Siege at Hawthorn Lake by Paul G Buckner
Siege at Hawthorn Lake: Murder on the The Mountain is horror/thriller/suspense novel by Paul G. Buckner
Troy Turner lives alone in his lake-side cabin nestled in a pine strewn Rocky Mountain valley an hour’s drive from the ski resort town of Hawthorn. Troy invites two of his old college friends to stay with him for a few weeks to take advantage of the great hunting and fishing only to become caught up in a dangerous game of hide and seek as the tables are turned and they become the hunted.
For all of their majestic beauty, The Rocky Mountains are also dangerous as the friends quickly learn. After a series of perilous encounters and narrow escapes, Troy is able to slip away to go for help only to end up in a hospital bed. During his recovery, Troy tells an unbelievable and horrifying story as he seeks help for his friends still trapped on the mountain.
Believing it to be simply another sensational story geared at publicity, the local sheriff dismisses his claims altogether. Troy remains adamant that his friends need help, but as the sheriff’s investigation digs deeper, Troy suddenly finds himself jailed for murder!
Troy’s only hope is that the sheriff can discover the truth before the trial, but the only way to get to the truth is to get back to the mountain. With reluctance, the sheriff begins to think that Troy may be telling the truth as unbelievable as it is. When he and his deputies begin to unravel the threads of the shocking and terrifying mystery a massive snow storm blasts the mountain and stalls the investigation.
Troy sees a glimmer of hope when he is released on bail only to plunge straight back into the most dangerous game he’s ever played. He finds himself, along with an unlikely group of allies, under siege in his isolated cabin on Hawthorn Lake. The beautiful and serene location becomes one of horror and terror as he and the motley ensemble struggle desperately to survive the onslaught and discover the truth behind the murder on the mountain.
A Word from the Author
Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I spent most of my childhood outdoors where I learned to love nature. Horseback riding, Hiking, camping, hunting and fishing was simply a way of life. One of my favorite activities during those long, hot summer days however, was to find a nice shaded spot by the creek, sit down and read a book. I could get literally get lost in the stories for hours on end. I loved to read, and I read anything I could get my hands on. I also loved to hear stories from my parents and other elders. I’m not sure how true some of them were, but they were still thrilling to hear.
Since those days, I have always wanted to write a book with my own stories, my own characters, and set in my own world. Siege at Hawthorn Lake is a work of fiction that took two years to complete, but an incredible learning experience. I have many more that I have planned, but I think the first one is something that will always be special.
(Paul G. Buckner, October 2016)
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