Review - Cult of Darkness by D.W. Whitlock

By Carmen, 26 December 2022
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Year Published: 2022

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Crime


The cartels in Mexico have splintered, triggering violent conflict over control of the illicit drug trade. One has risen to power above all others with its brutal methods: The Riviera. Led by a shadowy figure known only as Kukulkan, this powerful cartel has become the main source of Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid fifty times more potent than heroin. As mutilated bodies appear on the pristine white sands of local beach communities, investors fear for the worst…their time of peaceful prosperity has come to an end.

When the only son of a wealthy family goes missing in the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Alex Schofield is sent in to find him. A highly trained ex-Delta soldier, he’s the best man for the job. There’s only one catch: he has sworn to never kill again.

Amid the escalating conflict, a darkness grows among the dense forests and Maya ruins. As the search brings Schofield closer, he must confront his own violent past and decide if bloodshed is once again, the only way.

In this riveting adventure thriller, D.W. Whitlock explores the darker aspects of the human soul and the struggle to do what’s right in a shadowy world defined by violence and death.

About the Author:

D.W. Whitlock has been a storyteller for most of his life, starting with short stories scribbled in crayon, animation flip-books, stop-motion and later CG animation for television and video games. While pursuing a career in animation, writing has always been the first step, from short descriptions to detailed backstories. As a life-long reader and book lover, crafting thriller novels felt like the natural evolution of those first forays into writing. When not writing, D.W. enjoys gaming, spending time with his family, Triumph Motorcycles and is a member of the International Thriller Writers.

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My Take on the Book:

This book was very well done – specifically, the atmosphere of the book. Though this book didn’t have the catchy beginning the previous book did, it still drew you in.

Alex seemed to be skilled at the job he had been hired for. There were one or two surprises that made sense by the end of the book. I ended up giving this book a four star rating and got a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Last Word:

This is the second book I have read by this author, and have enjoyed – I’ll definitely be reading more of his books in the future.