Black Machetes: Short-list finalist of Eric Hoffer Award

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Black Machetes is a powerful, page-turning gritty thriller that is at times both shocking and endearing. Written with a cinematic tone that reads like a movie, Ryan K. Howard paints a painfully intimate portrait of a world framed by abuse, tragedy, and inhibited love.

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Published 1 Jun 2014
Pages 411
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Book Details

2015 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist

Pure evil and innocent hope collide to make Ryan K. Howard’s debut a controversial and addictively edgy book.

For Benjamin Wilder, it was just another day in the life of a twelve-year-old boy...

  • Waking up with a fresh black-eye, compliments of the Rabid Dog: CHECK
  • Taking care of his drunken mother before school: CHECK
  • Risking life-and-limb to sneak out for a sleepover (and getting caught): CHECK
  • Witnessing two psychopaths commit unspeakable acts of human horror: CHECK
  • Running for his life and assuming a new identity in the process: CHECK
  • Living happily ever after: YEAH, NOT EXACTLY

Black Machetes is a powerful, page-turning gritty thriller that is at times both shocking and endearing. Written with a cinematic tone that reads like a movie, Ryan K. Howard paints a painfully intimate portrait of a world framed by abuse, tragedy, and inhibited love.

Book Synopsis...

Benjamin Wilder grew up with sparse shelter, infested provisions, and constant abuse dealt to him by his stepfather: Jessup—a.k.a. the Rabid Dog. Without a sober mother to defend him from the Rabid Dog’s wrath, Ben finds reprieve and adventure in a club of misfit boys called the Black Machetes. But the world as Ben knows it comes to an end when he witnesses an act so psychologically appalling that it forces him to run for his life. He travels as far away as he can until fate steps in and guides him to a small town where he finds the help he needs to assume a new identity and live a life he could only imagine before.

Years after trying to bury the demons from his past, Ben seems to finally settle into a sense of normalcy. But his world continually gets turned upside-down by a series of discoveries, revealing that the evil from his childhood has never stopped cursing him—having over the years destroyed everyone he ever cared for. When the ticking time-bomb within Ben’s psyche finally detonates with a fumed vengeance, it pushes his wife and unborn child into the very clutches of the same malevolence that has forever haunted him. In the end, Ben must again face those demons from his past in order to save his true love, and ultimately his own sanity.

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