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Dark Passage (A Horror Thriller) Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for the work of Griffin Hayes

"Nail-biters beware: Griffin Hayes will have you chewing off your arm!"
-- Hugh Howey, best-selling author of WOOL

"Griffin Hayes brings to-the-point characterizations, a crisp writing style, and well-written action scenes."
-- Keith C. Blackmore, best-selling author of MOUNTAIN MAN

From the Author

By now, many of you won't be surprised to learn most of my story ideas come from dreams. The seed for Dark Passage was sown after I awoke from a particularly bad one. I couldn't tell you now what that nightmare was about, but I remember waking up and staring at my bedroom ceiling, a single thought chiming over and over in my head: "Thank God that was just a dream." I'm sure we've all been there before. Of course, we're all built a little different -- maybe that's why I write stories and other people build houses or put out fires for a living -- but as I stared at the cracked light fixture above my bed, a second thought began swirling around in my head. This one far more dark and disturbing. "What if something from that nightmare had managed to hitch a ride back with me? What if it was in the room right now... lying next to me in bed... grinning. 

I hope you enjoy Dark Passage as much as I did. 

Griffin Hayes
March 9, 2012

Product Details

  • File Size: 2929 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trebor Books (December 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J3HFOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I grew up watching grainy reruns of The Twilight Zone and rereading worn-out copies of Raymond Chandler novels. Eventually, my taste for the unsettling and the inexplicable found an outlet in my short stories; two of which have been published: The Grip with Black Ink Horror and Last Call with Alienskin. I've written a handful of books to date. The latest is a post-apocalyptic series called Primal Shift about a worldwide amnesia that sends humanity back to the dark ages.

I'm always thrilled to hear from readers, so feel free to drop me a line at: griffinhayesbooks[at]gmail[dot]com.

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This 46 chapter novel exceeded my expectations. Already a fan of the author's writing style, I knew the story would be spooky, entertaining, and action-packed. But it went well beyond that. I'll never smell a pine tree scent or see a fly the same way ever again.

Griffin Hayes has an amazing talent with characterization, voice, and description. His creative, original metaphors helped enhance the narration. Each character sounded different. I got lost in the story, feeling what the characters felt. Experiencing what they went through because of the great use of showing rather than telling.

For the majority of the novel, Tyson and Hunter switched point-of-views, each having their own chapters. At first, its set-up where I had no idea how they could know each other or meet later in the story. Then, it's finally revealed that Hunter's patient Brenda (in a coma) is actually Tyson's mother. Let me tell ya, the plot thickened! The premise was Hunter just got hired to join Sunnybrook Asylum as a doctor, and for awhile Tyson has had insomnia because of nightmares. He found Dr. Stevens to help him sleep by taking a dosage of medicine after every meal.

There were some chapters that showed the supporting characters' perspectives as well. Pay close attention because these sections are very important in developing the plot and revealing some of the mystery.

My favorite line was: "Funny, he thought how so many of the fears that we carry with us aren't much more than a product of an overactive imagination." Boy was Tyson wrong LOL! Bad for him-good for the readers. This thriller was very entertaining.

Besides the suspense and action, I loved the drama elements as well. It helped me, as a reader, really care about the characters. Poor Tyson.
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Dark Passage, by Griffin Hayes, is the frightening tale of Tyson's struggle to leave his childhood trauma behind him. The problem Tyson has, though, is that it follows him home from his dreams.
Without spoilers, the monster in this was terrifying. Hayes has an excellent imagination and a gift for keeping the tension torqued. Every time I thought, well, this will have to be it, he pulled another twist.
This is a well told story, carefully thought out and nicely paced. The characters and their actions made sense. I never had the feeling that a character had been inserted for the convenience of the plot. My only complaint is that the 'how' of the monster is not fully explained. This, however, does not detract in any way from the enjoyment of the book.
I give this book five stars and, from the excerpts of his other novels at the end of this book, would definitely recommend him to horror lovers!
Jennifer Gray, editor The Grove and Other Stories
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Griffin digs his nails in with his horror story. And leaves claw marks you won't forget.

Tyson an insomniac joins a test subject for meds to help one sleep. All seems good, plus the fact you can pull things outta your dreams.

If dreams come true what's the catch. Tyson finds that out the hard way. Digging up his past he did not know about.

Griffin's Wes Craven twist is sure to call out Mr. Sandman and help you sleep at night ..... well maybe. A terrifying 5 stars.
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Four and a half stars:

I will preface this review by saying that I don't usually read horror and I'm a wimp so I'm pretty easy to scare. That being said, I was drawn in by the very vivid images Hayes created from the very first chapter. I was struck by the quality of the writing on the whole, with some scenes described so clearly I could easily see them on a mental movie screen. I strongly feel Hayes was able to build both atmosphere and suspense. He was, in fact, so successful that I would actually have to step away from the book to wind myself down (again, I'm a wimp so people with a higher horror-tolerance than me may not find this quite so much). Despite this, I found myself constantly drawn back into the book. I wanted to know how it ended, desperately hoped for a happy ending (especially with the son in the picture) and yet, was always aware that not all horror has one. Hayes' building of character, watching the descent into madness, getting into the mind of the budding psychopath as he's driven insane. It was interesting, creepy, and at times scary--all of which are qualities that I feel a good horror should have. The main reason for the four and a half star rather than the five is for the end that I felt was a little weak, wrapping things up a little too nice and easy. Overall though, for any horror fan or someone who just likes to indulge in a thriller once in a while, I would highly recommend this book. Hayes' skill with crafting atmosphere and building a scene is not to be missed or ignored.
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I have just finished the latest offering from Griffin Hayes and I might add what an offering it is. I had already read Malice, and was primed that it was better than that. He wasn't wrong.

The story takes you on a journey with Tyson Barrett, an average guy with one hell of a messed up life. He throws all his efforts behind one last effort, albeit a drug trial that might not be all it's cracked up to be, in a last ditch attempt to get his life back on track. What actually happens is a total derailment of his life, when every living nightmare comes back to haunt him......and then some.

The plot is complex enough to keep you guessing right up until the last minute, when the light bulb suddenly goes off. There a good amount of gore to keep the bloodthirsty happy, but is not just a slash-em-up gore fest. There were also parts that had me laughing out loud. I love the way Griffin writes and the voices that he gives to the characters. I would definately reccommend this book. Stop reading my review and just go and download it.
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