Hawthorne, CA, May 03, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- “Beyond the Precipice” (ISBN 0988163812) by Eva Blaskovic shares the story of Bret Killeen, a young man filled with regret and yearning for a new life. Haunted by guilt and driven by an intrinsic sense of duty, Bret is his own worst enemy in the struggle to reach manhood on his own terms.
At the pivotal age of 18, Bret takes mournful stock of his life: still obedient to his dead father’s wishes that he give up music for more lucrative pursuits, blackmailed by his brother Drake for the role Bret played in their father's death, and rejected by his malicious and spiteful uncle Galan. Worse yet, he has watched his mother, Kyra, ensnared by poverty. Racked with sorrow, Bret understands he must confront his past if he ever hopes to seize his future. As he struggles to come to terms with the death he may have caused and realizes how the loss has touched everyone's life, he is aided by Nicole, a young cello player who aspires to play for a prestigious orchestra.
The title is a subtle play on the manner in which Bret's father dies, falling from a mountainside, and the risk and terror of making unpopular decisions and being true to oneself. “The book is about an 18-year-old young man with a gift for music who is told his entire life he must choose another path,” says Blaskovic. “Every horror he experiences seems to confirm this. But he leads an empty existence until he takes the reins of his decisions and chooses for himself.”
A heartfelt and moving debut novel, "Beyond the Precipice” offers a poignant and sometimes humorous look at the transitional journey of today's young adult, and the unprecedented challenges they must consider when making long-term choices. "We saw ourselves in this book," says Ashby-BP CEO Mary C. Dunford. "Artists, journalists, and other challengers of the status-quo, are often steered to do something else. This is the time we learn to think critically and trust our decisions. There just aren't enough realistic books that address these that teens can relate to." Employing engaging characters, sparkling dialogue and an emotionally compelling plot, this story resonates with audiences of all ages who understand the labors of following one’s dreams.
"Beyond The Precipice" is available at Amazon.com and through other channels.