Contemporary Thriller Highlights Family Story of Surviving Death, Seeking Revenge; “The Torch is Passed” by American author Bill Powers

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If one commits an act of vengeance, especially as a means to help find answers to why their entire family is murdered, are they ever justified?


In emerging American author Bill Powers’ debut medical thriller, The Pharm House – a Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards – readers were introduced to Nicholas Harding and his daughter, Andrea.


Now comes the second Harding family story, The Torch is Passed. A suspenseful and plot-twisting story, The Torch is Passed finds Andrea’s world turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a shocking and puzzling attack. With only her paternal grandmother left, it falls to Andrea – a recent college graduate – to not only investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries – and navigate an often dangerous fast-track to adulthood.


The youngest Harding soon finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers after she is also violently attacked, forcing her to kill both would-be assassins. Suspicion is cast on a short list of family friends and colleagues, and longstanding relationships are put to the test. Along with her new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family – growing up along the way – and seeking her revenge.


Brimming with plot twists, unexpected decisions, and recurring threats to relationships, The Torch is Passed is a tantalizing read with historical references including a subplot involving an old land deal setup by John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company over one hundred years ago that involves the Harding family.


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