After the plane carrying his family home from a wilderness vacation crashes on a remote mountain pass, fourteen year-old John Parker awakens to a scene of unspeakable tragedy. Gravely injured and skirting the lines of consciousness, John Parker must cope with his devastating loss as he quickly undertakes an epic battle for survival. And when his growing obsession with a family secret threatens to drive him to despair, John Parker finds strength in the knowledge that there is another survivor of the crash who desperately needs his help.
About the Author
A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Brian J. Anderson grew up an only child in the Madison suburb of Middleton, spoiled rotten by a childhood filled with outdoor exploits and Midwestern warmth. Armed with a Biology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, he has spent the last twenty-odd years in life science research, including stints in Agronomy, Microbiology and Biotechnology.
Brian had dreamed of writing a novel since the age of sixteen, (give or take) and after innumerable false starts and dead ends–not to mention decades of simmering experience, patience and maturity–found a story that wouldn’t let him go. The Ascent of PJ Marshall, his debut offering, is the culmination of this lifelong quest and the first chapter in his second act.
When he isn’t writing or spending time with his family, Brian is most likely outside–possibly with a pack on his back or a kayak paddle or fishing pole in his hand. In particularly ambitious moments, he might be juggling all three. No matter where he is or what he’s doing, he will always have a book close at hand. Though he reads voraciously across the board, (including the wealth of talented self-published indie authors) his favorite novelists are Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King, with Jon Krakauer and Bill Bryson his go-to writers of non-fiction.
Brian has lived in rural Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin for the last twenty-two years with his wife, Elizabeth. They have a son, Alec and a daughter, Isabelle as well as two unreasonably large dogs: Truman, a Vizsla / Golden retriever mix with severe separation anxiety and Winston, his Silver Lab buddy and wing-man.