Hellbounce : The ARC Chronicles Part 1 by Matthew W Harrill

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00013] As a psychologist in a prison hospital, Eva Ross had always dealt with her share of sinners. The corrupt, the insane, their minds were all hers to unlock. But when those around her, those she trusted with her life start to exhibit the same characteristics, she is forced to turn to a stranger, a man whose name she is incapable of even remembering, for sanctuary.

Follow Eva as she crosses continents to unlock the answers, and her eventual destiny.

Hellbounce. Demons don’t always hide in the dark.

Dr Eva Ross, a prison psychologist, works in Worcester, Massachusetts at an aging facility. Her boss, the brilliant and often unorthodox Gideon Homes begins to make decisions that Eva is forced to question. Between the trials at work, and her loveless marriage, Eva is forced out of the life she knows.

She encounters Madden Scott, a drifter with irascible charm and very quickly it becomes apparent all is not what it seems. Her life descends into chaos as everything around her crumbles into a new reality, and the secrets that were barely hidden under the surface all become revealed in a series of chilling incidents.

Join Eva and Madden as they undertake an adventure that takes them through nightmares and across continents as they are thrust without choice into the shadowy world of Anges de la Resurrection des Chevaliers, the last barrier between earth, and what lies beneath.

Reviews:

Loved it! So often with new authors you never really know what you’re going to get…. eBook publishing has opened this up so that for a few squids you can start to immerse yourself in new authors and their stories: I would urge you to try immersing yourself in this one. The plot races from one side of the globe to the other at breakneck speed, dragging everything, including the reader, in it’s wake. Characters develop as they go, with really bad baddies, angelic goodies and an ensemble cast of potential nere-do-wells somewhere in the middle that keep you trying to get a handle on their motivations right to the end. If you like shaowy pseudo-governmental organisations pulling peoples’ strings like puppetmasters, combined with a healthy dose of the arcane and the horrific, this will be the book for you. The style of the writing reminds me of Dean Koontz’ early work from the 1980’s – eerie, fantastic, macabre and at the same time with enough down-to-earth familiarity that the shocks when they come (and oh boy do they keep coming…) are all the more disturbing for it.

I’m waiting for the second installment. While I pop the kettle on and have a slice of cake, I strongly advise you to read the first…. 🙂 Wideboy – Amazon

This is not a genre I would generally read, in fact it’s a genre I dislike. This put both author and book on the back foot before I even started reading it given my prejudices. I expected not to like it, I had pretty much determined this before I even started reading. However (and as the saying goes), never judge a book by it’s cover. I was hooked from the first few pages and I haven’t devoured a book this quickly in long time. Characters with depth and realism and a plot that drags you along at breakneck speed. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Sean Groom – Amazon

Author Bio:

JJ4_4182Matthew W Harrill was born in Bristol in May 1976, during what was referred to in the United Kingdom as ‘that long hot summer’. Growing up in the town of Yate, he lived with his parents, sister and numerous pets, attending ‘The Ridge Junior School’.

At age 11, he was lucky enough to gain a place at Bristol Grammar School, a respected establishment in the city for over 450 years. Following the conclusion of his schooling, and picking up A-levels in Biology, Geography and Economics, he attended the University of Southampton where he received a 2:1 Honours Degree in Geology following three years study.

Matt has had various jobs over the years. Barkeep, labourer, cleaner, commercial motor insurer. The jobs that have become most important were the simple shop floor assistant at Tesco, since it is where he met his partner of 20 years (and wife of 11) Tricia, and the current job at Xerox where he has been implementing stock option and share plans for over a decade. The latter has allowed the bills to be paid so that he can write.

The writing began with a short story in 1999 that expanded continuously until it took on a life of its own and became ‘The Focus Stone’, book 1 of an Epic Fantasy series entitled ‘The Tome of Law’. A second book, ‘The Path of Dreams’ was completed and released, and then for various reasons, came a break in writing with the third installment ‘The Pages of Consequence’ only half finished (and set to remain so unless his publisher REALLY pesters him).

In February 2012, a thought hit Matt: ‘What if Hell actually did freeze over?’. It was a nagging thought, more of an epiphany. He pursued this thought tenaciously, bouncing ideas off of his friend and mentor, the NY Times Bestselling author and Writers of the Future competition judge David Farland (The Runelords) until a 2 hour brainstorming session ended up with a seriously workable idea.

Ten months of research later, Hellbounce was ready to be written. A year of writing during lunch breaks and bus journeys resulted in a manuscript that was picked up by pure chance by Tabatha (Faith) Bartow of Heart Powered Publishing, and the contract was signed in November 2013. As of May 2014, the sequel ‘Hellborne’ has been completed, and Hellbounce was released to Amazon on May 30th 2014, with Hellborne to follow shortly. The third installment, ‘Hellbeast’ is in research phase.

In addition to David, Matt is always thankful to know the British author Juliet E McKenna, who has helped him countless times. He is a fan of fantasy, loving Robert Jordan’s ‘Wheel of Time’ series. He also has a lot of time for the truly bizarre horror of H P Lovecraft, citing this as an influence on his work. He also cites the fictional author ‘Hank Moody’ as an influence.

Matt currently lives in the town of Chipping Sodbury, on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, with his wife and 4 children.

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