In Five Seconds Til Dark, the reader is taken on a journey through the eyes of Marcello Scott. Scott appears to be a normal mischievous teenager until a tragic accident claims the life of his best friend.
As life seems to do ever-so-often, the tragedy took something from Scott, but it also blessed him with a gift that would take him some time to grasp. Scott realizes that he has the ability to freeze time around him for five seconds – leaving him to wander about freely while everything around him is paused.
Scott’s father is a special forces veteran and CIA operative who has conditioned him to survive by any means necessary. Scott is taught from an early age, a theory of protecting the weak and oppressed. He has a sense of patriotism and heroism after being inspired by his father who is his lone parent. When Scott’s father mysteriously dies in the field, Scott spirals and ends up in jail where he’s thrust into a survival of the fittest environment and taps into his supernatural power to live.
Scott survives prison and is reintroduced into the world, alone and equipped with a new mindset of judge, jury and executioner. Feeling bitter about his father’s passing, and his newfound enlightenment of the evils of man, he embarks on a life of hunting the wolves of the world and exacting retribution in a manner that he sees fit. Scott soon realizes that each time he uses his superpower, his health declines. With each bout of sickness increasing in intensity, Scott comes to the realization that playing God is slowly killing him.
Scott begins to question all that makes sense in his world as things don’t seem to add up anymore. Paranoia sets in when trusted people around him start acting strange. The story if filled with twists around every corner and is an absolute page-turner.
The story was so well written. I felt as I was living the experiences the main character was going through. Very detailed. As a cop, I can related to Marcello’s determination to punish the wicked and protect the innocent. I can’t wait to see what Marcello’s next story is. Recommend this book to all the readers that love action thrillers. – Andres Gonzalez
Hands down one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I got the chills so many times towards the end, and stayed up later than usually at time because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. It completely blew my mind and managed to surpass my high expectations. The unexpected ending is a fitting denouement to an epic and memorable road trip that this book takes you on. – Amazon Customer
This book held me captive at every turn of the page. This is not a book that you will be able to put down. The only misfortune is that I am out of pages to read. The author is very descriptive and ignites your imagination in a way that you will be able to see, touch, smell, and hear the story playing out. I definitely sense a sequel and look forward to more books from this author. Great work Mr. Galvez! – Amazon Customer