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"Is it literary horror? Psychological Thriller? Paranormal Mystery? The book is all of these, a spellbinding psychedelic trip, a shimmering novella with a shattering voice. It deals with love and hate between two not so normal shape-shifters. It is violent. It is tender. It's about running from and, at the same time, running toward. It's about bliss and the dark night of the soul. It's about all that is in us." -Susan Anderson, LL Book Review

"The book is fast paced with well developed characters full of grit and emotion. It tells the story in the only way it can be told: from a strong woman's perspective who is doing everything she can to fit in and survive no matter what." -Grace Snoke, Kayhynn Turns The Page

About the Author

Oliver Campbell is a native of Iowa. He has worked in video games for 3 years, including work as a game journalist, reviewer, and editorialist for sites such as Hard4Games.com and EOGamer.com. His work has been featured on both The Escapist as well as Kotaku. When not working on fiction, Oliver enjoys video gaming as his primary hobby, notably those with deep and rich story content.

Danika D. Potts lives in Des Moines, Iowa. She loves writing, sewing, and cartoons.

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  • File Size: 217 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Danika D Potts; 2nd edition (October 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VXJ7EG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2012
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So, I was actually asked to read and review a story by someone who I didn't already know. You could color me surprised and I was happy to agree.

To sum it up in a short and sweet way, not bad. While I won't be dancing up and down the streets telling everyone that they have to run out and buy it I will recommend it for anyone who is an urban fantasy fan. The story has an interesting magical system and good plot. I would say three out of five stars.

The story revolves around Beverly and covers a decent span of her life. We start out by meeting Bevie in a subway car when she discovers her powers. As she and her counterpart move through the story time is handled by hopping from one instance to another of Bevie trying to find her place in the world while avoiding her buddy.

The magic system is based on a lock and key structure. Each person is tied to another. Only when the two are together will their magic be activated. Once activated, the person will continue to be able to use it but at a very limited capability. When the people are together, then their power will be exponentially increased.

The plot is solid. The magic system is intriguing and I think there is possibility for more stories in the same mythos that they have created. This is very well done.

However, the fact that they broke their own system rules right off the bat makes it clear that they weren't rules. Now, for a few characters this would make sense. Special situations exist and is the world builders right. But, there is a section where a fairly large group goes into the paired nature of the system that doesn't make sense with as many people as are breaking the rules by the end.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Smithfield Bill on October 17, 2011
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I finished this book, and OH! MY! GOD! What an ending! What a story!

Ladies and gentlemen take note, this is how you do a debut novel. Mr. Campbell and Ms. Potts have created something rare here. They have crafted a book that made me pick it back up to reread immediately after I finished it.

Is it a book about psychic powers?
Is it a book about a woman's journey through her life?
Is it a book about the nature of our identity?
Is it a book about the lies people tell and the lies we tell ourselves?

Yes. It is all these and more.

I could go on about the complexities of the novel, but it must be read to be enjoyed. This book can be read as deep as you like and it will always be a great read. From the story on the surface, down to its depths, this book shows that it was written by people who struggled and anguished over every word and comma. People who love reading, who love words. This is a book for readers by readers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Wolfinbarger on September 12, 2012
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I gave this 2 stars because it was at least good enough to finish. You can't throw a Kindle book across the room but oh how I wanted to. I want to be constructive though. I loved the imagination behind the story but the characters were difficult to relate to because they were not fleshed out enough. I want to care about the protagonist but I found her fairly pathetic. She was a victim for the entire book and never redeemed in any capacity. She didn't grow as a "person". She only maintained. The way she left the people she "loved" was not realistic. Didn't she even think about them over the years? Too much "telling", not enough "showing".

I entreat the authors to study writing and learn the craft. Take time to write a complex character and slowly reveal motivation. This was a great concept poorly written. I could go on and on but I won't. I will simply say that I don't encourage anyone to spend even $2.99 to buy it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Saved on March 19, 2012
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Hold it. This is NOT you mother's boy-meets-girl book. RABBIT IN THE ROAD is the amazing, genre-straddling debut by Oliver Campbell and Danika D. Potts. Is it literary horror? Psychological Thriller? Paranormal Mystery? The book is all of these, a spellbinding psychedelic trip, a shimmering novella with a shattering voice. It deals with love and hate between two not so normal shape-shifters. It is violent. It is tender. It's about running from and running toward at the same time. It's about bliss and the dark night of the soul. It's about all that is in us.

But it is Bevie's story. In 1966 a record store clerk meets Ray, the man of her dreams on a train. She takes him home. "Ray gave me a brief hug. It made fireworks go off behind my eyes."

And the girl experiences for the first time what she calls "the gleam," something akin to a paranormal power or the might derived from a drug-induced trip.

"I wanted to slap my hand into his, quest along the gleam with him, to feel that deep connection. I wanted to hear it in my bones, truth or lie, souls met or falling away."

Ray knows her, she avows, as if they had been together since before the world turned. She, the shape-shifting Bevie, experiences obsessive bliss, and through her story so exquisitely told, so do we.

If it is about fatal attraction, RABBIT IN THE ROAD is also about escape, and the character we first know as Bevie morphs into others, wanders, quests for purification, seeks to quench her hunger for she knows not what. Along the way she meets various shaman-like figures. Shurlock John is one of my favorites ("A coyote ain't a dog, wont never be a dog ...") He's the character that gives Bevie the moniker, "Rabbit in the Road."

Does she find peace? What happens to Ray? You'll have to read the book and I highly recommend that you do. A word of caution: there is violence. But it is a book to be savored.
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