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ISBN: 978-0-9851274-1-1

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184 pages
$11.97 in softcover
$2.99 in Kindle

The Apostate
and Other Stories of the Contemporary Southwest


Three stories of hard-fought lives, survival, and redemption
in the desert by award-winning author J. B. Hogan.
(For mature readers)
 

Synopsis of The Apostate:

      Bobby Earl, a desperate boy with psychopathic urges, sticks a gun to the head of mild-mannered college professor and fugitive Michael and kidnaps him. The police and FBI are on the lookout, but Michael's hidden past makes attention from the FBI the last thing he wants. His past hadn't been a problem until now but his predicament has drawn the attention of the one man in the state who would know him for who he really was. A successful rescue might mean death or imprisonment for Michael, but staying in a killer's clutches is certain doom unless Mary Beth – a sweet but damaged woman-child – can calm Bobby Earl. And time is running out.

 
 
 
 

      Hijacking, kidnapping, murder, and a twist of fate. What more could you ask for? The Apostate leaves you on the edge of your seat. Such intensity reads like a roller-coaster ride. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for suspense.
           ~ Gloria Mindock, Cervena Barva Press

 

      JB Hogan has created a stark landscape with characters that are almost as bleak and unforgiving. He brings the characters alive in a way that makes you care for them, and root against them. The Apostate is a compelling read, one that kept me up at night.
           ~ R. W. Parham

      Redemption. We fallible humans hope that redemption is possible, no matter how much life makes us question that wish. The Apostate by J. B. Hogan gives three stories of hard lives in the contemporary American southwest. Who the characters are matter less than the connections they make with their fellow human beings. That, in the end, is the only redemption, one that is not always even possible.
           ~ Greg Camp, on Amazon.com

An excerpt:

      "Michael Wright felt the cold metal against his left temple and closed his eyes. It was a .38, he guessed. A Saturday night special. The only kind the frantic boy beside him probably could afford, or get his hands on. Damn it, Michael cursed inwardly, feeling the short barrel of the pistol drift towards his forehead. . . . This is karma, Michael thought bitterly. Karma. Cause and effect. This was the effect from a cause he, Michael, had caused. Some time, somewhere. And the hammer had come down across the years. He knew he deserved this. He didn't want it anyway."


      J. B. Hogan's latest book, The Apostate, was inspired by the years he spent in Arizona during the 1980s and 1990s. He currently has over 230 stories and poems published in online literary journals.
      Learn more about J.B. at www.JBHogan.com.

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