Beware of a man who has nothing to lose.
A Navy Seal returns to St. Louis from Afghanistan suffering from PTSD and loses everything. Homeless, he wants only to find work and be left alone, but he is drawn into a group of street people who are being hunted by a serial killer and used by the local mob boss. To save himself, he must fight his way from tragedy to triumph and lead his “friends” on a journey from despair to hope.
You will be reminded why no one makes eye contact with a beggar, but you will also discover that if you do it often enough, you may eventually stare into the soul of a king, for greatness is as often concealed by the robes of monarchs as it is by the rags of mendicants.
Travel the gritty streets and alleys of an urban area trying to find food and shelter and safety without losing your identity. Search for a meaningful future. Walk with Gifford Ulrich as he finds himself and the promise of tomorrow.
What readers are saying:
•“This page-turning intense drama will keep you questioning and wondering until the very end.”
•“A story of deep and tragic truths.”
•“Profound and moving prose that you won’t forget.”
•“Gifford is an intriguing and troubled character that makes for a fantastic read.”
•“Ulrich is better than Jack Reacher.”
•”An opening to the human soul.”
•”A novel you will long remember.”
•”I could not put it down.”
•“I wish I could give it 10 stars.”
•”You won’t know how to let go once the book ends.”
Targeted Age Group:: adult audiences only
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A friend of mine does volunteer work to help the homeless. The idea for the book grew out of conversations with him about his experiences. Although all my characters were fictional, after having read the book, my friend said I had captured the essence of many of the men he had met.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters and their personalities were cast to fill various integral roles in the plot of the book. I pick one trait or life event and build the character from that. Then they tend to integrate themselves into the narrative by adding their own characteristics.
"Without a singular devotion to self, your greatness will be lost. It remains for monarchs and mendicants to save one before saving others, to lead one before leading others, and that one is the self of you."
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