A Federal Conspiracy. A Volatile Jar of Secrets. A Minefield of Consequences.
What ties a federally sponsored cover-up to a satanic double murder? The man at the center of both events – Alex Hollick
In a thriller series like nothing else in its genre, THE BLOODBATH RITUAL begins the perilous journey of an FBI agent recruited to investigate satanic ritual abuse. Suspense Thriller, Murder Mystery and Romance seamlessly come together in a story that chronicles the complicated life of Alex Hollick. The 1980’s sets the backdrop for this all-original pulse-pounding thriller!
Alex Hollick is a clean-cut robbery division agent in Los Angeles, paying his dues, putting in his time, but his steady climb up the FBI ladder is about to take a major detour. Half of his team is killed in an unauthorized sting operation. The situation worsens when Hollick learns of the internal corruption that helped shape the deadly event.
At the order of his trusted mentor, John Novak, Hollick travels to Virginia, unknowingly as a suspect. A CIA torture team lies in wait, planning to kidnap Hollick and squeeze the truth out of him. After a torturous, drug-induced series of mind games, Hollick is released to Jordan Clay; head of a clandestine group burrowed deep within the FBI. His orders are simple – Bury the truth about the SOCAL robberies…
But things become more complicated from the moment the cover-up begins. Blood spills in all directions as Hollick and Novak attempt to hide the truth. Arson leads to a cop killing in the Mojave Desert. An ambitious Internal Affairs Agent is on to the corruption and two-million dollars in missing robbery money sits in the lap of a beautiful, but troubled young widow.
As the danger escalates, Hollick concocts a seemingly perfect plan to protect the woman of his dreams, Agent Jennifer Fletcher.
Back in Washington, Clay has big plans for Hollick. A career in homicide waits, investigating religious crime at the height of the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s. Feeling confident that his plan has worked, Hollick begins his first case, The Halloween Murders – A double-homicide marked by a satanic signature. Hollick soon realizes that his prime suspect is a scared eyewitness and that the true killers are sabotaging his investigation.
While Hollick struggles to close in on the killers, John Novak has made some plans of his own, to find and destroy the one piece of evidence keeping Jennifer Fletcher alive.
The Bloodbath Ritual combines Thriller, Murder-Mystery and Romance seamlessly into a story that will leave you in suspense to the very last page!
This was a book that was right up my alley. Deception. Corruption. Mystery. Action. A hint of romance tossed in. It was everything I look for in a book.
Unfortunately, I felt it was very long and very drawn out. I tended to lose my attention when reading.
That is not to say I did not like it. I did. I am not entirely sure which plot I should have followed more closely as there were two different mystery cases going on – one of them I have not quite solved the entire puzzle too and may have to catch the next few books to see where it goes because I am still intrigued as to where it went.
The story left loose ends that I can only hope will be tied up in the next book because I still have a lot of questions and am not sure if the second mystery was finished either.
This was a good, corrupt read filled with “who done it”. While I didn’t love it, I did like it and thought it was a good book. Definitely a good read for males and females alike who enjoy a good corruptive, “who done it” book.
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About the Author:
Andrew Downs is an author, musician, and film buff from Southern Maine. Inspired heavily by books, films, and American history, Andrew’s influences include David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, and Anthony Burgess, just to name a few.
Andrew’s debut novel, “The Alex Hollick FBI Series (Part 1: The Bloodbath Ritual)” will be out on Black Friday, November 23rd, 2012. An American Thriller, set in the 1980’s, “The Bloodbath Ritual,” contains a riveting plot that twists, turns, and tangles every step of the way.
Andrew’s writing style is reader focused. Just the right amount of detail is added, to give a vivid depiction, without intruding on the reader’s freedom to imagine. With heavy focus on character development, original dialogue, and intertwining plot lines, “The Bloodbath Ritual,” reads like a novel, but moves like a film. At its heart, the book is a thriller, spiced with suspense, politics, mystery, romance, and more.
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