by Ken MacQueen
November 7 - December 2, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
Jake Ockham had a dream job, vetting nominees for the Sedgewick Medallion-the nation's highest civilian award for heroism. His own scarred hands are an indelible reminder of the single mother he failed to pull from a raging house fire; her face haunts him still. Obligations drag him back to his hometown to edit the family newspaper but attempts to embrace small-town life, and the hot new doctor, are thwarted by unknown forces. The heroes Jake vetted go missing and he becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances. Aided by resourceful friends, Jake follows a twisted trail to the Dark Web, where a shadowy group is forcing the kidnapped medalists to perform deadly acts of valor to amuse twisted subscribers to its website. To save his heroes, Jake must swallow his fears and become one himself...or die in the attempt.
Praise for Hero Haters:
"An edge of your seat thriller. MacQueen, a journalist, ratchets up the suspense and tightens the grip to the explosive end."
Robert Dugoni New York Times Bestselling Author of The Tracy Crosswhite series
"Gripping from the first page. A thrill ride with all the right moves."
Rick Mofina USA Today Bestselling Author
This is a chilling novel. I had heard of the dark web but this novel brought it to reality. Potential readers should be prepared for somewhat graphic descriptions of the kind of torture that is filmed to be shown on it. Some might find trigger situations.
All that being said, this is an entertaining novel. There are genuine heroes, including Jake, the main character. There are psychopaths who commit atrocious acts, partly from revenge, partly from just being evil. MacQueen did a good job of contrasting the good of hero actions with the evil of those hating the heroes. There is good suspense too, especially near the end.
This is a good debut effort though with definite dark aspects. MacQueen is a capable writer with a unique take on contrasting the good and evil that people do.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Adult Thriller
Published by: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Publication Date: October 2022
Number of Pages: 366
ISBN: 9781509243853 (ISBN10: 1509243852)
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