On the eve of rock concert, a teenaged fan disappears, leaving a dead body. Cops link the murder to a kidnapper and a televangelist.
Five years ago, I had an unexpected insight: With weekly audiences in the millions, television police procedurals would be the most successful child abuse awareness campaign ever invented—if only they gave accurate information about abuse and recovery.
I envisioned a new kind of crime novel—one that presented the causes and effects of religious child abuse in the format of a taut pop-fiction thriller. Drawn from my own survivor experience, combined with cutting-edge research and true crime headlines, this book would get everyday people talking intelligently about religious abuse and childhood trauma.
Josh’s philosophical lyrics and demonic stage-persona have earned him fortune and fame—along with a deepening romance with his band’s fiery female drummer. But when he learns that a familiar fourteen-year-old fan is wanted for murder, Josh’s sanity and sobriety are tested by memories of his own abusive childhood. Meanwhile, detectives follow their young murder suspect into a disturbing underworld, soon realizing that he is involved in a twisted investigation of his own. Clues indicate a possible link to the Christian Fundamentalist fringe...
"...engagingly written, with descriptive scenes, well-drawn characters, and a lot of emotional and moving dialogue. The author obviously has a personal understanding of the harm that can result from corporal punishment, of the effects of biblical interpretations in perpetuating it, and of the pain and shame of children who are abused." -- Nadine Block, who founded the Center for Effective Discipline in 1987 and served as its executive director until 2010.
"Mr. Hickmon writes with the clarity, power and passion of someone who really knows what he is writing about, and who understands the wide range of responses human beings experience when trying to deal with lives affected by ongoing trauma. There are textbooks that explain the scientific mechanisms that underpin Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but this book tells a story that reaches out to help us all understand." -- Dr. Kim Etherington, PHD, Bristol University Emeritus Professor.
"This is a most unusual novel in any number of ways: a fast-paced thriller combined with a disturbing subject matter (sadism and child abuse), a violent storyline with a quick, readable narrative. The story is both dark and at the same time oddly uplifting, for it is – in the end – a story of grace and redemption."-- Timothy Birdnow, conservative columnist and contributor to journals such as American Thinker and Orthodoxy Today.
Successful funding pays for all of the following:
- copyedit and format for prints and ebook
- print and mail all backer rewards
- print and mail galleys to national reviewers
- publicize official launch in April 2014
Odds and Ends
The following is a round-up of links to information that backers may find interesting or informative:
- RehoboamBand.com - website for the book's fake band.
- Permanent Website for 13:24
- Multimedia, Art and Illustrations
- Read Complete Reviews of 13:24
- Read Chapter ONE-"I Loved You"
- Read Chapter TEN-"Amen!"
- Author's Bio
- Buy tee-shirts!
Cover Design: Kirk DouPonce
Collector's Edition Cover
Artwork: Kirk DouPonceArtwork: Kirk DouPonce
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
On this project there is little risk that backers will not receive rewards; however, the larger goal of publicizing the project is inherently risky. Even if all goes well, hiring a publicist does not ensure that the media will pay attention. Our launch can be affected by factors that are out of anyone's control, including an unfavorable news cycle. The most I can promise is that I will work hard and plan smart, to give the project the best chance to succeed.
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