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A Human Element [Kindle Edition]

Donna Galanti
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One by one, Laura Armstrong's friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her special healing powers, there is nothing she can do to stop it. The killer haunts her dreams and leaves cryptic notes advising her to use her powers to save herself because she's next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to her hometown and the site of a crashed meteorite. There she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents' death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening mystery that binds them together.

But the killer's desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts her relationship with Ben in jeopardy and her pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to the stranger and she has two choices – redeem him or kill him.


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"A HUMAN ELEMENT is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart.  Highly recommended." -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ASSASSIN'S CODE and DEAD OF NIGHT

"A HUMAN ELEMENT is a haunting look at what it means to be human. It's a suspenseful ride through life and love...and death, with a killer so evil you can't help but be afraid. An excellent read." -Janice Gable Bashman, author of WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award

"Be afraid. Be very afraid. And be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born. Don't miss A Human Element."- International Bestselling Author M.J. Rose

“Lyrical and creepy, Donna Galanti’s A HUMAN ELEMENT tugs on our heartstrings and plucks the gut-strings of horror. This debut thriller author is a true storyteller, highly reminiscent of Dean Koontz. ” – Dakota Banks, award-winning author of Deliverance

From the Author

We either have the urge to write or we don't. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean we will be good at it but just that it's in us. If the urge is there then we can learn the craft. But first, we need the urge. The urge is what drives us to perfect our craft. We either are storytellers or we aren't.

Is there a writer gene and is storytelling genetic?  And are there sub categories of the writer gene just like there are sub genres in writing. If there is a "dark" writer gene, well, that fits me perfectly. I like writing from the dark places. To spiral my characters into tragedy - with a dash of hope. On the page I can act out horrific events by evil people and never get arrested.

EXCERPT of one dark character in A HUMAN ELEMENT:

As X-10 ran under the full moon, leaping over rocks and roots, darting around boulders he could see her in his mind. Laura. You are mine. Then he saw her with her man. Water coursed all around them. Her hair hung wet about her shoulders. X-10 closed off his mind's eye to the scene. It made him feel strange. And in that strange feeling he couldn't define, X-10 hated her even more.

Rage surged through him and his blood pulsed fast, throbbing under his white skin in blue rivers. He forced himself to run faster through the night. Why did she get to live a normal life? He would make sure her end was not normal. And she would wish she had never been born.

A lonesome dog bayed in the hills above X-10 as if approving his plan. Streaks of moonlight and shadows fell across his face like whip lashes over and over, creating a living painting from darkness and light. He would show Laura darkness like she never experienced, and pain. There would be so much pain. He howled back at the creature that rode alone through the woods like he did. Perhaps they would meet along their journeys. He hoped so. He was getting hungry again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590808762
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Echelon Press (March 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IIIZUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful!! March 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow!! Donna Galanti really knows how to capture her audience from page one. I could not put this book down. She keeps you in suspense the entire time. It was difficult to predict what was going to happen next. So much sweet and evil wrapped up in paranormal abilities. I completely fell in love with Laura and Ben. I felt like I really knew them. A Human Element is a must read! I will be recommending all my friends and family.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ride from debut author March 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Donna Galanti's A Human Element is a fast paced suspense novel with lots of sci-fi and mystery mixed in. Her leading lady, Laura, is likable and easy to root for, and Donna doesn't make it easy for her as she struggles to figure out why everyone she loves is suffering. Our hero is strong as well, suffering through his own unique miseries. With their paths finally cross, the two come together with a lot of heat. And with a truly frightening bad guy, A Human Element is a can't put down read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is Humanity August 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
I completely fell in love with this book. Donna Galanti gives life to her characters, they live and breath on these pages.
Ben is hiding from his parents on the shore of Coopersville Lake when it happens.
A meteorite crashes into a group of 12 or so cabins, one of which contains his parents, and now all that remains is a huge crater of steam and fire. In one bright green flash Ben's life is forever changed, and for another, it is just beginning.
No one could know the long-reaching consequences of that fatal night.
9 months later.
A young girl struggles to bring her child into the world. She came to the doctor in secret. Not even the Armstrong's, the kindly couple who took her in, knew where she was.
The doctor doesn't know why the mysterious man waiting outside wants the baby, he only cares about getting paid.
In a rush, the baby is born. Sadly, the young mother doesn't survive. But wait, there is another baby fighting to be born, a twin, a beautiful baby girl. An exchange is made, but the doctor doesn't mention the baby girl, he will give her to the Armstrongs to raise.
Many years later, that baby, Laura, is all grown up and back home to find out why the people closest to her are being slaughtered. The answers lie here. Laura has always had the headaches and nightmares and she knows everything is coming together - the monster chasing her in her nightmares, the mysterious man who has always been on the periphery of her life, and whatever happened the night of the meteorite crash. It is all connected.
Laura and Ben are thrown together as death races towards them. Both need answers about the night of the meteorite if they are to survive what is coming.
I want to keep telling you more. I have only scratched the surface of this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done July 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I "opened" the book on my Kindle at about 6pm after a Phillies game; and could not stop reading it. I was forced to plug my device in to continue, each chapter making me want to find out what might happen next. I completed the book about midnight. I recommend it if you enjoy suspense, sci fi, supernatural, or any combination of those genres.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Debut Novel Not to be Missed May 26, 2012
By Pamela
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What an amazing read. I absolutely loved it. I knew I was hooked after I read the first couple of chapters. So engrossed, I didn't stop until the very end. For a debut novel, Donna Galanti has knocked it out of the park. It's a fast-paced, beautifully written story, with well-rounded, believable characters with such depth that you can feel their emotions. Galanti weaves an amazing tale by blending various genres such as intrigue, suspense, romance, a little horror, and elements of paranormal and science fiction. I'm not one for science fiction, but I let myself be open to it and I'm so glad I did. I'm already looking forward to her next book, "A Hidden Element."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for it...wait for it...ALIENS! April 19, 2012
Format:Paperback
This review got 3 and 1/2 out of 5. I Smell Sheep

A Human Element, by Donna Galanti, is a paranormal suspense with a nice serving of romance. As my feathered pigeon friends from Bolt would say...wait for it..."Aliens". Yes indeed there are aliens in this story but that's just the tip of an emotional iceberg Donna taps right into!

Our story starts out in the 70's with one of the main characters, Ben as a young boy, vacationing with his family at a beautiful lake. Soon in the first few pages a meteorite crashes into Earth, killing many people including Ben's Mother and Father. Now thrust into foster care and a life of roaming from family to family, young Ben becomes jaded and closed off emotionally. He begins going down a dangerous path of self destruction and it's hard not to pull for this guy as you pick up early in his young life and carry with him through adulthood.

Laura was born into a far different setting but was also around the events of the meteorite crash. Never knowing her birth mother, but lucky enough to grow up with love and support, the reader grows with Laura as she develops some pretty amazing abilities. One of my only pet peeves with Laura's character was he weepy nature, she's a very emotional gal which I understand was planned but sometimes she just burst into tears without much prodding and that started to grate my nerves.

Some interesting side characters add to the overall suspense of the story, and a deep throat sort of man lurking about keeps you guessing what side he really plays for. Ben's good friend Andy was an immensely entertaining dude who at times was more engaging then our main couple. But as the romance picks up and bonds are formed A Human Element brings everything it has into one massive emotional punch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned scary novel
Very suspenseful. Reminiscent of early Peter Straub. A well written classic scare. Recommend reading this book with the lights on.
Published 3 months ago by K. Barkman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Human ELement
This is Donna Galanti's first novel, though not her first book. I actually came across this book when my daughter told me about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but still kept me reading
When I got this I thought the book would be horror/sci fi. But it was also heavily sprinkled with erotic elements/romance. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bookbabylove
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulled me in and wouldn't let me go
I couldn't put this book down.

It's a fantastic story, with thoroughly human characters (even if their DNA is not, entirely). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tori L. Ridgewood
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-paced with a dash of SF
Eleven-year-old Ben Fieldstone became a lost soul the night he ran away from his home in the Catskill Mountains--just in time to witness a glowing green meteorite crash into his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Philip P. Giunta
4.0 out of 5 stars dark, suspenseful and hopeful.
I was drawn to the synopsis of A Human Element by Donna Galanti and it's promise of a girl with healing powers and a serial killer who haunts her dreams. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kimbacaffeinate
5.0 out of 5 stars A Human Element
Donna Galant captured my attention from the first page. I highly recommend A HUMAN ELEMENT to anyone who enjoys a refreshing new story with a perfect combination of paranormal,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tammy A.
2.0 out of 5 stars Fooled by the reviewers
I gave this two stars rather than one because it was a coherent read. I knew what was happening. (I knew what was going to happen, too.) No tension, no thrills, no romance. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Paranormal Suspense!
Absolutely one of my favorite books in a long while. Parananormal suspense- what a genre! This book has it all, and Galanti is a master story teller. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kathryn Lamee
5.0 out of 5 stars What is it that makes us human?
Throughout history, philosophers have addressed the question of what it means to be human. Cognitive thinking, a sense of self, emotions, the ability to empathize, etc. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
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More About the Author

Donna Galanti writes suspense, young adult, and middle grade fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A HUMAN ELEMENT (Echelon Press) and its sequel, A HIDDEN ELEMENT, coming summer 2014 by Imajin Books. Her middle grade series, JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD, debuts in 2015 by Month9Books.

Donna's lived from England to Hawaii, including owning a campground in New Hampshire and as a photographer in the U.S. Navy. She dreamed of being a writer at seven years old when she fell in love with the worlds of Narnia and Roald Dahl. She lived in England at the time, attending school in a magical castle where her imagination ran wild in an itchy uniform (bowling hat and tie included. True!)

She now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse. It has lots of writing nooks, fireplaces and stink bugs, but she's still wishing for a castle again.

Donna is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc.

Donna's website: donnagalanti.com
Twitter: @DonnaGalanti
Facebook: facebook.com/DonnaGalantiAuthor

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