Deliverance by Scott Winfield published by Club Lighthouse Publishing
Mike Smith, a retired L.A Detective and Nancy Smith, a retired member of the FBI and physic, just got married and are off to their honeymoon to the Cayman Islands. Harold Otterman waves at them with a congratulatory gesture as the pull out of the driveway. In terror, Harold sees a strange man in the back window smiling at him with a bloody knife in hand. This stranger has a big black top hat like that worn of the infamous serial killer “Jack the Ripper.” Mike and Nancy do what that can to enjoy their honeymoon. Meanwhile, with the power to travel through time, Jack builds a team of ruthless killers to assist him in maintaining his current immortality. In his travels, he is able to convince, Albert De Salvo, aka “The Boston Stranger”, Aileen Wuornos, aka “Monster” and Peter Kurten, aka “The Dusseldorf Vampire” to join his team to carry on his reign of terror. Upon their return, they have their work cut off for them in stopping Jack from carrying on his work.
Mike travels to Ashland Colorado to get away from the busy city life of working in California. His goal was to freelance as a private investigator and also to reconnect with his aunt, whom his parents forbid him to associate with because she had practiced witchcraft. After stumbling onto a case that Harold Otterman, a retired detective from the Ashland Colorado Police Department, was working on for many years, he meets up with Nancy. His priority in the past years was his work but it was time that he fell in love and started a family. After months of working together, he proposes to Nancy and she accepts his proposal with open arms.
While working on the case, they travel to different periods of time to eliminate Jack and his team and return the books of X back to the rightful owner.
After a victim is close to death, Jack takes out a special dagger and carves an X in their forehead. Sadly, the dagger consumes the soul of Jack’s victim. Mike and Nancy make every effort to stop Jack from consuming any more souls, which will allow him to keep his immortality and not dissolve into ashes.
Jack makes every effort to eliminate Mike and Nancy Smith. During the case, they put a damper on Jack’s plans but he comes back at them with a different approach. Frustration is felt from Mike and his wife in every aspect of the case.
Deliverance is a masterfully written suspense novel. It will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. Jack and his team are on a mission to obtain souls to keep their own immortality. Mike and Nancy make every effort to protect the lives of innocent people. It’s a continuous battle to preserve humanity and stop souls from being consumed and thrust into outer darkness.
Aileen found herself deep in a forest. She looked around trying to get her bearing. Where was she? What made her come to this forest? Being very cautious, she pulled out a small flashlight to see in the dark. Looking over to her right, she noticed two glowing eyes that were staring right at her. Looking around, she found some dry firewood and started a fire to keep warm. Strange sounds were making themselves known to her. With her eyes glued on the two glowing eyes, she lit a smoke to calm her tattered nerves. In a split second, she felt the presence of someone behind her. The hairs on the back of her neck stood up as she slowly turned around. A man dressed in a black robe stared at her in silence. The X was a shiny glowing yellow color on his robe. He had two daggers, one in each hand. As Aileen turned around, she fell to the ground, fearful for her life. Aileen could see that this strange being had golden gills, which told her that he could breathe under water. This fascinated Aileen and the feelings of fear soon left her mind. After getting up, she lit another cigarette and sat down on a nearby log. They both studied each other waiting for one of them to strike up a conversation. The fire crackled as he walked closer to her. In a very strange way, Aileen trusted this strange man. The feelings of being nervous ceased. She reached out to grab his hand to see if he was real. He reached out to her and brought her closer to him. After embracing her, he drew both of the daggers and stuck them in each of her ears. Blood shot out and drew Aileen to her knees. In a split second, Jack shook her to wake her up
Strangely, as Harold waived to us from the back to wish us marital bliss, he saw a man sitting in the limo with a big black hat looking back at him. He turned around with a bloody knife and smiled at Harold. Harold motioned for us to stop, which seemed a little odd to us. Nancy looked at me and then told the driver to stop.