A heart-rending tale inspired by a horrific true story of child abuse

and struggle for survival

Niobrara's Thorn by Patrick E. Douglas

Niobrara’s Thorn

by Patrick E. Douglas

Jason Thorn is a filthy and unwanted 13-year-old with a bleak future. He’s been pulled from school for good and is kept prisoner in the family basement with his dog when a wicked storm hits his tiny hometown of Niobrara. Already adept at enduring situations most 13-year-olds wouldn’t be able to comprehend, Jason must survive the onslaught of flood waters and devastation that has destroyed his town. To do so, he’ll rely on three unexpected friends who encourage him along the way. This is a tale aimed at readers 13 and up that tackles the ever-present problem of child abuse and how easy it can be for some children to slip through the cracks if people tune them out.

ISBN  978-1-938985-1-19 • 5 x 8 paperback • 268 pgs • $15.95

“. . . Do not deny yourself this book. You will be talking about it & thinking about it for weeks.”

About the author

CMPheadsofstateDouglasPatrick E. Douglas lives in Montana with his wife Jessica and their two sons Marky and Jack. Douglas, a journalist since 1994, has written for numerous magazines and newspapers across the country. A movie critic who has watched thousands of films, Douglas initially began writing novels as a way of getting the original stories in his brain onto paper. A non-fiction junkie, Douglas occasionally finds inspiration in fiction books from authors such as Chuck Palahniuk and Thomas Harris. He is also the author of several other books including Niobrara’s Thorn, Redeem, Game Seven and Frankie Funder.

Books by Patrick E. Douglas 

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Niobrara's Thorn by Patrick E. DouglasA must read from beginning to end. I read it in one day. Could not put it down. Pat puts in the inhumane treatment of a 13 yr. old boy which no boy or any human should ever be subjected to. You cannot help but cry for this poor boys plight. Even through all the torture, the little boy still has hopes, dreams, which many of us would have given up on a long time ago. Do not deny yourself this book. You will be talking about it & thinking about it for weeks. Fantastic job Patrick Douglas!!!”—Daisy Martin, author of Juxtaposed

“A compelling story. I read this book in two nights because Patrick Douglas managed to pull me in so that I couldn’t put it down. He has dealt with a very disturbing topic brilliantly. Once I met Jason Thorn, I had to stay with him, wishing I could reach out and take care of him. Douglas takes us on a journey that will not be forgotten, traveling from despair to hope to resignation. The fact that this was based on a true story makes it all the more painful but it is a story that had to be told and has lessons to teach. It is definitely thought-provoking.”—Joan Beckerman

After I read this book I had a new view of life, that is in some words, life is not ‘unicorns and rainbows’ but sometimes a fight to the death, unfortunately. This book helped me realize that. This young boy just wanted love and all he got was hate. I myself being a child as old as this one am grateful I have a family that loves and cares for me and with that, I will be eternally happy.” —M. Sweatt, 13 years old

“I finished it in 3 sittings. I read the authors note. I shut the book. Looked outside at our beautiful city from above on skyline and then started to bawl. That was really good. Thank you.” —D. Vik

“”Very gripping and very insightful. I think you managed to portray what Christian must have been feeling very well. Congratulations, and thank you for creating this in Christian’s memory so his name stays alive forever.” —K. Newton

“I can’t stop crying. As a teacher, myself, I have to ask, “What were his teachers thinking?” Why did no one try to save this boy? It’s too horrible to imagine that Christian went through a similar horror. You definitely give the reader a clear, concise picture. Thank you for writing this book.” —L. Zindman, Teacher

“… heartbreaking for me to read as I knew it was based on a true story, a real boy who was tormented by the very people that should have nurtured him. I appreciate the author’s take on the child’s imaginings as I cannot even begin to fathom the loss of hope this child had to deal with. We do what we have to do to survive but children should never have to face torture, especially in their own home. This book allows that as long as our minds are intact that our imagination can give us things we do not have, to survive another day, another crisis. Many of us had imaginary friends growing up but most of us didn’t need them like this child did. I hope this book sheds some much-needed light on what far too many children are facing in today’s world.”—Kistmyst

“Disturbing topic, easy thought-provoking read
…a captivating story of a boy who is abused by his parents and the trouble and heartache he went through daily. Unfortunately, there was no happy ending. Neither was the actual event this book was based on. The most disturbing part was that no one noticed that this poor boy was mistreated so badly. An easy read, but thought-provoking. You will definitely hug your kids a little harder after you read this.”—c981 Amazon review

“Although this book is fiction, it is based on a true story. Niobrara’s Thorn is a touching story about a severely abused 13-year-old boy. His family tried to take his humanity and spirit, but they could not take away what was in his heart and in his dreams. The subject of this story is very heavy, however, it is written so that it can be read by adults and pre-teen. I am grateful that Patrick Douglas is shedding light on the problem of child abuse. Niobrara’s Thorn is not only a story that must be told but a testament to the strength of the human spirit. I highly recommend this book.”—D. Prebor

Daisy Rain Martin

Daisy-Pic-1“From the first sentence, Patrick Douglas’ touching tribute to a boy lost to unimaginable cruelty gripped my heart. Lest you believe that this account stems purely from the wild imagination of Mr. Douglas, you should know that it was pulled straight from our own headlines, and he handily reveals the horrors that are all too frequent in the lives of forgotten children no matter how hard we try to turn our heads away.

This was someone’s reality—a precious boy, just thirteen years old.

Douglas makes us want to scoop up this young Jason Thorn, who is so worthy of love, and masterfully takes us with him on his trek toward safety. The ability of the human mind is remarkable, always working to protect us from the unimaginable. More importantly, he casts a light on the Jasons of this world who need advocates who care and will step in to rescue them. He gives these children a voice and pays homage to those that we’ve lost.

Recognizing, intervening, and preventing child abuse is everyone’s responsibility. I applaud this author for shedding light on this beautiful soul who was once among us, yearning for life the same way each of us does. As long as I live I will never forget Jason Thorn, the boy who inspired this story, nor the children who suffer every day from their oppressors.

Daisy Rain Martin, author of Juxtaposed; Finding Sanctuary on the Outside and

If It’s Happened to You

Media Interviews

Patrick’s TV interview about the popularity of Dystopian Literature.

Listen to Pat Douglas’ radio interview on KGPR, Great Falls. MT.

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