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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Vengeance Waits At The Door

A masked hero fights for his life. An ailing reporter faces uncertain death. Will either live until morning?
Following his failed attempt to kill Big Jack, Brent Gregor (aka The Black Spectre) lies near death in a Chinatown parish. Determined to locate the mysterious assassin, the Mob combs the blood-soaked streets to find him. His only hope of survival lies in the mercy of strangers.  
Furious that she missed out on the story of a lifetime, Vicky is stunned to learn that her mysterious savior is actually real. Ignoring Editor Frank Matson’s orders and her own failing health, she goes after the story with a vengeance. But to get the answers she so desperately needs, she will have to march straight into the lion’s den. Alone.
Vengeance Waits at the Door is the third book in the Black Spectre Origins series, detailing the rise of the masked pulp hero The Black Spectre. If you like Agent Carter, the Rocketeer, and The Dark Knight, then you’ll love Roger Alford’s gritty noir mystery that effortlessly combines new pulp with a classic 1930s style.

Vengeance Waits at the Door (Pulp Fiction)
By Roger Alford
Black Hood Press
Price $Free (Kindle)
213 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

There is a lot going on in this third novel. Death strikes close to several main characters. Vicky’s mother passes away in Gibsonville, MO, while Brent’s grandfather dies in Paris. The Black Spectre, finally recovering from his wounds, reaches mob boss, Big Jack, only to find him already murdered by one of his men. Detective Flynn is murdered by the mob, and Detective Shayne’s family are killed because he spoke out.

Everything is set up for the next novel, and we can only hope it will be out soon. The books are character driven, with small plots surrounding each character. Brent Gregor is finally learning how to use his Black Spectre persona more effectively. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of THE COBRA

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