We recently published Frank Reddy’s debut novel, Eyes on the Island. Reviewers are loving it.
“Frank Reddy’s debut blows readers off their feet. A gripping thriller.”
“Captures the atmosphere of Savannah and the Georgia barrier islands, with their mysterious and otherworldly histories, in a way that anyone familiar with the area will recognize.”
—The Book Fetish Blog
“This is a damn good novel.”
—Fig and Thistle
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September 1, 1992
On his knees, the seven-year-old prayed for his family. For his mom and dad. The little dog next door pacing outside the doghouse. The red roosters with fat muscular legs tied to rusty rebar stakes in the ground. He prayed for the city of Savannah and all the barrier islands. He prayed they would survive this black, swirling mass.
Speaking over the eerily robotic intonations of the weather radio, he chanted the verse. It was his mantra during times like these. The air lit up around him, tiny pixels of strange light that only he could see. He swore to others they were there. He saw them plain as day. The visions, his mom called them. His body grew warm as if steaming bathwater were encircling him.
In his hands, the boy clutched a black Bible. His name glossed the cover: William H. Fordham in gold lettering. It was a Christmas gift from two years prior. Already, the pages showed wear. Highlighted verses and pencil scratches marred the smooth tissue paper. The yellow streaks and graphite marks had made his mother proud.
She hovered above him now, pacing. Turning up the weather radio. The cold, alien voice grew louder. The syllables didn’t connect as they should. The end of each word began promptly with the start of the next. No pause for breath in between. It was unnatural. It sounded like cold metal coming to life. Will imagined the rectangular furnace beside him awakening. Appendages, eyes, teeth, and consciousness as it belched the English language in loud, sober proclamations.
“Saturday-evening. Storm-warning-for-all-in-neighboring counties. Warning extends-to-all-on-the-Georgiacoast. First squall. Thosein-thefollowingcounties. Find shelter. Stayinyourhomes. Second-squall-forecasted-for7:30.”
That word. It terrified him. It sounded like the noise something makes before it kills you. “Mommy, what’s squall?” Continue reading
Friends! Fellow readers! Fellow writers!
We want to thank you for supporting Fiction Advocate and small press publishing by giving you a chance to read Eyes on the Island by Frank Reddy before it’s available anywhere else. This is our newest release from Fiction Advocate Books. You won’t find it on Amazon until October. But you can get it right here, right now, with a $5 discount.
Eyes on the Island is already making headlines in Georgia, where the novel is set—check out the cover of the Gainesville Times below—and we think it’ll be a breakout hit. You like literary thrillers, right? You like deadly storms, and conspiracy theories, and priests who question their faith, and remote islands where people speak Gullah? Well, that’s what Eyes on the Island is all about.
Pulitzer Prize nominee Charles McNair says, “Frank Reddy is a revelation—this debut novel foreshadows a tidal wave of a career.”
We’re so excited to share Eyes on the Island with you that we’ll give you another Fiction Advocate book—the e-book edition of The Black Cat by J.M. Geever—when you buy this one. Just our way of saying THANK YOU for being a supporter of indie publishing!
Eyes on the Island by Frank Reddy
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