Apex Predator is my debut novel published in October, 2016.
In a world destabilized by soaring inequality, climate change, and war the deaths of several high profile bankers leave national security experts scrambling for answers. A disgruntled and discredited F.B.I. Agent striving to bring to justice the corrupt individuals responsible for wrecking his community is instead ordered to protect those same Wall Street power brokers. In the postindustrial wasteland of a bankrupt Detroit he stumbles onto a lead capable of not just cracking the case, but with potentially explosive ramifications for the future of mankind. Meanwhile a team of historians investigating a mysterious Second World War era mass grave make a startling discovery in a medieval village located deep within a foreboding Ukrainian valley. Brought together they face an ancient terror in a global adventure that forces them to confront the tragic history of Eastern Europe’s blood lands. There they struggle to reconcile their findings with the evidence that a mythic evil is possibly real, and murderously intent on keeping its existence a secret until able to set in motion events that could change human history.
This is a book that seeks to do more than just entertain. In taking the reader on a lushly described journey stretching from the time of the Black Plague, through the genocidal bloodletting of World War II, and into today’s interrelated global crisis I leverage the werewolf as a mirror for exploring our humanity. This helps the reader to grapple with larger issues of inequality, justice, and corruption. The werewolf acts as a metaphor for our need to ameliorate the worst aspects of capitalism before nature imposes a harsh outcome upon us. Apex Predator’s goal is to not only entertain, but leave the reader with much to consider about the world in which they live.
“More than just Lycanthropes vs. Wolves of Wall Street, the novel is an ambitious examination of corporate corruption—with carnage that feels cathartic…shapeshifters have definite horror appeal…guaranteed to amuse horror aficionados.”
— Diabolique Magazine