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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Monday, June 18, 2018

“Trust your feelin’s.” - Curse of the Ancients: #3 by Hawk MacKinney

"If you are looking for an action packed thrill ride, look no further. This book has a bit of everything that you will suck you in and leave you wanting more. There were a couple great twists to keep me guessing. I do recommend reading this series in order or you will miss something." - Jessica, Goodreads

Description:

As Craige Ingram climbed the stairs of the derelict building, that peculiar stench of a dead body hit him. It was the same smell no matter where—SpecOps SEAL encounter gone sour, or in a vacant, roach-infested apartment. Inside, his SEAL buddy-turned head of Buckingham Parish Homicide’s Investigative Support Division, Grayson MacGerald, was huddled with the coroner next to a swollen decaying corpse that was days old and hardly more than oozing dead meat. 

The PI inside Craige had a gut feeling that there was more to this than a dead body, and Craige’s Grannie always told him, “Trust your feelin’s.” But that was before Mihály Keaulescu set down two of his Black Falcon choppers on Craige’s Moccasin Hollow private airstrip in an uninvited stopover. It got worse. From his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.

EXCERPT

The smell got worse as Craige made his way up the stairs. Like the smell of burning human flesh, a fermenting corpse gave off one of those distinctive odors one never forgot. Craige thought of the adage about it taking a strong stomach to work with a body that had been dead for a while. One never got used to it. Some memories weren’t pleasant—time on storm-swept beaches, digging for supplies buried in the sand, hidden under piles of rubbish, in dark alleys or trashed rat-ridden warehouses; huddled in black dark caves or stinking tunnels. Their Special Mission CTU team cocked and loaded for anything; prepared to deal out any necessary parcel of maimed, butchered and dismembered—or running for their lives the few times their cover was blown.

As Craige climbed to the second-floor landing, the smell went from bad to a sour-worse. He spotted familiar faces from the department’s forensic team; intent and focused around the pulpy lump with swollen pumpkin dimples where eyes should have been in one very bloated dead body. The corpse was well beyond the initial stages of being recycled. It no longer looked human after cooking several days in the sweltering oven of a Dixie mid-August scorching summer in this dreary one-flight walkup of apartments with no AC and painted-shut windows. The dreary apartment was busier than it’d been in years with lab and forensic techs bustling and sorting the pitiful pieces of the when and how of abandoned death. Near the peeling paint archway into a worse kitchenette he spotted Gray huddled with just over five feet plus, roly-poly Coroner-Medical Examiner Fred Dinkins.

About the author:
With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions at several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to his work in classrooms and laboratories, he has written numerous professional articles on chordate neuroembryology and authored several novels that reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Vault of Secrets and Westobou Gold, Books 1 and 2 in the series, have received national and international attention. Hawk is also writing a science fiction series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie. 

Author's Giveaway

14 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

I enjoy these tours and have found some awesome books for my sisters and daughters so thank you so very much. Thanks also for the great giveaway and the opportunity to win.

Bud ingramme said...

Mythical Books – Thank you for hosting Curse of the Ancients, Book 3 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 4 in the mystery series as well as the next sci-fi title are in galley-edit. An earlier title, Moccasin Trace, a prequel historical romance establishes the bloodline(s) of serial protagonists Craige Ingram in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series…

Hawk MacKinney
www.hawkmackinney.net

Bud ingramme said...

James ROBERT - The tours are fun & keep reading with your daughters. Kids are awesome. You're welcome to the giveaway ops - thanx for stopping by & commenting -

Hawk MacK

Rita Wray said...

The book sounds great.

Bud ingramme said...

Rita WRAY - the write was a bunch of fun - thanx for stopping by & commenting -

Hawk MacK

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a great book!

ALL ABOUT OLD CARS said...

Sounds great.

Bud ingramme said...

All About Old Cars - Hope U enjoy the read -

Hawk

Bud ingramme said...

Victoria A - it was fun to write - thanx for stopping by -

Hawk

Christina Gould said...

Any book that talks about the smell of dead bodies is my kind of book, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina Gould said...

I love books with a couple of twists. The more, the better. Thanks for the giveaway!

Bud ingramme said...

Christina GOULD - Anyone that's been around dead bodies, old OR fresh, never forgets the smell - been there, done that - you're welcome on the giveaway - thanx for stopping by -

Hawk MacK
www.hawkmackinney.net

Bud ingramme said...

Christina GOULD - LUV twisting plots AND characters - keeps the pace moving, i.e. the pages turning - thanx for stopping by again -

Hawk MacK