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Careless Talk (The Ciriath Cycle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John M. Dow
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Book Description

Ancient and unnamable horrors lurk beyond the Veil of death, eternally seeking a way through to the mortal plane.

The battle for the future of humanity has been raging for millennia.

The Ciriath, a race of almost divine immortals - the inspiration for human legends of angels and demons - have laid aside their eternal conflict and formed an uneasy truce.

On one side are The Protectorate.

On the other, The Opposition.

The truce can only be upheld while the treaty agreed by both sides is held inviolate: There shall be no direct interference in the affairs of mortals unless they pose a threat to the supernatural world beyond the veil of mortality.

Not everyone wants the treaty to stand.

When James, performing his duty as an officer of the Protectorate, is sent to investigate the unearthly abilities of a mortal girl, something extraordinary happens – something for which he and his immortal companions are utterly unprepared.

Someone is manipulating James’ actions. And James is one of the First – in possession of the Name.

The Name which holds the power of creation.

The Name which holds the power to end everything.

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  • File Size: 707 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D4YP3G
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Word Review: Terrific October 15, 2011
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A one-word review of this book? Terrific.

You want more than one word? Okay. This book, the first of the Ciriath Cycle by John M. Dow, is a masterful blend of paranormal, epic historical, supernatural, romance, spiced with a dash of horror. Mr. Dow is a skillful wielder of metaphor and his imagery is always precise, never ham-handed or overdone. The characters in this book are full-fleshed and well-drawn, three-dimensional and alive.

I never like to give much in the way of synopsis because I get annoyed when I read reviews that give away the store. But I will say a little. In this book, there are two forces at work, the Protectorate and the Opposition, with an uneasy Truce between the two. James, one of the First--an Immortal being who can create and destroy worlds--and his companion of three millennia, who now goes by the name of Emily, must confront James' unaccountable attraction to a young woman, Dawn. How they finally deal with the seemingly unsolvable problem leads to a stunning conclusion and a stirring lead-in for the second book.

Frankly, I squealed, "No!" out loud at the moment when one character makes a supreme sacrifice for the sake of another. It was perfectly logical and in character. And it broke my heart. I loved it.

I recommend this book very highly, as well as "From Within," also by John Dow. He is an excellent writer and his books are simply terrific.

This book was given to me as a review copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good! August 25, 2011
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Length: 1:34 Mins
Introduces a bit of what makes this a good horror and not just a bloodfest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in a while. January 24, 2013
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Great book!! The characters were well developed and you can tell that the author really put the time in. I would recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars leaves me begging for more February 9, 2012
By Helena
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Wonderfully written. Dow is my kind of writer. I can't wait for next the book in the series. I was looking for a great read when I came across From Within. I really enjoyed it so I read Careless Talk. I couldn't have been more surprise and enthralled. Characters come colorfully to life. James is so confused but strong. Emily is funny and remember-able. Dawn is likable to the point I wish I could meet her. I could go on... Just read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorougly engrossing from start to finish October 12, 2011
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The author does a fantastic getting you to be able to relate to his characters and visualize the scenes in your mind's eye, and the story was engaging from the moment I started reading. There was never a dull moment. I bought this book after having read his other book, From Within, because that one was good as well. Will be looking forward to purchasing more books from this author.
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More About the Author

John M. Dow was born in a small mining community in central Scotland and, other than a short stay in Australia, has lived there ever since.

His life to date has been split evenly between writing and technology. His technology career pays the bills and the writing keeps him sane.

To date, he has published reviews and articles for computing and video game magazines, as well as short stories.

From Within is his first novel; a dark and frantic homage to the horror fiction of the 1970s and 1980s.

His second book, Careless Talk, is a dark fantasy documenting a conflict between immortals. The events therein stretch from ancient Babylon to the modern day.

His preferred genres are dark fantasy and horror, and promises never to feature sparkly vampires. His short stories have ranged from the blatantly surreal to the comedic, and he feels that humour has a very definite role to play in the modern horror novel.

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