Novel Draws on Local Inspiration for Intrigue and Suspense

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S. W. Sylvester’s “Cry Wolf” offers readers a taste of the early ‘70s in rural Wisconsin

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In his novel “Cry Wolf: Based on a True Story” (published by iUniverse), author S. W. Sylvester delivers the compelling account of three friends – Seth Wickman, Wylie Barone, and Wade Hotchner – who turn an adolescent prank into a dangerous cloak of deception.

When Wylie and Wade pull off a daring nighttime hoax on Seth, leading him to an apparent alien encounter, Seth immediately enlists them for a more elaborate scheme which would target a host of victims.

An excerpt from “Cry Wolf”:
“Together, they stood motionless, speechless, completely absorbed by what was taking place before them. Emerging from behind several inky pillars of pine, floating over the forest fern, was a soft, glowing light. Lime green in color, it moved forward while wavering about – a little up, a little down, a little from side to side. The nearer it came, the more it took on a vaguely human form. A freakishly large head wobbled on a pale torso without legs. Long arms were joined hand in hand below the waist as though in silent prayer. Closing in at thirty yards, it abruptly stopped, seeming to have become aware of their presence. Time spent in mutual awareness was stretched to the maximum before it, once again, began to advance.”

Embracing a unique cast of characters to portray the many consequences of a practical joke taken too far, Sylvester admits “Appearances are not always as they seem to be and yet, sometimes they are exactly so.”

“Cry Wolf” has been accredited by iUniverse with the Editor’s Choice designation, which recognizes excellence in writing.

About the Author
S. W. Sylvester earned a B.A. in philosophy/humanistic studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. As a lifelong resident of the Badger State, his narrative transpires within said boundary despite extending well beyond such geographical limitations. Writing has been and continues to be a lingering passion.

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