The Blackwood Curse Book 1: Queen of Corruption
A fallen hero . . .
Hal Crompton is done with being a hero when he returns home from Iraq, his face and body scarred by fire.He hopes to wrap himself in memories of his childhood as the golden boy of Woodhill. At first, it seems he’ll succeed. His childhood friend, Alistair Blackwood, acts as if Hal had never been gone; Mora Fee, the little math-geek who tutored Hal in high-school has grown into an attractive woman, but she hasn’t forgotten her teenage crush on the young football hero he used to be.
Some things have changed in his absence. Mora is about to finish her doctoral thesis, an algorithm for mapping super-complex chaotic systems, and Alistair, once a harmless teller of strange tales, intends to make the darkest and most dreadful of those stories real. He has found the inter-dimensional route to the resting place of an ancient and monstrous goddess, He plans to wake her and bring her back to exact revenge on a universe that fails to recognize his genius.
Hal is determined to stop his friend from reaching his loathsome goddess, but it’s a job for hero, and Hal is afraid he isn’t that man anymore.