jan burke
jan burke

The Messenger



Beneath the Caribbean sea, a salvage diver hears an eerie voice calling to him from the wreckage of the Morgan Bray, a 19th century ship. In return for promised riches, the diver becomes the servant of Adrian Varre, the creature who has called to him. It's a bargain the diver will come to regret.

Varre enlists him in a hunt for a man named Tyler Hawthorne.

Ten years later, in a canyon in the foothills above Los Angeles, Amanda Clark has become curious about her new neighbor, Tyler Hawthorne. He's not home much, but others tell her that her new neighbor is about her age—twenty-four. He also wealthy, handsome, and single.

Amanda soon suspects another description can be added to the list of Tyler's attributes: con artist. When Tyler shows up at the hospice room of her friend Ron, and tells the dying man he'll live, Amanda angrily resents Tyler for giving Ron false hope.

Until Ron begins to recover.

Although Tyler continues to puzzle her, she finds herself drawn to him.

Tyler finds himself drawn to Amanda as well, but he has a secret he must keep from her: he's been twenty-four for almost two hundred years.

Two centuries ago, he bargained for his life. In exchange, he became a Messenger, one who hears the final thoughts of the dying, and conveys their last messages to their loved ones. Since that time, his life has been nomadic and—except for the companionship of a remarkable black dog—solitary.

The dying also convey messages to Tyler, and now they are hinting that his long service may be coming to an end. He begins to hope that he can return to a normal, mortal life, and allows himself to grow closer to Amanda—unaware that he is being pursued by an old enemy who will stop at nothing to destroy him, or that he can only leave his role of the Messenger behind at a dreadful cost.
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"In this outstanding supernatural thriller from bestseller Burke (Kidnapped), her first venture into paranormal territory, Tyler Hawthorne, a British officer wounded at Waterloo, receives a memento mori ring on the battlefield from "Messenger" Lucien Adrian deVille, Lord Varre. The ring grants the wearer immortality, but in exchange Tyler must forever comfort the dying. Tyler also gets Shade, a black cemetery dog, for protection. In the present, a salvage diver uncovers Adrian's remains in a ship sunk in the Caribbean in 1815. A resurrected Adrian uses the diver to help locate Tyler in Los Angeles, where Tyler is attending to a leukemia patient. Tyler, an ageless 24, has also fallen for wealthy Amanda Clarke, who's haunted by family members killed in an accident that she survived. Mutual attraction and a dedication to do good unite the pair against the evil Adrian. Shade lends a distinctive Dean Koontzian flavor to the action, while Charlaine Harris fans will appreciate Amanda's ghostly abilities."
   —Publishers Weekly