Outlaw Heroes feature in Mystery/Thriller Novels by author Mike Barker
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'Insignia' a Mystery Thriller with a touch of the supernatural
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A Murder Mystery unfolds as Cyclone Tracy destroys Australia’s northernmost city
Darwin had always attracted mercenaries, missionaries, misfits and people running from the law. They thrived in the chaos that followed Cyclone Tracy.
As Aedan struggles with adolescence and school, a cyclone destroys his city and any resemblance of normal life disappears. He leaves home, buys a motorbike and is thrust violently into adulthood, in a wild, lawless environment. Then he meets Eva, the woman of his dreams and a gifted lady who attempts to guide him through the obstacles.
But Darwin is full of very dangerous people and as an impressionable youth, Aedan keeps bad company and is led to violent crime. When their local dealer is murdered, Eva becomes involved, putting both her and Aedan squarely in the crosshairs of a vicious killer, who now has them on his list.
A murder mystery with a real outback Australian flavour.
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A missing girl. A vicious serial killer with an innocent man in his crosshairs. Can an ancient Viking insignia be the key to his salvation?
Fifteen years after her disappearance, the insignia Eva wore lies glistening on a remote bush trail, forcing Aedan to relive the trauma of losing her. The grisly discovery of two bodies confirms his worst fears: that a vicious serial killer has come to taunt him and may be the only link to Eva’s disappearance.
As Aedan strives to uncover the truth, he is plunged into the deadly Australian underworld of the drug trade, a dangerous world that tests his every skill. As the clues align, Aedan realizes that Eva could still be alive, or is she reaching out to help him from the grave? Just when all seems lost, the insignia delivers a strange dose of strength, one Aedan suspects will come at a terrible price.
“ Fans of Matthew Reilly will love this fast-action thriller one reader described as “so realistic it took me back to my years in the police force.”
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"I thoroughly enjoyed it! Written in a similar style to Matthew Reilly, with action on almost every page. There’s a vulnerability about the hero that makes him a likeable crook and even the police scenes were very realistic. I can’t wait for the next episode."
"“If you like thrillers with unexpected twists and turns and don’t mind loads of sex, you’ll want to check this one out. I was surprised by the killer and villains, and very intrigued by the supernatural link. Barker has done his research, and the setting was really interesting - especially to those who haven’t experienced the Australian Outback. "
"“I enjoyed this story, it had action, promise and mystery with a splash of romance, too.
I liked the quotes at the beginning of the chapters, they gave a flavour of what was to come. The story is strong, interesting and unique."
C. McIntosh - Author
About the Valknut
The insignia referred to in the stories is a ‘Valknut,’ the insignia of Odin, the God of Nordic mythology
The Valknut is a symbol in Nordic mythology. The word originates from Old Norse valr, meaning “slain warriors” and knut, meaning “knot”. Although scholars have varying opinions on the symbol’s meaning, it is widely believed to be Odin’s insignia and to wear it implies a commitment to following Odin’s path.
Odin has a legacy of self-sacrifice in Nordic mythology and is associated with powers like wisdom, healing, knowledge and poetry. But he has a darker side, as the god of war, battle, victory, sorcery and death.
As the god of outlaws and a god who himself has flaws, Odin shows us we can be comfortable with who we are, with our faults. He is lord of Valhalla, where he receives those who die in battle with a hand on their weapon. For that reason, many believe that those who follow Odin’s path will ultimately die a violent death.
Click on the image to see a range of quality hand-made Viking jewellery crafted by our friends at Valknut Horde, featuring Odin’s insignia, the Valknut.
About Mike Barker
I started this website to promote my books, but it grew into something much more, a celebration of the Outlaw spirit. Not the hard core Outlaws who go against the law, but people who think differently. Free spirits who go against the social norms, be they stereotypes or mainstream religions. People who don’t tolerate the bullshit.
My personal Outlaw journey started at the age of 17, when I restored the motorcycle his best friend had been killed on; then rode, fought and rampaged through Australia with outlaw bikie gangs.
During the dry season, I used to work as a professional hunter, shooting and catching wild buffalo in Australia’s northern Territory.
After years of relative obscurity, I started writing about my experiences, writing the stories as fiction, loosely based on real events and the characters based on real people. By treating the stories this way, I’ve been able to throw characters to the wolves and let them react.
Sometimes conflict brings out the best in people, sometimes the worst, and the simplest of situations can quickly become treacherous.
They are Mystery/Thrillers with a difference. The heroes are outlaws