RELEASE DATE: 27th June 2016
BLURB: Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.
Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.
Different in all the ways that matter, Anthony and Brendan struggle to overcome their psychological obstacles, until a crushing betrayal sends them running for cover and each other.
JP Barnaby writes some powerful emotional stories and Survivor Series is one of them.
In the previous books we see how a tragic accident ruined Aaron life and how he fought tooth and nail to regain back his life. But tragic events doesn’t only hit the victim, it hits all the people that are around and this is the storyline of the book.
We see how Anthony, Aaron’s little brother, life has changed since Aaron was assaulted, raped and almost killed.
For years his parents have had to help Aaron and in the process, neglecting the other 2 younger sons, Anthony and Allen.
The situation becomes more difficult when Allen leave for college. Anthony feel alone, neglected and he is bullied at school for being gay.
At almost eighteen Anthony, he has now reached breaking point. He thoughtlessly runs away from home to visit a online friend in Detroit.
Fortunately his car breaks down and he never reaches the appointment (later in the book we discover what danger he could have been in).
He meets liquor store owner, Patrick, this turns out to be his salvation. Patrick not only gives Anthony a place to live but also a job to earn the money he needs to repair his car.
Patrick’s life has not been easy either, his younger brother, Bren, was shot in his store some years previously and their father was killed. This traumatic experience has left Bren unable to leave his house or run the shop, so Patrick has sacrificed everything for him.
Anthony and Patrick are two brothers who have had to face difficulties in a similar situations.
Anthony can understand Patrick feelings but at the same time, understands Bren’s trauma. They slowly became friends and then something more.
What surprised me was the understanding Anthony showed Bren, I expected resentment but it just shows what a wonderful character he is.
Though it doesn’t happen out of the blue, slowly both Anthony and Bren begin to heal. It is a long process but they start to rebuild their lives.
I really liked the book, my only wish would have been to have had it a bit longer, I wanted to see Bren start living his life again, so we are left with our imagination as to what a wonderful life it will be.
If this Series has slipped through your fingers, I urge you to read it, it’s a must read! I also strongly suggest that to get full pleasure, start with book 1 and make your way through.
It’s a powerful, painful and an emotional journey, one which I’m glad to have journeyed.