About the Book

Original Publication Date: March 13, 2012

The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters. Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume…

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive such a difficulty? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or...

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Characters

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The Hero: Nick (CON)

My name is Nick Gautier and this is the story of my life. First off, get the name right. It's pronounced Go-shay not Go-tee-ay or Goat-chay (that has an extra H in it and as my mom says we're so poor we couldn't afford the extra letter). I'm not some fancy French fashion designer. I'm just a regular kid... well as regular as someone with a stripper for a mother and a career felon for a father can be. But as my mom so often says friends are...

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  • Artemis

  • Virgil

  • Ambrose (Contains Spoilers)

  • Verlyn

  • Kell

  • Kyl (CON)

  • Acheron

  • Adarian

  • Kyrian

  • LaShonda

  • Liza

  • Madaug

  • Madoc

  • Nicolette

  • Mark

  • Marvin

  • Menyara

  • Nekoda

  • Nick (CON)

  • Noir

  • Papa Bear

  • Quinn

  • Remi

  • Rosa

  • Savitar

  • Simi

  • Stone (CON)

  • Styxx

  • Tad

  • Talon

  • Thorn

  • Virgil

  • Wren (CON)

  • Wulf

  • Aimee

  • Alex Peltier

  • Asmodeus

  • Azura

  • Bane

  • Bill

  • Braith

  • Brynna (CON)

  • Bubba

  • Caleb

  • Cam

  • Carl

  • Casey

  • Cherise

  • Dev

  • Gallagher

  • Grim

  • Jared

  • Jasyn

  • Kara

  • Rezar

  • Seth

  • Sanctuary

  • Sraosha

  • Bubba's Mama

  • (A)SK Sherrilyn

  • The Echrichta

  • Nick's Grimoire

The Story Behind The Story

This book is a little darker than the previous two as Nick is sucked into some darker elements. It also deals with the very real world of cyber bullying and how it affects everyone, not just the target and not just the person doing it, as well as the serious repercussions of it. While the internet is a great place, it can also be a dangerous one. Nick has grown a lot and this book springs a few surprises and goes deeper into Nick's relationship with Ambrose and his father.

I can't wait to dig into volume 4 where we turn up the heat, hence the name Inferno. I have big things planned and am dying to see what happens.

Nick is one of those characters who was originally meant to be nothing more than a walk on and walk off guy years ago in a short story. But from the moment I met my favorite lippy Cajun, he intrigued me. Then when I wrote Night Pleasures, he took on a whole...

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Hear it from the Fans

Since I could not get it to go through on the proper Email I will post it here... I found a blooper! When Dr. Burdette is telling the story of a young Bubba falling into the Gun cabinet and His daddy's 410 Misfired, She says "a Bullet whizzed between her and a Friend and shattered her Bird House" The problem is a 410 is a shot gun. While it could indeed shatter the bird house, It is not a bullet, it is a shell filled with BB's and so would probably hit more than just the Bird House. I am however really enjoying CON and I loved Stix.

Lori, July 14, 2014

    First, Sherri knows her guns. She owns a .410 and has since she was 10 years old. They're not scatter guns or 12 gauge. There are .410 shotguns. There are also .410 RIFLES that only shoot BULLETS and a .410 revolver. And not all shells are packed the same, with tiny bbs. Some only carry 3-5 large pellets that look like a bullet, act like a single bullet and are often referred to by experts as bullets and not buckshot as it's not true buckshot or squirrelshot or birdshot, etc. Some shells carry slugs or even plastic pellets. Here's a quote from a Guns & Ammo article on a .410 shot: Standard 3 pellet in a .410 tends to string itself out, and sometimes the balls hit each other and bounce clear off the target. The disks are just as hinky. Sometimes they make one hole, and sometimes they make no holes because they got sideways and nicked each other. Here's a photo of what a .410 looks like. As you can plainly see, that's not a bb or a collection of bbs. And better yet, here's a photo of the ammo and as you can plainly see, it's called a BULLET on the box of shells, not a shell. And here's a photo of both .410 SHELLS AND BULLETS Sherri's father and grandfather were gunsmiths. That incident is based on a real event that happened to her grandmother who explained it to others the same way Bobbie Burdette did. That's called characterization. It's not an indictment on Sherri not knowing her weaponry. Because, trust me, she does. She grew up on an infantry range, and a farm, and has an archery and axe range in her current back yard.

    MB_Staff, July 14, 2014

      I just got off the phone with Sherri who said that her shotgun is an H&R Survivor single shot centerfire that shoots both .410 shells and .45 Colt bullets. Likewise, she had a Savage Model 24 shotgun as a girl that shot both a .22 bullet and a .410 shell, but those were discontinued in the late 1980's and it was a similar gun that shot between her aunt and grandmother when her brother was a boy and it was an actual bullet from the shotgun that went between them and blew up the birdhouse. There are many other shotgun/rifle combos that have been around for a long time that shoot both bullets and shells. BUT she caveated that ONLY shotguns/handguns that are marked as COMBOS can shoot both. Shotgun barrels must be rifled for bullets to handle them and if you have a combo, most don't load shells in it as it can damage or wear down the rifling, making it dangerous to put a bullet in it. So don't load a bullet into a shotgun, unless the shotgun has been designed to handle both. But that yes, there are and have been .410s in existence that shoot both bullets and shells. Sherri assumed that was common knowledge.

      MB_Staff, July 14, 2014

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