Escape into a different kind of story.
Benders is an exciting, contemporary, science fiction thriller tossed with supernatural powers and a heart-warming romance. Mark Eric's debut novel is about a gifted young man pursued by one of the country's most politically influential men. Set against NYC's hustle and bustle and the political intrigue of D.C., the novel paints the story of a hero in the making as he and his loyal friends face those who seek to destroy him.
Benders by Mark Eric
An easy-going young man, Monty has spent his life at a distance from those around him as he hides his unique talent to bend people’s thoughts to do anything he desires. Unaware that these abilities are being monitored, Monty exposes himself with a reckless act and puts himself in the crosshairs of Hazelton, a power-hungry uber-patriot who hunts down each bender for execution to ensure his attempt at seizing global power comes to fruition.
Mieko, Monty’s fiery lover, partners with his oldest friend in a race to find and rescue the best man she’s ever met and the only one powerful enough to save the world from Hazelton's insane plan. Those that know Monty are willing to risk it all for him. Do they have what it takes to accomplish their mission, or will their sacrifice be in vain?
Mark Eric, an up and coming indie novelist, bursts onto today's fictional landscape with a refreshing blend of realistic heroes within larger than life plots. He pours his creative energy onto the page in a way that both thrills and entertains as he infuses his stories with characters that become fond friends and dreaded enemies that beg to be destroyed.
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"5 stars. Imagine speeding down the autobahn, at least 100 MPH. Imagine the car you’re riding in is an Aston Martin Vanquish Volante; convertible top back, sun beaming on your skin, hair billowing in the wind…now imagine pushing that beautiful machine to the maximum speed and yelling at the top of your lungs as you do it. THAT is the unbelievable ride this book will take you on! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and it was definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time." ~LaShanta Charles, The Kindle Book Review & Randomly Me... and You Read full review >>
"Benders is a rollicking good time. / It definitely kept me turning the pages fast enough that I polished it off in two days. / It's a rambling, enthralling ride that hooks you from the start." ~Nancy Joyce, What'cha Reading? Read full review >>
"The first time I read Benders I couldn't stop smiling. Monty and Mieko charmed me immediately with their banter. I loved their story and adventure. Mieko also ROCKS as she's a woman I can absolutely relate to! Throughout the story...I cried. I laughed. I even growled a time or two. I held my breath and raced through pages. Benders will always have a place in my heart. It was a fun and enjoyable read with thrills, action, drama, and friendships we all crave. I look VERY forward to Mark Eric's next novel and a long career of storytelling." ~kat
5 Star Amazon Review
"I started reading Benders last night. I couldn't put it down, and when my eyes finally forced me to I had the craziest dreams. lol That is a sign of a good story to me. If you're looking for something new to read, check it out!" ~Jodie
"YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! So here I am at 11:17am... and have lost a whole night sleep because of this amazing freaking book. I could not put it down. It has kick ass gunfights, evildoers, romance, and more kick-assery. So I say ‘Huzzah!’ to you, Mark Eric, and to your budding publishing career. Pick it up and show Mark Eric some love for his great accomplishment!" ~Dalia
5 Star Amazon Review
"Cinematic page turner. Full of action-packed cinematic scenes with smart and tough heroes and heroines, Benders will keep you reading all night and hoping the last chapter is never coming." ~Leigh Rembrandt
5 Star Amazon Review: Way Above 5 out of 5! Off the charts!
"Mark's novel Benders is exhilarating, enticing and mesmerizing. I have been glued to this book for days in between my busy life. I couldn't seem to put it down. He brings his characters to life with his vivid descriptions and story plot for each character. It makes you feel that you really are in the book with these characters, watching the events unfold. Each chapter was an absolute page turner, keeping the reader in suspense. There was no absolute predictability as with most novels. The climax of the book takes the reader by surprise and even more so the ending. As I read each page, I felt the emotions of his characters, their indecisions, their lives, and the setting. This is by far one of the best books I've read and definitely the best in recent years. Mark has an amazing way with words and originality. A black super hero, an interracial heroine and a man wanting to rule the world. Wow, you can't get more 2014 then that. It's real, reflective of the melting pot that makes America so amazing. This book has endless possibilities. I can imagine it on the big screen in theaters or better yet on FOX or NBC as a series. BENDERS will knock the socks off any previous show of its kind like HEROES. There is no comparison. I hope Mark's book makes television. You definitely have my vote!! Every one should read this book. It truly is a master piece and Mark you are a literary genius." ~Victoria
"It's always refreshing to read something that breaks away from the myriad of fantasy books that have taken over the world of literature. Benders has romance, friendship, action, comedy and suspense we all love from the world of books and all while rooted in the very world we live in NOW. There is never a dull moment and shifts in points of view will paint a picture so vivid that you simply can't put the book down because you want to know what happens to this wonderfully written cast next. A must read!" ~Keisha
Great beach read!!! From the moment the characters of Meiko and Monty first set eyes on each other, you know you are in for an interesting ride...and that is was! Romance, danger and suspense. Lots of twists and turns. Enjoyed it very much. ~Lori (iTunes Review)
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5 Star Amazon Review
Benders is a perfect suspense thriller that will keep you turning the pages...What a thrill ride...Benders is a perfect suspense thriller that will keep you turning the pages for hours into the night. It is that good. You can't put it down. The characters grab you and don't let go. You will find yourself rooting for the hero, Monty, and loving to hate the the men who are after him. The plot twists will keep in on the edge of your seat, and it is the perfect summer read. Download your copy today and tell your friends. You will not regret it, and your friends will thank you for introducing them to such a good read. Now that Benders is a "have read" for me all, I can do is count the days until Mark Eric drops his next book. 5.0 out of 5 stars ~Julie
5 Star Amazon Review: This is an amazing first novel!
It's suspenseful and action-packed. It grabs you from page one and doesn't let up. Monty is a wonderful character and you can't help but fall in love with him 'organically'. I hope to see more of Monty and the crew soon. Bravo on a great beginning! ~ Minerva
5 Star Amazon Review: Action, Excellent Character Development and Love ....What more can you ask for
After I finished this book I immediately looked for other books the Marc Eric had written. I want to buy everything he has written. Unfortunately Benders is his first and only. This book needs to be a series, because I want to see where Monty, Meiko, Reynolds, Donovan, Dark, Push etc end up. Man I want to say more but I do not want to give away the book for others. I will say this I like how he handled the female characters in this book. I will say that Benders will make you think about what you will do if you had "powers" ~ Marketing Diva
A uniquely talented man who is as charming and as intelligent as they come. He is routinely unflappable and easily adaptable. He inspires those that know him to go above and beyond for him. His family is extremely important to him, and there's nothing he wouldn't do for those he loves.
A spirited young lady who would kill or die for those she loves. With a father who is a retired Marine and a dignified and regal mother, She is a combination of both preternatural beauty and strength. She's fiercely loyal and the best friend anyone could possibly have in their lives.
A childhood friend of Monty's from boarding school, now Owner and CEO of one of the top software firms in the world. He is a man not easy to figure out who is a worthy adversary. With a deep admiration for all things James Bond mess with a loved one, and you'll be happy he doesn't have a license to kill.
One of the most powerful men in the nation's capital with grand plans on becoming the most powerful man on the globe. Step one of his plan is the systematic elimination of any and all challengers. This uber patriot wants to return America to her rightful place, on top. God help anyone that gets in his way.
Chief operative number one of Hazelton's. A one time highly decorated member of the NYPD, now an unemployed disgraced cop. He employs his street smarts whenever necessary to get the job done. He owes Hazelton much but is beginning to question being on the end of Hazelton's leash.
Career military man and chief operative number two. A man with no love or patience for civilians. He follows his orders to the letter with no questions asked and no deviations from the path. When Fisk gets put on your trail, pray.
Benders Playlists & Songs
Good music can often make a great scene even better. Below is a list of music tracks for key scenes in Benders. If you don't already know, Mark Eric is a HUGE music lover, so adding a playlist for our readers seemed a natural fit. Grab your headphones and enjoy!
Ch 1: Opening Sequence. . . . . . . .
Ch 11: Intro - Hazey's Theme. . . . . .
Ch 12: First Date - Monty and Mieko's Theme. . . . .
Ch 16: Trailing Tristan. . . . .
Ch 19: Bedside Chat. . . . . . . .
Ch 24: Grand Central Station. . . . . . . . . .
Ch 29: Hazelton's Smile Reaches His Eyes. . . . . . .
Ch 30: Monty Awakes to Breakfast. . . . . . . .
Ch 36: Monty and Mieko Together. . . . . . .
Ch 40: Club Night/First Half. . . . . . .
Ch 40: Club/Second Half (Restroom Walk). . . . . .
Ch 44: Donovan and Beth. . . . . . .
Ch 51-52: Ride Through Brooklyn. . . . . . . . .
Ch 56: Mieko at Monty's. . . . . . . . .
Ch 57: Push's Intro. . . . . .
Ch 58: Mieko and Push Meet. . . . . . . . .
Ch 61: Push Starts Packing (Towards the End). . . . .
Ch 83: The Hummer Ride. . . . . . . . . . . .
Ch 92-95: The Ultimate Price. . . . . . . . . .
Ch 95: Mieko's Room/Beginning of Chapter. . . . . . .
Ch 95: Rest Stop. . . . . . . . . . .
Ch 97: In Car. . . . . . . .
"Just Go Away" by Cliff Martinez YouTube | iTunes
"Thorgasm" Methodic YouTube | iTunes
"Lavanya" by E.S. Posthumus YouTube | iTunes
"Tick Of the Clock" by The Chromatics YouTube | iTunes
"Kat's Sacrifice" by Bear McCreary YouTube | iTunes
"Chinatown" by Steve Jablonsky YouTube | iTunes
"Rendition for Strings" by Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian YouTube | iTunes
"Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder YouTube | iTunes
"Aurora Borealis" by Steven Price YouTube | iTunes
"Central Park West" by John Coltrane YouTube | iTunes
"Am I Not Merciful" by Hans Zimmer YouTube | iTunes
"Doug Reflects" by Harry Gregson-Williams YouTube | iTunes
"Indestructible" by 8Dawn YouTube | iTunes
"Central Park West" by John Coltrane YouTube | iTunes
"El Cantante" by Hector Lavoe YouTube | iTunes
"Waking Up" by M83 YouTube | iTunes
"The Ever Under Redux" by Methodic YouTube | iTunes
"Shelf Life" by Brian Tyler YouTube | iTunes
"Fatal Fantasy" by Lorne Balf YouTube
"Fall of Palladio" by Kerry Muzzey YouTube | iTunes
"Smiling" by Harry Gregson-Williams YouTube
"Lavanya" by E.S. Postuhumus YouTube | iTunes
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2010 - present