The Fall of Billy Hitchings (A John Reeves Novel) – Kirkus MacGowan


I finished reading The Fall of Billy Hitchings (which was a Top 5 Finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012) yesterday morning all snug in bed whilst the rain washed away the previous nights sprinkling of snow.

Yup – for my international readers the North East of the UK was dusted with a very thin layer of snow on Friday night. Now I do love to sit all cosy with my Baileys and my Cinnamon candle lit and watch the snow fall and I love how picturesque it. However, I do not like trying to drive to work in the damn thing (luckily I didn’t have to). Maybe if one day I could work from home…..

Back to the book –

here’s a synopsis for you to take a peek at:

John Reeves, an ex-Marine, drives to Myrtle Beach hoping to repair a damaged relationship with his fiancée. Instead, he finds her unconscious in the hospital, the victim of an unexplained explosion at a local restaurant.

Reeves meets Billy Hitchings, a teenager who knows more about the explosion than he should. Their questions lead to an ancient legacy best left alone.

Pulled into yet another crossfire, John Reeves fights to protect his friends and keep a primeval power from falling into the wrong hands.


Interesting storyline, where the characters get tangled in a web of excitement and adventure, at an enjoyable pace.
I loved how the book was written from different character’s viewpoints throughout; which was easily followed by the characters names used as headings.
It was made interesting by this clever technique as, particularly in the beginning of the book, the different characters and the different scenarios intertwining made for compelling reading.
The plot is an intriguing one surrounding an Ancient Legacy and there are some fast paced action-adventure scenes that really pull you in. The setting of the scene is clever with the character viewpoints changing and eventually connecting.
Congrats to Kirkus MacGowan as well for being a Best Indie Book Finalist.
Read  an Author Interview that was done as part of the Best Indie Book Festival over on the fabulous Sandra De Helen’s blog:
Download your copy from Amazon here
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  1. Kirkus MacGowan says:

    Howdy Gemma! Just stopping over to say thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your review. So happy you enjoyed Billy Hitchings. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it as well Sylvia!

    Wanted to give a heads up too (hope this isn’t too promotional). I have a second John Reeves novel out (Wrath), a stand-alone and much darker than the first.

    I have an actual sequel to Billy Hitchings in the works as well, though I’m not sure if John Reeves will join us. I plan to go into the paranormal aspects more.

    Thanks again for your time and for your support!

  2. Kirkus MacGowan says:

    Woohoo! I look forward to hearing what you think. Feel free to shoot me an eMail any time you’d like. I’m usually a few weeks behind, but I get to them eventually. 🙂

    Chat soon!

  3. says:

    I appreciate it for writing “The Fall of Billy Hitchings (A John Reeves Novel) – Kirkus MacGowan – Missuswolf’s StoryLand”. Imight absolutely be coming back for a lot more browsing and commenting soon. Thanks a lot, Quentin

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