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Flying to the Light

4.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Seventeen year old Michael Anderson and his kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Samuel Herrington, a lethal biophysicist, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowi ...more
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Published (first published November 13th 2011)
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Mar 16, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
Warning: Do not start reading this book at bedtime if you plan to actually sleep. Once you begin, you will have to keep reading until the end.

Flying to the Light has all the elements of a must-read: a three-dimensional antagonist that is so creepy he makes you want to look over your shoulder; a likeable protagonist in seventeen-year-old Michael who manages to stay one step ahead of the bad guys because he uses both his head and his heart to protect his little brother Danny; an imaginative premis
Rich Weatherly
Mar 08, 2012 Rich Weatherly rated it it was amazing
A Gripping paranormal thriller
By Elyse Salpeter

A well written paranormal thriller about a boy with a special gift…

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"How far can you run, until you just can’t run anymore? Seventeen year old Michael Anderson and his kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outr
Ann Swann
Feb 07, 2012 Ann Swann rated it it was amazing
From the beginning, I was hooked. I don't want to spoil it for the next reader, but just let me say the idea of the birds and Danny, very original. Unique story, unique voice. Excellent pace...great book!
Frederick Brooke
I truly enjoyed this book about two brothers fighting for their own survival against dark and powerful forces. After their parents are kidnapped, 17-year-old Michael is forced to flee with his 6-year-old brother Danny with little more than the clothes on their backs. On a motel room TV they see their house in flames, the target of a firebomb attack.

In a series of fight-or-flight scenes, the two boys barely stay one step ahead of their pursuers. Michael often can’t distinguish the good guys from
Frank Tuttle
Feb 20, 2012 Frank Tuttle rated it it was amazing
The subject of the afterlife -- any version of it -- fascinates me. I even do some ghost hunting on the side, not because I believe in ghosts, but because there mere possibility of encountering a phenomena which provides proof of survival is too intriguing to be left unexplored.

'Flying to the Light' is an original take on the question of the afterlife. I won't include any spoilers here, beyond what you might surmise from looking at the book's cover and blurb. You've got a deaf child who can not
David Beeson
Oct 15, 2012 David Beeson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elyse Salpeter seamlessly integrates an adventure yarn with an invitation to consider some fundamental issues about life, death and the afterlife. In this way, she gives us a novel which will entertain young adult readers while challenging them to think. This has to be the best means of instructing: implicitly and without overt didacticism.

The adventure concerns the quest by a teenager to protect his younger brother, disabled in the natural world by deafness but with a supernatural ability to co
Dana Griffin
Jan 26, 2013 Dana Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked me in from the beginning and didn’t let up until the end. I finished it in just a few sittings.

The reason I was so enthralled with the story was the relationship of brothers, seventeen year old Michael and six year old Danny, who are the two main characters. Their interaction with each other was portrayed accurately throughout the book. Adding to the drama of these two interacting with each other is Danny’s special gift Michael has been kept in the dark about until the start of
Apr 19, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt it was very intriguing and fascinating. Elyse gives you a look into paranormal and sci-fi all wrapped up in one. And yes, you will not be able to put it down once you start.
Highly recommend this book, and I guarantee you will pick up more of Elyse Salpeter's books.
Bob Nailor
Mar 01, 2012 Bob Nailor rated it it was amazing
This is one exciting read which was very well written. Elyse Salpeter has taken a situtation, a deaf child, and made him the hero but being deaf is not 'up-in-your-face' or the reason he is the hero; being deaf is secondary. How refreshing. The way the story is woven is enjoyable. I look forward to more books by Elyse and hope there is a sequel to this story soon.
Raquel Hagen
Mar 01, 2012 Raquel Hagen rated it it was amazing
I Love this book!!! Riveting. It reads so quickly and leaves you wanting for more. A great reccomendation for teenagers too.
Michael Thal
Nov 19, 2014 Michael Thal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-novels
Michael is a 17-year-old high school student whose only worries are tests, girls, and playing with his 6-year-old deaf brother, Danny. All of that changes when his parents are kidnapped and he and Danny must run for their lives when they are accused of being spies and murderers.

Thus begins Elyse Salpeter’s riveting YA novel, Flying to the Light. It’s a fantasy about a young boy with a power that could become the gateway between Earth and Heaven. And there is one man who will stop at nothing to
Jamee Pritchard
Feb 26, 2012 Jamee Pritchard rated it really liked it
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I thought this was a poignant and exhilarating read. Author Elyse Salpeter conjures up a fresh idea as to what happens after one dies. Her main characters, Michael and Danny, are on the run after their parents, brilliant scientists, are kidnapped by an evil mastermind who wants possession of their research data that answers the question: What happens after we die?

That research data is their 6-year-old, deaf son, Danny. His 17-year-old brother, Michael, is tasked with keeping Danny safe, a seemi
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This is a book that tries hard to be something it’s not – something that will make readers question heaven and hell, souls and rebirth and tries to provide some shape to what happens after death. It is an admirable undertaking, but one that is not properly executed.

Maddy and Gary Anderson are scientists that are kidnapped by Samuel Herrington. Their sons Michael and Danny are forced to go on the run in an effort to escape Herrington’s clutches and to try to
Feb 11, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They say that when you die, a white light engulfs you and carries you off to an unknown destination, your final resting place. That's what they say, but how could you know for sure, if you've never seen it for yourself? We've all been plagued with this question at some point in our lives. Do we just cease to exist? Or does a part of us survive after we die?

Flying to the light is a dramatic story of a boy, Danny, who knows the answers to all these questions. He's seen it for himself and not only
Janette Skinner
Nov 12, 2012 Janette Skinner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a story told from the point of view of the teenage brother of a child Danny who has special powers and is being relentlessly hunted by some powerful, evil people.
The book is simply written and tells the story in a straightforward and fast paced style. The two main characters Michael and Danny are delightful, likeable and vulnerable and always seem to escape danger just at the right moment. Danny is deaf and the family all sign which is refreshing to see in literature as it is rare to rep
Oct 11, 2012 Gaele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was contacted by the author and offered a copy of the book for honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and no guarantees were made for positive review. Don’t let the YA in the genre field prejudice your decision to read this book. It is completely engaging and full of tension and suspense; it just happens to be primarily narrated by a 17 year old boy.

Danny is 6 years old, deaf, and possesses the ability to commune with the souls of those who have passed on, but not necessarily m
FLYING TO THE LIGHT (THE FLYING,#1) - by Elyse Salpeter

Gary & Maddie Anderson are both research scientists who have made a wonderful discovery in neuroscience. They discovered the use of Light Therapy that can be used for the elderly to stop depression and other diseases. The Anderson's have been nominated to receive a prestigious award at the Royal Plaza. Then something frightful happened terrorists came and kidnapped the Andersons. The children, Michael and Danny were at home and were tipp
Amanda Rodriguez
This was a great book even for an adult. Read it in two days and that is quick for someone in school, working and with 3 kids.
Mike Lemke
Dec 27, 2014 Mike Lemke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Kept my attention. Fast paced. On the fence about reading book 2.
May 28, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*I received a copy from GoodReads First Reads in exchange for an honest review*

This was an amazing book that kept me on the edge of my seat until the last word. I have never read anything quite like this, and I was totally surprised at the ending. I really loved experiencing the characters' emotions as the faced difficult situations and comparing how I would react. I fell absolutely in love with the two boys and I have to say, Danny is one scary six-year-old! :)
Overall assessment of the book: f
I really enjoyed this book. There were some concepts that I didn't necessarily agree with, but I liked the story.
Denise Vitola
Sep 14, 2012 Denise Vitola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book and an excellent writer. You will fall in love with the characters.
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Elyse Salpeter is an author who loves mixing "the real with the fantastic" in her books. She likes nothing better than taking different scenarios and creating worlds where things just aren't what they appear to be.

Her suspense thriller series, THE HUNT FOR XANADU, THE QUEST OF THE EMPTY TOMB and THE CALL OF MOUNT SUMERU are about a brilliant and fearless young woman named Kelsey Porter, whose life
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