Rachael Farrington is sitting on a riverbank when young Jason Beauvale wanders into her life. The two become inseparable, but Rachael's mother is suspicious of the boy; he's wealthy and, for reasons of her own, she has no trust for him and his kind.
As the couple become closer, Jason shares a secret: Many years earlier he witnessed his father escape, badly injured, under a hail of bullets. He doesn't know why it happened, or if his father survived, or why his mother then chose a life in hiding, refusing to speak much of him or their past lives again. These are mysteries that haunt the boy and which he aches to resolve.
In an ironic twist, as the young couple battle against those determined to end their passionate relationship, they are confronted by the very forces that lurked in Jason's past.
In the turmoil that follows, loved ones soon face abduction, imprisonment and death, as an unscrupulous organization, known as The Syndicate, seeks to fulfill a long-outstanding resolution to which Jason unwittingly becomes the key.
The fight for justice falls to Rachael, but with high-ranking police corruption working to defeat her, how can she alone bring The Syndicate down?
'WHITE ASHES' EXTRACT: "Sign!" Branagan shouted impatiently. "You'll rot where you stand before I-" The sound of Jason's motor bike came to her and the shock of it took her face before she could conceal it. The rumble grew louder: Jason and Rachael were making their way up the drive. Rebecca knew they were moments away from certain death. She gasped as Branagan twisted her around and forced her left arm high up behind her back-her bad arm. The pain was searing. Before she could recover, he wrapped his other arm around her waist, ramming the gun barrel hard under her rib cage, pointing it directly toward her heart. The coarse growth on his unshaven chin pressed slowly, menacingly, against her ear as he spoke. "You'd better do exactly as I say, Becky," he whispered. But Rebecca was not about to obey. She would not allow this low-life filth to blackmail and then slaughter all who were so dear to her. She had told herself many times that she loved them more than life itself-and the truth of that was unfolding now.
John's career involved a great deal of writing-mostly studious business reviews and creative marketing plans, but his observations of life and keen imagination also inspires writing of a more adventurous kind. Born and raised in Manchester, England, John has now ‘retired' to write and paint in North Dallas, Texas.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW (Small Press Book Watch Vol 15, Number 3. The Mystery Suspense Shelf)
John D. Moulton
Critique: An impressively written and complex saga, "White Ashes" is an absorbingly entertaining read from beginning to end and showcases author John D. Moulton as an exceptionally gifted novelist. Very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections.
MAGIC CITY MORNING STAR:
Martha Stevens-David Review: "White Ashes" by John D. Moulton
By Martha Stevens-David
This novel, "White Ashes", due to its page amount, captured my interest right from the start. From the very beginning of Chapter 1, until I read the final sentence in Chapter 49, this amazing story held my interest.
In my opinion, "White Ashes" has all the necessary ingredients that make a story great. It has romance, hatred, fear, lust, envy, happiness, distrust, suspicion, hope, etc. This suspense-filled story has all the power to keep the reader engaged until the very end and I, for one, hated to see "White Ashes" end.
For me, the writing in every chapter of this manuscript was "believable and insightful." Having read literally thousands of books since the age of eight, I feel that "White Ashes" is nothing short of a "masterpiece" in that the author, John D. Moulton, really was well-prepared when he sat to write this book.
And I sincerely feel that this ""timely, captivating" love story would make a wonderful movie! Kudos to Mr. Moulton, job well-done!