Hardcover, 268 pages
Published November 14th 2020 by Robert Vaughn
I received a complimentary Kindle copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Robert Vaughn!
This book was a four star read for me. I found it thrilling and the pace was kept fast and exciting, but I didn’t find myself relating to the main character all that well. Jeffrey Bailey is a young, American, male vlogger who vlogs while gaming and while exploring the dark web and has a very large following on social media.
The story is mostly presented in the first person and in the present tense, which makes things seem very immediate and intense as we experience the chilling scenes of cult murder sent to Jeffrey on thumb drives, as he and his viewers see them. As such this is a fast paced exciting thriller which keeps you turning the pages throughout the story.
Jeffrey the vlogger has just been to the funeral of his friend Bret when Bret’s mother gives him a box that belonged to Bret. A thumb drive in the box shows the bizarre ritualistic murder of a couple by what appears to be a cult who worship someone/thing called ‘Rojachar’.
Jeffrey decides to investigate the cult to seek justice for his friend Bret’s murder and goes to LA to visit his friend, Kyle another vlogger. There is a party and Kyle ends up going missing, along with his friend Macy and 2 more party guests are found dead in the same weird manner as was seen on the thumb drive – multiple stab wounds and then black candle wax dripped onto the wounds.
Two operatives from the United States Special Security Agency, supposedly a division of the NSA, Hayes and Miller, take him from police officer Nickels, who arrested him under suspicion of the murder of the partygoers and drop him at LAX airport for him to return home.
Soon a package is delivered with another thumb drive containing video of Kyle and Macy unconscious and tied naked to chairs. The cult members perform a bizarre ritual which causes the terrified couple to become devotees of Rojachar and somewhat zombie like in the process.
A woman, claiming to be an ex cult member visits Jeffrey, pleading for his help. She claims the cult is known as the Order of The Void and is lead by Devin Highmore a very rich media mogul and owner of Highmore Entertainment. She gives Jeffrey plenty of information about the cult in a video interview for his vlog which he then shares with Hayes and Miller and which helps their investigation into the cult.
In summary, this was a thrilling page-turner which kept me wanting to know how things would turn out for Jeffrey and whether he would end up alive or dead by the end of the book. The inclusion of a main character who is a vlogger makes it feel contemporary and gives an interesting insight into the world of vloggers. The ending was unexpected to say the least! I will keep my eyes open for any future novels by Robert Vaughn.
About the Author
Robert Vaughn was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In 2009, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Television and Radio Broadcasting. When he is not educating himself on the latest political news or writing, he is normally in the gym or being a total nerd with video games, tabletop role-playing games or something sci-fi related.