The Traiteur's Ringby Jeffrey Wilson
"It's a story that reminds me of old-school King and Koontz, you know, that classic supernatural thriller style that is character driven" - Ash Arceneaux, Lead Reviewer, Swamp Dweller Dark Fiction Book
"This is one damn unique blend of fantasy, horror and military fiction." - Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Author of the Bram Stoker Award winning Novel Black and Orange
"It's a story that reminds me of old-school King and Koontz, you know, that classic supernatural thriller style that is character driven" - Ash Arceneaux, Lead Reviewer, Swamp Dweller Dark Fiction Book Reviews
"There are no other stories like this out there-this is totally an original idea. It is both creative and explosive." - WH McDonald Jr., lead reviewer, author, and founder of the Military Writers Society of America
A man who has spent his life defending his country discovers that fate has presented him with an even higher calling. Ben Morvant is not what you would call ordinary and as a Navy SEAL, he never expected an ordinary life. But when a routine mission to protect a local village in a war-torn region of Africa goes terribly wrong, Ben is presented with truths beyond what his military training and experience have prepared him to accept. With his dying breath, a village elder passes to Ben a gift—a simple ring, unremarkable except for its ever changing color and the feeling of power emanating from within.
Soon after accepting the ring dark visions begin to haunt Ben’s dreams. Images of pain and death, of evil and destruction. But some of the visions are hauntingly familiar. Soon Ben must return to his childhood home in Louisiana to face a dark secret from his past, one that may explain why he has the power to heal with a touch of the hand . . . or kill with a single thought. After discovering the truth about his family and himself, he comes to realize that he is a soldier in a greater battle than he could ever have imagined. And if he cannot find a way to wield the power concealed within him, the forces that prey on mankind’s anger and fear will destroy not only him, but everything he holds dear.
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Meet the Author
Jeffrey Wilson has at one time worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served two tours in Iraq as a combat surgeon with both the Marines and with a Joint Special Operations Task Force. He has written dozens of short stories, won a few fiction competitions, and participated in the National Endowment for the Arts “Operation Homecoming” collection. His short story “Calling Home” was selected as a featured story at Storylink.com. This is his first published novel. Jeff and his wife, Wendy, are Virginia natives who, with children Emma, Jack, and Connor, call Tampa, Florida home. When not working as a VA surgeon or chasing his three kids, Jeff is hard at work on his next novel.
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A man who chose to defend his country as a Navy SEAL discovers that fate has in store for him an even higher calling. In the Traiteur's Ring, Jeffrey Wilson weaves a masterful tale of Ben Morvant, a Special Forces operator from Louisiana whose Cajun ancestry carries with it both a mysterious gift and a dark secret from his past. It is only on a covert mission in the art of al Qaeda controlled Africa that Ben comes to learn the true power that resides within him and the higher calling that he must answer. The Traiteur's Ring is a unique blend of several different genres. It manages to meld elements of action-adventures, military thrillers, and mystic horror into one coherent and entertaining plot that envelops the reader. We care not only about Ben, but also his wife back home, the team of SEALS that are his brothers, and the innocent people they seek to protect. And Wilson's background in the military shines through on every page; we believe in Ben's gift because we believe in Ben. The Traiteur's Ring is a truly unique story in a genre that so seldom produces uniqueness. I recommend it highly, my only caveat being that there are some genre fans who may find the depth of character development to be simply too detailed. But if you are the type of reader who wants characters that are complex and developed, with back stories and real lives beyond the glimpses we see in the pages, then Wilson has crafted the perfect book for you.
This novel is part thriller, military study, horror, and a small dose of love story(although the latter is not the focus). There is nothing like it. The scenes with the SEAL team taking out Al Qaeda in Africa are riveting and it is obvious that the Author has been up close and personal. The bond between the members of the SEAL team just felt so real. The emotional roller coaster that this novel takes you on is amazing, and it certainly reminds me of Stephen King in Dr Wilson's depth of character development. You will feel like you've known them your whole life. A perfect read in every way.
The Traiteur's Ring By: Jeffrey Wilson ISBN: 9781936564170 Published September 9, 2011 by JournalStone Available Format: Paperback, ebook My Rating: ????? Ben Morvant is a member of the Viper Team of the United States Navy SEALs-a strong, brave soldier with an admirable sense of justice and morality. He's also a Traiteur or spiritual healer. He has worked very hard to distance himself from his painful and confusing past in every possible way. When he is confronted with all sorts of demons on the battlefield, he finds he must finally face his past and the truth about who and what he really is once and for all. I was truly impressed with this book! I don't read a lot of military type stories with war and blood and guts. Since the main character is a Navy SEAL, and they are out in the field for a good bit of this book, there is naturally war and blood and guts. I found myself genuinely interested in the story, even the military parts (I even looked up a few terms!), which says a lot for Wilson's stimulating writing style. I hate to sound like a big prude, but I'll admit at some point (maybe when there was a certain "splat") I got a little bored with all the sex between Ben and Christy. I mean, I get it, but I don't necessarily want to keep hearing about it. If I wasn't proofing, I might have just skimmed through those parts completely. Ben is an amazing protagonist. He is young, a Navy SEAL (which means his body is taken care of, right?), sweet and sensitive, thoughtful, strong, and some kind of magical healer/warrior! How in the world did a male author make up such a perfect guy?!?!? I love my husband, but man, I certainly was jealous of Christy for a while! My favorite part of Traiteur's Ring: it evoked almost every emotion possible. The easy, playful banter between Ben and his fellow team members had me laughing quite often. His relationship with Jewel and Christy made me feel those warm fuzzies. I loathed the terrorists and the destruction they caused. I cried, honestly, at least three different times in the story (don't want to spoil anything, though!). And, the action and suspense had me hanging on the edge of my seat. Not every girl out there will be able to appreciate this story as much as I have, but it really has something for everyone. Jeffrey did an amazing job. He is a wonderful storyteller. I think if you decide to try this one out, you will not be disappointed!
This book has a very unusual theme with excellent interaction of characters. Ben Morvant was brought up in the backwoods of Louisiana with his traituer grandmother who had some kind of mystical power. His memories of his time there haunt him into adulthood especially the vision of his grandmother covered in blood after killing what his mind recalls as a deer. When he becomes a navy seal and is deployed to Africa he encounters a village of jungle people for whom Ben seems to have an affinity and a common ancestry. When Al Queda fighters slaughter most of the villagers the elder implores Ben to use his powers as a 'rougarou' to save the living jungle from the dark one who is working through the terrorists and ultimately make the world a safer place for everyone. A very unique subject which keeps the attention but I thought a very abrupt ending . A hint of the rougarous power being passed to Ben's son and no mention of the startling acts performed by Ben in the jungle by his team mates just leaves you wanting more.
This is a gruesomely explicit novel about Ben Morvant, one of five members of the Navy Seals "Viper Team", their journeys to East Africa and their assignments to enter these villages too capture Al Qaeda soldiers for interrogation. Ben is a Seer encompassing the Ashe within, helping him with being the Traiteur, but has consent nightmares of the events that the Rougarou exhibit while performing their assignments. The healing powers that Ben processes is too extremely unrealistic, somewhat like the scene in the "Green Mile", but the comradery between the "Viper Team" members, is absorlute love for each other, the "band of brothers" and their bonding togetherness.