By Avi Wortis
"When you're lifeless, you're dead,"" his uncle tells him, yet John Proud fears another way. The sixteen-year-old's namesake, his great-great-great-great-grandfather, who died again in 1854, was once discovered to blame of being a demon and hanged. Now his malevolent spirit is again, wreaking havoc and searching out a fit new physique to take over.Sixteen-year-old John Proud discovers his family's darkish secret'in 1854 an ancestral namesake confessed to being a demon. Now John unearths himself fighting his ancestor who's attempting to use John for an evil goal. Mounting suspense plus the definite draw of occult horror will maintain readers turning the pages.
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Devil's Race by Avi Wortis