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When a train-wreck, single-mother wakes from an afternoon nap to find her little girl gone, she launches on a frantic search through the dark city streets to find her. Fearful that the girl has been abducted by the burgeoning sex trade, she solicits help and protection from an outcast loner on a Harley. But when they raise a clamor in the city offices seeking police aid, t ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published September 11th 2014 by AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc.
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Chris Pavesic
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Former Hero, by Jeffrey Allen Mays, is a complex novel that I can foresee re-reading several times. I attended a launch party for the novel on Facebook and was fortunate enough to win a signed copy. After receiving it in the mail and reading the first few chapters, I went to my iPad and ordered the e-book from Amazon. Yes—I am the type of person that likes to save (or perhaps preserve) exceptional paperback and hardcover books. The Former Hero paperback will have a special place in my librar ...more
Whitney
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review written for and published by Portland Book Review on November 25th:

The Former Hero is an ambitious and philosophical novel that looks at the concept of a “hero” while following three protagonists are caught in an overwhelmingly corrupt city. Mary, mother of young Penny wakes up after an alcohol binge to discover that her daughter is missing. In desperation she takes to the streets, begrudgingly enlisting the biker Angus to help her. Lt. McCarthy is the final holdout of a corrupt instituti
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Rebekah
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always been fond of stories with multiple protagonists and story lines, and Mays pulls this off beautifully, offering a fascinating (and moving) perspective on the nature of heroism. The book kept me reading from the first page to the last, and though there are some sobering moments, they are perfectly balanced with wit and humor. After reading this first novel from Mays, I'm thrilled to see what the author comes out with next. ...more
Gregory Lamb
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Authentic and Gritty

Jeffrey Mays showed me what is in the art of the possible with his debut novel, The Former Hero. I hadn't read anything as good in the genre of experimental literature since the early '70s when Ishmael Reed wow'ed me with The Last Days of Louisiana Red. My appetite for classy writing is once again fulfilled.

Mays's work will transport readers with a strong sense of place and well-developed characters that bring authentic dialog to life.

When Moira Flax rouses from a substance-
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Tamara Murphy
I'm so proud of my friend Jeffrey for the commitment and passion he put into writing and publishing his first novel. I first really met Jeffrey by stumbling into him time and again in the coffee shop where he wrote a good amount of this book. I'm also proud of his wife Trina for supporting him so well in this endeavour. (We're also celebrating the 2015 Book Award for Suspense/Thriller from the Texas Association of Authors.)

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Sheri
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Former Hero by Jeffrey Allen Mays

A mother wakes up to find her young daughter missing. She fears her daughter has been taken and being used in sex trafficking. She seeks the help from an unlikely stranger. They don't have it easy finding help from the police, accept one detective. Also a man who believes he is the superhero Omni-man is in a hospital with the hopes of getting his "superpowers" back. While Omni-man struggles with his own reality, he may be the last hope in finding the missing
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Kyra Dune
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was bizarre. Sometimes it read like a 1960's comic book. Sometimes like a detective story. Sometimes like an occult horror. I really can't decide whether I liked it or not. Certainly the characters were interesting enough, but the way the whole thing pulled together in the end left me feeling ... off balance, is the best way I can put it. This was one weird ride. I'm still not sure who or what Lucy really was. A demon? The Devil? Evil incarnate? I don't know. Nor can I figure out how h ...more
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Jeffrey has written for Design Studios and Newsbyrd. His articles have been published in Catapult, Z-composition, and Topology. His short story Malefic appeared in the 2013 “eco-horror” anthology Growing Concerns. His debut novel The Former Hero was published in 2014 by AEC Stellar Publishing, winner of the 2015 Texas Association of Authors Book Award for Suspense/Thriller and finalist with the Na ...more

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