The Devil in Eden by Paul Zunckel

A fast paced thriller that takes you on the hunt for a man-eater, and leads you into the night, from where you might not return.

The devil in eden

When the African night is at its darkest, he hunts the very men who hunt him. 

Piet van Zyl, safari hunter, must leave his wife, Peggy, alone at their smallholding. He must confront a killer lurking in the shadows, called Devil by the terrified people it preys upon. 

A fast paced thriller that takes you on the hunt for a man-eater, and leads you into the night, from where you might not return.

Genre: FICTION / Thrillers

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Suspense

Language: English


Word Count: 53000

Sales info:

Sells best on Apple and Kobo in ebook edition, followed by Smashwords with 2 five star reviews on that venue alone.

Sample text:

The night is dark as the thunder rolls across the sky. Flashes of lightning turn night to day and the heavy rain pelts down through the canopy of trees. The killer moves silently towards the village.

No one will hear the screams tonight as the thunder drums out across the sky, and the killer moves steadily through the forest in the direction of the sleeping village. He pauses as he breaks through the thick foliage that surrounds the village. Slowly he surveys the area. His gaze moves over the mud huts, and he smells the wood fires that burn inside. He hears hears the sounds of people sleeping as he steadily moves across the muddy open area towards a hut closest to the edge of the forest.

He pauses at the door to the hut, his sense of smell tells him that the people inside are sickly and weak. He tries the door, but it is wedged shut firmly from the inside, so he moves around to the back of the hut, and standing, tests the mud walls.

He applies his weight, and the wall starts to crumble. Terrified voices ring out from within, screaming ‘the Devil is here’, and the sound of their fear drives him on. With a lunge, the killer enters the dark interior of the hut.

The terrified screams of the occupants are unable to penetrate the night as the thunder and lightning drown out all sound. There will be no help from the other villagers. The killer grabs an old woman by the shoulder and drags her through the broken wall, out into the darkness.

The lightning flashes. The lion stands with his victim between his forepaws, looks back at the hut, towards the cowering people inside, issues a deep growl as if challenging them to follow, then reaches down and drags the still screaming woman into the forest.

The thunder rolls, a cry in the night falls on deaf ears, and the killer feeds.


Book translation status:

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