by Heather Graham

July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2654-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Scott Bryant feels he has a fulfilling, but average life. All that changes one night when he and his two best friends come to the aid of an elderly couple being attacked by some thugs. The old man gives Scott what seems to be a crazy message. He calls Scott "Capricorn" and tells him he must find others, including the Oracle, to help prevent an ancient doomsday prophecy. What is even more troubling and puzzling to Scott is his new superhuman strength.

Scott does meet others with special powers who call themselves the Alliance as some terrifying events unfold that seemed to have unleashed truly demonic evil. The most intriguing person who Scott meets is Melanie Regan. Melanie can draw pictures of events that later come to pass. Besides her unusual talent, there is something special about Melanie that makes Scott think she might finally be "the one" for him. Melanie is attracted to Scott, but she still seems to be holding back. Can their love survive with so much evil around them?

Author Heather Graham explains in a note to the reader at the start of the novel that Dust to Dust in the beginning of a new mini-series that will have four books eventually. Dust to Dust is a standalone, as each upcoming book will be, but there are characters in each that have played a role in various books written from 1999 to 2007 under both Heather Graham and her pseudonym, Shannon Drake. A helpful list is provided and I know I will have to add those back list books to my toppling TBR pile, since I found the characters in this current tale fascinating and would love to learn more about their pasts.

Scott and Melanie provide the romantic element in Dust to Dust, but many other secondary characters play pivotal roles in this riveting story. The plot is a classic battle of good versus evil, but the author provides so much more. The paranormal, mythology and religion all add extra thought provoking layers to the storyline. I have recently told several people that I learn more new tidbits about history from fiction rather than non-fiction. I did not know that Dublin was founded by the Norse until I read this book.

If you want some heart-pounding suspense mixed with romance, then you don't want to miss Dust to Dust. I will be looking forward to the next book in this marvelous min-series, From the Ashes that will be coming in July 2010.

Reviewed in June 2009 by Roberta.

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