Ten years after a brutal war, cannibals and humans fight over the pieces of a hardscrabble existence.

That’s the one-sentence synopsis about the debut novel from author Eric Landfried, a resident of North Walpole.

In the book, former Navy SEAL Doyle has been prowling the broken remnants of a devastated America for years. Alone in an armored bus loaded with weapons and supplies, he’s grateful for his solitude. Being alone makes it easier to survive, as others can become a liability at the end of the world. But when a particularly brutal attack leaves Doyle in need of fuel and repair, he has no choice but to venture into the nearest settlement.

Jonathan has been pastoring a small church of Christians in that same settlement, but when he meets Doyle he sees an opportunity to expand his ministry. Cannibals have kept everyone from traveling, but Doyle’s armored transport and weapons bring hope to his small band of followers. The two men strike up a mutually beneficial bargain, but neither realizes this journey will change them in ways they could never have imagined.

As they search for other believers, they must battle cannibals, militant atheists and a mysterious super soldier. Doyle’s unbelief and Jonathan’s faith will collide in this wasteland.

“Solitary Man” is described by publisher Ambassador International as a gritty, action-packed post-apocalyptic story with a solid Biblical worldview.

Married with one son, Landfried says he was 13 years old when he realized he was a writer. The author grew up in West Virginia and says writing became the best outlet to express himself. Once he had this realization, he grabbed a spiral notebook and began filling it with the stories bumping around in his head.