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The Torch Is Passed
A Harding Family Story
by Bill Powers

Overview


First there was The Pharm House, Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards, where readers met Nicholas Harding and his daughter, Andrea. Now comes the second Harding Family story, where Andrea has just graduated college. Her world is turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a surprising and puzzling attack. As the only family other than her paternal grandmother, Dorothy, it falls to Andrea to not only investigate who would want to kill her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries. She soon finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers, including an abrasive, but loyal, attorney and an eccentric southerner with more money than God, an intriguing background in international espionage, and an extraordinary ability to get what she wants. Who would want to hurt the Hardings? And why? Could it be family friend Don Marshall, with his shady past? Or Andrea's second father figure, Marcus Ricci, who is allegedly tied to the New Jersey mob? And why is Oakes Industries, run by Carlton and Jefferson Oakes and their cousin, New Jersey state senator Schuyler Colfax, so eager to buy Harding Industries? Masterfully told using a smattering of historical facts along with a soundtrack of classical music masterpieces, this thriller keeps readers on edge until the very end.
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Description


The Torch is Passed, named Best Book in the Category of Thriller of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Winter 2016; a 2016 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction - Mystery category; and a Finalist in the 2016 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards Suspense category.

 A suspenseful and plot-twisting story, The Torch is Passed finds Andrea’s world turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a shocking and puzzling attack. With only her paternal grandmother left, it falls to Andrea – a recent college graduate – to not only investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the attack of her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries – and navigate an often dangerous fast-track to adulthood.

            Along with new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family – growing up along the way – and seeking her revenge.


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About the author


Bill Powers is a former pharmaceutical R&D executive, world traveler, and history buff turned author. Bill's first Harding Family novel, The Pharm House, was published in 2013 by DonnaInk Publications, Inc., and was named a Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. In that debut novel, Bill put to use his twenty-six years of experience working for Johnson & Johnson in pharmaceutical R&D, where he ultimately rose to the position of Vice President, Global Preclinical Development. In his years with the company, Bill was instrumental in the development of several marketed pharmaceutical products, leading groups of scientists in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Bill has also led research groups in Belgium and India, in addition to his extensive personal travels in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He earned his PhD in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, and has published numerous abstracts, articles, and book chapters on a variety of toxicology subjects. Bill's parents were both teachers who stoked his childhood love for words and voracious appetite for reading. He is married, with one adult child, and has moved away from the corporate world to focus on his writing career.
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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Thrillers

Language:English

Series title:A Harding Family Story

Series Number:2

Pages:300

eBook ISBN:9781682226797

Paperback ISBN:9781682226780


Overview


First there was The Pharm House, Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards, where readers met Nicholas Harding and his daughter, Andrea. Now comes the second Harding Family story, where Andrea has just graduated college. Her world is turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a surprising and puzzling attack. As the only family other than her paternal grandmother, Dorothy, it falls to Andrea to not only investigate who would want to kill her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries. She soon finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers, including an abrasive, but loyal, attorney and an eccentric southerner with more money than God, an intriguing background in international espionage, and an extraordinary ability to get what she wants. Who would want to hurt the Hardings? And why? Could it be family friend Don Marshall, with his shady past? Or Andrea's second father figure, Marcus Ricci, who is allegedly tied to the New Jersey mob? And why is Oakes Industries, run by Carlton and Jefferson Oakes and their cousin, New Jersey state senator Schuyler Colfax, so eager to buy Harding Industries? Masterfully told using a smattering of historical facts along with a soundtrack of classical music masterpieces, this thriller keeps readers on edge until the very end.

Read more

Description


The Torch is Passed, named Best Book in the Category of Thriller of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Winter 2016; a 2016 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention in the Fiction - Mystery category; and a Finalist in the 2016 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards Suspense category.

 A suspenseful and plot-twisting story, The Torch is Passed finds Andrea’s world turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a shocking and puzzling attack. With only her paternal grandmother left, it falls to Andrea – a recent college graduate – to not only investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the attack of her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries – and navigate an often dangerous fast-track to adulthood.

            Along with new allies, Andrea urgently seeks answers to why anyone would want to kill her entire family – growing up along the way – and seeking her revenge.


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About the author


Bill Powers is a former pharmaceutical R&D executive, world traveler, and history buff turned author. Bill's first Harding Family novel, The Pharm House, was published in 2013 by DonnaInk Publications, Inc., and was named a Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards. In that debut novel, Bill put to use his twenty-six years of experience working for Johnson & Johnson in pharmaceutical R&D, where he ultimately rose to the position of Vice President, Global Preclinical Development. In his years with the company, Bill was instrumental in the development of several marketed pharmaceutical products, leading groups of scientists in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Bill has also led research groups in Belgium and India, in addition to his extensive personal travels in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He earned his PhD in Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, and has published numerous abstracts, articles, and book chapters on a variety of toxicology subjects. Bill's parents were both teachers who stoked his childhood love for words and voracious appetite for reading. He is married, with one adult child, and has moved away from the corporate world to focus on his writing career.
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