, and a coming of age hero s journey set in the mean streets of America It s like Anakin Skywalker growing up in a bad urban environment instead of a desert planet Award winning author, John Darryl Winston has penned a story about, and for, those living the real story Pick it up Pick it up PICK IT UP today

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      • John Darryl Winston

        Readers Favorite Finalist 2015 Readers Favorite Bronze Medalist 2016 The IA series is an origin story by debut author John Darryl Winston A Detroit native and public school educator, Winston created the coming of age hero s journey as part of a creative writing and Boys Read program He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and received his MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Gerald Alston, and many others Winston currently lives with his daughter, Marquette, in Michigan and intends to acquire an African Grey parrot one day when he conquers his irrational fear of birds.


    1. My friends, it has been a great year for the IA Series. I want to thank the many readers who have partaken and send an invitation to those of you who are in route. Union, the final book in the series, has arrived.

    2. An electronic version of this novel was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.I finished the first book, IA: Initiate, in the IA series a few days ago and couldn’t wait to start the 2nd book. I started it last night and finished it today at lunch. It was all I could think about the whole day. John Darryl Winston’s writing style is exceptional. It drew me into the story even more than it did in the first book. I found the main character “Naz” Andersen huge [...]

    3. Well that was an unexpected ending (well maybe not if you watched the clues). Not a fan but that's on me.The story is a nice continuation and we are getting some answers from the questions left over from the first book. It's once again fast paced with no dull moments and nice character progression although the abilities of the main character are developing way to fast in my opinion, eve if he is what the book makes him to be. I would have loved that that aspect has been slowed down a bit or stre [...]

    4. John Darryl Winston's IA: UNION #Release Blitz & Series #Giveaway ~ Celebrate Great YA Reading! Enter to win the series in Print ~ in Digital!Click on Banner to Enter ~ Ends December 8, 2017Naz is coming of age in a hostile world where danger may come from any quarter. He has discovered he has gotten a gift from the father he cannot remember and it has the potential to be his savior or his doom. What was once thought of as an illness, is actually the gifts of telekinesis and telepathy. Who w [...]

    5. Initiate was good but BOSS is even better. It's shines on every level. Great characters. Great character development. Descriptive but not too much. Great job of raising the stakes from book 1 to book 2. Great job of raising stakes as the novel progressed. Totally unpredictable. Funny at times. About as real as it gets. Heartbreaking. Inspiring. It's hard to believe this is only Winston's second novel and first series. He possesses a skill that can't be taught. If you're your looking for the next [...]

    6. Children are the most precious gift that god can give us and the way that Naz and Meri’s guardian spoke to them in the beginning brought out the angry teenager in me and I just wanted to….This story will bring a lot of emotion out in you and you will find yourself crying…Angry…But mostly you will wish that you could pull these two young people out of the story and hug them until the pain washes away. Not saying they are not strong, they are, way stronger than I could ever be.Naz is an ex [...]

    7. The second of the IA series blew my mind, I’m still thinking about it a week after reading it. My impatient wait for the sequel to IA: Initiate paid off and then some B.O.S.S. is one of those reads that I couldn't put down. I became thoroughly engrossed in the storyline from page one, and as revelations came to light, I was increasingly drawn in and held within the pages. Winston paints a clear portrait of life in the Exclave and the challenges and harsh realities that Naz and his fellow teamm [...]

    8. The first thing that struck me about this new book is the sharp contrast in the covers. Book 2 is dark and ominous making the cover lighter cover for book 1 seem almost cheerful in comparison. The cover is your warning that this book is going to transport Naz and the reader to dark places.The story picks up mere days after the last one leaves off. With a release of pressure following the events of the previous book, Naz and Meri settle into a slightly more normalized existence. Naz is convinced [...]

    9. Boss is the second installment to John Darryl Winston’s young adult IA series. In this gripping dystopian urban fantasy, Naz Andersen continues his journey of self-discovery. Pursued by a mysterious gang called the IA he ironically dreams his salvation is escaping to a well-bred school of the same initials, called the International Academy. Orphaned, Naz and his wise-beyond-her-years sister, Meri try to dissect the secrets of their family’s past and the peculiar powers they believe Naz to po [...]

    10. Cinematic like I love it and realistic as real gets! Teens will continue to love Winston's universe here with Naz Andersen. In Initiate, Naz is only introduced to us. Here in B.O.S.S Naz introduces himself. And I cannot wait to see what he has to show me next.

    11. IA: B.O.S.S. picks up where IA: Initiate left off, and answers a lot of the questions I had in the first one. The writing is smooth and well edited, and the characters still feel very distinct - both from each other and from standard YA denizens. That's the IA series' charm, you see: the challenges are mostly the same, there are bad people in the world and someone should do something about it. But the point of view of the characters is so different they come at the problem diagonally, never quit [...]

    12. I cried, and I’m not going to say why because I don’t want to give anything away. But one of the characters reminds me of myself totally. I’ve never cried reading a book before, even with The Fault In Our Stars which this book blows away. I probably just didn't relate to the characters in Fault as much. This book kept me emotionally one way or another throughout. First there was Soul or Souloman Bender. I don’t think I’ve ever read a funnier character. And then there’s Harvis. When I [...]

    13. I loved John Darryl Winston’s debut, "IA: Initiate", but I love "B.O.S.S." even more!!!Winston does an excellent job of establishing the loving relationship between Naz Andersen and his little sister, Meridian (Meri). While B.O.S.S. moves at a much faster pace then its predecessor, it’s this wonderful familial element that keeps the story grounded. Naz is faced with his greatest challenge and you feel vested in all of his struggles. He also has a way of drawing you into their complicated and [...]

    14. I had the pleasure of beta reading and editing IA: B.O.S.S. I found it to be a perfect continuation of the first book in the series. John has a truly unique voice and concept, and he is a master in authentic dialogue and in writing relatable characters. I found myself genuinely caring about Naz and Meri and read with great interest as their stories unfolded. I was captivated as Naz learned about his past and about his gifts.IA: B.O.S.S. is full of heart, determination, heartache, and resolve. Be [...]

    15. I love it , it's got that spark . It has depth and sadness in it that tells you it's going to be amazing. It has some realistic stuff happening in it. I shall not spoil it for you, those who read my comments, but you should really read this. I hope that the author makes it a trilogy or a four book series

    16. Great middle grade fantasy, but still felt slow at parts. BOSS advanced the story pretty well and I'm excited to see what happens in book 3 of this series.

    17. The first book in this series, IA: Initiate, introduced us to Naz, a teenage boy living in a ghetto with his little sister after both their parents have died. Naz, who has no memories from before he came to live in the Exclave, find he has unusual abilities. He is able to play chess to an impressive level and perform physical feats with ease. He is also very intelligent but chooses to live the easy life, doing just as well as he needs to at school to avoid attention. He just wants to be left alo [...]

    18. John has continued his masterfully told story of Naz and his sister and will surprise you with a twist that is hard to believe. Naz is coming of age in so many ways, emotionally along with learning about his unique abilities.This young man and his little sister are strong young kids, faced to deal with life situations that no one should have to.This YA novel will introduce young readers to a world I pray they do not have to deal with. Yet it offers hope and a moral story that will bering his aud [...]

    19. More of Naz revealed.This is the middle story, sad at times but very glad I read it and looking forward to the next part of the story.

    20. First and foremost I have to thank my Uncle John for letting me be part of such a special literary journey. It was such a pleasure reading this book and I can't wait to read the next one! And hopefully be a junior editor again!!! Insha'Allah, Insha'Allah! Since I got a peak way before the release date I finished this wonderful book a long time ago and I just recently read it again. There were parts I liked, parts I loved and parts that intrigued me. This book was even better than the first, and [...]

    21. OMG!!! Naz Andersen, that black superhero returns but better than before. I don't want to talk about Meri or I'll get mad. The parrot, Tone is in full effect and we finally get a to see Coach Fears in action with his badass Railsplitters team. These might be the best scenes in the book. BOSS easily rises to the top of my favs list with more superpowers and more gang stuff, more everything really. We finally meet D, that's right, the initial D, but I'm still in love with Doctor Gwen. Unlike the f [...]

    22. This is more of the same but even more if that makes sense. There are more powers, more characters, more relationships, funny scenes, fight scenes (there weren't any in the first book and it was still good), a taste of romance. You name it and it was more of it. One thing there was that I wasn't expecting was tears, and I didn't like it while I was reading it, in fact I hated it, but by the end, I loved it. All of the questions from book I are answered in book II and there are a few more questio [...]

    23. I haven’t read that much YA fantasy, but in my limited experience of it, I have really come to resent the term “dystopia” and the almost complete absence of hope and downright inhuman cruelty that goes with it. I read The Hunger Games, the entire trilogy, with a morbid fascination but not much pleasure at all. I came away feeling slightly dirty, and deeply concerned that this sort of thing is now a recipe for selling millions of copies. Because, what does that say about us?I am very happy [...]

    24. Having enjoyed the first book in John Darryl Winston's dystopian trilogy, IA: Initiate, in December last year, I have been looking forward to the second installment, IA: Boss. Fortunately I was lucky enough to win copies of both in a giveaway! Thanks John!IA: Boss starts pretty much exactly where I A Initiate left off which ensures strong continuity. Winston does indulge in recaps of important information, but these are concise and placed at relevant moments so they don't slow the story's pace [...]

    25. I must admit I don't usually read YA supernatural thrillers, but I absolutely loved this book.The author has executed the plot brilliantly about the main protagonist Naz and his younger sister Meri. A sequel to IA Initiate, both siblings are orphans trying to make their way through a scary world where they don't know who they can trust. Only Naz is a teenager with a difference; he has supernatural powers. He just needs to believe how powerful he really is to utilize his talents. John Winston tea [...]

    26. Excellent ReadUsually, I don't give 5 star ratings because I always think a story can be improved, but this one exceeded my expectations. I didn't realize this was a book in a series until I looked up the author after I read this book, but that in no way hindered the flow of magic the author created. I'm looking forward to reading the entire series.

    27. I'm not a big reader but since I have to read I try to read something thats fun and I can relate to. This was it. I felt like I was watching a movie. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

    28. Great read!Deeply emotional. Highly charged. This is a worthy continuation of Naz's journey. Highly recommended.

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