Between Heaven and Earth (Seven (the series))

DJ is David McLean's eldest grandson, so it stands to cause that he be the only to scatter his cherished grandfather's ashes. at the very least that is how DJ sees it. he is consistently been the easiest at everything—sports, university, taking care of his fatherless family—so mountaineering Kilimanjaro is simply one other factor he will accomplish virtually without difficulty. Or so he thinks, till he arrives in Tanzania and every little thing begins to move incorrect. he is detained at immigration, he will get robbed, his mountain climbing team comprises an outdated woman and he will get caught with the 1st ever girl porter. pressured to move polepole (slowly), DJ unearths out the difficult method that formative years, health point and force don't have anything to do with good fortune at the mountain—or in life.
   DJ's adventures begin in Jungle Land, a part of The Seven Prequels and proceed in Sleeper, a part of The Seven Sequels.

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I do know you’ve heard that so usually, and from time to time it even made you bristle, yet it’s precise. You have been constantly the child who did what he used to be presupposed to do. From drowsing throughout the evening, to bathroom education, to studying to learn, to being the captain of each staff you ever performed on. most youngsters didn’t be aware of what was once occurring. a number of the smarter teenagers had questions. yet you, good, you looked as if it would have the solutions. I additionally take note so truly while your father died. It wasn’t simply the saddest day on your existence, yet one of many saddest in mine. i used to be powerless to guard both your mom otherwise you or your brother from the ache. I observed you shed tears, yet you have been so powerful. i feel you helped your mom via all of it greater than I did. Let’s be sincere, i feel you helped me. possibly that’s the place your previous soul advanced right into a chief. You grew to become greater than a baby. You took care of your mom and your brother after which your entire cousins. i do know that typically your brother and cousins can have resented having one other “parent,” yet i do know they appreciate you loads. I anticipate as every one of you completes the requests I’ve made that there'll be communique one of the seven of you. i do know you may be there to aid the others satisfy their demanding situations, but in addition desire you’ll be robust adequate to simply accept their support too. a very good chief is aware while to persist with, whilst to simply accept support, while to visit others for counsel. I’ve continuously idea that the issues of the realm have been triggered simply because we didn't comprehend one uncomplicated truth: we're all a part of an analogous kinfolk. There should not diversified races of individuals yet one race—the human race. If we have been in a position to hint our lives again throughout the generations, we’d locate the hyperlinks that attach us all. There are those that talk about the backyard of Eden as though it was once a truth, and others who see the speculation of evolution as greater than a idea. In many ways they’re either right. although, all of us proportion an analogous beginnings. We all started with one mom and father—one Adam and Eve—even if via evolution. i do know I’ve advised you a few of my stories from my time in Africa. I flew sorts of small planes up and down the entire of East Africa. these have been occasions of event, abandon and pleasure. It was once the place my soul used to be healed after the horror of warfare, the place I turned capable of dwell and love back and cross on with existence. Ashes to ashes, airborne dirt and dust to dust—those phrases have been stated at my funeral. i feel them. DJ, this is my request. i need a few of my ashes lower back to the place all of it all started for mankind, but in addition the place my lifestyles started again—to Africa, to the Rift Valley. i would like you to visit Tanzania and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. a few of my ashes were put in my jogging cane. if you happen to achieve the head, scatter my ashes within the wind in order to be blown through the valley and that i can once more be reunited with my ancestors. With my nice thank you, and nice love, Grandpa P. S. Say hi to Elijah for me—he can be there to fulfill you on the airport, look after you and make the entire preparations in your trek up the mountain.

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