The One: Keeno McCole takes on domestic terrorism and a mind-bending cult

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What if murderers and domestic terrorists were honed right inside the walls of a religious sect in Canada, one that was recruiting its members from the vulnerable and rebellious minds of youths, and teaching them that their only path to salvation was to cut themselves off from family, friends and society, and dedicate themselves to a life of forwarding its agenda to “save the world”? When the niece of the Prime Minister of Canada, washes up in St Mary’s River, in Sault Ste. Marie, Keeno McCole and his anti-terrorism team are called in to investigate the death. Keeno finds himself suddenly cast into the role of the bad guy, as the cult leader manipulates the circumstances, forcing the hand of law enforcement to turn on Keeno and his team, and from there, it just gets worse. The One takes the reader on a thrilling suspense-filled ride into the all-too-real world of domestic terrorism, murder and the reality of life inside a mind-bending cult.

“I loved it. I love the author and I love Keeno – the main character in this series, that about sums up my review! In my humble opinion Real Laplaine is actually better than Harlan Coben and/or Nelson Demille.”

“”There is no doubt that Réal Laplaine can create a nail-biting mystery. The more you read The One, the more suspicious you get, and the more desperate you get for a resolution.” Red City Review

“If you are familiar with and enjoyed Louise Penny’s Three Pines mysteries, you’ll love The One.” – Russell Warnberg, author of 2064

“Once you read this fast-paced novel that keeps you on the edge-of-your-seat, you will be addicted to Real LaPlaine’s character, Keeno McCole. Tension and high stakes drama fill the pages of this crime thriller. Two words for everyone. Read it!” William Beck, author of the Bryson McGann and Jess Colton novels

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The One: “The perfect blend of characters, mayhem, and intrigue…”

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The following review of The One, the 3rd novel in the Keeno Crime Thriller Series, was recently posted by William Beck, author of the Jess Colton and Bryson McGann adventure thriller novel series

In Réal LaPlaine’s latest crime novel, The One, readers will find themselves swept up in a page turner pulsating with conflict and tension. Laplaine’s talent at setting the hook with skillful writing and engaging storylines keeps fans entertained and turning pages in their
attempt to discover the mastermind behind a sinister murder. The author’s talent for weaving a clever tale is on par with literary greats such as Michael Connelly’s, Harry Bosch and James Patterson’s, Alex Cross.

While a team of characters from the RCMP’s Anti-Terror Unit blend well into Laplaine’s tale, Keeno McCole is the central figure. In the opening, the body of a young woman is discovered in the St. Marys River along the Soo Locks. Meanwhile, McCole and Jake Williams find themselves at odds with a kidnapper set upon killing his victim as well as the two men from the ATU. Quick thinking and a bit of luck are the only things that save McCole, Williams, and the kidnapped woman as the bomb detonates. Not long after the harrowing encounter, McCole receives a disturbing phone call and the unit is tasked with a special assignment. The young woman found in the cold waters of the St. Marys River along Lake Superior was the Canadian Prime Minister’s niece. As clues unravel, they point to the peccant leader of a mysterious religious cult. Leonardo Milovich is a ruthless and unforgiving sociopath whose evil is boundless. McCole’s interference unleashes the ire of Milovich getting McCole’s team removed from the case by the upper echelon at RCMP headquarters. McCole cannot let The One’s leader’s deed go unpunished.
Ultimately the two meet in a final deadly showdown.

Réal Laplaine’s fans are once again treated to well-written novel, and one newcomers to his work will thoroughly enjoy. The author’s ability to move the narrative along at a rapid pace while maintaining a smooth writing style speaks highly of Laplaine’s proficiency. The perfect blend of characters, mayhem, and intrigue seamlessly round out this latest installment leaving readers of The One craving more of Keeno McCole.

William Beck
Author of the new Jess Colton novel – The Judas Coin
Author of the Bryson McGann adventure thriller novel series
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williambeck@booksbybeck.com

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Earth Escape – an Existential Thriller… film out-takes

we started a short film rendering for my new book EARTH ESCAPE … the out-takes however simply stole the show. Here’s a few.

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A collaborative space odyssey between several nations, to colonize Earth II, before war, greed and planetary depletion destroys our world, sends Captain Jim Tale and his crew on a 27 year-long voyage. Jim, and his Ai companion, CASS, face incredible hurdles along the way, but none of them will challenge Tale more than the questions that plague him, and the nightmare that haunts him – until he reaches the edge of the Universe where he meets Prima and the impossible truth is revealed.

“A fast-paced science-fiction novel that intertwines elements of suspense, romance, while tackling some of life’s biggest questions…”

“… a fast-paced odyssey beyond the very edge of the universe and into the void in this gripping, surprising, and very thoughtful science fiction novel.”

“Well written book in the sci fi genre dealing with existentialism.”

“…He challenges the reader with futuristic space travel, other possible civilizations, artificial intelligence, and bravery.”

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Earth Escape – An existential and sci-fi thriller that will challenge you to step outside the box!

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In 2038, NASA, in a joint effort with several other nations, fires the most daring space mission ever undertaken. A 27 year trip to a nearby exoplanet, in the hopes of colonizing a new world before war, religious and political ideology and environmental depletion destroy Earth. Jim Tale, the captain of the star ship Evolution, is not only tasked to oversee the mission, but Jim has silently tasked himself to use the opportunity to find the answers to questions which have haunted him his entire life. Are we alone in the Universe? How was the Universe made? Is there a god? Who are we? Why are we here? Questions that drive him, inexplicably, to the very edge of the Universe as we know it. And what he finds and discovers about the truth, shocks him to the very core.  Earth Escape is an existential and sci-fi thriller, and it will challenge you to step outside the box about everything you have ever believed.

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“A thrilling read that takes you on an unusual and captivating adventure, and introduces novel subjects within Ai, spirituality and the existence of intelligent life in the universe. A recommended read.”

“The book is modern, thought provoking and suspenseful. He asks the big questions through a sci fi tale: Is there a God? If so, why design a flawed humanity? What is the ultimate truth of existence? . . . all our metaphysical questions woven through a very good story.”

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Canada’s toughest crime-fighter goes into action – again!

THE ONE Front WebCanada’s toughest crime-fighter, Keeno McCole, and his RCMP team, take on a sociopathic cult-leader and domestic terrorism which strikes Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg – leaving a trail of dead bodies in its path. The One is the 3rd novel in this iconic high-concept Canadian crime fighter series.

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“I enjoyed this novel very much. I love Keeno, his awesome personality, his guts, integrity and abilities. This was a shorter read which suited me well because once I picked it up and started it I just could not put it down until I was done, forget about sleeping or working, so I do recommend you read it during the weekend!” Ana Danel

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Earth Escape – an existential high-concept thriller that packs a lot of punch

Earth Escape Web FrontEarth Escape is a sci-fi high-concept thriller, a bold journey into deep space to find a new home for mankind, a space odyssey that takes its captain and crew into new worlds, meeting sentient beings and which opens doors which answer the very questions about our existence.

Earth Escape not only meets the traditional paradigm for a classic science fiction thriller, on the order of 2001 A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke, but it endeavors to take the reader into another realm, one where the reader is invited to engage the ultimate questions about existence. The mysteries which so many have attempted to solve, whether through religion or science, and yet which remain unanswered: How was the Universe created? Who created it? Is there a God? Who are we? Why are we here?

In this contemporary sci-fi thriller, one which bespeaks of the very circumstances facing our world today with growing nuclear arms, population explosion and environmental destruction – Earth Escape forces us to face the inevitable fact that our planet will not, by itself, continue to sustain the human race and that we must seek out new worlds to colonize and call home.

Gripping, surprising, and a very thoughtful story. A very memorable read. – Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, Author

Within a few pages the characters became my friends, which made the book hard to put down. To me at least, this is dystopian sci-fi at its best. Highly recommended! – J.Z. O’Brien

Order the eBook for just $1.99 or get the full paperback, 440 pages of action-packed and insightful reading, for $16.00  Order HERE or at your favorite on-line bookstore.

 

 

Earth Escape – an existential thriller – Someone is waiting for us at the edge of the Universe!

Earth Escape - a high concept dystopian thriller

In 2038, geopolitical powers are on the verge of war, nuclear weapons threaten our very existence and global consumption is depleting the Earth. Several nations band together to launch a mission to colonize the first habitable exoplanet, but no one bothered to ask the obvious question: “Is there someone else there already?” One man is about to find out the truth and what he discovers will change the course of humanity and its role in the Universe.

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