Hello, action lovers!
I'm just another action writer, hoping to raise my profile amidst the sea of posts that this section is drowning in . I've received some excellent reviews for my stories in the past, but not a whole lot of people see it because it gets spammed off the front page before too long. So, hear I am, hat in hand (if I was wearing a hat), putting my head on the chopping block (so much for my hat) and hoping to get more readers.
Some works are finished and some are unfinished. All will be finished in the completeness of time. Finished works include "Den Of Thieves" and "Angelwing"
Den Of Thieves: Action/Adventure/Suspense - NOW COMPLETE! - The story of a mutant thief in the year 2043, a time when America is a fascist state and big brother controls and watches everyone. Oliver Reed is 'The Wraith', and working for 'The Cabal', which is led by the world's most powerful villain: Malevolence. Reed wants to replace Malevolence as the head of the criminal organization but that won't be easy until he finds out the secrets of his opponent's powers. As if that wasn't enough to deal with, he also has to deal with his world's 'superheroes', all of whom work for the government and enforce the fascist status quo (you'll see many Marvel and DC archetypes acting as the heroes), while being hunted by a DOD (Department Of Defense) task force led by a Gregory Newcastle III, a man who lost both arms in a battle with The Wraith many years ago. Think of this story as a comic book inspired novel, only from the villain's point of view. It's inspirations include The Watchmen, V For Vendetta, The X-Men, Batman, George Orwell's 1984, The Roots Of Evil (by Ervin Staub), Sleeper (by Ed Brubaker), Sun Tzu's Art Of War and most every spy movie I've ever seen.
Angelwing: Action/Adventure/Western - NOW COMPLETE! - Max Rossiter is a former U.S. Marshall who became disgusted and frightened with his animalistic side after seeking and gaining revenge on the men who killed his family. In search of answers, he fled to Japan and befriended an aging Samurai called Hiroshi, who taught him the ways of Bushido. Now that he's returned to America after ten years, Rossiter becomes embroiled in a battle with Damian Durrant, the man who runs the town of Angelwing (though the town's occupants call it 'The Devil's Claw'). Durrant runs the town as a slave camp, shanghaiing and tricking his captors into coming to his town, a town from which they'll never leave. Durrant's goal is to find the remains of the true cross that Jesus was crucified upon, which he believes is hidden in the American frontier. Durrant hopes at first to seduce Rossiter to his side, but things don't go the way he planned, and soon the two men and all of Durrant's thugs are embroiled in constant battle. This novel is inspired by many western movies I've enjoyed, especially the Clint Eastwood 'Dollars Trilogy' and far too many martial arts films to name here.
And I just posted chapter 11 of Paladin: The Knight Errant:
Paladin - The Knight Errant: Action/Adventure/Romance - CHAPTER ELEVEN ADDED AS OF OCTBER 2011! Expelled from The Order of the Griffin for daring to defy his orders and attempt to save the lives of Amber Sue and her sister Tiara from highwaymen and timber wolves, Liam Alexander now acts as a vigilante on the lawless valley road, saving the lives of innocents on his own terms, as he had sworn to do. But when fate brings Liam - now known only as Paladin - back into the life of Amber Sue from Crystal Meadow, he realizes that she is betrothed, against her will, to marry Lord Francis Carlyle AKA Satan's Scion. Can Amber come to terms with this man who failed to save her sister, a man she both loves and hates? She'd better, because only together can they destroy Carlyle forever.
All are novel length action stories. There's also two unfinished novels, a superhero tale called "Centurion" and an action/horror called "Robert The Devil". I have put those on hold while I complete Paladin but intend to fully return and complete them when Paladin is done.
I hope you find something to enjoy on my page and I accept all reviews, good or bad, as long as they're constructive. I love constructive critique more than anything else because it helps me improve my craft, which I realize I must do as no one is perfect. That being said, all flames will be ignored and deleted. I work with kids for a living, I have thicker skin than Superman.
Thanks for reading and I hope you find something you enjoy.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:
Here are some completely unsolicited reviews of my works so far:
"Happiness is catching a Marlin off the Key West coast... and reading Den Of Thieves."- Ernest Hemingway
"I like his stories on a boat, beside a goat or on a float." - Dr. Seuss
"Ce gars gouverne mon monde!" ("This guy rules my world!") - Leo Tolstoy.
"John Westcott is the one writer to rule them all and in the darkness, bind them! His' Paladin' is the lord of stories!" - J. R. R. Tolkien
"I thought Tarzan was the ultimate male... until I read Max Rossiter in Angelwing! Everything else is just monkey poop!" - Edgar Rice Burroughs
"By jove, this Westcott chap tells a ripping good yarn! It's anything but elementary!" - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Centurion strikes fear in the superstitious and cowardly lot known as criminals." - Bob Kane
"We agree that Centurion can only go in one direction... up, up and away, to the best seller list." - Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
"I shouldn't bless this work, but I can't put it down! I must know how Robert The Devil ends!" - Pope Innocent X10/10/2011 #1
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