Announcing: Perfect Prey arrives today

Perfect Prey

Perfect Prey arrives todayPerfect Prey arrives today on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle reader. Yep, that’s right. It’s out. Perfect Prey is Book 2 in the next suspenseful, thrilling chapter in the Consortium Series.

Announcing Perfect Prey arrives today

Check out the blurb on the book page at Amazon.

“Are you being hunted? Are you their perfect prey? What will you do after the Consortium takes you and sells you at auction? What happens after you are sold and transported across the world like cargo? Can you imagine your new life as owned property, with no hope of ever returning to your old life? To suffer and die at the whim of your owner. After you read this novel, you will never, ever stop looking over your shoulder.”

Scary, huh?

I’ll tell you, I think so too, and I wrote the story. What bothers me is that after I wrote The Trafficking Consortium, I started looking over my shoulders. I wonder, am I being followed? Unknown, but what I realized after the release of the first book in the Consortium Series, is that my story, while fiction, may emulate a real entity. I do not worry about being taken for someone’s pleasure. Instead, I fear that they might target me for getting too close to the truth and eliminate the threat of exposure. I wondered whether there really was an exclusive organization out there that routinely culls (kidnaps and kill) their prey.

Hostel

Similarities

Do you remember the Hostel movies starting in 2005? In the first installment, three backpackers hike around Eastern Europe bent on exploring hedonistic experiences. They become the prey an organization who torture and murder people for profit. They end up dead in scenarios not too dissimilar to my stories. The horrendous activities continue in the sequel with more gory killings. One victim turns the tables on her buyer who ends up being her victim. I think you will agree, the movies are believable and emulate a segment of real life?

Moreover, as you probably figured out by now, these movies are favorites of mine. Interestingly enough, they did not factor into my idea of writing my version. That was sitting in a doctor’s office and pondering a question. A question that began “What could happen if …” From there, my mind went wild and out came the first story. It wasn’t until months later that I realized the similarities.

Perfect Prey

The new suspense thriller Perfect Prey picks up several months after the end of the first book. Avril has trained under her owner, learning about the human body, what makes it tick, and more importantly, what it takes to silence forever the souls that once occupied the desecrated corpses.

The sequel expands upon the horrid desires of the Consortium membership by identifying and culling several people in their quest to satisfy their wants and needs. In spite of their cruel behaviors, they have some scruples with severe consequences to the violation of the rules. Who would imagine an organization hellbent on the torment and snuffing of innocents would fatally punish their own for operating outside the boundaries?

In light of her earlier experiences, Avril navigates her treacherous trail through the maze of blood and gore. In trying to avoid the fate of so many others, she hopes that she will one day escape the clutches of the Consortium. The problem as she sees it, is that the Consortium is large and experienced with covering their tracks. Likewise, she knows that simple escape would be meaningless. On the run, she would never be able to trust a loved one, a stranger, or even a member of law enforcement. Anyone of them might be a Consortium associate. No matter what, she learned to accept the truth revealed on her first day as captured prey. Her old life was forever over. She would never return to it. She would never again feel safe.

The plan

Yet, she’s determined to regain her freedom. She desires her freedom to live her life as she wants, without fear of being recaptured. The problem is, how. How can she orchestrate events that will lead to her freedom? What price must she pay? Somewhere along the way, she comes up with a plan, a plan that has some semblance of success. Once and for all, it would also save thousands a year from suffering her fate.

Can she pull it off? As Niccolo Machiavelli asked ‘Will the ends justify the means?’ More importantly, will God forgive her for what she must do to save herself and others?

Perfect Prey arrives today on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle reader. Next month, the print version will be available for those of you who prefer an actual book in your hands.

After you read Perfect Prey, the next suspenseful, thrilling chapter in the Consortium Series, I suspect that like myself, you will forever look over your shoulders to see if someone is following you, hunting you, and preparing to steal you from your loved ones.

So Now You Know

Electric Chair

So Now You Know!

Yesterday, I had lunch with my girlfriend at a local diner. This diner is interesting as it’s decor is from the 1950’s. On each table, they use a painted clay flower pots to hold the creamers and sugar for us coffee drinkers. (Yes, I’m a coffee drinker.) On the outside of the flower pots are sayings and interesting facts. Our table had the following.

Electric Chair“The electric chair was invented by a dentist.” Needless to say, I was intrigued.

Later that afternoon, I googled it and discovered that in fact, the statement was true. A dentist from Buffalo NY invented the electric chair. Buffalo is just 75 minutes down the Thruway from where I live. Fascinated, I kept reading.

Alfred P. Southwick conceived of the chair as a humane alternative form of execution. He worked on refining it throughout the 1880’s. It first used in 1890 and quickly became the primary form of execution within the United States. The first person to die in the chair was Joseph Chappleau, convicted of beating his neighbor to death with a sled skate. Execution of Marth PlaceThe first woman executed in the electric chair was Martha M. Place, who died on March 20, 1899, for the bloody murder of her 17-year-old stepdaughter, Ida Place. In executing a woman for the first time, her executioners revised the placement of the electrodes, and placed them on her ankles. It was reported that Martha died instantly.

Due to its success, the use of ‘Old Sparky’ spread throughout the early twentieth century and crossed international borders and practiced in The Philippines. However, most other countries concluded that the chair had no distinct advantage over hanging.

I was fascinated to learn that on one occasion, the chair failed to kill its occupant, Willie Francis. Upon investigation, they learned that a portable chair was improperly configured by an intoxicated trustee. After his failed execution, lawyers for Willie Francis argued before the courts, that since Willie was ‘executed,’ he successfully fulfilled his sentence and should be released from custody. The argument was rejected, and Willie was successfully executed a year later in 1947.

Unfortunately, the device was not perfect and many executions failed to quickly and humanely kill their subjects, resulting in the chair falling out of favor. As lethal injection became the preferred method of execution, the use of electric chair slowly died, pun intended. Today, it is used only as a secondary form, when lethal injection is unavailable, or when the prisoner chooses it himself or herself when available. In most states, the chair has been retired except for those capital cases committed before March 31, 1998.

Fascinated, I continued my research and read how the chair works. I was surprised to learn that the individual was not subjected to a single, long jolt of electricity. Rather, a single, short duration, high-intensity shock was delivered to the top of the head to cause unconsciousness and brain death. Following the initial shock, the chair then produced a longer, lower intensity charge designed to shut down the core organs, including the heart.

So now you know.

Announcing my new novel

The Trafficking Consortium Front Book Cover

The Trafficking ConsortiumAnnouncing my new novel

I am proud and excited to announce the release of my new novel,

‘The Trafficking Consortium’

available exclusively at

www.richardverry.com/books/the-trafficking-consortium/

Click on the book cover to take you right to my web page for the book.

You can read the first chapter for free before you decide to get your own copy and read the story. It’s available in all eBook formats as well as in pdf. If you’re not comfortable with eBooks, early next year, I will make available a printed version of the book.

If you liked my ‘Her Client’ series and ‘The Breakup,’ you will love this story. Pure fiction, this story follows the development of a young, intelligent woman in her mid-twenties, who is caught up in an unexpected life of love, happiness, sadness, anger, pain, and anguish.

It’s the gritty, gripping, disturbing, and even terrifying tale of a woman who unintentionally catches the eye of an international human trafficking ring. After being snatched off the streets, she is auctioned off to the highest bidder where she learns to live a life as a slave, suffering torment at the hands of her master, while still finding peace, joy, happiness and possibly finding the love of her life.

The question is, can she survive long enough to escape, assuming she still wants to?

You can only get a copy from my site. I’m experimenting with this book, seeing if I can raise interest in my works without paying exorbitant royalties to the various retailers.

Suitable for adult readers 18+.

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