One if by Heaven, Two if by Hell
"...they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells. Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood."
–The Book of Enoch.
Boston bartender Ethan Reyes has the haunting ability to read minds.
He cannot control it. It plagues his daily life as unwanted thoughts assault him on all sides at all times. Absorbing a million lifetimes of pain and joy — none of them his own — has left Ethan confused, alone, and questioning his own past. The only way to numb the pain, to drown it out, is to drink himself into a stupor each night to squeeze in a few hours of sleep.
Strange, horrific things begin occurring at the bar, and the patrons are being tormented and slowly killed off. When the source of the suffering makes itself known — a demon of the vilest order — Ethan is thrown into a world of deception and sin, and must overcome his misgivings of using his ‘gift’ if he is to overpower the creature after his very soul.
With the help of Father Ryan, whose own faith is wavering, Ethan begins to unravel the demon’s motive of surfacing on earth, as well as secrets to his own hazy past.
Time is running out, and Ethan needs to find the demon before the monster’s hellish plan can come to pass, and the world Ethan knows as home is changed forever.
Originally from Kent, Ohio, Rick Maydak moved to Boston shortly after graduation from Ohio University and has lived there ever since.
Rick spends too much time commuting to and from work from his suburban town, about thirty minutes outside the city. As a Senior Manager of Financial Analysis and happily married father of two, Rick struggles to find time to spend on his true passion – writing.
Rick has started his next novel and plans to keep writing until the day he dies, most likely, stuck to the commuter rail seat on yet another broken down train, idling in the cold, heater busted, windows scratched, floors stained, but no doubt WiFi working...