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DARK HEARTS IN THE FOREST:
A NEW ADVENTURE IN THE OLD SOUTH
By Bruce A. Miles
Kit Carson unexpectedly inherits a century old homestead that could provide a way to escape his soul-crushing job. He invites four friends to the cabin to help him develop a business plan for the property as they enjoy a long weekend of hunting, fishing, campfires, and outdoor camaraderie. But, Kit quickly learns the once familiar woods are not the same woods he remembers from his childhood.
A careless shotgun blast puts Kit and his friends in the crosshairs of an unhinged serial killer struggling to regain his position in his family’s hierarchy. When the killer learns of Kit’s plans to develop the land, he enlists the aid of a clever drug manufacturing cousin to stop it from happening and reclaim the respect he lost.
What should have been a relaxing outing turns into a case of 21st Century southern discomfort as Kit and his friends struggle to survive the deep woods, a psychotic killer, and each other. Dark Hearts in the Forest will leave you yearning to be in the great outdoors, but looking over your shoulder once you get there.
Few locations on the planet retain as much mystery and legend as the Old South in the United States. Dark Hearts in the Forest takes you inside the clash between established southern traditions and changes impacting rural life in the twenty-first century. There are novels set in the wilderness but few are written by lifelong outdoorsmen; Dark Hearts is written by an author who has fished, hunted, hiked, and camped his entire life and brings the atmosphere of the untamed forest to the written page.
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