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1324: A Dark Thriller

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  948 ratings  ·  74 reviews

Detective William Hursel has worked countless murder cases, staring down the cruelest deeds humanity has to offer. But nothing prepares him for what he’ll uncover while pursuing 14-year-old Christopher Pesner, a suspect in the brutal r
Paperback, 376 pages
Published by Rehoboam Press (first published March 22nd 2014)
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T.R. Horne
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hickmon really hits a homerun with the novel, 13:24. It has every ioata of suspense and emotion expected of a forensic thriller. Many times in the story, I was literally grimacing as I read or holding my mouth as it splayed open in shock. I was thrusted into the story of Chris, a boy who is smart enough to unearth a major criminal pornography ring and search for his own personal level of peace by caring out revenge on the people who needed it most. Josh, a man suffering from childhood psychologi ...more
Jennifer Kyle
DNF @ 20 %


This novel was indeed very well written. I found the manner in which the story was told so very captivating. The story switches from character to character and past and present and seems to have a lot of characters in total.

I did however find the subject manner of religion and child abuse uncomfortable (go figure that the murder wasn't included in my issues) and those are my reasons for not completing this story.

I would however read this author again if the subject manner were differe
Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
If it was Mr. Hickman's intent to get the word out about child abuse and abuse by church leaders and church-going parents, I say mission accomplished. He has created a story with contemporary appeal by using the rock music world and has blown the cover off of PTSD in the the victims of abuse. The words are graphic and brutal. The plot is cleverly conceived and has great potential for a TV or movie screenplay. It is time we all get back to non-violent love, isn't it? My thanks to LibraryThing and ...more
Valerie Tarico
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent an advance proof in exchange for a candid review and surprised myself by actually reading the whole thing! Here is my take:

A forensic thriller with heart and soul—and a brain.

In 13:24, it’s always clear who done it. The question is why. 13:24 weaves together the stories of two anti-heroes, one a tattooed and muscled singer who specializes in Satanic heavy metal with violent lyrics; the other a teen fan on a murder spree. But just beneath the surface, both are achingly vulnerable. A
Amie's Book Reviews
13:24 A Story of Faith and Obsession by M. Dolon Hickmon was provided to me free through Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is about a child (actually a couple children) who experience physical abuse at the hands of their fathers or parental figures.

It starts out with a murder and you would think that you would identify and sympathize with the victim. However, it quickly becomes apparent that the 15 year old murdere
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was hesitant to begin this book because some of the reviews made me think it was going to be overly graphic. However, this book is fantastic and it never goes into inappropriate detail. At the same time, it never belittles the seriousness of the crimes that take place. I was also nervous that it would slander the Christian faith, but I never felt that the story was meant to promote or repel religion. It was perfectly balanced.

This story does a great job of taking something taboo (religion) an
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For starters I would like to thank the author M. Dolon Hickmon for choosing me to receive a signed copy of his book. I was selected through one of his giveaways back in February. Sorry it took so long to do a review I change companies and as an overseas contractor that can make getting mail a bit difficult.

13:24 is an amazingly well written book in my opinion. M. Dolon Hickmon does a phenomenal job of giving his characters believable and genuine depth. The history behind the main characters Chri
Brit McCarthy
Thank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Rehoboam Press, for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession is not for the faint of heart. It is gritty, presenting images to the reader that they will never want to see for themselves. It points fingers unashamedly. And reading it, you feel like it speaks a truth that has been covered up for some time, despite the fact that this particular story is ficti
Tracy Dobbs
This was a compelling book. It does, however, center on some very dark material. Much of the plot is built around religion-inspired child abuse that is supposedly based on "biblical" discipline principles, especially as found in the conservative evangelical christian subculture. Anyone who has heard of Michael and Debi Pearl and their book To Train Up a Child, will find one of the characters, Allen Garnfield, to be very familiar (along with his fictional child "training" book, lol).

The story its
Robin Parrish
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided a copy of an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have no idea where to begin with this book. When I finished it, I knew immediately that this was going to be a book that would stay with me for the rest of my life.

The details and research of this book blew me out of the water. This is a courageous look at at the world. But the way all the characters weave together shows true devotion to the dark webs of the story.

Some of the scenes were quite intense, but none over the top. I
Paula Schumm
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Rehoboam Press for a free advance download of 13:24.
This novel by M. Dolon Hickmon has everything: suspense, bad guys, music, scripture, and history. Josh Sebala is a rock star who shocks his audiences with the profane subject matter of his lyrics. When a multimillion dollar child pornography business is threatened, Josh finds himself a person of interest. He must choose between advocating for the health and safety of children and protecting his estranged father. Josh
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He used to say that Satan's greatest trick wasn't making people think he didn't exist - it was convincing Christians that he couldn't speak from the pulpit." (chapter 38, page 1)

This book is smart and thoughtful and it stays with you. I fear for the future of America (thank God I'm not) because this book describes the people that are breeding out of control and doing everything they can to fill the highest levels of your government. I'd like to force every trashy fundamentalist bible beater to
Heather Bennett
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great forensic thriller. One is a satanic singer and the other is a teen fan on a murder spree. There is abuse, BDSM, and violence. This is a page turner and will leave a impression on your mind. I hope to read more from this author. He has done a wonderful job with this book.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I just finished reading this book and I keep saying 'wow' over and over again to myself. I'm not sure what to say about the book without giving too much away. This is a thriller about abuse and deep spiritual symbolism. I love how the symbolism is woven into the story. It is actually the essence of the story.
The story begins with Chris, the teenage son of a drug addict who lives in a trailer home, killing his mother's boyfriend and lea
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of 13:24 A Story of Faith and Obsession

I received a copy of this book as part of the Member Giveaway review program at Library Thing. Mr. Hickmon uses intertwining story lines and jumps back and forth in time to recount the tales of Chris, a teen-ager on a murder spree, Josh, a heavy metal icon, and a police detective named Williams. The novel is gripping, if often disturbing. It is well-written and fast-paced. It takes a powerful writer to make readers understand and empathize with a mur
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
After reading this book I have nothing but the upmost respect and admiration for the author, M. Dolon Hickmon. Himself a survivor of religiously motivated child abuse and punishment (read torture) he has thrown himself tirelessly into the cause of bringing this issue and the terrible effects of PTSD on survivors into the public eye.

The book, which was written to publicise the issue and assist survivors with the proceeds is therefore necessarily horrific, there is no sugar coating here. Although
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, arc
I am generally an avid reader of crime and horror fiction.  All the better if they have firm basis in real life – “could this really happen?”.I first picked up 13:24 as I had heard it being described as disturbing, its cover appealed to me and I was intrigued by the title itself, as I had no idea what it referred to.I like to discover a book as I read it, and let it speak for itself, without it being marred by any preconceptions I might have due to someone else’s account of it.  As such, it took ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-received
Sometimes, reviews are hard to write. It doesn't matter how much you like a book, it can be difficult to effectively express how a book made you feel. This is one of those books.

First, this book is well written. The story is told in both the past and present. It required a little more attention to remember what was happening when, but it certainly wasn't a big deal. At first it was a little jarring to jump, rather suddenly, from present to past back to present again. However, the jumps weave tog
John Purvis
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“13:24” was published in 2014 and is the first book by author M. Dolon Hickmon (

Chris is an abused and troubled teenager who finally reaches his breaking point. Many attribute his crime spree at first to the dark music he listens to. By chance his favorite band, Rehoboam, is in town for a concert.

William Hursel is the detective that is called in to the resulting crime scene. He sees the result of a teenage boy gone crazy, but believes that there is more to the case. The mor
Janette Skinner
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
13.24 review
I was approached by the writer to read and review this book. I learned about Mr. Hickmon’s background as an abuse survivor and was intrigued to read it.
The book is very well written and the characters are sound and believable. The physical and emotional abuse committed against children in the name of religion is illustrated and is not an easy read. The abuse of power and trust portrayed by the perpetrators seems like total fiction, but however, we sadly know that it is fact.
The sto
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i received this book for free through early reviews giveaways
This book is really raw in its contents. You really need a strong stomach to read this book.
It touches really delicate topics.
I really don't have many words to review this book cause it really touched me how the author have been able to blend past and present of the characters so well. nothing it's coincidental and the author showed that he did a lot of research in the field of PTSD, BDSM, child abuse, religion and cul
I am a Christian which means I follow Christ. His commandments were "Love The Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. "

The book was very well written although you had to pay attention to the chapters that went back in time but that wasn't nearly so difficult as some other books I've read that attempted because each chapter put you full on to another piece of an elaborate plot. I feel sad about young people in the news when they commit horrible crimes because I think something like this
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from LibraryThing.

I was hooked from the beginning and could not put it down, though it made my heart heavy.

It's fiction, but based on real events of parents who followed a so-called Christian minister's guidebook to disciplining children by spanking or whipping them.
He recommends starting with a switch on their bare legs when they're only a few months old.
And you are to continue until you break the child's will. As the child gets older, the "rod" gets heavier. He recommends
I am very impressed with this book. Once or twice the writing felt just a bit stilted, but it was made hardly noticeable within the well-timed plot progression, good character development, and fascinating social analysis. And if you are thinking it is "Christian fiction" as usually encountered, think again. Be ready for hard topics, flawed-yet-appreciable characters, and realistic treatments of language and sexuality.

One warning: An important aspect of the book involves child abuse (cast very cl
Gabor Hernadi
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the storylines' about the investigation after a killer teenager and the other is the story of the singer of a heavy metal band. What connects them is that they both was heavily and repeatedly beaten and abused as a child. But in the background lurks an even bigger and more frightening secret. The author, a child abuse survivor himself, raise serious questions in his thought-provoking book in the disguise of the fast paced, readable plot. ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I thought this book was very well written and the author did a fair amount of research on topics. The characters were well developed and the storyline was impeccable. Only warning for this book is some people won't be able to handle some of the issues that it brings up. Also the book tends to jump from past to present, but it does so in a way that you as a reader are not constantly wondering "When did this happen?" I look forward to more from this author in the future. ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good thriller. It holds your interest and keeps you turning pages. You feel for the victims which would be Josh and Chris. The parts of the child abuse all in the name of the bible and disciplining your children and the sex tapes with children were difficult to read. But all in all a good read. I received this from LibraryThing Members Giveaway for an honest review.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really well written book, but hard to read because of the abuse.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won a paperback copy of “13:24” by M. Dolon Hickmon, on and am posting an honest review. I gave it a rating of 4 stars.

A well-written book you don’t soon forget! Not for the faint-hearted. It leaves you pondering just how far some ultra-conservative Christian fanatics go in order to impose their radical beliefs on their children and others around them. Always ready to interpret an out-of-context bible verse to justify the excessive punishment administered to their offspring, the
Trigger Warnings: child abuse, child pornography, suicide, heavy drug use, heavy religious imagery/abuse

If any of those are topics that you do not want to deal with in a story, then this is not the book you will want to read.

If, however, these are topics that do not automatically cause you to disregard a novel then, then you may want to read about what this is in addition to a "murder mystery."

Satan's greatest trick wasn't making people think he didn't exist--it was convincing Christians that h
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