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Equinox: Six Declinations [Kindle Edition]

Richard Freeland
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Book Description

This fantasy/horror anthology premiers 6 pulse-pounding stories from Richard S. Freeland.

* Equinox – Detective Kate Buchanan has never encountered anything like the rapist known as “Popeye”. His victims remember only vague impressions about the shadowy figure that Kate soon starts to believe is more than human. Kate must hunt for the elusive Popeye while coming to terms with the dark secrets of her own past. A horror story, with adult subject-matter.

* Family Tradition – For generations, the Henry clan have initiated their children into the rite of the hunt. Now it’s young Tom’s turn to prove himself by taking down the prey. A coming-or-age story with a bite.

* Anomalies – Change comes to the town of Booster’s Roost. The residents will never be the same. Fantasy/horror with a dollop of humor.

* The Last Angel – In a post-Apocalyptic, dying world, Raun and his friends live on the edge of survival in a savage land. There is hope, however – prophecy of a wondrous being who can bring salvation. In order to save their world, 6 travelers with nothing to lose must go on a quest to find – and save – what may very well be a myth. A traditional fantasy “quest” story.

* Garbage Man – Henry Hatcher is a garbage man – he works on a dozer in the landfill, covering up other people’s cast-off trash. Henry wants nothing more than to be a normal man, living a normal life. Unfortunately, Henry can’t do that – circumstances have made him the Hand of God. A different kind of ghost story.

* Bygones – Edwin Goss and Marshall Grant have been life-long friends. Now Marsh lies dying, and Win must confront the phantoms of their past lives to come to terms with his own future.

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from William H. Rose of The Alternative -

"In one way or another each of the stories presented here reminded me a bit of Stephen King’s early works. The characters all live in the real world, have that working-man’s mentality, speak not like characters in a novel but like genuine people, and will frequently be subjected to the worst terror of their short lives."

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DragonLyre Publishing; 2 edition (January 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IZLF3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! August 6, 2011
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It is easy to take a punt on free books, But I will willingly pay to read more by this great author. All the stories are different, but really well crafted. I was instantly absorbed into each new world he created and left happy at the end of each story. The stories are all on the fantasy side which I enjoy. I tend to veer towards female writers, but I am happy I tried this guy. I felt a kinship with each of the main characters. You won't be unhappy you tried this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! August 8, 2011
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All the stories are different but have enjoyable twists within. They aren't short stories...the kind you get hooked into and then it's over. I liked " Anomalies " the best. It was tragic but comical at the same time. This is one of the books I would have been willing to buy if I hadn't been lucky enough to receive it for free. I'm waiting for more books from this author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly wonderful! August 11, 2011
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While not my normal choice of genres, I found these stories to be absolutely delightful. The writing was exquisite, something that, unfortunately, is rare in the current crop of e-books. Each story is unique and touching. I highly recommend this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down October 24, 2011
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I started reading this little anthology late at night, so I thought it would be a good choice - one short story before bed, no problem. When I was kicking myself at 1am for finishing the book, I knew it was good. All but one of these short stories had fantasy elements, which is one of my favorite genres. One story takes a horrible crime and uses it to examine what women should get out of a relationship. All of them examine some of the flaws in humanity or human behavior and in each one the characters are looking for meaning in their life. Very provocative work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre, But Entertaining October 25, 2011
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As other reviewers have stated, the stories are hard to classify. I found them strange and bizarre, but entertaining. Also, as someone else has commented, the writing is done well. I can't say that I would pay the price of a known author for this book, but I wouldn't have been disappointed to have paid a couple of bucks for this fun read.
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More About the Author

Richard S. Freeland writes stories of the macabre. "Most of my stories are set within the horror, suspense, thriller, and fantasy genres" Freeland says, "though I aspire to a more literary flavor". Some of his short stories appear in the compilation "Equinox - Six Declinations", his first book. He enjoys writing, reading, fly fishing Georgia's freestone trout streams, gardening, boating, hiking and playing tennis (bum knees and all).

Freeland lives in Gainesville, Georgia with his wife Martha. He's a registered landscape architect and a certified master gardener. He's currently working on a second collection of short stories and two novels: a paranormal thriller, "The 5"; and a historical paranormal thriller, "Seed", coming soon from DragonLyre Publishing (


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