With the national interest in vampires, the undead and macabre, why hasn’t someone anchored the story in Alaska? Well, now they have. In her second book, Ingress, Mary Ann Poll presents an Edgar Allen Poe style tale where a cursed, ghost town is brought back to life for tourists. Now what could possibly go wrong? If you said “a great deal,” you’d be correct. There are mysterious deaths, spirit walkers from the beyond, and the traditional battles between good and evil. It is a pleasant, and unusual, blend of a national artistic obsession with roots that sink deep, quite literally, into Alaskan history. It is a story 10,000 years in the making. Like Ravens Cove before it, Ingress is an expansion of our literary frontier. It mixes local lore with the supernatural with history within an established genre. It gives new meaning to the term unique – and it’s set in Alaska. (Hear that Hollywood!)
Steve Levi, Independent Book Reviewer
By Mary Ann Poll
CREEPY ALASKA MYSTERY TO BE READ WITH CAUTION
Terrifying new book takes good and evil to a unique level
Dwayne from Valrico, Florida says, “A superb yarn. Gripping plot twists. Don’t begin this book if you have anything else to do.”
Welcome to the wickedly intense suspense thriller Ingress, by Mary Ann Poll. So, what makes Ingress unique from other books of this genre?
“My book plays to a wider audience than most suspense/thrillers, making the battle between good and evil concrete instead of ethereal. And, it’s set in Alaska,” says Mary Ann Poll.
Ingress is intelligent and riveting and written in an intensely imaginative style that brings a cinematic, movie-like experience to the reader.
“There is an intense visual quality to the book. I have been told by readers they can clearly visualize, even feel and smell a scene,” saysMary Ann.
Set in rural Alaska, a young woman is forced into the investigation of a series of grisly murders that are ultimately tied to someone she has known all her life. When that friend brings an entire turn of the century village to town under the guise of boosting the town’s tourism trade, he unleashes a sinister and unholy entity that intends to take the town and its residents as its own. The only people who can stop this seemingly indestructible force just happen to be at the top of the list for destruction.
Themes in Ingress include:
● The fine line between the visible and the invisible
● The existence of Satan Worship
● The dichotomy of good and evil
“I have always enjoyed stories that seem possible, although on the outer edge of plausibility. Which easily led to my interest in local legends. So when I started writing the Iconoclast series, my question became, ‘What if a legend is really a long-forgotten truth?’ I asked many people this question. More times than not, the response was: ‘Well, all legends start with some kind of truth, don’t they?’ And that’s where one of my characters, Bart Anderson, sums it up nicely once he has the knowledge that a legend is completely true: ‘I really miss plain old run-of-the-mill police work,’ he says. “So would I if I were in his shoes,” laughs Mary Ann.
Mary Ann Poll is the author of Ravens Cove: An Alaska Iconoclast Mystery. Ingress is the second in the Iconoclast series. Mary Ann moved to Alaska in 1972 and spent 25 years working in administration. Writing in a technical capacity became an integral part of her profession. When a severe injury impeded her ability to work, she turned to creative writing. Her natural curiosity regarding the supernatural, her love of Alaska, and her belief come together in her novels. “…for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.” (2Corinthians 11:14)