Twelve
Dustin Stevens Standalone Novel

Two days. In a span of just two days, the paths of three complete strangers are forced together in a way none of them could have foreseen or even thought possible.

Two days ago, Eric Winston was about to be a made man. As the head of Mjollnir Industries he had operated at the forefront of the criminal underworld for over three decades and was finally getting his chance to join the big leagues. An international conglomerate of businessmen and government officials that come together to form one of the largest drug rings in existence. Winston’s final task before being officially brought on board? Host a one-night, winner-take-all event featuring the best underground fighters in the world. Everything was in order, until a competitor had to back out…

Two days ago, Will Honeycutt was an anonymous Portland firefighter, doing his best to provide for his young family. When the St. Rita’s Orphanage burned to the ground and he pulled a half dozen children to safety, he inadvertently thrust himself into the public eye. Now, accompanied by local surgeon and brother Heath, Will sets off to begrudgingly attend a banquet in his honor.

Two days ago, FBI special agent Mike Manus was doggedly working the case that had killed his father nearly three decades before. When a call comes in that could finally unlock the puzzle he’s been trying to solve his entire career, he boards a plane in pursuit of what he hopes will finally be absolution. Operating as the head of a joint task force with the Portland FBI and the marines, Manus will do everything he can to avenge multiple fallen agents and to finally put his own long-tormented conscience to rest.

Twelve is a tale that effectively melds the three seemingly unconnected worlds of Winston, Honeycutt and Manus. Over the course of just two days, their stories become inexorably linked to one another, moving forward in a tightening spiral that will remain with all three for the rest of their days.

I really enjoyed the layout and buildup of 12. The strategy path and the FBI pursuit. The twist and surprise of the competition – the detail of the match. I felt I was in the maze with them. The heart pounding suspense; then, the ballroom relief scenes. Hats off to the cunning winner!! A very, thoroughly entertaining reading!!

Gloria-Jean Brown

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