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Beyond Destiny: The Afterlife Series, Book 3 is a supernatural novel of suspense written by Deb McEwan. Val's friend, Marian, and her daughter, Libby, were horrified to find Val lying unconscious and bleeding in her bedroom. She had not been the same since her ill-fated relationship with the man she knew as Gary, but who had turned out to be Big Ed, a vicious and sadistic criminal. After the shock of losing her husband, Ron, in the taxi accident that took both his and Claire's life, the widow had valiantly started rebuilding her life, making friends with Marian and starting a new career as a charity worker. Now, she had been fired from her job because of the scandal around Big Ed and seemed to have nothing left to live for. Big Ed was later attacked and murdered in prison, but, for Val, things got even worse after that. He began to haunt her dreams, startlingly realistic dreams that terrified her. Claire, Ron, and the other angelic forces were meanwhile defending the earth against an ever-increasing horde of evil entities that seemed determined to make earth a living hell.
Deb McEwan's supernatural novel of suspense, Beyond Destiny: The Afterlife Series, Book 3, is a gripping and thought-provoking dark fantasy where good is pitted against the demonic, and the result is anything but certain. These angelic hosts are not the infallible and resilient beings one typically envisions them to be. McEwan’s forces of good get injured, sometimes desperately so, as Claire learns to her dismay when her beloved Raphael returns from a battle with horrific wounds. His injuries were so profound that he seemed to hover in a comatose state, and she could only wait and hope for his recovery. McEwan's enthralling dark fantasy takes place on two stages: the worldly and the otherworldly, and her earthly beings can't help but be affected by the otherworldly war that is raging around them. In her story, McEwan addresses a more pressing real life issue -- depression and the impact it has on the life of the affected and his/her family and friends. There's also the marvelous sub plot of the recruitment of Claire's twin brothers, Jim and Tony, by the top secret government school for people with special abilities. Beyond Destiny is an action-packed and thrilling tale that delivers. It's highly recommended.