Heckel Casey

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Sometimes the world needs a hero...

Former high school teacher Heckel Casey knows how civilization collapsed in this post-apocalyptic world. And he knows who is responsible for the evil that has nearly decimated humanity. His journey across the country slowly reveals that there is a power growing inside of him that is strong enough to confront the evil and eliminate it.

Sometimes the world needs a savior...


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Sometimes the world needs a hero...

Former high school teacher Heckel Casey knows how civilization collapsed in this post-apocalyptic world. And he knows who is responsible for the evil that has nearly decimated humanity. His journey across the country slowly reveals that there is a power growing inside of him that is strong enough to confront the evil and eliminate it.

Sometimes the world needs a savior...

Encountering attacks from hellish snakes, demonic bikers, violent tempests, not to mention self-doubt, deception and betrayal, Heckel must overcome these 'bumps' in the road to lead his companions to the ultimate battle to save humanity.

This world needs Heckel Casey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781926997568
  • Publisher: Imajin Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

For 38 years, James enjoyed a productive career as a music educator. He taught at the university level as well as high school. His writing career started with articles on ultramarathon running. He discovered that while running, his imagination took off and stories came to life.

His new writing career includes articles with the magazine Marathon and Beyond. His foray into the area of writing novels began with his first full-length book-Milford Spitz and the Very Fast Machine. "I've discovered that letting my imagination run amok and getting it down on paper is addictive. Now if I can get the voices to stop, I'll be fine."

His love for the scary and macabre is firmly rooted in old TV shows such as the Twilight Zone and Thriller hosted by Boris Karloff as well as comics like Tales from the Crypt.

In January 2010, SynergEbooks released James' second novel, Reveka's Return. This paranormal romantic vampire thriller is the first in the The Crimson Pursuit series. Book 2, Reveka's Revenge was released October 2010. In August 2011, SynergEbooks released a print version of Reveka's Return.

Additional writing includes several horror short stories which are intended for an upcoming collection. His short story The Frame was published in the October issue of the award winning on-line magazine, The Horror Zine, and it is being included in the Pill Hill Press anthology, Dark Things Quarterly. James' flash fiction piece titled 'Fade to...' is published by Pill Hill Press in an anthology titled Daily Flash Fiction of 2012.

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

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    Portent of things to come? "Heck" of a thriller

    The ultimate fight of good against evil. The world is not just poised on the precipice, it has gone over the edge. It is the age of destruction and evil reigns. James Hoch has written a fast-paced thriller of fear, horror and despair as the world collapses. But from the very beginning, there is a trickle of hope in very few, not extinguished. Is it enough to save what is left of the world? This was a gripping piece of thriller fiction, one I found difficult to put down. Reminiscent of life in the Twilight Zone, part reality, part macabre, part paranormal, it comes with a message. The signs are all there in our real lives today. The outcome remains to be seen. The collapse is already hidden in the shadows of reality. The author has taken that shadowy present and shaped it into a terrible future that is fiction...but will it become fact? The search by one man, Heckel or "Heck", for any sign of normalcy left in the world. One man walking, who as a boy, was somehow protected from the seduction of evil, and he isn't the only one. They exist, he has only to find them, people untainted by evil, and find them he does after walking for about a year. He finds them in various small-holds, isolated homes around the country and in burned out small towns. We must believe that there are others in other countries playing out the same game. Like any hero, Heckel has an odd sidekick, a cat he calls Jerky. Jerky seems to have adopted him, and is a unique protector, giving warnings of something not right ahead. Faith and God play a role in the later encounters, angels strengthen the souls and bodies of these people, aiding in their fight against supernatural demons. This is not to say the book is a tome of religion, but belief and faith in the good in humanity. Fiction at its best, fascinating plot, amazing characters, and fulfillment of promise...but will it last and which will it be: Good or Evil? Enjoy the book, I did. Disclaimer: I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The words and rating are mine alone.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Dystopian Delight

    Using a dystopian world setting, Heckel Casey takes the good versus evil plot to a new level. Why did the world as we know it end? In the viewpoint of Heckel Casey, it was the decrease of moral values which openned the door to immense evil.

    Heckel Casey, the main character, reminds one of Nick Prescott in the classic "Walking Tall" movies. Heckel is one of the few who is still "good" and morally upright. He walks across America observing evil's chaos. He wants to end the evil that is overtaking society. This evil is Madeline. Madeline is characterizes evil with her use of manipulation. From enchantress to witch, Madeline is a force with which to be reckoned.

    James Hoch's writing style is simplistic and easy to read. His characters are believable, even the supernatural ones. One suggestion would be chapter titles (subtitles). Hoch changes perspective numerous times (first person, third person) and one needs to read a few paragraphs to discern who is telling the tale.

    The story, in itself, was pretty good. Readers who enjoy the "good versus evil" plot, will most definately like Heckel Casey.

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