The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise and nothing can stand in their path.
- WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - Best Science Fiction
"...a chilling community horror adventure like no other, and one which leaves you with a lump in your throat throughout. ...one of the most interesting and original virus-style thriller novels I've read in a long while." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, K.C. Finn (5 STARS)
"This is a well-crafted horror story with memorable characters and an unusual plot. The Holocaust Engine is a fun and quick read, thanks to the beauty of language and the authors' gift for storytelling and plot." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews, Jose Cornelio (5 STARS)
It begins with disease.
A brain-rotting virus, which leaves its victims disoriented and hyper-violent, rages out of Cuba into the Florida Keys. The bewildered government destroys the mainland bridge and places the islands under quarantine. Inside this cordon, the population descends into chaos, as rival factions battle over dwindling resources, buildings become fortresses, boats lash together as defensible islands, and whole neighborhoods wall off into armed camps.
As order slips beyond any chance of recovery, hopelessness reigns. But not everyone accepts this fate.
"...I was pulled in right from the beginning. ...The writing is polished and it flows with an unusual fluidity and crispness. ...The theme of survival is central in this narrative and while it features scenes that are crafted for fans of horror, I was so taken by the keen exploration of human nature. The characters are real, the pacing is fast, and the plot is a twisty one." ~ Readers' Favorite Book Reviews,Romuald Dzemo (5 STARS)
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the first book in the thrilling post-apocalyptic horror thriller series, "The Holocaust Engine." [DRM-Free]
BOOKS BY DAVID RIKE & STEPHEN PATRICK:
- THE HOLOCAUST ENGINE – Book 1: The Holocaust Engine
- THE HOLOCAUST ENGINE – Book 2: Fluid Shock [Spring 2021]
- THE HOLOCAUST ENGINE – Book 3: Unda Sanguis: The Flood [Late 2021 or Early 2022]
MORE GREAT POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION FROM EVOLVED PUBLISHING:
- The "Red Death" Series by Jeff Altabef
- "The Seekers" Series by David Litwack
- The "New Earth Chronicles" Series by Victoria Lehrer
- Anyone? by Angela Scott
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About the Author
I didn’t grow up wanting to write. In fact, when I finished college I’d all but stopped reading. Then I took a job at a local police department as a whistle-stop on the way to some great destiny, got hurt early on and, faced with long days of much-needed bed rest, limped into a local book store, and left with an armful of novels.
Two decades later and I’ve served that police department as an officer, supervisor and, now, investigative lieutenant, all the while bleeding the book stores dry. As for the great destiny, I simply offer this: we are never fully human until we find some outlet for our innate creative impulses. My outlet is the novel, particularly the dystopian science fiction and horror stories that resonated with me those years ago. Perhaps, one day, I’ll find that something I’ve written has influenced another, the same as that armful of books once did for me.
As a child of Kentucky and Texas, bluegrass and bluebonnets share equal time in my blood, fueling a need for adventure and exploration, and a keen desire to see what is out there.
This is my third evolution as a writer, starting as a young boy inventing adventures for my toys and friends. In school, I wrote to fulfill assignments and map out the world. Now, I write for the same reason I read: I want to know what happens next.
Stories can make us laugh or smile, scream or cry, sometimes at the same time. In the best stories, we let the pages tell us what we need to see inside ourselves.
My fiction ranges from horror to historical, and I placed in a short story contest when one of my first stories found a home in Evolution: Vol 1, published by Evolved Publishing. Outside of the Lone Star state, I won the Arkansas Writer’s Conference Special Award (2009) and the Creme De La Creme Award (2014) from the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. for best overall story.