Between Heaven and Earth (DJ #1; Seven #1) by Eric WaltersDJ is David McLeans eldest grandson, so it stands to reason that he be the one to scatter his beloved grandfathers ashes. At least thats how DJ sees it. Hes always been the best at everything--sports, school, looking after his fatherless family--so climbing Kilimanjaro is just another thing hell accomplish almost effortlessly. Or so he thinks, until he arrives in Tanzania and everything starts to go wrong. Hes detained at immigration, he gets robbed, his climbing group includes an old lady and he gets stuck with the first ever female porter. Forced to go polepole (slowly), DJ finds out the hard way that youth, fitness level and drive have nothing to do with success on the mountain--or in life.
DJs adventures start in Jungle Land, part of The Seven Prequels and continue in Sleeper, part of The Seven Sequels.
Seven (The Series): Between Heaven and Earth
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Thank you! Accustomed to succeeding at everything he does, DJ mistakenly believes that he can travel to Africa, climb the mountain and be home in a matter of days. Tricked into taking on the first female porter, he finds himself set to climb with a year-old woman; nevertheless, DJ believes that his fitness and youth will be enough to get him to the top. However, if pride comes before the fall, then perhaps humility comes before the ascent. He learns that to travel quickly, one must travel alone, but to travel far, one must go with others.
The prolific Eric Walters is known for action-adventure novels that appeal to boys, and his latest project, Seven The Series , is no exception. The series comprises seven books, each written by a different author, linked by a grandfather character who has bequeathed an adventurous task to each of his seven grandsons. Within hours of arriving in Africa, he has his gear stolen, unwittingly makes a troublesome bargain with a local girl, and ends up with a slow climbing partner four times his age. Things take a Jon Krakauer-esque turn when DJ gets a cloying headache and mountain sickness starts to affect the climbers. Despite the challenges DJ faces during his climb, the stakes never feel particularly high. Complete with its own website and promotional campaign, Seven The Series practically guarantees a built-in readership from fans of the individual authors.
A natural athlete and leader as the oldest of the seven cousins, DJ has no trouble understanding why his grandfather chose him for the job, expecting his trek to be more like a walk in the park as opposed to a real challenge. Along the way, DJ discovers his own strength will only take him so far though, and learning to take things slowly and rely on others just might get him further than he would if he were alone. - DJ is David McLean's eldest grandson, so it stands to reason that he be the one to scatter his beloved grandfather's ashes. At least that's how DJ sees it.