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Bystander 27

After his pregnant wife is senselessly killed in a clash between the mysterious super-powered ‘costumes’, ex-SEAL Jon Hayes fights to discover the truth about their identity and origins.

File Under: Fantasy 

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Available on August 11, 2020.
SKU: AR9780857668608
For ex-Navy SEAL Jon Hayes, the super-powered ‘costumes’ are just part of ordinary life in New York City, until the day his pregnant wife Melanie is senselessly killed in a clash between Captain Light and The Jade Shade.
But as Hayes struggles to come to terms with his loss, and questions for the first time who the costumes are and where they come from, the once sharp lines of his reality begin to blur…If Hayes wants to uncover the shocking truth about the figures behind the costumes, and get justice for his fallen family, he’ll have to step out of the background, and stop being a bystander.

Release Date



11th August 2020 | 9780857668608 | epub & mobi | £4.99/$6.99/$7.99

US Print

11th August 2020 | 9780857668592 | Trade Paperback | $14.99/$16.99

UK Print

11th August 2020 | 9780857668592 | Paperback | £9.99

Goodreads URL Read & Review

“Hoskin’s pessimistic narrative voice [is] bleakly transfixing, and his quickly paced plot will keep readers guessing until the very last page.”
– Publishers Weekly

Rik Hoskin is an award winning writer of novels, comic books, animation, video games and audio plays. He won the Dragon Award for Best Graphic Novel for “White Sand” in collaboration with Brandon Sanderson, and has also written comic books for Star Wars, Superman, Doctor Who and many others. He has written almost 30 books, the majority under the pen name James Axler, and has been head writer for a video game. He has written animated stories for BBC Television in the UK.

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