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Publisher's Summary

Pure evil collides head on with innocent hope in this edgy, addictive, and controversial novel that listeners agree would make a great movie on the big screen.
Two evil psychopaths in an East Texas town torture and kill with no consequence until the one that got away finally returns to take matters into his own hands.
Benjamin Wilder grew up with sparse shelter, infested provisions, and constant abuse dealt to him by his stepfather, Jessup - aka the Rabid Dog. Without a sober mother to defend him from the Rabid Dog's wrath, Ben finds reprieve and adventure in a club of misfit boys called the Black Machetes. But the world as Ben knows it comes to an end when he witnesses an act so psychologically appalling that it forces him to run for his life. He travels as far away as he can until fate steps in and guides him to a small town where he finds the help he needs to assume a new identity and live a life he could only imagine before.
Years after trying to bury the demons from his past, Ben seems finally ready to settle into a sense of normalcy. But his world continually gets turned upside down by a series of discoveries, revealing that the evil from his childhood has never stopped cursing him - having over the years destroyed everyone he ever cared for. When the ticking time bomb within Ben’s psyche finally detonates with a fumed vengeance, it pushes his wife and unborn child into the very clutches of the same malevolence that has forever haunted him. In the end Ben must again face those demons from his past in order to save his true love and, ultimately, his own sanity.
©2014 R.K. Howard (P)2016 R.K. Howard
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 06-19-16

A secret dying to get out!

Would you listen to Black Machetes again? Why?

I don't listen to books twice, so no.

What did you like best about this story?

How surprising it was. Not the normal genre I follow to be sure, and the story didn't go where I thought it would end up. Very unusual and a fascinating character study.

Which character – as performed by Punch Audio and Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

Orlando was a compelling character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long for that, but i certainly tried!

Any additional comments?

I was provided this book by Audioblast in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.I am glad I was. This is an outstanding offering, which has plot turns, some violence and drama, and genuine character development. It is not for the squeamish to be sure, and it is definitely and adult novel.I highly recommend this. Potentially one of the best of the year so far. Get it and enjoy it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lori on 07-03-16

Worth The Credit!!

Any additional comments?

Really good intense, gritty and disturbing.

A well written dark, intense and twisted story not for the faint of heart, squeamish or those easily offended. This book covers a variety of vile acts such as rape, murder, kidnapping and child abuse to name a few. So be forewarned. I had to stop my ipod several times and take a breath before continuing. The story pulls you in quickly and once you start listening you can't stop.

The story continually moves forward through a roller-coaster of events that effect all of the Black Machetes in different ways. Despair, heartbreak, hope, humor, survival, suspense and triumph. You can't help but get emotionally attached to Ben, Octavio, Demarcus and Scooter. While this is a hard story to listen to at times, it is well worth your time.

R.K Howard you have gained another fan and I will definitely be putting you on my list of authors I recommend.

Peter Berkrot did an awesome job with the narration. Great voice's for all the character's. He didn't just read the story, he made the character's and their emotions come to life. He is one of the best narrator's I have listened to. It was scary how well he portrayed the Rabid Dog and Wade.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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