In the 1980’s, a cult known as Celestial Temple shocked the world when its members died in a ceremonial mass suicide in the mountain community of Bolsiver they formed in Quebec, Canada. Three decades later to the day, an eerily similar ritual leads to death in a sleepy Illinois town.
Ex-military police turned author Nathan Badger traded in his badge years ago for a quiet life of writing and rock climbing. The closest the former counterintelligence officer comes to violence these days is via his research into cults…until the night his missing lover Abby reappears in his driveway, roughed up, disoriented, and determined to do harm to herself.
When San Diego Sheriff’s Department Detective Drew Cavanaugh targets Badger as the prime suspect in Abby’s assault, he’s forced to dust off his sleuthing skills to focus on two simple goals: track down Abby’s abductors and bring them to justice.
Badger’s quest for answers plunges him deep into the nightmare world of his forgotten past. Every step in his investigation leads him closer to uncovering a link between Abby’s abduction and clandestine government experiments. Every discovery unlocks yet more memories he never knew existed.
Memories connecting Badger to the events at Bolsiver, and to Paradign, a new age belief system brokering in the re-writing of its member’s perceptions. Memories powerful people will sacrifice anything to keep hidden. Memories placing the lives of Badger and countless others at risk…unless he can piece together the puzzle in time to stop another series of horrific crimes from occurring.
Spanning the western hemisphere from the beaches of San Diego to the plateaus of Bogota, THE CONDUIT is an adult psychological thriller inspired by my background in the military police, the childhood I spent raised in a cult, and by actual events. My research team includes an internationally renowned neuroscientist, a cognitive psychologist and a former Army counterintelligence officer. I’m currently seeking representation for this manuscript, which is complete at 79,500 words and in the vein of The Stranger by Harlan Coben and The House of Secrets by Brad Metzler.
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From my early days raised in what Time/ Life publications once termed “the world’s largest cult” through the eight years I spent as a Military Policeman, true crime, cults and government conspiracies have always fascinated me. Over the course of my career I’ve published two non-fiction titles and had the honor of presenting to audiences from more than a dozen countries worldwide, but have never let go of my fascination with all things true crime and cult. The Conduit is the culmination of this life-long fascination.
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