Evil's Root

Michael Segedy
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Bronze Medal Winner in 2013 Readers' Favorites INternational Book Awards contest. Also, FINALIST IN THE 2014 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD.

 When American expat journalist Steve Collins sets off for the middle of the Amazon Jungle to cover a plane crash with a U.S senator aboard, he has no idea how his life is about to change. The Peruvian military is claiming the Shining Path rebel insurgency launched a missile attack on the aircraft, and the U.S. embassy is backing the military’s claim. Steve's editor informs him that Jennifer Strand, a gorgeous, spunky young journalist embedded with the U.S. embassy, will be accompanying him to the crash site. Though wide apart in their political views, they manage to set aside their differences as they attempt to unravel the dark mystery behind the senator’s death. Their investigation places them at the heart of the conflict between the rebels and the Peruvian government while taking them on a terrifying adventure in which they uncover shocking truths that transform their perceptions of the world and of themselves. Evil’s Root is not just a political thriller. It is a powerful tale of romance and courage, of dark intrigues and harrowing revelations, of absolute power and secular evil. But more than anything, it is an encomium to brave souls, past and present, who have shown the will and moral commitment to confront the dark forces that threaten civilized life

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About the author

Michael Segedy is an award winning author. Over the years he has lived abroad in faraway places such as Taiwan, Israel, Morocco, and Peru. His life overseas has inspired him to write thrillers that include scenes set in foreign lands. Several of his works have won recognition in international book awards contests.


Novels to date: 

Hampton Road, a psychological thriller
In Deep, a political thriller
Cupiditas, a political thriller
Evil's Root, a compilation of In Deep and Cupiditas
EMMA: Emergent Movement of Militant Anarchists, a terrorist thriller
Our Darker Angel, a crime thriller
Sanctimonious Serial Killers, a crime thriller 

Apart from writing novels, Michael has published three non-fiction works:

A Critical Look at John Gardner's Grendel
Teaching Literature and Writing in the Secondary Classroom
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson with Introduction, Notes, and Lessons by Michael Segedy

He's also published numerous academic articles about literature and writing in various scholarly journals. 

Gwendolyn Brooks, former poet laureate of Illinois, presented him with Virginia English Bulletin's first place writing award.

He and his family currently spend half of the year living in the US and the other half in Lima, Peru
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Michael Segedy
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Published on
Sep 18, 2012
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Pages
326
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ISBN
9781479345359
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Political
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
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From what Marty Robin gathers, the serial killer sees his acts of murder and perversion as his mission on earth. As the perp's backstory unfolds, Agent Robin takes note of key psychological factors that account for the killer's psychopathic personality. While she speculates on the personal events that created this moral monster, the reader becomes, if not sympathetic, at least more understanding of the role child abuse and religion play in his twisted life. 

Like any respectable work of fiction, it is the characters who make this story succeed. Early in the novel, Agent Rick Clark's life is transformed by the death of a young woman who becomes like a daughter to him, shortly after losing his own daughter in a terrorist bombing. Clark's regret over not being there for his friend begins a journey that will gradually fuel his incipient cynicism.

Agent Marty Robin has also undergone a number of personal loses that greatly affect her relationship with Rick and engage her in bouts of soul-searching. What the two share seems to be enough to heal their wounds, but then the worse happens, which sends Rick's life into a downward spira
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Thenovel opens with the teenage protagonist suddenly awakening to find himself ina state mental institution, one that looks more like a prison than a hospital.When he demands to know why he is being held against his will, none of thehospital personnel give him a straight answer. To make matters worse, herealizes he has a serious case of amnesia, especially when he is asked torecount any details about a tragic incident that occurred on Hampton Road. Infact, whenever the topic of Hampton Road comes up, he panics and experiences ablinding flash, in the form of a mental explosion of light, that blocks anyfurther thoughts on the subject.
 
When he attempts to recalldetails about his own life and his relationship with his former friends, theinformation he gleans is incomplete. Nothing seems right. When his mother visits him he doesn't recognizeher, and his girlfriend, unsettled by his strange demeanor, addresses him asthough he is someone else. Just as puzzling, his closest friend never oncecalls on him and seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. It isonly his sharp wit and flashes of dark humor that save him from despair.

As time passes, his present life seems less and less real. Its center can nolonger hold. Everything thing around him strikes him as surreal. The doctor,the hospital, the visits from his mother and girlfriend, even what he remembersof his own past. It all seems to belong to someone else. His uncertainty causeshim to feel like an imposter, a phony, and a helpless prisoner. He distruststhe doctor and believes, more than wanting to help him, he wants something fromhim. Something he doesn't feel capable of giving. And that something has to dowith Hampton Road.
 
It is through numerous sessions with the psychologist thathe is eventually able to dredge up enough of his past to shine a bright lighton that fateful summer night when the world as he knew it ended. At the end ofthe novel, he and the reader solve the mystery of his identity and understandwhat factors in his life transfigured him into a tortured soul, an embodimentof his own remorse and desperation.
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 Sanctimonious Serial Killers is much more than a murder novel about serial killers. It is a gripping tale exploring the psychological and moral dimensions of aberrant minds convinced of the righteousness of their murderous deeds. It’s also a tale about mounting personal losses and their devastating effects on a human being’s life and belief system. The story begins with Agent Rick Clark and his colleague, Marty Robin, investigating the murder of three women over a period of less than three years. When Agent Clark returns from investigating the latest serial killing, his colleague meets him at Reagan International Airport and delivers horrifying news that sends his life into a tailspin and the story to places where crime thrillers rarely go. Michael Segedy’s crime novel certainly has its twists, its turns, and its surprises. It’s awash with all the elements of a great thriller, but it is far more than just an engaging crime novel. It’s a story about vulnerable souls pushed to the edge; about souls that crack and souls that cope; it’s a story with profound psychological and moral ramifications; a story about a hidden world of subterfuge and terror; a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, captivate your imagination, and spare you from the cheap thrills and implausible events and characters common in lesser crime thrillers. Finally, and foremost, it’s a starkly haunting, heart wrenching story about characters and events drawn from the real world, your world.
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