Date Published: December 15, 2020
Publisher: FyreSyde Publishing
In the ten years since John Malley lost his wife and daughter, he has slowly faded into obscurity in a rural Pennsylvania town. He spends his days at the local bar and tries to numb the pain of his loss. That is, until Ted’s Dead Rose Tavern becomes the home of the biggest mass killing in the history of the town. John, the lone survivor of the killing-spree, is forced on the run. He heads north where he hopes to hide out at his brother’s house.
Meanwhile, in New York City, young Melanie Parker investigates a disturbing new trend she discovered online. From what she has learned, metallic black bands worn along the forearm are responsible for some form of mind control. Skeptical of this theory, Melanie embarks on a night time excursion that places her in the middle of a riot in the middle of the city. Melanie fights for her life as chaos spreads throughout the city.
As John witnesses the events in New York, he is compelled to take action. But once in the city, John is forced to confront his past.
The radio crackled, a woman’s voice echoed through the car, “10-34S repeat 10-34S. 10-51, 10-66, 10-50G at 111th and Frederick Douglass. Multiple homicides being reported. Officers be advised.”
Isaac Parker looked at his daughter. Her knees were bloody, she was covered in dirt, and her hair was a mess beneath her Mets hat. But she was alive. He wanted to scream at her, to tell her how stupid it was to have gone out this night. Twenty blocks from home?! What had she been thinking? He knew that would get him nowhere, though. She was a smart girl. She never got in trouble. There was a reason for her going out this morning. She wouldn’t be let off the hook, no, no, no, not after this; but he had to know what drew her outside this early.
“Tell me your story before we get home, don’t leave anything out. I need to know everything. If I hadn’t shown up, you’d be dead right now. I want to know what would draw Melanie Parker twenty blocks from home in the middle of the night,” he asked, his voice remained smooth and calm
About the Author
Josh Magnotta has been a resident of northern Pennsylvania for most of his life. Throughout his early life and teenage years he was an avid writer but during college drifted away from the passion as work and other priorities took precedence. In 2014 he graduated from college and soon began working a swing shift in a factory. It was here, during off shifts where Josh would read during the night to stay awake, that his passion for writing was rekindled. After leaving the factory-life behind Josh went back to college and began work on his first novel, A Sweet, Soft Glow. He has since been writing ever since.