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The Vessels
The Vessels

The Vessels

The Vessels


326 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: July 2020

ISBN 9781944109080

Rights: WOR

Vesuvian Books (Jul 2020)


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A major social justice advocate, Elias is a screenwriter who has created a groundbreaking series with a diverse cast that sets out to right past wrongs—no matter the cost

NOT EVERY SPIRIT SEEKS REDEMPTION. NOT EVERY VESSEL WILL SURVIVE.What if you could help those who've passed on get a second chance—but at the risk of your own life? Four broken strangers volunteer to become the first humans in North America to join the international VESSELS program. Their bodies will host the Spirits who seek to right past wrongs and earn a chance at Elysium. Disguised inside a homeless shelter in Reno, the program is facilitated by a retired Army officer, a former ER Doctor, and a tech-savvy teen who tracks the Spirits merged with their Vessels through an ancient ritual on the Anaho Reservation. The Vessels only have seven days to succeed—and to survive. But when the vengeful spirit of a serial killer enters one of them, they learn not all Spirits are here for redemption.


"In the Vessels Program, spirits of the dead return to inhabit the bodies of human vessels and visit their still-living relations to right past wrongs. Sam has just established a program in Reno, Nevada, and recruited four vessels, Tal, Link, Avani, and Aaron. They have all suffered from life's cruelties and are more than willing to let the spirits inhabit them for their seven-day journey of redemption as the spirits seek forgiveness or to forgive loved ones. One of the Spirits, however, is a terrifying, vengeful revenant not interested in redemption. As the three benevolent spirits work toward accomplishing their missions, the vessel for the fourth must figure out a way to prevent this vengeful spirit from harming others. This unique novel mixes social commentary, Native American mysticism, the power of love and forgiveness, and ghostly spirits. This gothic speculative tale will appeal to sf and horror fans alike, and the open-ended finale leaves plenty of room for a sequel." —Booklist

"… fast-paced, emotionally compelling, and hard to put down … a blend of murder mystery, spiritual travelogue, and thought-provoking thriller." —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Elias has crafted a thriller like nothing I've ever read before … a high quality, unputdownable novel, I would highly recommend The Vessels to any supernatural thriller fan looking for their next captivating read." —Readers' Favorite

Author Biography

Anna Elias started her career as Don Johnson's assistant on Miami Vice. She later worked on such feature films as Nell (Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson), The Rainmaker (Matt Damon), 12 Monkeys (Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe), A Time to Kill (Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson), Practical Magic (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman), and The Client (Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones).Anna has a passion for justice and fairness that translates to her work. She and her husband, Scott, worked on location during their early movie careers and shared the intent to leave each place they filmed as good, or better, then when they arrived. This was especially true on the set of John Grisham's A Time to Kill. Canton, Mississippi had just suffered great racial hardship and division in a Mayoral race. With Scott and Anna's encouragement, the movie crew made extra efforts to befriend, buy from, and work with all the townspeople, across the board, and it served to break down walls of inequality and injustice that had divided the town for decades. The impact was so positive that Dan Rather traveled there to tape a 2-part special for his weekly news show, 48 Hours. Anna has since been asked to speak about the experience at various church, film, and college venues.Anna's desire for fairness and justice are also at the heart of her writing. Her works are varied and entertaining, but always have a seed of social relevance inside.