by S. M. Freedman
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For Agent Josh Metcalf, memories are ghosts. They are blood-soaked backpacks and the smell of strawberry Chap Stick. Josh is haunted by a little girl who went missing his first summer on the force. Decades later his search has become an obsession, and he's pinned the photos of hundreds of missing children to his wall of tears. All the children had psychic abilities. All the cases went cold - with no witnesses, no useful tips, and no children ever recovered. Until a woman gets injured trying to stop an abduction, and Josh comes face to face with his personal ghost.
For Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA's Spaceguard program, memories are lies. The childhood she thought she knew has been erased, leaving a black hole in its place. New recollections are flaring to life: men dressed like priests, a ranch in the mountains, mind control, and rape. Each new memory draws her closer to one of the other missing children, Sumner Macey; and to I Fidele, the underground organization for whom kidnapping is just the beginning.
For Sumner, memories have become weapons. He's sharpened each of his with surgical precision: the ranch, the doctrine, the mind-wash, and the murders. He's eager to slice at the black sludge pumping through I Fidele's heart, desperate to cripple those who stole his childhood.
To I Fidele, non-psychics are cockroaches in need of extermination, an inferior species destroying the earth. They're ready to enforce eugenics on a global scale. If they succeed, only those faithful to their doctrine will survive. Crossing several genres, The Faithful will appeal to anyone who enjoys supernatural mysteries; high-tech, edge-of-your-seat suspense flavored with paranormal elements; thrillers involving psychics, occult and high stakes action/adventure; tied up with a depth and humor usually reserved for works of literary fiction.
This book is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.
The author reads an excerpt from The Faithful.
Praise for the Book
"Wacky and far-reaching, this work reveals fiery intellect." ~ Publishers Weekly
"A haunting, edge-of-your-seat mystery." ~ IndieReader
"This is a very gripping story right from the beginning. The plot is complex yet excellently well written. S. M. Freedman uses a straightforward yet deeply moving literary style." ~ Readers' Favorite
"Good characters, gripping scenes, wonderful writing. Freedman is a writer to watch." ~ June Hutton, Author of Underground
"A very well written and interesting read. I was impressed with the story line, the plot twists, and the very vivid descriptions." ~ ABNA Expert Reviewer
"I found the writing to be well-executed and the dialog well-done." ~ ABNA Expert Reviewer
About the Author
S. M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense categories, and a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children and a giant orange cat.
She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and spent time as a Private Investigator and business owner.
Inspired by authors of many different genres (favorites include Sue Grafton, Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins and Lawrence Hill, to name a few) she eventually turned back to her first love: writing.
The Faithful, an Amazon Bestseller and Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is her debut novel. She's currently working on the sequel.