The toughest battles are within us.

Zach Templeton is a man on a mission – several, in fact. As a highly decorated former Navy SEAL, he’s seen it all. His raw toughness and grit has taken him to faraway lands where he’s proudly defended the cause of freedom.

But now… he must fight the war at home.

            Settled into civilian life, he’s now running a startup company whose main client is the Department of Defense. But the department’s facing an intermittent interference problem that’s been plaguing their microwave systems. And if the problem persists, Zach’s entire company could be destroyed. What’s worse, Zach’s beautiful wife Angie moved out of their home three months ago and now wants a divorce. It’s the latest domestic trouble facing Zach, who’s still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his parents five years earlier.

Meanwhile, he’s being drawn into an evil and intricate plot that threatens to take everything he holds dear. With his SEAL training and relentless drive, it’s up to Zach to save himself – and so much more.

A globe-spanning, fast-paced thriller that’s reminiscent of the works of Tom Clancy and Dale Brown, Edge of Madness is the debut novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. From the hometown scenery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., to the dark streets of the Czech Republic, Zach Templeton is in for the fight of his life. And with every step he takes, with every new danger lurking in the shadows, he gets closer to the disturbing truth that will shatter his world. The only question is… will he survive to tell the tale?


Keith Hoar is a modern-day Renaissance man. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for ten years. At his last duty station, Naval Submarine Base New London, he was responsible for the maintenance and operation of a periscope approach tactics trainer. His duties included: setup of training scenarios, input of attack center maneuvering orders, monitoring of firing point procedures, and tracking outcome of weapons launch.

Proving that education is a lifelong adventure, he graduated Excelsior College with a B.S. in Business in 1982 and earned his Master of Ministry from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary 30 years later, in 2012.

His professional life took him through the corporate world, where he was an IBM Certified Business Intelligence & Solutions Expert who’s consulted for numerous Fortune 100 companies. He’s responsible for designing and building C-Suite level business intelligence reporting systems and automated software sub-systems for companies such as Motorola C&E, Cigna Insurance, Hyundai Motors NA, Continental Airlines and many others.

True to his ambitious nature, Keith has also owned his own consulting company which built custom software systems as well as sophisticated Excel-based reporting systems. Not content with his already impressive success, he’s also published two books: The Threat of Revisionist History on America’s Christian Heritage (nonfiction) and Edge of Madness, a pulse-pounding work of fiction and his first novel.

Keith is also a PADI-certified scuba diver with over 100 dives in the Caribbean. But despite his world travels and towering achievements, he’s most content at home with his loving wife, among the azure skies and verdant landscapes of Northeast Kansas.