The new thriller from Mike Baron, published by Liberty Island
Bad Road Rising, Book 1: Biker
Now available on Amazon in e-book or paperback.

Josh Pratt is an ex-con turned private investigator. Ginger Munz, a woman dying of cancer hires him to find the son she lost as a baby. The child's father is a sadistic sociopath named Moon who has vowed to kill her, and Josh's girlfriend Cass, for ratting him out. The trail leads to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and west into a no-man's land where Josh learns the monstrous fate of the stolen child.

Reviews:

"Mike Baron writes like the bastard offspring of James Crumley and Rex Miller, in prose so hardboiled you'll break a tooth." -- Jeff Mariotte is the former editor-in-chief of IDW Comics, and author of horror novels and thrillers including 7 Sykos, Missing White Girl, and River Runs Red.

"Mike Baron is like Quentin Tarantino on paper." -- Kevin J. Anderson is the New York Times best selling author of the Dune series as well as his own space-spanning series such as The Saga of Shadows and The Saga of Seven Suns.

"Mike Baron writes like he's thirty minutes ahead of us every step of the way. He's sending pop culture references and political perspective to us wrapped in bone-cracking action tales paced at ballistic speed. His people are real which makes the mayhem real. He bends prose to his will and makes you love every page. There is no one else writing with a voice as wild and different and strong as this samurai wordsmith. His newest creation, Josh Pratt, pushes him even further out on the ragged edge of genre action fiction. Josh joins the Baron pantheon of entirely unique, fully-realized characters that touch something in he reader's heart and mind but continually offer surprise. This is not the Same Old Thing. Oh, the crazy-crazy, frenetic punch-ups are all here. Trust me on that. But so is Baron's gift to make us laugh, snort and question our own reality." -- Chuck Dixon is the award-winning writer of Clinton Cash: the Graphic Novel, and a prolific comic writer notable for long runs on Batman and The Punisher.

"Biker hits you like a knuckleduster to the teeth. The prose is tough, tight, and totally entertaining. Josh Pratt is my kind of private eye--Biker tough, always relentless, and the instincts of a killer." --Paul Bishop, author of Lie Catchers

"They say a tiger can't change its stripes, and with Mike Baron's character Josh, that's partially true. Josh has been hardened by life on the street, as well as behind bars. But he's got a new mission now. And when a courageous, struggling comics writer and artist begins receiving death threats, Josh seems like the only man to whom she can turn. Is she more than the crime-wise Josh has bargained for? There's certainly more to this red-headed comics bohemian, than initially meets Josh's eye. If you loved Jimmy from Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, or Keaton from The Usual Suspects, you will instantly find Josh both enjoyable, and compelling. This is a terrific ride of a story that pulls no punches." -- Brad Togersen, Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell nominated writer.

About the Author:

Mike Baron grew up in South Dakota where he fell in love with comics courtesy of Uncle Scrooge. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin he moved to Boston to write. His first job: smoking dope for the government. He wrote about it and landed a position with the Boston Phoenix. Mike returned to Madison in '77 and took a job at an insurance company. That lasted until he met Steve Rude, with whom he created the award-winning and groundbreaking science fiction title Nexus. He has also written Punisher, Flash, Star Wars, and his other creation, Badger.

Mike moved to Colorado in 2003, but it wasn't until 2011 that he finally figured out how to write novels. Mike's a slow learner. But now he gets it. Biker, about reformed motorcycle hoodlum Josh Pratt, was his first published work followed by Helmet Head, about Nazi biker zombies, Skorpio, about a ghost who only appears under a blazing sun, and Whack Job, about spontaneous human combustion and alien invasion.

He has finished three more Josh Pratt novels which Liberty Island will publish. He lives in Colorado with his wife and some dogs, rides motorcycles, and trains at Karate West.
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