An enthralling debut, The Protectors offers a dark twist on the classic superhero story as fallen hero Scott McAlister embarks on a globe-hopping chase to stop his former teammate—and ex-lover—gone rogue.
Don’t call him a superhero.
Heroes change the world. Scott McAlister? On a good day, he manages to change out of sweatpants.
It wasn’t always like this. Scott used to be leader of the Protectors, the world’s one and only squad of superheroes. It was a decent gig, but far from the shiny force for good the UN advertised. He could abide the publicity stunts, the lies, the ham-fisted government handlers—but when one of the Protectors died under his command, it was too much. Wracked with guilt, Scott stepped down and into an early retirement.
Now, five years later, a desperate CIA chief shows up on Scott’s doorstep with a polite request and a cadre of shock troops to ensure that Scott accepts. His ex-teammate and ex-lover, Lyla Ravzi, has gone rogue. The former Protector has the ability to control minds, and she’s no longer interested in “protecting.” She wants world domination.
Scott’s mission is simple: Find Lyla and stop her. The messy little details are up to him. It’s the last thing Scott needs after five years spent trying to forget the Protectors and to get over Lyla, but the alternative is worse.
As he closes in on his target, Scott is forced to confront his past and face a chilling reality: Can he save the world and the woman he once loved? Or will he have to choose?
Trey Dowell has been a finalist for the Derringer Award and the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award for his short stories. The Protectors is his first novel. Trey is a member of International Thriller Writers, and the St. Louis writers group, Writers Under the Arch.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon451 (October 7, 2014)
"Highly originally and enjoyable reading. The super hero genre gets a shake up in this book and it’s worth discovering. Dowell has written an excellent debut novel and I look forward to reading more of his work. Overall grade: A"