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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061474665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061474668
  • ASIN: B0072AX0EO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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I'm the author of more than a dozen novels in the supernatural and detective genres, and often combine the two. My latest 2 books, the Helsinki-based chiller 'Under the Ice' and my dark fantasy epic 'Hot Blood' are currently out from Samhain Publishing. My shorter work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Asimov's SF, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Weird Tales and numerous top anthologies ... enough of it to fill up seven short story collections, many of them available from Dark Regions/Dark Renaissance Press. Widely traveled, I frequently use places I have visited in my work, with fiction set all over North and South America, through the whole of Europe, in North and southern Africa and in the Far East. My self-published e-books include a huge collection of my best short horror fiction, and the latest in my series of fantasy thrillers set in the fictional town of Raine's Landing, Massachusetts. My debut novel 'The Harvest Bride' (Tor Books) was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, and in 2008 my collection 'Going Back' was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Toni V. Sweeney on October 22, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
During the Salem Witch Trials, the real witches chose to escape to Raine's Landing where they settled in and interbred with the locals, giving their descendants magical powers--all except one who got herself burned to death for the trouble she stirred up. Her dying curse condemned the inhabitants to be imprisoned forever with the town--anyone born in Raine's Landing can never leave and those from outside who enter will forget it exists as soon as they exit its boundaries. Only two people have ever come to Raine's Landing from outside; one opened a dimension which took away both himself and Ross Devries' family, the other is a college professor who came to study magic and killed a dozen people with his megalomania. This year, a third entity has come to the town, Saruak, an evil spirit dwelling in the shell of a mortal, one the Native Americans in the area had long ago recognized and avoided. He intends to take over Raine's Landing, using the magic the inhabitants possess against them. Only one person in town has no magical ability and has never tried to gain any and that's Ross himself, and when all the magic in Raine's Landing fails, it appears that he is their last chance for survival, though he may have to die to save them. Dark Rain is a tense, thrilling story. The story of Ross' meeting with Saruak, his recognition that the man is a danger, though at first he isn't certain why he know this, interspersed with flashbacks explaining the loss of Ross' family leads inexorably to the conclusion that he, the one unmagical person in a town of adepts, has been chosen to save them. His interaction with the congenitally magical inhabitants, as well as the delineation of their characters, is well thought out. None of them is a villain, for all their pride or shallowness or power.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael T on January 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book mostly because of the multi-dimensional characters. the story itself is action packed and is constantly keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. It is completely unpredictable and that makes the story even more enjoyable. I am now reading the second book tothis series and i sure hope there are more to come. the only thing i did not like was the lenghty ending... it just took to long to get there. but the story and characters made up for that flaw!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Dark Rain is a tremendously entertaining read with its diverse characters and storyline. It is fast paced and unpredictable as the town's population tries to battle the sinister plots of the demon, Saruak. Devries struggles with Saruak throughout the whole book, finally, with the help of the rest of the town, defeats him thoroughly. The history of the Salem witch trials is brought to light as the story progresses and the reader learns how the curse on the town came to be.
I highly recommend this book to all fans of the paranormal genre. Excellent read...

Gaston Sanders, Author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cottrell on March 4, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I purchased the other 4 books in the series, all of which are excellent (for the kindle). Why is book one of a five book series not available when the rest are?

Now I have to hunt around for a paperback version just to read book one... It will be the only paper book I still own.

Very frustrated. Mr. Richards, your writing is excellent but perhaps you could suggest to your publisher that publishing all the books in a series makes sense; especially the first! When it comes out digitally, I will be happy to revise this review accordingly.

Edit: I was able to pick up the book in print and finished reading the series. Very enjoyable with an interesting twist on the urban fantasy template.

The author reached out to me and indicated that book 1 would be forthcoming at some point. Nice to see authors taking an active interest in their readers comments.
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