Winner of the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award in the category of Horror.
An assassin is at work—one of the best in the trade. His body turned to dust long ago, but his spirit roams the Earth freely, undetectable to the five senses. He stalks his victims waiting for just the right opportunity. Then, in quick succession, he possesses a human host and strikes down his quarry. For a century and a half he has served this way.
Deputy Sheriff Nate Barrington is riding the crest of a new relationship. Kaitlyn Spencer is beautiful, altruistic, enlightened—everything he's not. She teaches classes in New Age philosophy at her growing school. Nate doesn't share her spirituality, but the physical passion hasn't subsided enough for him to care.
Nate's nirvana quickly unravels when Kaitlyn's life is threatened on two separate occasions. With no apparent motive or any evidence suggesting collusion, the police are stumped. Even more troubling to Nate, Kaitlyn is eventually convinced she is the target of unseen forces.
A hardheaded pragmatist, Nate isn't prone to believe that spirits can possess people. As far as he's concerned, Kaitlyn's claims of perpetrators possessed by a spirit assassin are on par with comic book stories and have nothing to do with reality, and her esoteric, New Age mumbo jumbo begins to drive a wedge into their relationship. And why Kaitlyn? What secret is she hiding?
Even with the sheriff's resources at Nate's disposal, the odds for Kaitlyn's survival are not in her favor. The true enemy is virtually invisible, and Nate's conventional police tactics have no effect on the spirit world. Strikes come from anytime, anywhere, and from random, unwittingly manipulated people. With their relationship buckling under the strain, they must pull together and join an unlikely ally if Kaitlyn is to remain alive.
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About the Author
For years, his interests were in weaponry (both small arms and large scale), warfare tactics, hand-to-hand combat, criminal justice and unsolved crimes. But life has a way of molding perspectives, and Travis came to realize the physical world known to the five senses didn't have all the answers. It scratched the surface at best. Accordingly, Travis's interests shifted to supernatural phenomenon, spirituality, the mysteries of life, the invisible world beyond our five senses and the forces that lie therein. He's still a peace officer, but one who has mingled with psychics, mystics, mediums, energy healers, shamans, gurus, artists and denizens of the "underground."
Travis is the author of Unholy Bargain, a supernatural thriller published by Double Dragon Publishing. He resides in Atlanta, GA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Unholy Bargain is an unique, entertaining supernatural thriller about the spirit of an assassin who stalks his victims, possesses a human host, and then murdes his victims. Because he’s just a spirit, he can’t be easily detected, and the police is powerless to do anything about it. Deputy Sheiff Nate is head over heels for his new girlfriend, Kaitlyn Spencer, a beautiful, lovely New Age philosophy teacher. When Kaitlyn’s life is threatened by an unseen force, with no motive or reason to kill her, which stumps both the police and Nate as he desperately wants to protect her – which can get a little tricky when you can’t see your foe. And while Nate will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves, even if it means slowly coming to terms with how his down-to-earth view isn’t always spot on, the assassin will stop at nothing to kill Kaitlyn… As you can see from my short recap, the synopsis is awesome, and the premise is refreshing and original. The author does an admirable job of making all characters have interesting personalities, even the villain. It’s definitely not just good vs. evil – it’s a lot more complicated than that, in fact. At first, I struggled with seeing Kaitlyn and Nate as a couple since they didn’t seem to have that much in common, but the more I read on, the more I realized those differences were what made them work. I’d highly recommend this book to all fans of supernatural thrillers. I didn’t think it was that scary, but it was definitely a pageturner! I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Unholy Bargain by Travis Hallden Holt takes us into the story of a brilliant assassin, a man whose body turned to dust some time ago but he is still doing his work through his spirit. He can't be detected and when he finds a mark, he simply takes on a human host and does his work. While Sheriff Nate is seeing a woman named Kaitlyn Spencer, he really enjoys their new relationship, but when her life is threatened and it comes to light that she believes in spirits and otherworldly terrors that Nate does not, things just get more interesting. Can Nate save her? I read a lot of supernatural books and this is by far one of the more interesting takes. An assassin that continues with his work after death by taking over other bodies? Brilliant idea! Along with that great idea, author Travis Hallden Holt has put together a good, flowing story that is part supernatural and part crime thriller and just one great book. Nate and Kaitlyn are a fantastic pair, although to me they seem like a little bit of an odd couple, but I love that about them. She believes in the supernatural and he doesn't ... until he is forced to. Along with being entertaining, this book makes you ask: what would you do if your world view was forced to change? If you, like Nate, didn't believe in the supernatural, but someone you care about was being threatened by that world? Could you change your mind and go on fighting? I love a book that makes me think! I recommend this one.