Hell’s Blessing’s 94,000 words describe the events that cause a Vietnam veteran’s aging process to crash at age 22 and reboot at 54. Powerful men chase him over 4 continents to get the secret of his life extension. More
It’s 1969 in Vietnam’s Central Highlands.
After an ambush, Navy SEAL, MEL STONE has a big problem.
He doesn’t know it.
Four months after his 22nd birthday, he’s a changed man. His memory is gone, Scorpion venom, months of drowning in Asian herb therapy and a voltage tsunami have mutated his metabolism and genetic structure.
Ponce De Leon couldn’t find it.
Mel Stone didn’t have to look for the Fountain of Youth.
It had found him.
To quote Paul Harvey, “And now the rest of the story…”
Everything’s not coming up roses. Not by a long shot.
Stone is Dorian Gray without the painting.
He’s also Dr. Richard Kimble without a one-armed man on his mind.
It gets worse.
Word of his anomaly has reached powerful men like Medellin drug lord, PEDRO RAMIREZ and TAD THOMSON, the self-proclaimed richest man in the world.
If you have the resources to grab eternal youth why not go after it?
Mel Stone becomes a man on the run.
A modern version of Houdini each time he’s captured, he flees from Asia to Europe, makes a stop in the U.S., and ends up in South America.
During his odyssey, agents of the rich and powerful grab him.
They can’t hold him.
Frequent kisses from Lady Luck, guile, ingenuity, and brute force are his skill sets.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness keep him on the run.
Stone finds a safe haven in Argentina; in the home of another powerful man, ERNESTO ROMERO.
This one’s a good guy.
While there, another life changing moment! He meets MOIRA BOYER; the film industry’s current scandal-soaked Sex Symbol.
Things are looking up for him--or are they?
Ramirez kidnaps Boyer and demands Stone as ransom.
There’s just no vacillating for a hero in the making.
He surrenders himself and is transported with her to Columbia.
Prolonged imprisonment ignites a carnal marathon. Stockholm syndrome or not, their captivity evolves into an almost epic love affair.
The Master of Escape again breaks free from Ramirez, this time with Boyer.
With little gas in his tank after days of close calls with anacondas, jaguars, and human predators, Stone, realizes it’s decision time.
Continue the Olympic marathon his life had become or--now is the hour--for the predators to become the prey? His formerly dormant libido shrieks. "It's no longer a one-man show."
That does it.
A nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn deepens his voice, wraps a rag around his head and becomes Rambo.
The proverbial blood sweat and tears of SEALs guerrilla training and the terror of combat were a preparatory investment.
Stone ambushes and kills many of his pursuers, some with his bare hands. He then takes over the military helicopter Ramirez had sent after him. With Boyer’s help, he uses its rockets and chain gun to completely devastate the drug lord’s operation
Believing Ramirez dead, Stone and his friends devise a plan to entrap Thomson.
He allows himself to be abducted by the billionaire’s private militia.
It isn’t easy. The survival instinct is built-in.
Stone forgets the purpose of the plan so he gives a lot but takes a lot more.
Badly beaten, he is imprisoned on Thomson’s estate in preparation for a forensic study or, worse yet, an autopsy.
The cavalry arrives with the help of Ernesto Romero’s technical wizardry.
Stone is rescued by space age technology, a tracker chip embedded in his ear. It emits short signals every hour on the half hour to a rescue team.
The novel’s Stephen King ending comes in from left field. Fast paced, with intrigue, romance, and action, yet lightened by Nelson DeMille type flippant dialogue in the face of peril, Hell’s Blessing describes the adventures of two memorable characters and the price paid by egos attempting to tamper with Mother Nature.