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Passage Graves [Kindle Edition]

Madyson Rush
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Archeologist David Hyden is hell-bent to disprove his Biblical archeologist father’s religious theories. After his father is found dead at the center of Stonehenge with a strange glowing spiral engraved into his palm, David decides to challenge his father’s theory that Maeshowe—a passage grave ruin in Stenness, Scotland—possesses metaphysical powers. However, the morning after his arrival in Stenness, David wakes to find everyone else in town is dead.

NATO pathologist Brynne Thatcher is trained to recognize the subtle features of subsonic death, a unique forte and her only leg-up in a career dominated by men. Sound is the ideal weapon: an indiscriminate killer that leaves almost no trace upon its victims. She is testing an acoustic cannon in the grasslands a short distance from Stenness. Thatcher is certain her weapon caused the Stenness massacre, but all bets are off when she pinpoints Maeshowe as the source of deadly noise. The ruin erupts with low-frequency sound every 77 hours. Each explosion is larger and deadlier than the last. The only clues to stopping Maeshowe are the spiral petroglyph glowing inside its central chamber and the lone survivor, David.

Investigating the connection between the two glowing spiral symbols, Thatcher and David uncover Brenton’s most bizarre theory: There are four locks and four keys lost throughout antiquity. Any man who finds a matching lock and key will gain one of the powers of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Conqueror, War, Plague, and Death). Displacement of a key awakened the passage grave. Unless the “key” is placed into the petroglyph “lock,” the ruin will kill every living thing.

Finding the key won’t be easy. A clandestine brotherhood known as the Abaddon is sworn to protect the keys. As Maeshowe’s eruption spreads across northern Europe, the leadership of the Abaddon crumbles. A new leader of the dark society seeks to become Conqueror, and a race to the Apocalypse begins.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Twelve years ago, during a lull at work, after a random search on the internet I came across the phrase: "PASSAGE GRAVES". My brain exploded. Just the name had me hooked. What in the world was a passage grave? Life changed in that moment, and the four-book series of PASSAGE GRAVES was born. The story immediately blossomed. Like other writers say, the story "came to me."

PASSAGE GRAVES was originally written as a screenplay while I was a post-grad film student at UCLA. In fact, in its infancy, the script was entered in a screenplay contest sponsored by Steven Spielberg and won a finalist award. Over the next decade, I turned it into a well-researched novel. The characters came alive and a larger story arch emerged.

I hope you enjoy reading PASSAGE GRAVES as much as I enjoyed writing it.

About the Author

Madyson Rush wasn't born, she was adopted. She attributes her writing ability to her adoptive mother because early home life arguments were always settled by abiding her mother's motto "use your words." Rush isn't British, but she would like to be. When she reads the Bible, her voice sounds British in her head. She is the winner of her 5th and 6th grade elementary school's prestigious "Young Author" award.

In her free time, Rush enjoys practicing her autograph and crashing Mary Kay parties. Her dream is to be on an airplane sitting next to someone reading one of her books. When she is feeling sad, she writes sad poems. When she is feeling happy, she writes sad poems. She likes supermodels and asparagus, after all, they are both quite similar.

Rush's bibliography includes books in multiple genres:

~ TECHNO-THRILLERS ("Passage Graves" series)

~ YA FICTION (look for her upcoming debut of "Psi Series", as well as "Project Blue Book" and "Pickle"

~ LITERARY FICTION ("Stillpoint" and "The Devil's Gate")

~ CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS ("Terrible Things You Can Do with the Letter B", "What the Phobia?" and "While You Were Away"

Some of her most popular quotes:

"Mildred had eyes like a near-sighted hawk; if anything took place three inches from her face she knew about it."
-Pickle

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one that went around in circles into the Eye of Mordor, which smelled strangely like natural gas and was guarded by giant spiders, rodents of usual size, and this emaciated naked guy who kept going on and on about his precious."
-Stillpoint

Product Details

  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Rush Publishing; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5UMBHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Julia
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Yes, it's well written (tho plagued with typos). And yes, it's exciting. But the plot is terribly convoluted, and the author introduces tons of twists and turns that never get resolved. When I finished the book I was actually MAD at how unsatisfying the ending was, as well as all the unanswered questions that remained in my mind. I guess she's setting herself up for the next book in the series; but there's a big difference between a cliffhanger and total confusion.

It was really super gory, with graphic, oozing descriptions of eleven-teen different ways to torture flesh. I suppose that's a positive aspect of this book if you like that sort of thing, but I sure don't - blech!

I've read all this book's other reviews, and it sure looks to me like the first half - the 5-star reviews - are fakes that the author got her friends to submit; and the real reviews are the ones from my fellow 2- and 3-star reviewers. I say that because many of the things the 5-star reviews said about this book just aren't true, whereas the low reviews point out the legitimate flaws.

I advise this author to go back to the drawing board and significantly revise this book. It's a good start, especially for a first-time novel, but needs a LOT of work.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So full of suspense we couldn't put it down! June 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
We purchased this book via amazon before we left on a road trip. We read 75% of it in two days. We couldn't put the book down! I narrated the book while my husband drove. We are so excited for the next book to come out! I am not much of a reader, but the suspense of the book kept me hooked. Waiting with anticipation in Seattle. =)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in total agreement with others.... August 29, 2013
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I must admit that I liked the book. It has an interesting storyline and a reasonable presentation. But I wouldn't rate it as highly as some of the previous reviewers.

I'm always put off by little things... yeah, one of my many character flaws.

For example, the word BREAK is like a "coffee break". But when you want to stop a car, you're going to "BRAKE". Why do little things like that stick in my mind???

Another example would be wherever firearms details are given. One would be use of the word "clip." Technically it's a "magazine." There are several others.

But my biggest complaint would be how the book ended. Perhaps I missed something as I read the last few chapters in the middle of a sleepless night? I just didn't get the transition between "they're going to die!" and "all is good with the world again!"
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series start I've seen in years! June 9, 2013
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Madyson has written a book with a gripping plot. Tense and exciting action keep you turning the pages far after you should have gone to bed. The story has believable, extraordinary characters, but more than that, it has believable ordinary people doing their best in extraordinary circumstances. I am eagerly awaiting the next novel from Ms Rush.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and exciting July 7, 2013
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I usually read before going to sleep at night, but this book kept me awake. It is fast paced but with enough detail that I kept up with the story line, though there were some situations that were not fully resolved for me. Each chapter did switch between locations and characters so it is helpful to read the headings.

It was very impressive knowing that this is the author's first novel. I will definitely anticipate future works from this creative mind.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I rated it a 4 June 12, 2013
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This book is well written and has a great storyline. It is reminiscent of The DaVinci code or other books like it. I chose 4 stars because I prefer superficial reading and wanted to be honest. I tend to forget story lines that are intricate and draw you into a web. So, while I liked it, I know that there are plenty of people who love to be wrapped up and spit out with a good plot line. Great job Madyson Rush on your debut book. I am looking forward to your YA work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish this book December 23, 2013
By J Lurie
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At first seemed to have the makings of a good story, but the bad telling finally made me give up at 75%. The book needs a good editor to look at the characters' relationships, plot progression and especially badly researched religious philosophy and linguistics.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner! June 7, 2013
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I just finished. Like, two minutes ago. I loved the fast paced story line! I'm still confused about a couple of things, like if certain characters were antagonists or protagonists... or just ists... Nevertheless i look forward to the next book(s?) to find out what happens with that creepy dead but alive man.

I'm horrible at writing reviews... The important thing is, I think you should read it! Well done Ms. Rush
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Published 4 months ago by Ricky E Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars This book will text your endurance...
Kept thinking I had read this book before. It's a familiar plot. Supernatural forces, diabolical spirits, evil men doing violent things, escape, capture, death in every manner... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Coni G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect!
Published 5 months ago by Billh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful read, just hope she contiues the story in her next book.
Published 6 months ago by Angela
1.0 out of 5 stars MORE CHRISTIAN "TROJAN HORSES"----theft,fraud & dishonesty "for...
MORE CHRISTIAN "TROJAN HORSES"---!!!

They're "at it" again---& still--!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by RayO-07
1.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
A real page Turner. Keeps you guessing, you will think you have it but. Go ahead read it,you will love it too!
Published 7 months ago by Kathy Stockton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good twisting plot.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I enjoyed the book in the beginning I was very into reading it, liked the characters, setting etc., however as I read on I was losing interest in it, and I had the ending figured... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dawn Zdrojewski
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I had trouble following the story. Switching back and forth to different scenarios kept me confused. And not knowing the country where it took place did not help. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bill Sanzone
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was fast paced and kept me interested throughout the story. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Published 8 months ago by Tonya Z
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Madyson Rush wasn't born, she was adopted. She attributes her writing ability to her adoptive mother because early home life arguments were always settled by abiding her mother's motto "use your words." Rush isn't British, but she would like to be. When she reads the Bible, her voice sounds British in her head. She is the winner of her 5th and 6th grade elementary school's prestigious "Young Author" award.

In her free time, Rush enjoys practicing her autograph and crashing Mary Kay parties. Her dream is to be on an airplane sitting next to someone reading one of her books. When she is feeling sad, she writes sad poems. When she is feeling happy, she writes sad poems. She likes supermodels and asparagus, after all, they are both quite similar.

Rush's bibliography includes books in multiple genres:

~ TECHNO-THRILLERS ("Passage Graves" series)

~ YA FICTION (look for her upcoming debut of "Psi Series", as well as "Project Blue Book" and "Pickle"

~ LITERARY FICTION ("Stillpoint" and "The Devil's Gate")

~ CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS ("Terrible Things You Can Do with the Letter B", "What the Phobia?" and "While You Were Away"

Some of her most popular quotes:

"Mildred had eyes like a near-sighted hawk; if anything took place three inches from her face she knew about it."
-Pickle

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one that went around in circles into the Eye of Mordor, which smelled strangely like natural gas and was guarded by giant spiders, rodents of usual size, and this emaciated naked guy who kept going on and on about his precious."
-Stillpoint

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