||1st Books Library
||Apr 1 2000
"Genres collide in this ambitious first novel from William G. Davis. Imagine Dirty Harry Callahan making his day in the satanic shadows of the Sunshine State. Cops, cults, cryonics, corruption,conspiracy, carnage: Pagan Moon packs mystery,suspense, police procedural into one tough punch."
Douglas E. Winter, author of Run.
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Palm Beach County detective Mike Gage pursues a satanic cult no one in authority believes exists. Gage knows they do because his one-time girlfriend was an early victim.
Fired by the department for mishandling evidence, Gage gets hired by the beautiful widow of the cult's former high priest. Ignorant of her husband's dark entanglements,she wants Gage to discover why her husband's cohorts are trying to cheat her out of her estate settlement.
Gage's investigation uncovers the cult's plans to revive their high priest from cryonic suspension, and in doing so,summon forth a demonic presence that will rule over the new millenium.
A novel of dark supense, Pagan Moon stretches the constraints of the police procedural to explore the frightening abyss of an occult conspiracy. Ed McBain meets Stephen King.
Five Stars-Terrific Reading!
Pagan Moon is an orphan of a book, in that it has yet to find a publishing house to call home. It is not surprising, if one needs to put this book into a category. It is a mystery; it is a thriller; and has supernatural aspects to make one's skin tingle. Since the horror market is what those in the industry call "soft" these days; the publishers might not want to take a chance on this book without some clamor from readers and reviewers.
Consider this a clamor in capital letters. Pagan Moon is a mixture of an excellent cop thriller/mystery.We are introduced to Detective Mike Gage, who is a veteran of the Palm Beach County PD. Early in his career, Mike was on the scene of a grisly murder of a girl he had dated:
"If I simply looked at the ears, I would know. My hand trembled, then moved hesitantly toward the damp, auburn hair. Carefully, I drew back a thick, wet strand. I saw pierced ears, but no angel earring. Yet, I'd kisssed a tiny ear like the one I was staring at."
Mike's friend had her heart removed, and Mike had seen more cases similar to this one in his career. A coed's description of two kidnappers who planned her demise at a sacrificial altar spurs Mike to search out the lair of the kidnappers. What they find there defies the imagination, as they witness and videotape a Satanic rite involving a powerful businessman named Quentin Van Eck. The airing of this videotape costs Gage his position with the force, and when he rescues Carolyn Van Eck from an attempted suicide, she hires him as her bodyguard. Gage begins to unravel the origins of the cult and, as he threatens the cult with exposure, his life and Carolyn's become a series of misadventures,which eventually lead to the center of an age-old conspiracy.
Pagan Moon is an extremely entertaining whodunit. It involves a search for supernatural enlightenment, similar to the Indiana Jones' stories. It would make a wonderful movie and is a powerful read. Mr. Davis knows which words to use to send tingles down the spine, even as he instructs the reader in the inner workings of medicine, law, research, money markets and police work. He has done his research well, and his story fairly leaps off the page into the reader's lap. He formulates a conspiracy theory that rivals any out on the literary market today. This book deserves to be published!--The Midwest Book Review
Five Stars - Scoot Over John Sanford
Looking for a good read, one that's fast paced, action-packed and totally unpredictable? I've got just the book for you!
First-time author William G. Davis has written a real page-turner! As a young rookie in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department, Mike Gage makes a gruesome find. The body of his former girlfriend-turned-hooker is found floating face down in the West Palm Canal; her body mutilated, her heart missing. She is not the first victim nor the last.
Something evil is lurking in the Florida glades; something that preys on young women, something that sacrifices them, then dumps them to be devoured by scavengers or stumbled over by unsuspecting fishermen. Now a seasoned detective, Mike Gage is the only policeman that sees a connection between the many similar slayings that have spanned the South Florida counties over the past twenty years. His investigations always come up blank, until that is a would-be sacrifice escapes and gives him the lead he's been looking for.
This is not your typical detective or crime novel. It is all of that with a twist. If your a fan of John Sanford or Michael Connelly, you won't want to miss this excellent read!
Mr. Davis, a retired Marine officer, now works in the gaming industry and lives with his wife in Florida. He has written a second book, Pagan Dawn, and is working on a third in the series.
Go, read, enjoy!
“This book does not fall into one single category. It blends the horror/supernatural, police/mystery, and medical thriller quite effectively. It is also laced with some historical sub-plots just for interest. The author proves that a book need be locked into one genre or another to be successful. And for a reader like me, who enjoys all three of the above types, this was particularly enjoyable. It reminded me somewhat of the Indiana Jones series – a tough but
loveable protagonist, and some deliciously wicked bad guys, along with some eccentric but fascinating minor characters. The book reads very quickly. The action is swift, punctuated by relatively short chapters. The main part of the book is fairly “normal.” There is something
nefarious going on in the background, but we are not quite sure what. It isn’t until the last third or so of the book that all, excuse the expression, hell breaks loose and reality is totally
suspended. In this type of book though, who cares? It’s just more exciting reading. This book will make a great movie – it has just the kind of elements that work on the big screen. Lots of action, well-etched characters, a beautiful woman, and it practically screams for special effects. I applaud Mr. Davis for his courage in writing a book that transcends being pigeon holed. Book stores may have a hard figuring out what section to put it in, but the final product works. It is a book to enjoy, not to try and analyze or to think hard about. You will enjoy the ride.
Debbie Norris, Napa, California
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Reader Reviews for "Pagan Moon"
|Reviewed by Richard Hackett
|I have read this book twice, and still am thrilled by it. There is no way that I would let his next book(s) get past me. This man can write a full book of suspense and surprises while retaining enough plausibility to keep any ready engrossed from beginning to end.
Bill Davis is a combination of Stephen King, John Grisham and a throwback to Mike Hammer.
Nobody does it better.
|Reviewed by mike warren