Dark Territory: The Tracks Book 1, by J. Gabriel Gates and co-author Charlene Keel.
In the quaint town of Middleburg, an abandoned train yard and old railroad tracks form the dividing line between two rival gangs—the wealthy, preppy Toppers and the working-class Flatliners. When Raphael, the leader of the Flatliners, falls in love with Aimee, a Topper girl, the rival gangs prepare to do battle . . . but not with guns and knives. Their martial arts training dictates a strict code of honor, which all of the gang members adhere to. The only hope for peace between the rival gangs lies within the giant X formed where the railroad tracks cross. The awesome power contained in the X sends the Flatliners and the Toppers on a mystical quest to fight against malevolent forces that threaten the existence of Middleburg—and maybe the world.
Despite a tentative alliance between the goth Flatliners and the rich, preppie Toppers, any hope of peace is dashed when Topper girl Aimee arrives at the homecoming dance with Raphael, a Flatliner. A fight erupts between the two gangs and in the midst of the rumble, a bizarre event threatens the entire student body. Middleburg High’s new homecoming queen must use her recently acquired supernatural skills to save them.
To make matters worse, Middleburg real estate moguls have bought up most of the land in the Flats and started evicting the tenants. They are searching for a priceless treasure prophesied in ancient Chinese writings and will stop at nothing to find it. But Raphael and his impoverished Flatliners vow to get it first and use it buy back their homes. Meanwhile, a handsome, charismatic half-angel, half-human comes to Middleburg with plans to take Aimee away from Raphael.
As Raphael and his Flatliners and Zhai and his Toppers work to perfect their supernatural abilities and find the treasure, Aimee begins kung fu training, intent on becoming strong enough to rescue her missing mother. When she discovers that the mysterious treasure may be the key to finding her mom, the race intensifies.
But all the digging has awakened the guardian of the treasure, a force powerful enough to reduce all of Middleburg, and perhaps the world, to ashes…
J. Gabriel Gates: His first two novels are The Tracks: Dark Territory, in stores July 1, 2011, and The Sleepwalkers, in stores October 3, 2011. Visit his website here.
Charlene Keel – author, screenwriter, editor, ghostwriter and more with over a dozen published novels to her credit. She has also written for such major TV shows as Fantasy Island and Days of Our Lives, and the first made-for-syndication soap opera was based on her Dell novel, Rituals.