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Dark Passage (A Horror Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Griffin Hayes
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tyson Barrett dreams of having his old life back. The way things used to be before the torturous nightmares, before the insomnia, before his wife left with their young son, before his business began teetering on the verge of collapse.

Feeling like a man on the edge of a cliff with nothing to lose, he joins an underground trial for a new wonder drug.

But this cure carries a terrible, nerve-shattering price. One that will force him to confront the dark past he's spent a lifetime trying to forget.

The evil chasing him has never been far away and soon he will learn why some dreams were never meant to come true.

Warning: contains violence and language.

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

"Hayes writes at a sprinter's pace with a new horror at every turn. Don't let your guard down for a moment because the scares are relentless."
-- Joe Hart, author of MIDNIGHT PATHS

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: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987806866
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trebor Books (December 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J3HFOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jen's Review May 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning...Don't Fall Asleep June 15, 2013
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I've read a lot of Dean Koontz and Griffin Hayes has written a book on par with Koontz's creepier side. Hayes says he gets a lot of his ideas for stories from his dreams. Well, he must have had one hell of a nightmare to come up with the details for this story. He does a fine job of blending many horror themes together and making the whole hang together nicely. Don't expect any of the characters in this book to escape being touched by the horror in one way or another. I will leave it at that, since I don't want to ruin the story for anyone else. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good horror tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressively different March 22, 2013
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I downloaded this book for free going in with no expectations. I was VERY pleasantly surprised.

I've read a good many horror novels that dealt with nightmares coming alive, but Dark Passage gave a very different take on it. Griffin Hayes kept his characters believable, the situations just far enough outside of plausible to keep it fun but not silly, and rooted the whole thing in a framework that keeps you turning pages without the obvious and cliche cliffhangers.

While I wasn't necessarily on edge the whole book (hence the 4 stars, not 5), there were a few genuine moments where I was creeped the hell out and had to take a small break.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good scare with a fresh new take.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!! December 26, 2012
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If you like scary movies you will LOVE this book! I had to stop reading it at night cause I was so creeped out! This book takes you on a wild ride full of gore, suspense and thrills!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He did it again September 14, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Two words: bore ring. Had potential early on but soon slowed down and remained boring thereafter. Characters were unsympathetic to the point of not even caring what happened to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
The only thing that could have made this book better is if the main character could have delved deeper into his childhood trauma and more specific psychological effects of it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by paula fugate
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading...
Great book. I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Many twists and turns to keep you interested and scare the bell out of you. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lauriebeth83
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied my horror craving
What a creepy book. I'll never look at flies, power drills, or any sort of blue pill the same again. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joyskia
1.0 out of 5 stars typical adult crap
Not for me. I dont read books like this anymore and was sorry i bought this. I prefer authors who rely on a good story rather than bs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Just right
Nice try at a horror thriller, with interesting characters and a solid story. I will definitely read more books from this author.
Published 16 months ago by Pedro
1.0 out of 5 stars Scary, I Don't Think So
I think I returned this book, not very well written, not a terrifying horror thriller as touted. I've read better.
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More About the Author

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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