The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise, and nothing can stand in their path.
- WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction
“...a chilling community horror adventure like no other, and one which leaves you with a lump in your throat throughout. ...one of the most interesting and original virus-style thriller novels I’ve read in a long while.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, K.C. Finn (5 STARS)
“This is a well-crafted horror story with memorable characters and an unusual plot. The Holocaust Engine is a fun and quick read, thanks to the beauty of language and the authors’ gift for storytelling and plot.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Jose Cornelio (5 STARS)
It begins with disease...
A brain-rotting virus, which leaves its victims disoriented and hyper-violent, rages out of Cuba into the Florida Keys. The bewildered government destroys the mainland bridge and places the islands under quarantine. Inside this cordon, the population descends into chaos, as rival factions battle over dwindling resources, buildings become fortresses, boats lash together as defensible islands, and whole neighborhoods wall off into armed camps.
As order slips beyond any chance of recovery, hopelessness reigns. But not everyone accepts this fate.
“...I was pulled in right from the beginning. ...The writing is polished and it flows with an unusual fluidity and crispness. ...The theme of survival is central in this narrative and while it features scenes that are crafted for fans of horror, I was so taken by the keen exploration of human nature. The characters are real, the pacing is fast, and the plot is a twisty one.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Romuald Dzemo (5 STARS)
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EXCERPT: I can still get to all my little oases, my five little slices of the island. Each of them is a “Fortress of Attitude” where, like the man in the red cape, I can get away from everything to recharge and relax. There’s nothin’ better than buryin’ your whole body beneath green-tinged pictures of Alexander Hamilton. Each one’s part home base and part vacation spot, and the keys are with me all the time. On the good days, my “Grand Slam” days, I can hit all five and get a little bit of everything the island has to offer, just like at Denny’s. None are truly “home,” but I’m a man meant to roam. Besides, when you’ve got a pie like paradise, you always want more than one slice.
COMING SOON: Watch for the unabridged audiobook to release in 2021.
PRINT BOOK INFO:
Perfect Bound / Softcover:
6.14 x 9.21 x 0.7509 (1.143 Lbs)
336 Pages (22/carton)
List Price: $18.95
“...a chilling community horror adventure like no other, and one which leaves you with a lump in your throat throughout.
Author team David Rike and Stephen Patrick have crafted one of the most interesting and original virus-style thriller novels I’ve read in a long while. As a horror fan, I felt that the violence, threat, and suspense were in excellent balance throughout the novel, with different aspects of fear coming through in a sophisticated way that elevates itself above shock value. The psychological aspect of how the area becomes divided really fascinated me, taking a small-town horror vibe and placing it in a wild section of waterways and tropical islands to enhance the danger. The more I got to know the characters and the progression of their skills, the more I wanted another book in this excellent series to devour right away. Overall, I would highly recommend The Holocaust Engine for fans of horror, thriller, and virus-style adventure novels.”
“The Holocaust Engine is the first entry in a series that will certainly be an engrossing one, and I was pulled in right from the beginning. The authors start the story in an intriguing manner and as the reader follows the narrative, they become quickly enamored with the characters. The writing is polished and it flows with an unusual fluidity and crispness. I noticed the descriptive power of the prose and how strongly the imagery pops up in the pages. The setting is wonderfully written, and it reflects a society in chaos. The descriptions offer details that add depth to the story and allow readers to feel for the characters. The theme of survival is central in this narrative and while it features scenes that are crafted for fans of horror, I was so taken by the keen exploration of human nature. The characters are real, the pacing is fast, and the plot is a twisty one.”
“I loved the story from the beginning. It starts with the death of Wesley Bontrager, which is not truly reported by the press—and this isn’t far from contemporary reality. What everyone thinks is that the professional quarterback committed suicide in the infirmary at the Metro West Detention Center while awaiting arraignment for the murder of his friend and teammate, George Cole. But before his death, he did things that are gruesome, like killing the guard and the nurse. When new characters come into the story it quickly becomes even more interesting. I particularly loved how the authors capture the general climate of a community under quarantine, the lies that authorities tell the population to hide the facts, and the natural human instinct for survival and the way it is written. This is a well-crafted horror story with memorable characters and an unusual plot. David Rike and Stephen Patrick keep the writing elegant and fill it with strong descriptions, creating an apocalyptic world where inhabitants struggle to survive through scarcity. There are gory, nerve-racking scenes. The Holocaust Engine is a fun and quick read, thanks to the beauty of language and the authors’ gift for storytelling and plot. I enjoyed the short chapters and suspenseful writing.”
“The greatest strength of this novel is in its action sequences. Patrick and Rike craft hard-hitting battle scenes that will keep their audience filled with nail-biting suspicion. They are the heart of the entire story. The authors masterfully shift between a plethora of narrators, allowing readers to experience these gritty scenes from various points of view.
“The Holocaust Engine is a dynamic and action-packed thriller that will engage the reader with its concept and action sequences. The story is timely, given our current state, and will have readers wondering about their futures. If you can get past the unlikable character of Reagan, then you'll be rewarded with a good post-apocalyptic pandemic thriller.”