by David Berardelli
Barbara Neilson has learned that someone wants her dead.
Twenty-two-year-old Laura Neilson lives with her mother, Barbara, in their home in Manville, a small town in southeastern Ohio. Laura hasn’t seen or heard from her father since he left and moved to Florida to start a new life five years earlier.
Their quiet life abruptly changes one day when Barbara and Laura are victims of a mugging attempt as they are walking down the street. A stranger comes to their aid by overpowering the muggers, but disappears the moment the police arrive.
Barbara and Laura are taken to the Police Station, but are soon smuggled out of the building by an FBI agent, driven to an isolated house in Bridgeport and held there. Barbara and Laura are told that a hired killer from Orlando, Florida, has been sent to Ohio to kill Barbara. They are also told that certain well-connected people suspect Barbara’s husband shared incriminating evidence about them with her, and that the hired killer has been sent to retrieve this evidence after he has killed Barbara and Laura.
In the midst of this nightmare, Barbara and Laura begin to strongly suspect that the men protecting them are not the good guys at all, and that the hired killer they’ve been told about could be a lie just to keep them from trying to escape.
In this world of corruption, lies, and the threat of death, Barbara and Laura realize that time is running out for both of them. Their only hope is the man who’d helped them before. They pray that he’ll somehow know they once again need his help and that he will find them in time.
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Influenced by the works of Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Harlan Ellison, and Theodore Sturgeon, he began writing in his early teens. He's also a James Bond fanatic and has read every Ian Fleming novel. As a boy, he was inspired by "The Twilight Zone," and focused on horror and sci-fi as well as suspense. He also loves humor, frequently including it in his stories, as evidenced in his DEMON CHASER series of five novels. His novels, WAGON DRIVER, AND DARKNESS FELL, and AFTER DARKNESS FELL, all focus on futuristic dystopian societies. APPRENTICE and STEPPING OUT OF MY GRAVE deal with death, and are both spiced with humor. His FUNNY DETECTIVE series is another example of his humorous take on death. His novel, IN ANOTHER REALM, deals with a world only our subconscious could be aware of. A RIPPLE IN TIME, AWAKENED, and YESTERDAY'S JOURNEY are tales dealing with illusion and the imagination. COLORS, FATAL INNOCENCE, ESCAPE CLAUSE, BEYOND RECOGNITION, BEYOND GUILT, and REDEMPTION are all suspense stories. Many of his stories take place in Orlando, Florida, where he lived and worked for more than twenty years.