The Devil Particle
Forty years in the future, evil is a known quantity which can be collected and contained in a vessel, but that vessel has to be human. Seventeen-year-old Paul Salvage wants to be the human vessel to prove to the world, and himself, that he is good. But first he must compete in the Vessel Trials against forty-nine other candidates, including his girlfriend. What will it take for Paul to win and at what cost?
The Award-winning Leo Townsend Series
For decades, the small town of Carpe Diem, Illinois has quietly unschooled its children, eschewing tests and classrooms for real-life experiences. Now, long-smoldering political feuds – and deep personal secrets – threaten to explode.
When her mother is hospitalized in Carpe Diem after an auto accident, teenager Tali Shaw, the daughter of a powerful state senator, finds herself at the heart of a vicious conspiracy to bring Carpe Diem down.
Can prize-winning Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend overcome his own demons and expose those behind the scheme before it’s too late? And when the truth is finally revealed, can Carpe Diem ever be the same?
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“A unique combination of small-town chronicle and political thriller that’s likely to draw in fans of both genres.” – Kirkus Reviews
“With the ring of authenticity throughout, Carpe Diem, Illinois proves an impressively compelling read from the start with Oakley delivering a first-rate narrative that values the intelligence of her readers and the complexity of her characters. A powerful and intelligent debut Carpe Diem, Illinois sure to find favour with fans of this ever popular genre whilst raising high expectations of future releases in the Leo Townsend series.” – Book Viral
“Great book, good writing, excellent characters and plot. I couldn’t put it down. Totally recommend it for reading pleasure and to learn about a unique method of education that rules the story line. I can’t wait to read the next Leo Townsend book. Kudos to author, Kristin Oakley. This former teacher gives Oakley five gold stars for her novel. Well done!” – Fran Orenstein
Chicago Examiner reporter Leo Townsend has landed the interview of a lifetime with openly gay, front-running US presidential candidate Griffin Carlisle.
But when Leo is forced to abandon the interview to rush to the side of his estranged father who has suffered a near-fatal heart attack, Leo’s personal and professional worlds collide.
When Griffin offers to visit the Townsend farm for an interview, secrets are exposed that jeopardize not just Leo’s family, but an entire nation.
“A highly satisfying and suspenseful story, Leo Townsend returns in a novel that turns the conventional into a triumph of intrigue and tone. Marked by clever twists and turns in a multi-layered and well-conceived plot, Oakley’s narrative unfolds at just the right pace and reminds us that good storytelling is easy to lose yourself in.” – Book Viral
“Small town politics clash with gay rights and family issues in Kristin Oakley’s God on Mayhem Street. A cleverly plotted and well-written tale about two brothers, their father, and the town bully who wants to drive them off their land, Oakley’s sophomore novel will capture your interest and, more importantly, your heart. Well worth the read!” –Libby Fischer Hellman, author of 13 Compulsively Readable Thrillers
“Leo Townsend’s homecoming is anything but sweet when he returns to his family’s farmstead to bury his mother. In the ensuing days, secrets are unearthed, enemies are exposed, and a gay political figure divides the town. Oakley’s created a story jam-packed with twists, but one that also reminds us of the importance of compassion.” –K. J. Klemme, author of Tourist Trapped