Bruce: An Order of Freaks Novelette

Mark S. R. Peterson
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Bruce Gander has a unique ability.  Some would call it a gift.  Others, a curse.
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About the author

Born in small-town northwestern Minnesota, Mark S. R. Peterson knew he had a love of writing as far back as 2nd grade.

His genre interests are as expansive as his musical tastes--from classics like Mozart and Beethoven to heavy metal like Poison and Metallica. He writes thrillers, horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and even dabbles into nonfiction and inspirational.

He is a graduate of Bemidji State University, majoring in criminal justice and psychology. He wrote his first book between homework and achieving his 2nd Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has over 15 years of law enforcement experience and currently lives, according to a Washington Post article, in the "ugliest county" in the United States.

BEHOLDER'S EYE, STRAIGHT RAZOR, and DISCARDED are the first three novels in his Central Division Series. KILLZONE is the first in his SHADOWKILL trilogy.
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Publisher
Mark S. R. Peterson
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Published on
Sep 22, 2017
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Pages
58
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Superheroes
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

"A dynamic and original twist on what it means to be a hero and a villain. A killer from page one...highly recommended!" —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Marvel Universe vs The Avengers and Patient Zero


One of Publishers Weekly's Best Fantasy Books of 2013

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

"Just when you thought it was safe to live in a small town."
BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDED
18-year old MEGAN DUST lives the wild life. Parties, booze, boys--you name it, she does it.

Her parents don't care what she does, and when she is home they ignore her. Their attitude started over a year ago when Megan's older brother was tragically killed in a car accident.

Then, when her parents die on the same road that took her brother, Megan decides to start over and move far away. She auctions off her parents' property, a country home in northwestern Minnesota, and heads down to the Twin Cities.

Megan knows hitchhiking is dangerous, but lately has become a way of life. And this time is no different. She gets picked up by Bart Simms, an attorney from Minneapolis, who agrees to take her where she needs to go. But only after he conducts a bit of estate planning business.

The Engels are a farming family who live not far from Megan's old place. They revel peacefully in their secluded backwoods sanctuary, and have a strong desire to keep as much of the government away from their family's farming legacy. Hence the reason they sought the impecable skills of Bart Simms, who has a deep reputation for saving many family farms from unwanted death and estate taxes.

But Megan has a problem with the Engels. She has never heard of them, and she's lived in the area all of her life.

When she explores their home, she finds more that is out of sorts. She discovers a picture of a teenage girl. A girl who resembles that of a recent murder victim from Minneapolis.

Is there more to this backwoods family than meets the eye?

This suspenseful story was inspired by the gruesome real-life tales of Ed Gein and the Master of Horror himself Stephen King.

Also included in this are two bonus materials: a serial killer short story titled "Hatchet Harry" and an excerpt of Mark S. R. Peterson's thriller novel (published August 2013) titled BEHOLDER'S EYE.
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