THE BE(K)NIGHTED by Mark Harbinger
MARSHALL. The voices of his childhood schizophrenia had always haunted him. But, his powers weren’t from those; they were from the other voices— the real ones. Now, the government, his surrogate family of rogue former superheros, and warring Demi-Gods all demand Marshall’s help.
PALLA. When the irreverent CEO of the Blue Rooks Church was asked to take Marshall under her wing, she discovered Marshall and the Church have a history that is dark and complicated. In order to save both, she is faced with moving beyond doubt, and embracing a cosmic destiny.
END DAY. Can Marshall find his own voice in time?
“Doctor Fate” meets “The Good Doctor”—The Be(k)nighted is a an epic slipstream (mostly urban fantasy) with a truly unique protagonist. The reviews confirm it’s a remarkable ride:
“The Be(k)nighted is a spellbinding narrative that will draw in readers from the first few sentences and leave them on the edge of their seats to the very last page…[the author’s] care and perspective of those who suffer from a mental illness is particularly riveting and provides a much-needed vantage point that is too often reduced to a stereotype, marginalized, or ignored altogether.” (5/5 STARS)
— Seattle Book Review
“The Be(k)nighted is a tightly-woven web of intrigue and adventure, melding genres through deft storytelling.”
—Tim Marquitz, author of the Demon Squad Series
“The assemblage of characters from different races is enriching…” (3/4 STARS)
— Onlinebookclub.org Review
“This is thoughtful and deep fiction for both young adults and their parents…” (5/5 STARS)
— Portland Book Review
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Mark—a retired attorney and IT educator—lives in the Pacific Northwest (US) and enjoys being a father, husband, and proud servant to Murray A. Goodness (the Cat).
He’s published nearly a dozen short works, from many genres, in online competitive e-zines and in print. He’s also written a comic anthology. This is his debut novel.