The best-selling novel “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” has filled a void of positive role models in teen fiction, which has met with much success. The first book in a series by best-selling author Richard Paul Evans, “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” introduces the 14-year-old unlikely hero, Michael Vey, who despite struggling with Tourette Syndrome, has special gifts and powers that help him overcome evil forces threatening to take over the world.
Since its launch, the “Michael Vey” Facebook page has also attracted over 10,000 ‘likes’ and continues to grow. This will come in handy when publishers release the follow up, “Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen” in August 2012.
Avid fans know Evans as an effective and dedicated storyteller whose stories are suffused with strong values. “It has always been my desire to promote positive entertainment through my books,” says Evans. “It’s a testament that people are hungry for these kinds of values that we don’t often see these days in the entertainment industry.” Like his earlier books, Evan’s “Michael Vey” topped the New York Times bestseller list just weeks after its release late last year.
The Utah-born author has written 18 novels, all of which appeared on the ‘New York Times’ bestseller list. In all, over 14 million copies of his novels have seen print worldwide and translated into more than 25 languages. Richard has also been honored with several awards, including the American Mothers book award, the German Lesepreis Gold Award for Romance, the Religion Communicator’s Council’s Wilbur Award, to name some. His advocacy to help abused children has also earned him the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award.