Greater Sudbury author Dave Wickenden will launch his latest novel, “For Heaven’s Sake,” at the Sudbury Winter Market at the Southridge Mall Nov. 14.
His previous novels have been ripped-from-the-headlines thrillers, but this is his first attempt in the young adult fantasy genre.
Acting out because of his grief at the loss of his grandfather had sent Adam to Juvenile boot camp.
Protecting the inmates from the brutal guards taught him leadership, loyalty, and friendship. Adam and his friends escape boot camp, but find themselves transported to Heaven, which they find under siege.
They must learn the skills of a warrior before they enter the portal that will take them to the alien stronghold. There, they must steal back the only weapon that stands a chance of stopping the invasion; the Staff of Moses.
If they fail, Heaven will fall and leave the way open for an invasion of earth and the eradication of mankind.
After 31 years in the fire service and attaining the rank of deputy fire chief, Wickenden retired to write thriller novels full time.
He has written three other thrillers, In Defense of Innocence, Homegrown, Deadly Harvest, And Mad Dog.
He is a member of the International Thriller Association, International Screenwriters Association, the Writer’s Union of Canada, and the Sudbury Writer’s Guild. He has adapted all four thrillers for feature film.
Wickenden says signed copies will be available at the Sudbury Winter Market at the Southridge Mall every Saturday until Christmas.
Copies can also be purchased at Coles Bookstore in the New Sudbury Shopping Center and Bays Used Books on Elm St, Giacomo’s on Lorne St., Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles and Apple Books.