Author: Paul G. Buckner
Book: Siege at Hawthorn Lake: Murder on the Mountain
Published: April 2015
Publisher: Create Space
Troy Turner is a writer looking to enjoy a peaceful life in his lakeside cabin. He is an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountain town of Hawthorn. Hawthorn is a ski resort town. This is a dream home for him. Nestled in a forested valley, it offers great fishing and hunting. Troy invites his old college buddies, Craig and Phil, to spend few weeks.
The beauty of the Rocky Mountains can lull people into a false sense of security. Troy, Craig, and Phil are attacked by something big and powerful. Troy ends up in unconscious in a hospital bed. Upon recovering, he tells an unbelievable story of being attacked by the mythical Sasquatch. The sheriff dismisses the story, and Troy ends up in jail for murder.
After Troy is released on bail, the sheriff begins to think there is more going on than meets the eye. Troy, the sheriff, and some unlikely allies find themselves under siege.
I must admit a guilty pleasure. I am fascinated by stories of Sasquatch and its various cousins. These are creatures of terrifying strength and a remarkable cunning. Assuming, of course, that the tales are true, which many people still doubt.
Be that as it may, Siege at Hawthorn Lake is a tale of man (and a few women) against a force of nature that is not happy. Troy Turner has bought a cabin in the middle of the wilderness. (I’m already jealous.) There is a lake for fishing. During hunting season, this is an ideal location for deer of various types. There are incidents. The occasional thrown rock, or upright figure darting out of sight. Troy invites two friends up for a few weeks of hunting. That’s when things start to happen. The story quickly becomes and an action-packed page-turner