When US border patrol agent Christian Rivera discovers the body of an undocumented alien in the middle of the vast Sonoran Desert with three enigmatic words carved into her flesh, presumably by her own hand, it triggers a frantic search for the remainder of her party: a group of 25 men and women who have inexplicably vanished into the desert.

Aided by two of the agency’s best trackers, Rivera follows the woman’s trail into the brutal heart of one of the hottest and most unforgiving landscapes on the planet, where nothing can survive for long. As more bodies turn up, Rivera and the others begin to realize they may be up against an enemy far deadlier than the desert, an unseen adversary that will stop at nothing to take from them what it needs to survive. A mythical evil that may not be myth at all, but horrifically real, could very well be stalking them, and their only hope of surviving the same fate that befell the missing party lies in deciphering the clues to their disappearance before it’s too late – if it isn’t already….

“The book has it all: from supernatural horror to the realistic horror (which in my opinion, is even scarier) like the trip through the desert – God, I’m never looking at a desert the same way again – amazing characters and extraordinary writing. One of the best horror novels I’ve ever read.” – I Heart Reading

“The pace and tension that Michael McBride brings to the table are nail biting at times, knowing something is following you, something you can’t see and having nowhere to hide, no way of stopping the relentless slaughter, just puts you right in the thick of it. One of the best horror releases of 2014 by an author with an impressive list of chilling fiction.” – Scream Magazine

“[McBride] creates a believable story of desperation with just an element of the unknown to add another layer of horror.” – Horrible Book Reviews

“Michael McBride pulls no punches in this dark tale of the fight for survival. His words are powerful tools to set the mood, create each scene and give a feeling of desperation to his characters.” – Tome Tender

“It’s a totally ingenious concept that not only tackles the topical subject of illegal immigration but shows the absolute horror of walking across the hot desert with limited resources. Intense heat from which there’s no escape or relief, dehydration to the point where you can’t even sweat or cry anymore, snakes, hunger, and the cartels and their narcos, and the truth about what you would really be willing to do if you were thirsty enough; just these elements alone and the way that McBride uses them are enough to make a pretty effective scary book.” – Black Guys Do Read

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