The Betrayed, my novel about corruption, kidnapping and old murder on a college campus, was first released as an e-book last fall. I’m happy to announce that the paperback edition is now live on Amazon and other bookseller sites.
The final volume in the Garden of Heaven Trilogy, The Betrayed follows The Seeker and The Sailor from Vanilla Heart Publishing.
After David Ward is discharged from the Navy, he moves to Illinois where his wife Jill has a teaching job. David takes a position at Central State University in an attempt to save his crumbling marriage. Once on campus, he discovers the idyllic school is not only a bastion of corruption but that he was lured there under multiple false pretenses linked to secrets in his past.
He becomes ill under strange circumstances. During his recovery, a Hawai’ian sorceress shows him that he was the victim of a crime and has repressed all memories of what really happened to him. While he must learn the truth to regain his health, David also hears the fates whispering about betrayal, the kiss of death, and trial by fire.
Two weeks after the ink and blood on the divorce papers were dry, he picked up Nancy for a light-hearted afternoon of spontaneous play at the park a few blocks away from Jill’s house, previously known as Dr. and Mrs. Ward’s Queen Anne. The sun spun dreams across the infinite green fields and the wind carried their homemade box kite into the hall of heaven. It was a surprisingly pure day, considering how it began.
His old car stalled twice on the way Jill’s house, once a half a mile from housing unit #2 of the Faculty Graduate Slum (FGS), and again at a major intersection. The second stall caught the attention of the twenty-hour-news radio station’s traffic copter Big Lulu, “jockeyed through the mornin’ madness” by Cap’n Roger Boyd, “recently detached from a helo-composite squadron serving aboard the top gun attack carrier on Yankee Station off Vietnam.”
“Oh lordy lordy, Charlie’s done made us a bowl of midtown mush this morning. You grovelin’ grunts on North, South, East and West Main Streets are directed to take alternate routes. Hey hey hey, you in the Lincoln, right face at Water Street. This mess is not getting better because Charlie has got hisself a paintless Opel wagon. Call the air wing and get me a squadron of Skyhawks to take this guy out o’ here. You in the donkey dung truck take Broadway and go around the mess or we’re all in a world of it. Standby folks, we got some help here, we got some help here, hold the Skyhawks, a couple of grease monkeys from the AMOCO have got him rollin, he’s rollin’ and I’m not gonna lose this sucker. I’m with him, he’s on North Main—uh oh, he’s escaped across the border into Cam, er, into the historic district. See you next time Charlie. Cap’n Roger and Big Lulu are takin’ no flack and are comin’ back in ten.”
The more merciful gods in heaven allowed him to drive without further incident down West Prairie to the two-story house where Nancy sat quietly on the front steps and where the Rolls Royce owned by his department chairman’s wife sat quietly in the driveway.
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