Derek has always been a runner. He’s spent his life running from his problems, his pain and his past. This time, running involves an actual pair of running shoes — and now he’s running for his life.
On the surface, Derek is a family man with an idyllic life but only he knows the truth. Haunted by his fractured past, repressed rage, dark secrets and the recent tragic death of his infant son, Derek is stuck in a hellish emptiness he can’t seem to escape. Now, his wife is disappearing at night, his career is on the verge of collapse and his own self-destructive behavior is becoming a real threat.
Out of desperation, Derek begins to run and it triggers a series of bizarre events, the emergence of a mysterious medicine man, and opens a portal to his own painful past and a supernatural presence that has him questioning his sanity. The appearance of the entity might be the very thing Derek needs to fix his shattered life…or it may reveal his ultimate destruction.
What Others Are Saying About Spirit on the Run:
“D.J. Vanas deftly weaves together suspense, family drama, and spiritual adventure for a truly captivating read!”
– Kirk Farber, Author of Postcards from a Dead Girl
“Insightful and hopeful, once again, D.J. uses his Native American culture to take us on a journey inside ourselves through the lens of Derek, his main character and gives us permission to look at how life can be encumbered and revived, as the engaging pages we read bring us into this mosaic family—challenged by their realities, yet buoyed by the possibilities that also surrounded them.”
– Clifton L. Taulbert, Pulitzer-Nominated Author of Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored and Eight Habits of the Heart
“This sensational spiritual adventure reminds us that our hurts don’t have to break us but instead can give us the courage to change, to lead a better even more fulfilling life.”
– LeAnn Thieman CSP, CPAE – Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles
“D.J. Vanas has poured his soul into this story… He takes us into the dark pit that is grief and brings us out the other side and into the light of wisdom. It is a book that teaches us that there is a way out of the abyss.”
– Brian McDonald, Author of Invisible Ink and writer/director of White Face