FBI Special Agent Caitlin Diggs faces a paranormal killer when a crystal takes over a teen and leads her on a chase across the country. Empowering the teen with supernatural abilities, the crystal exacts revenge on descendants of soldiers responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre but it also has a taste for neurotransmitter serotonin which it needs from humans to continue its consciousness.
Agent Diggs is the only FBI agent in the bureau to consider extreme possibilities and surmises the teen has a means to track his victims via DNA.
A heart pounding cat and mouse game ensues as Diggs attempts to fool the teen she is his next victim but as she plays with fire, a former military man begins to see the crystal as the perfect ingredient for a mind control weapon. Because the crystal possesses sentience it can counter Diggs’ plan for its demise and possibly exert mind control over her as well.
Can Diggs stop this biological internet from taking more victims, becoming a tool for mass mind control and resist the lure of its blood web?
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Lukas Shenker a troubled teen, known by everyone as Shenk, has spent most of his life residing in a Corpus Christi Center for Wayward Teens. It was a dismal existence clouded by a polluted haze of constant medications and counseling from his Social Worker Alice. When a hurricane descends upon Texas, Shenk sees this as an opportunity to disappear. With the massive flood waters claiming any records of his existence, Shenk can start a new life with a new identity. As Shenk finds refuge in a cave, waiting out the storm, he happens upon a brilliant rose quartz necklace. Could this be a sign that his life is headed in a better and brighter direction? Or, will the crystal connect to Shrenk through his blood and mind in order to carry out its own long awaited vendetta? The ancient Indian artifact has been merely a myth to most historians, including the famous and well respected historical speaker Eugene Bull Tongue Campbell. Eugene has spent his life pursuing his calling to inform interested students on the facts regarding the way things really were between the Americans and the Indians. However, Eugene s father, Jake Campbell or Lone Coyote as he is also called knows quite well the power of the crystal for good as well as its ability to wreak havoc on the world if connected to a mind filled with evil. After hearing about the Arrowhead Murders, Jake decides he can no longer keep quiet about the crystal s existence. In order to protect the world from the crystal s power and warn the public of his long suspected conspiracy theory regarding the military s quest to gain control of the crystal and rule the world, he takes to the airwaves. Suzie Chang, the host of the show American Murders, allows Jake Campbell to spin his tale of nonsense in order to boost her ratings. Will Jake Campbell s life now be thrown into the depths of murder by those he sought to expose? FBI Special Agent Caitlin Diggs is well known for her impressive arrest record as well as her ability to work on her gut instincts. After witnessing the horrific beating death of her partner and lover Geoffrey McAllister, she finds for the very first time that she needs a leave of absence from her beloved job. Faced with doubt about her career and an overwhelming sense of sadness at the loss of her future husband, Caitlin is once again called upon to investigate the recent Arrowhead killings. Will Caitlin Diggs be able to track down the Arrowhead Killer in time? Will she be able to finally regain her confidence as a highly successful agent? In addition, will her wounds regarding the loss of her partner and lover finally begin to heal? Or, after realizing the only way to stop the body count from rising is to obtain possession of the crystal; will Diggs become swayed by the crystal s persuasive powers and begin her own journey to carry out its evil wishes? BLOOD WEB is by far the most AMAZING novel this reader/writer has had the privilege to read in a long time. This edge of your seat thrill ride is filled with something for everyone from suspense, paranormal, thrill, murder, mystery and even a touch of romance. Any genre aficionado will find this novel to be one of pure pleasure. First in the FBI Special Agent Caitlin Diggs series, Starta does an excellent job portraying the perfect setting while creating characters that are not only believable, but connect to your emotions as well. Each page is another twist and unexpected turn, keeping the reader glued to their seat and eager to reveal the next shocking revelation waiting in the prose of the following pages. Gary Starta is a prolific writer, who I believe is way ahead of his time in this particular genre. I anxiously await the next installment of the infamous Caitlin Diggs adventures. Kudos! –Toni Kelley – Roundtable Reviews
About the Author
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Gary Starta attended the University of Massachusetts where he majored in English and Journalistic Studies. He wrote as a newspaper reporter before taking the plunge into creative writing to pursue his love for science fiction. The publication of Blood Web launches a series of books to feature investigator Caitlin Diggs. Starta is a member of the Garden State Horror Writers Association. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, a few Tonkinese cats and an ever-growing science fiction video and book collection.