9mm Blues

Etopia Press
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Thorn Knights Book One

Flesh-eating ghouls. A kidnapped child. A knight's honor caught in the crossfire...

Christopher Hill is a knight in the Order of the Thorn—the sacred order of soldiers armed with submachine guns, swords, and magic. Their mission is simple: destroy the ancient, profane evils that prey upon humanity.

But that mission becomes far more complicated when a young boy is kidnapped by flesh-eating ghouls, turning a routine search-and-destroy mission into a nightmare standoff. Barricaded inside a run-down house, the ghouls gain a deadly upper hand, and while the body count rises, Hill finds himself caught in a power struggle within the order that puts his life, and his honor, at risk, and threatens both the mission and the boy Hill has vowed to see home safe, no matter what...


Keywords: fantasy thriller, urban fantasy, fantasy suspense, knights, ghouls, action

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About the author

Keith Melton is a fantasy author. His first novel was Blood Vice, published in 2009. His other novels are The Zero Dog War, Ghost Soldiers, 9mm Blues, and Dark Ride Dogs.
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Etopia Press
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Published on
Oct 9, 2015
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Pages
285
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ISBN
9781936751204
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English
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Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
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