The King’s Highway
Book One of the Days of Dread Trilogy for Young Adults, THE KING'S HIGHWAY
debuted October 10th, 2015! I'm very excited about this series and writing for young folks again, although the grandparents are loving this book, too. All ages can enjoy it. It’s just over sixty thousand words, a quick read because you won't want to put it down!
A mysterious dead man directs the small band on their journey to a much safer corridor he dubs The King’s Highway.
Airplanes are falling out of the sky, and all things electric rendered useless after a mysterious flash. It tests the grit of fifteen-year-old Jackson Allison when the care and safety of his younger siblings fall solely to him.
No one knows for sure what’s happened, but danger lurks. A fierce determination to keep his thirteen-year-old sister McKenzie and nine-year-old brother Cooper safe propels the high school freshman to leave their Irving home in the shadow of the DFW Airport for their grandparents’ farm a hundred-plus miles northeast.
Thrust into a lawless, chaotic world, he’s guided by an ever-changing cryptic note that leads his growing troupe along the King’s Highway. Bullies, Russians, wild animals, gang-bangers, and kidnappers thwart their progress while a lack of drinkable water and food is a constant concern. Will he ever get his people to safety in the Red River Valley in far Northeast Texas?
The King’s Highway is a C. S. Lewis-type story, using symbolisms of the Bible. I loved the book! Loved the characters’ personalities! It held my interest, and I didn’t want to proof, just to read for enjoyment. It has just enough building to the climaxes with their adventure along the King’s Highway, with added depth that keeps the reader pondering about God, Jesus, and angels.
--Lenda Selph, a New Boston, Texas proofreader and lover of good books
“The King’s Highway” by Caryl McAdoo begins with a normal morning for three school age children. As their mother leaves for work and they get ready to head off to school, the unthinkable happens throwing their world into a tailspin like a jumbo jet falling from the sky. Assisted by a dog and an old man, the three siblings seek safety with relatives in the country. As their two week journey takes them through experiences no children should encounter, they begin to wonder if they will make it to their destination. After recent events, is there no safe place left on earth?
This first novel in the Days of Dread Trilogy fits the mid-grade classification in that the chief characters are mid-grade children. It is so much more than a dystopian story since it fits so well into the quest genre. Just as C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” are much more children’s novels in that they are dearly loved and read by adults worldwide, even so “The King’s Highway” takes the adult reader hostage and keeps them enthralled to the very end, a point when they will want more story.
This book is so well written and edited that the critical eye of this reviewer found not one typo or mistake. For sure, every detail in the world Caryl McAdoo depicts fits perfectly with the projected future environment after another world war. It is to be dearly hoped that the author isn’t being prophetic in the scenario depicted in this book. Here’s looking forward to the next book “The Sixth Trumpet” due out hopefully before the Lord returns.
I read this story in an advanced reader copy and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. –Cassandra Wessel, multi-published author and avid reader
Oh my dear Caryl!! Thank you so much for sending me a copy of The King's Highway! As you know I devour books and I can't remember when I have enjoyed reading one as much as this one. If I really like a book, I can read it in a day.
I read this book twice in two days. I couldn't quit reading. It has to be right up there with my all-time favorite books. If anyone is thinking they won't read this book because it is labeled mid-grade, I would encourage them to reconsider. You will miss a blessing.
Anyone who is reading age from the mid grades to senior citizens (that's me) will love this book. The characters in the book are delightful. I was right in the story with them following them all the way from their home in Irving to Red River County, anticipating every danger. A fun, fun book!!
--Louise Koiner, a Clarksville, Texas beta reader