At Granite’s Mill, deep in the backwoods of Virginia, a body is discovered with unusual physical characteristics. By morning, the media erupts over a headline in a local newspaper, ‘The Son of Virginia’s Governor is Missing’.
FBI Special Agent Jack Stanwick is handed the case. Realizing he’ll have to go outside the brethren, Jack marshals the help of an old friend, Raymond Davenport, who hung a sign on a renovated brownstone in Washington, DC, with the verbiage: Davenport Detective Agency.
To assist him, he hired three former police officers from various precincts, who like himself, blew the whistle on dirty cops only to deal with the fervent hostility from the brotherhood.
With the investigation under way, the detectives stumble upon a group of men known as M.A.G.O.C., who’re muddled in a governmental conspiracy involving a top-ranking official at the White House.
With their many resources, they dig further and unearth Prescott Chemicals. Years earlier, the owner and his lead chemist had stolen an elixir from the Mayapo natives of the Amazon rainforest and have transformed it into a formula to be used in a congressional scheme.
When the detectives accidently come into contact with the new formulation, something undesirable happens to one of them, altering his life forever.
Dead bodies are just a fact of life for law enforcement and the FBI, but the body found in the woods in Rockfort, Virginia would make the hair on the back of the neck stand up for the seasoned professional.
With mounting terrorism against soft targets all over the US and agencies stretched to their limits, FBI Special Agent Jack Stanwick is put in charge of the Rockfort case because a total of three bodies have been found and the Governor of Virginia has reported his son missing.
The mystery surrounding these deaths are unique because all three victims were injected with a chemical in the carotid artery. “Their chemistry screens, blood cultures, toxicity tests and complete blood counts were anarchic and their chromosomes had been displaced. There were also disorganized levels of hormones. However, my most crucial finding was the pineal gland”. It is in the coroner’s hand to determine exactly what they were injected with and why.
Jack enlists the help of his friend who owns the Davenport Detective Agency and the investigation leads to Prescott Chemicals and a low level militia group called M.A.G.O.C. which stands for Men Against Government Overtaking Control. The question remains, is the general public at risk?
Well-developed characters, good dialog, unusual mystery, humor and a little romance keeps the reader focused. ‘Alter Ego’ is Author Tory Allyn’s debut novel. According to the author ‘Alter Boys’ will be out August 15, 2016, ‘Altered State’ will come out December 15, 2016 and ‘Alter Bound’ will end the series on April 15, 2017.
Cold Coffee Press endorses Alter Ego (The Davenport Decrees Book 1) by Tory Allyn. We reviewed this book from Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on May 21, 2016.
Tory Allyn currently resides in Upstate New York. Although born in Syracuse, he was raised in the quaint town of Baldwinsville with his brother and two sisters, who drove him into becoming the zany person he is today.
As a child, he made up many a tale. Some funny; others dark and brooding, but all started him on the path to writing.
Today, his nephew, lovingly referred to as ‘The Monster Child’, is his partner in crime.
Most days, you will see them playing ball at a nearby park, going for a dip in the backyard pool or snowboarding down a popular mountainside.
What makes you proud to be a writer? Not everyone can sit down and write a 60,000 word manuscript, so I feel proud about my accomplishment.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? I took a writing class in high school and really enjoyed it because up to that point, I just made up stories to tell but now I have the training to commit it to paper.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Of course. Some of my characters were based on different personalities I met during childhood.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When my father passed away, it really put life in perspective. I prioritized my goals. The ones at the top of my list were relegated toward the bottom. I have had my idea for the book since the mid 1990’s, and it was now time I dragged the story out of my mind and typed it onto the computer.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? From the first page to the last, everything felt natural. Writing for several characters with their different genders, backgrounds and personalities could be daunting to most…but it all came easily to me.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? When I finally felt that it was edited to satisfaction, I sent it out to several publishing companies. Within three months, I had four publishers offer me a contract.
How many published books do you have? One, but I have written all four in my Davenport Detective Decrees series.
Please list the titles of all your books: ALTER EGO was released on April 15, 2016. ALTER BOYS will be out August 15, 2016. ALTERED STATE will come out December 15, 2016 and ALTER BOUND will end the series on April 15, 2017.
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? I wrote all four books in succession then named them afterward. I knew ALTER EGO was first so I wanted the next three to have a form of ‘alter’ in them.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My novel(s) are mysteries with a bit of humor, romance and fantasy peppered throughout.
Which book title would you like featured in this interview? ALTER EGO is the only one published.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? ALTER EGO is different than any mystery I have ever read. When I went back to proof the galley (last step before it goes to print), it mind-boggled me that I actually wrote those words.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Stay humbled. I recently had a local piece written about me. When friends, family or acquaintances read it, they made such a big deal and it can go to your head. I always say, “I didn’t discover a cure for a chronic illness, I just wrote some words down on paper.” Always be humble!
Who is your favorite author and why? I enjoy a variety of authors, but if I had to pick one, it would be John Grisham. His tenacity is great. People think that The Firm was his first novel. Actually, A Time to Kill, was the first novel he wrote. He shopped it around to 26 publishers then shelved it. It came out after The Firm and The Pelican Brief.