Setting – Wisconsin
Dorrance Publishing Co. (June 1, 2023)
Paperback : 168 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8887292335
Kindle ASIN : B0C9JCLKGL
An evil, cruel young man takes over the family business after the mysterious death of his father. As the company and his hometown are essentially one in the same, he uses his newfound power and wealth to do what he wants, when he wants, without any consequences. Now, the man’s younger brother must save the company and the village he loves from his tyrannical brother.
The Heir is a look into small-town life being destroyed when a madman takes control. It is a story of unlimited power, history, wealth, cruelty, and greed.
Wynstan Ashbelle inherited the Ashbelle Company from his father. That inheritance means more than just running the business, it also means taking care of the small town of Ashbelle. Most of the residents work for the company so the family has always felt responsible for the town as well. The school, the police force, etc. were all overseen by Wynstan. Anyone in a position of power was put there by him and is loyal to him.
When Wynstan is killed, Sean, the eldest son takes over and he doesn’t have the same feelings about the town or the company as his predecessors. The power goes straight to his head and he feels he can do anything he wants without any repercussions.
Sadly, William, his younger brother is tormented by the actions his brother is taking. His mindset was the same as his father’s. Can he save the company and the town? Or will his brother destroy his family’s legacy and all the work they have done?
I easily escape right into this book.
Set in 1934, The Heir starts out strong and doesn’t let up until the final page. It’s good vs. evil, and the evil is out of control. Power and greed feed the eldest son, and the younger son tries valiantly to get through to his brother about the huge mistakes he is making. Sean is wicked and cruel. My heart broke for the people he hurt and yes, killed. William is a good man with a good heart, but he is up against a man who is mentally deranged and violently dangerous.
Mr. Qualio weaves a thrilling tale with twists and turns. It’s a gritty, chilling story and at times it was hard to read but I needed to know what was going to happen next.
The Heir was a compelling read that I could not put down. Drama, greed, power, revenge, and justice, this story has it in spades. I highly recommend it!
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About the Author
Aaron Qualio is a husband and stay-at-home father to his two girls. He currently resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and grew up in a small Wisconsin town.
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