Benjamin Wilder grew up with sparse shelter, infested provisions, and constant abuse dealt to him by his stepfather: Jessup—a.k.a. the Rabid Dog. Without a sober mother to defend him from the Rabid Dog’s wrath, Ben finds reprieve and adventure in a club of misfit boys called the Black Machetes. But the world as Ben knows it comes to an end when he witnesses an act so psychologically appalling that it forces him to run for his life. He travels as far away as he can until fate steps in and guides him to a small town where he finds help he needs to assume a new identity and live a life he could only imagine before.
Years after burying the demons from his childhood, Ben graduates from West Point as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and continues on the path towards realizing his dream of becoming a leader in the elite Ranger Regiment. But his life changes once again when he discovers that the evil from his childhood has never stopped cursing him—having over the years destroyed everyone he ever cared for. When the ticking time-bomb within Ben’s core finally detonates with a fumed vengeance, it pushes his wife and unborn child into the very clutches of the same malevolence that has haunted him his entire life. In the end, Ben must push his body and mind beyond their limits, summoning every ounce of training he received while in the military—forcing him to finally face his past in order to save his future.
I received a EBook of Black Machetes at no cost in exchange for my honest review.
This is one of the more original novels I have read in awhile. This story grabs you pretty quick at the beginning and carries the readers attention to the end. This story has some pretty graphic evil and horrible characters, but that is balanced out by some of the most likable and honorable characters I've read about. The story itself is very believable. The main character, Ben, has a horrific childhood, but he perseveres and becomes a great hero in this story. The plot is laid out well and you will find yourself reading late into the night. There's so much packed into this book, suspense, horror, love and loyalty, but it plays well and doesn't become overwhelming. If your looking for your next great read you need to check this book out!
About the Author
Ryan K. Howard is an author of page-turner thrillers and horrors. His characters and subject matter deal with controversial topics such as racial tensions, mental and physical abuse, addiction, sociopathic behavior, psychosis, and of course—the paranormal.
Ryan lives in Seattle with his two youngest kiddos along with a house full of ghosts that get pretty active when Ryan's early drafts are read aloud to them.
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