Waking Lazarus

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“A captivating visual story with a colorful narrative. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down.” Peter Anderson, Oscar Winner, Cinematographer

 

Jake Harris’ life hasn’t turned out the way he planned. Battling his addictions, and the shattered pieces of his family, he is hired to ghostwrite a memoir. From the 1920’s story of a controversial evangelist, to the present day mystery of a former District Attorney, everything changes when his search for the truth leads to an atrocity hidden from history. With a past he can’t remember, he begins to discover that he is not the person he believed himself to be. Rather, he is a threat to a secret society that has remained in the shadows for nearly a century. Jake is drawn deep inside a world he never knew existed that brings him closer to his own extraordinary destiny.

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“A relentless page turner and epic adventure.” Don Pape, Publisher, NavPress

“A brilliant follow up to The Disillusioned.” Mitch Kruse, Author

“Waking Lazarus is an action thriller with guts and killer instincts. Readers will enjoy the action in the novel as Jake searches for answers and redemption. But this is only the start of the war. The end leaves readers hanging off a cliff, waiting for the battle to really begin.” The Coffee Pot Review

“A totally captivating page turner that once you start you will not want to put down! Well formed vivid characters, great story line, and intricate plot twists. I could see the characters in my minds eye and would love to see this as a movie series. Would highly recommend for a great summer read or really anytime. DJ Williams you are a credit to your craft and I can’t wait for the follow up to this novel!!” Amazon Review

“Loved this book. Was full of mystery, twists and turns and surprises! Would love to see it as a movie…Wow!” Amazon Review

“If you are a fan of stories that delve into religious extremism, government conspiracy, evil clandestine societies, political corruption, and where wealth, power, and influence can determine one’s fate, then you’ll enjoy reading this edge on your seat thriller. The author weaves into the narrative surprising events from nearly a century ago to present Los Angeles. Through flashbacks, the plot is riveting, bringing together some of the most multifaceted, well defined, diverse characters that you will respect, pity, or abhor. Just when you think you know which course the narrative is taking, you’re thrown lots of curve balls that expose murder, international crime syndicates, betrayal, deception, terrorism, secrets and lies, drugs and human trafficking, leading up to an ending that will leave you flabbergasted.”

“This story is very captivating, fast paced, and an amazing accomplishment for author D.J. Williams. Jake Harris is down and out, not happy at all how his life has turned. He’s troubled with alcohol addiction, and his family has fallen apart. Since he’s alone now, he is asked to be a ghost writer for a man who is writing a memoir. The shocking story begins by revealing a 1920s controversial Evangelist, Evelyn Shaw, who was also a healer. Her husband Nathan Shaw had died in 1910 in China. During his research, Jake finds evidence of a secret society, which has existed for 1,000 years, and is still functioning, even involving high level politicians. The murder of former District Attorney, Doc Warren, is investigated by FBI Agent Kate McNaughton. She and Jake Harris get swept into many dangerous situations of suspense to discover facts which many people are trying to keep secret. One fact Jake wants to know is just who is Lazarus, and why does Jake Harris have no memory recall prior to 16 years of age? This is like a stampede of a story to read and has many characters I had trouble remembering. However, the reader is enticed to follow Jake and Kate very closely to the shocking, sudden end. It’s like a trip to another dark evil world. Author D.J. Williams is certainly very creative and expressive. A bit of a challenge for me to keep up, but I was captivated to read it to the end.” Nancy L. , Amazon Review

“This is a very well thought out and action filled thriller. I liked the plot and the characters of Jake, Kate and Scarlett are well rounded, mesh well with the story and each other. This is a plot that is constantly shifting and evolving, and this is a book you have to pay attention to. There are a lot of elements in the book and if you aren’t giving it your full attention, it is easy to get lost or confused. There is a lot going on in this book! My only real negative is that it had so many parts and subplots that it did get confusing at times. However, it was still a good book and I enjoyed reading it greatly. While at first Jake’s character grated on my nerves, his evolution felt natural and it was easier to connect to him. I found that by the time I got half way through, I didn’t want to put this down.” L. Ruetz, Amazon Review

“This book quickly got me hooked! It seemed so mysterious at first. I kept asking myself where the author was taking me! The plot of this fast moving book is very complex.The information is very current and mirrors a lot of the political controversy going on in the world today. My one regret is that it ends on a cliff hanger so I guess we have to wait for the next book to learn what happens to Jake who has barely gotten up to full speed so I imagine there will be a lot more excitement in the sequel. I recommend this book for anyone who loves great action stories.” Philip L., Amazon Review

“Wow! I think I just found a favorite new author. I loved the complexity of the plot that had me guessing — lots of delicious twists and turns. The story also brings light on an ongoing world problem, that of the trafficking of children. You will not be sorry you picked up this very compelling and fast-paced read.” Amazon Review

“Loved this book! I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down once I started so I saved it until I was holiday and I was right – couldn’t put it down. The complicated characters and sophisticated plot keeps your brain engaged and you flip through the pages.” Miriam Y., Amazon Review

“DJ Williams is an excellent writer (and I am very critical of that when I read). So my only negative feeling about the book is that I felt there was too much in too little time. Or, in other words, this would have been better as a series (I was even picturing it as a tv show). It was pretty action-packed with new, surprising developments to keep one interested. Thanks to the author for offering me a copy in exchange for my honest review.” Amazon Review

“This book quickly got me hooked! It seemed so mysterious at first. I kept asking myself where the author was taking me! The plot of this fast moving book is very complex.The information is very current and mirrors a lot of the political controversy going on in the world today. My one regret is that it ends on a cliff hanger so I guess we have to wait for the next book to learn what happens to Jake who has barely gotten up to full speed so I imagine there will be a lot more excitement in the sequel. I recommend this book for anyone who loves great action stories.” Amazon Review

“I love to read! and this was a page turner….I couldn’t put it down….It was so, so good and kept me up till late at night! job well done!!!!! can’t wait for the next book in the series!!!” Amazon Review

“Very well written book. Keeps your interest and intrigue till the very last page. Would recommend for anyone to read.” Amazon Review

“This was a very visual book to read! Descriptions were full without being over powering, making it feel as though the tale was taking place in a familiar location. The author’s style of writing unfolded the plot at a rapid pace which kept the reader actively involved throughout the novel. Characters were interesting, well developed and just flawed enough to make them feel real. Twists in the plot came as a surprise and work to keep the reader guessing as to the conclusion. This read as a tale that would make an outstanding movie or tv series!” Amazon Review

“This is a new author to me and I am happy to say is a new favorite! This was truly a fun and intriguing adventure with twists and turns and changes. I enjoyed it immensely! I am now needing to get on Amazon and search for more of his work….Guardian Novel Book 1 perhaps? Thank you D.J. Williams for hours of reading pleasure!” Amazon Review

“Gripping storyline. Characters that captured my heart. And best of all it’s fiction that has real-life substance as it addresses the crisis of child slavery and human trafficking. Highly recommended.”Amazon Review

“I must say how enthralled I was with this book. I could not put it down. From one fast paced scene to another, the author leads the reader through a maze of conspiracies, criminals, and deaths. In the beginning I was not sure this book would be my cup of tea. It did not take long before I knew this was a power house of a book. A complicated conspiracy with many deeply driven characters and layers, Williams hooks the reader and does not let go as he leads you through his story. What a story this is!” Amazon Review

“Spell binding. Didn’t want to stop. I would read everyday when on the treadmill and elliptical! Made me want to keep working out! DJ is such an amazing storyteller. He keeps the pace flowing. Definitely worth reading. Relevant to our time.” Amazon Review