Local hypnotherapist Buffy Rayburn has been drafted into the service of a "special task force" dispatched to investigate the the worst schoolyard shooting in U.S. history, the May Day Massacre. Buffy is the leading expert in the hotly debated existence of Satanic Ritual Abuse.
Detective Jack "Black Jack" Carnahan investigates the brutal homicide of a postal employee and his family. A mysterious Man In Black agent from Homeland Security is focusing on Carnahan over the victim's computer hard drive and what wasn't on it when taken into custody.
Meanwhile, in the swamps of Louisiana, Special Agent Mallory Hammond is trussed up for ritual sacrifice by an inbred clan of alligator farmers. A startling discovery has been made: the frightening swamp dwellers have been trafficking in an exotic species -- a species that has never been observed alive in the wild before.
While Jack Carnahan races against the clock to discover the connections between a pint-sized suicide juggernaut, the brutal killings of a UFO researcher and his family, and the U.S. Government, a gang of assassins-for-hire, Denver Police motorcycle traffic cops by day, are closing in, determined to add Black Jack Carnahan to the list of casualties being shredded in this Pretty Hate Machine.
"Don Templeton has a remarkable talent in which he is able to paint a picture with his words and I easily envisioned his characters from the innocent Sadie to the curious hypnotherapist, Buffy Rayburn. The characters are introduced intermittently and together they form the pieces of an intriguing conspiracy puzzle." --Hungry Monster Book Reviews.com.
DON TEMPLETON is the pen name for the lead writer and founder of the publishing confederation, Blue Falcon Press. He is also the author of four Executioner novels published by Gold Eagle Books (#262, #264, #266, and #276). For the last 20 or so years, Don has been under deep cover inside U.S. Special Operations living the dream and spying on his primary subject matter: soldiers. Don is from the Hemingway School of Writers - a writer has to live his story before he can genuinely write anything of value. That means jumping into Life and getting into a fight with Life. Don has the life scars to prove his bona fides. He has survived 100-plus airborne operations (most of those mass tac with the 3rd Ranger Battalion of the Iran-Contra era), the meat grinder of Special Forces selection (twice - twice is his favorite number), the Q Course where he outwitted alpha boy tab protectors with superior ninja mind-clouding tactics, and went to war with the best ODA the National Guard ever fielded, the Happy Reapers. This background lends volumes of authenticity to the over-the-top novels he writes because he has lived this material.