Where better to hide than in plain sight? the CULL by @eThrillerWriter


HERE BETTER to hide than in plain sight?

Amy Bree’s reckless actions result in death and her dismissal from the FBI.

the CULL

Eric J. Gates

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A visit from a mysterious priest propels her back into the fray, as she is partnered with an ex-spy, with fearsome computer skills, and tasked to hunt down and kill the serial killer known as the Blood Sucker.

Their quarry is not what they expect: old, very old, and needs blood to survive.

The body count rises… and the hunters become the hunted!


Black thunderheads obscured by the oppressive night air. Closer they move; drawn into explosive detonation. The first thunderclap announced a prodigious tempest. The strengthened glass wall shuddered as the sound waves tried to penetrate the quiet interior with their full force. Anka Syzmanski’s step hung suspended for a fraction of a second; the hallway lit with jagged electric blue. She completed the step; started another.

The lights went out.

Another celestial drumroll; quicker now, the storm approaching fast.

Seconds passed; she waited. Fighting against the darkness, the emergency lighting sputtered into action.



Plick, plick.

Plick, plick, plick, plick.

Spattering against the glass separating wet from dry, the rain began. A heavenly tap opened; grime swabbed down the transparent wall by sluicing torrents; lightning filtered through cascading wash forming eccentric shadows.

Syzmanski’s shoes picked up their clipping rhythm; pounding heels a counterpoint to the drubbing rain, announcing to all nocturnal dwellers: Beware! The night Nurse cometh.

She fell into her routine: step close, depress handle, open door, insert torso, listen, watch, decide; alive or gone? Gone meant a retreat to the Nurses’ station and a quick phone call. Alive meant close the door, move to the next room.

Syzmanski eased the door to room 359.

Listen: the shallow, laboured breathing.

Watch: no perceptible movement from the woman in the bed.

Alive...for now.

Windows rattling; another cracking roar as the storm ramped up. Close the door.

* * * * *

Nurse Syzmanski’s fleeting interruption done, a shadowy shape lowered itself from its hiding place under the metal-framed bed.

Author Bio and Links

Eric J. Gates is an ex-International Management Consultant who has travelled extensively worldwide, speak several languages, and has had articles and papers published in technical magazines in six different countries as well as radio and TV spots.

His specialty, Information Technology Security and Cyberwarfare, has brought him into contact with the Intelligence community on several occasions.

He is also an expert martial-artist, holding 14 black belt degrees in distinct disciplines, as well as several International ratings in Self Defence. He has taught his skills to members of various Police, Military and Special Forces units, as well as Private Security firms, Bodyguards and members of the public.

He started writing as a teenager, and in his own words, "has never stopped since". He is the author of several thriller novels, details of which can be found on this web, www.ericjgates.com as well as collaborations with other authors and Writer Networks.