Monday, October 31, 2022

Holy Terror by John R. Dougherty - Book Tour + Giveaway


Book Details:

Book Title:  Holy Terror by John R. Dougherty
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  275 pages
Genre: Supernatural Mystery
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release date:  September 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M - There is very little mild bad language, but there is a lot of somewhat graphic violence depicted.
Book Description:

The Miami police force is utterly baffled by the horrific crime scenes they are finding. The victims are being executed in unimaginable ways, and unlike most crimes perpetrated against humanity, these victims do not fit the usual murder victim profile. These victims are themselves criminals. In fact, some are very well-known criminals. But this scenario is not unique to Miami. Locales worldwide are seeing the same kind of maniacal homicides.

Who is responsible for carrying out these crimes, and how can they be stopped?

Two of Miami PD’s finest, Detectives Ian Jelani and Lane Madigan, are on the prowl, trying to solve these mysterious crimes. But they are being drawn into something far beyond their imaginations, something more than they have ever bargained for. These men may think they have seen it all, but that is quite the understatement. They are on a collision course with the most terrifying vigilante they have ever encountered. When their families become embroiled, the gloves come off, no holds are barred, and the rage of the vigilante spills onto them as well.

The forces of good and evil have waged war since long before Creation. Angels of heaven, both good and evil, have struggled to expand the borders of their kingdoms, and humankind has long been caught in the middle of that raging turf war. Men and women have faced the choices of good and evil since the Garden of Eden, and everyone knows where that original choice landed the rest of us. But humans are not the only ones tempted by the wares of evil. Angels have stared those same choices in the face too. Some have fallen away from the Creator, while some have remained faithful to Him. What of an angel caught betwixt good and evil, an angel who thinks he is serving his Master, but he is actually teetering on the edge of his own fall? What if that angel was the greatest warrior angel of all time, and decided to take it upon himself to rid the Earth of evil people? What might happen to those evil people who are trying to exert their malevolent power and intentions upon their fellow humans if such an angel was to go after them?

In Holy Terror, Thumos, the greatest warrior of the Creator’s angelic army, the fiercest of all heavenly soldiers, has had enough of what he perceives to be a pattern of deference. He decides to take matters into his own hands. But the path he starts down is a path that other angels have traversed before. And many of them have ended up in the camp of the Evil One, the most destructive force the universe has ever known. Thumos comes face to face with Satan himself, and he have even more decisions to make.

Guest Post
My Top 10 Books of All Time
In over 50 years of reading (yes, I am that old…er, I mean, that “young”), there have been a lot of great books I’ve read.  Choosing a top 10 list is going to be a challenge, and I have a sneaking suspicion that many of these will be sourced by my most recent readership, but here goes – the list, and a brief statement of why I think it’s a great book.

1.      The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – definitely one of my all-time favorite authors, anything I have read of his is outstanding, but this book stands out to me above all; I will admit, this one could be tainted by the audio version read by John Cleese, of Monty Python fame – he does such a great job with it

2.      The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – Mr. Covey originally released this quite some time ago, in 1989, which was very early on in my professional technology career, but it had a profound impact not only on my work life, but my personal life. It is timeless, and his 7 principles apply just as much today as they did back then.

3.      A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – yes, a Christmas book has made my list, but this Dickens classic is so awesome, I like to read it every year at Christmas time, and there are a bunch of great cinematic adaptations of the story which I love to watch too (the version starring Patrick Stewart is my absolute favorite rendition).

4.      Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – this book blew me away with keeping me on the edge of my seat, keeping me guessing at the plot trajectory, and doing such an amazing job of combining science fiction with science (physics) fact.

5.      Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey, Raj Sisodia, & Bill George – a real eye-opening topic, that helps show how capitalism truly is the best economic system in the world, as it was originally intended. And how its evolution and implementation have taken it far away from its original intent and value, particularly here in the USA.

6.      Winning with People by John Maxwell – when it comes to business-themed books, John Maxwell is another favorite author – and speaker – who always knocks the ball out of the park, in my opinion. This particular book is loaded with so many practical, easy-to-understand concepts.

7.      Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn – Mr. Hahn’s journey to becoming a Catholic Christian was a real inspiration to me and my own Christian journey.

8.      The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel – another inspiring book, where Mr. Strobel journals his journey from atheism to Christianity. He originally set out to disprove Christianity and ended up becoming a Christian himself.

9.      The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (yes, he’s getting 2 entries in my top 10 list!) – such a great book, which I first read as a child, but have read it more than once throughout my lifetime. Many people mistake this for the first book of his Chronicles of Narnia series, but it was actually the second book, and in my opinion, the best of the 7-book series.

10.   The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity by Matthew Kelly – when it comes to anything Mr. Kelly writes, I know I’m going to be a fan, and listening to him speak with that Aussie accent is a real treat too.

Ask me tomorrow what my top-10 favorite books list of all time is, and there is a really good chance you are going to hear a slightly different variation of this list – but today, this is it! 😉

 - John R. Dougherty

Meet the Author:
John has spent his professional career working in information technology by day and dabbling in a variety of other diversions by nights and weekends, including a few decades of serving in lay ministry. While serving in this capacity he preached hundreds of sermons, taught countless Bible study classes, and wrote dozens of inspirational articles.

He enjoys golf, guitars, grandchildren, and all things Kansas City – the Chiefs, the Royals, Sporting KC, KC Symphony, and KC Broadway, to name a few. He thinks (if not for his long-lost metabolism of youth) he could eat the famous Kansas City barbecue every day…maybe not for breakfast, but lunch and dinner for sure!

Now he is enjoying bringing to life his angelic hero, Thumos, and a host of other characters that he hopes you will find both entertaining as well as either inspiring or repulsive (after all, there are both good guys and bad guys in this story). This is the first book of a series, featuring detectives Lane Madigan and Ian Jelani, whose experience with Thumos will yield life changing results. And if you happen to be interested in such things, happy Bible Easter Egg hunting while you read, since many are planted throughout the book.

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Enter the Giveaway:


  1. I love the cover art and synopsis, this sounds like my kind of story and I cannot wait to read it. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

  2. Congratulations on your release of Holy Terror, John, I enjoyed the guest post and your book sounds like a thrilling supernatural mystery for me to enjoy! Good luck with your book and the tour!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  3. Sounds like an interesting read. I really like the book cover.

  4. Love the cover, sounds like a great read!

  5. This sounds and looks like a great book!

  6. John R. Dougherty is an impressive writer. I can't wait to read this.


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