About the Author:


David Rike

Horror, Post-Apocalyptic,
Science Fiction, Thriller/Suspense

I didn’t grow up wanting to write. In fact, when I finished college I’d all but stopped reading. Then I took a job at a local police department as a whistle-stop on the way to some great destiny, got hurt early on and, faced with long days of much-needed bed rest, limped into a local bookstore, and left with an armful of novels.

Two decades later and I’ve served that police department as an officer, supervisor and, now, investigative lieutenant, all the while bleeding the book stores dry. As for the great destiny, I simply offer this: we are never fully human until we find some outlet for our innate creative impulses. My outlet is the novel, particularly the dystopian science fiction and horror stories that resonated with me those years ago. Perhaps, one day, I’ll find that something I’ve written has influenced another, the same as that armful of books once did for me.

Featured Books by
David Rike


Horror / Post-Apocalyptic /
Sci-Fi / Suspense Thriller

The Holocaust Engine –
Book 1

The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise, and nothing can stand in their path.

Pinnacle Book Achievement
Award, Fall 2020 –
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)


Horror / Post-Apocalyptic /
Sci-Fi / Suspense Thriller

The Holocaust Engine –
Book 2

A team of investigators and military operators join the survivors in a race to stop the spread of an otherworldly plague.

After one year of quarantine, the Lower Florida Keys have descended into madness. The last of the local officials cling to power, hording supplies and using sheer brutality to force submission. When a second strain of disease burns its way through the enclaves of survivors, the military targets the islands for purge… until a cryptic message from inside the cordon halts the bombing.

Now, a broken former detective and a group of military operators race to unravel the claim that the disease is already out, weaponized, and ready to bring the world to its knees.


Horror / Post-Apocalyptic /
Sci-Fi / Suspense Thriller

The Holocaust Engine –
Book 3

Chaos descends inside the quarantine zone as a hurricane threatens to finish what the disease started.

***COMING 2024***

With an army of infected pouring across Key West, the last bands of survivors are caught between fighting monsters, each other, and a hurricane that is churning toward the island. The cordon around the island fails, leaving everyone to chose between fight, flight, flood, and faith.

Those who stay will face the disease and the demonic force it has released. With saltwater and blood soaking the island, these strike teams make their last ditch effort to challenge this threat to humanity… and drown it.

All Books by David Rike

At this time, we have only the Featured Books above by David Rike. Please stay tuned to this page for updates.


February 2019: David Rike signs on with Evolved Publishing to publish his “The Holocaust Engine” series, co-written with Stephen Patrick.

September 2020: The Holocaust Engine (Book 1) releases.

September 2020: The Holocaust Engine receives 3 separate, glowing 5-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews.

December 2020: The Holocaust Engine wins the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Fall 2020 – Best Science Fiction.

Published Books

Published Short Stories

Published Anthologies

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