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Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781737399612 173739961X
  • 280 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 10/2021
  • 978-1-7373996-0-5 B097NWL6QB
  • 280 pages
  • $4.99
Audio Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781737399612 B09QV213N6
  • 280 pages
  • $14.99
Martin Kearns
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Beneath the Veil
In a battle between two ancient evils, can one naïve young man become the last hope against powerful creatures of legend? David Dolan thinks he's already got the world figured out. But when a collapsed bridge plunges him into the icy Hudson, he's pulled deep into the deadly realm that exists between life and death. And with his earthly form trapped in a coma, he's vulnerable to the horde of demons hell-bent on his utter destruction. Traversing the road to the afterlife, David seeks the wisdom and skills he needs to fight the demonic forces reigning havoc on his allies above ground. But as one hellish threat closes in on his defenseless body, David must defeat another terrifying fiend waiting in the shadows to use him... Can David escape the world beneath the veil in time to stop the bloodshed? Beneath the Veil is the gripping first book in The Valor of Valhalla dark urban fantasy series. If you like reluctant heroes, infernal myths, and bloody epic clashes, then you'll love Martin Kearns's formidable foray into the unknown.
Reviews
Indies Today

“There’s something happening out there. It’s hard to explain, but you can feel it.” What is happening begins with a bridge collapsing into the murky depths of the Hudson. David Dolan is an easygoing guy known for his warmth, kindness, and wry sense of humor. He has no idea that the horrific destruction of a bridge filled with oblivious commuters was perpetrated specifically against him. When his unconscious body is found on the bank of the river, his longtime girlfriend and no-nonsense mother are immediately notified. An intense investigation surrounding the collapsed bridge leaves David as a person of interest. Rumors of strange things happening around the city become real life horrors, all while David’s physical body remains in a coma. Neither dead nor alive exactly, David embarks on a journey that will change everything. His eyes are opened to truths about himself and about realms unseen, revealing a plot and purpose larger than any mere mortal can bear.

Beneath the Veil is an entirely original novel that brings together elements of fantasy, mystery and dark horror. The premise is broadly about good versus evil, however very few characters fall wholly into either category. So often, writers exploit religion as an easy source of derision and mockery, but Kearns utilizes religions such as Christianity and Buddhism in a respectful manner. Furthermore, he adds in a generous measure of mythology and fable to create a sturdy urban fantasy filled with a likable cast that is punctuated by one particularly abysmal villain. Especially impressive is the skill Kearns displays in his rich and disturbing descriptions. It’s been a while since a book really scared me, but Beneath the Veil is legitimately frightening as graphic battles between unimaginable creatures are waged on earth and beyond. And the characters in David’s life are meticulously constructed, so much so that readers will be emotionally invested in even the tiny kernel of a relationship that is developing between an open-minded detective and David’s mother. A supernatural detective story with earth-shattering ramifications, Beneath the Veil is brilliantly conceived and fiercely told.

News
02/15/2022
Best Paranormal Independent Book of 2021

Beneath the Veil was awarded the Best Paranormal Book Award by Indies Today

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781737399612 173739961X
  • 280 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 10/2021
  • 978-1-7373996-0-5 B097NWL6QB
  • 280 pages
  • $4.99
Audio Details
  • 01/2022
  • 9781737399612 B09QV213N6
  • 280 pages
  • $14.99

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