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SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) (The SILVER Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Keira Michelle Telford
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2342 CE

Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate—death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests—they need someone to pull the trigger.

They need an executioner.


SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella ‘Silver’ Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera—genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.

***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***

Editorial Reviews


"This dystopian novel ... reminds us of the destructive force of mankind, whose injuries are most often self-inflicted. ... There is much contemporary society can learn from Telford's novel, as the old adage of history repeating itself certainly applies. In short, Telford's novel is nothing short of fascinating. Her world is gripping." -- The US Review of Books

About the Author

Keira Michelle Telford is an award-winning author with a love for the gruesome, the macabre, and the downright filthy. She writes dystopian science fiction, erotic lesbian romance, and other lesbian fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987870106
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Venatic Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067YBYU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 1st book January 8, 2012
Set in a brutal apocalyptic world in 2342 where most of Humanity has been wiped out, only a few Humans survived and live in a battered world divided into sections. You have the Sentinel District, the 2nd reclamation district, the Fringe District, the out district and the unknown territories.

The Sentinel District is where the rich people live, they have running water, food, real homes, governed and policed by The Hunter Division.

The Fringe district is where everyone else lives, people that aren't welcome in the sentinel, killers, rapists, criminals, they face a daily battle to survive and face a bleak future.

The 2nd reclamation district is once wiped free of monsters going to be an add on to the overflowing sentinel district.

One problem, the 2nd reclamation district is overrun by Chimera, they are the monsters of this story and they outnumber the humans 21:1. The Chimera were humans once, born in the aftermath of a nuclear war, but after centuries of genetic mutations their humanity has been lost and they are now hunted and killed and are the main food source for the humans.

Enter Silver, a member of the Hunter Division and all round hardass. She is on assignment one day and comes across a human living amongst the chimera, and they haven't touched her, which Silver finds strange because the Chimera are vicious meat eaters and eat humans.

Silver decides that she is going to smuggle this human into the fringe district with the help of a few members of her team, Red, and Alex. Unfortunately she gets caught and thrown into a cell and then banished to the fringe division and this is where the story really begins.

This book is amazing considering that the author is new.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful world-building May 27, 2012
By Kat
Silver: Acheron is one of 'those' books for me - the world-building is top-class, and I'm hard-stretched to think of any recent read that has done it better. Nuclear war is the cause of the apocalypse that has pushed human beings to the brink of extinction. The prologue didn't really work for me, I found it a little choppy and difficult to immerse myself in - but once the story itself started, I was completed hooked.....

When Ella 'Silver' Cross is banished to the Fringe District after saving a naked, seemingly deranged woman from the Chimera, she finds herself expelled from the life she has always known and living alongside the dregs of society. The Fringe District is a place where evil freely flourishes, and Silver: Acheron pulls no punches in describing just how low humanity can stoop when pushed to the knife-edge of survival. Slavery, degradation of women, drug abuse - the Fringe District is a disturbing place, but the descriptions and writing makes you really feel as if you are there.

The series is started perfectly in that although secrets are alluded to, there is so much 'taster' for the rest of the story that it's impossible to not crave more. The writing is edge-of-your-seat thrilling - as Silver finds and begins to befriend the woman she seemingly rescued from the Chimera, Ms. Telford drops tantalising tasters of the revelations that are to come.

I also have to mention the artwork in the book - it's truly chilling and all through the story I had the Chimera pictured in my mind - which made the book come to life even more.

I can't wait to read more of this world, and find out just what those secrets are....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Words have been escaping me for the last week as I try to write a review worthy of this book. It is an incredible start to a series which has me bagged, tagged and shackled up tight. There is not anything I do not like about this book.

I am not in love with all the characters but I have connected to them all. There is a teasing air of sexiness about the whole thing. Who will Silver end up being with after the hurt of Alex goes away... will it ever truly go away? Wait, we have no clue! I guess I will have to keep on reading!

This book is balls to the walls chuck full of wonderful adult subject matter (or extra wang-age as Geoff just put it *rolling eyes*) I am not talking sex scenes, though it was sexy and there were some sexy scenes, but if you are looking for the bare-chested manwhore off the cover of a romance novel, look again. These are broken individuals, struggling to stay alive, and in this society, it is the survival of the fittest with a touch of insanity. Folks who have the stomach to do what it takes to stay alive, to take the risks but not crazy enough to let it consume them.

Over three-hundred years after the apocalypse humanity is on the brink of extinction. Violent and dystopic with only a sliver of hope left at survival. The human population hangs by a thread. Yes human, because a mutant creature has evolved and risen from the ashes called Chimera, a base race of genetically altered creatures. Driven by instinct and hunger, they live in packs with nothing beyond breeding and eating as their driving force, or at least the humans think so. They outnumber humanity 21:1 and have a hunger for flesh. The very intolerant government has a specialized force of hunters, trained specifically to clear the surrounding area of the chimera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10
Just read it LOL. It's awesome! Gruesome, bloody, raunchy, action, what more can you ask for? Nothing! :) 10/10. Yea!
Published 3 months ago by Keira fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book was listed under lesbian fiction, not sure why, because although the main character has a sexual relationship with another woman that is briefly mentioned, it is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kaylis
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of interesting, but not a smooth ride
I like the premise of this book, and for 99 cents you can't really go wrong. I felt pretty lost most of the time, and that totally could have been reader error, but it felt really... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it!
Well now, my distopian fans will fall in love! I did and I will say maybe if you aren't for the darker side of things, it may not be for you. I actually loved this part. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver was trained to be a killer.
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader)
4.0 out of 5 stars With a tremendous set up to establish the world and the characters...
Oh My Goodness! In a fun book: like a YA, but far more adult in feel and tone, Telford has delivered a story that is darker than I normally read, but oh so much fun! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Gaele
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Don't Live There!
Silver is an extremely complicated character. A few times I got a glimpse of the person she once was but, now, banished, ripped from her lover's arms, and all-but broken mentally... Read more
Published on February 22, 2013 by L. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Series
It took me awhile to get into this series because of the violence. Yes, there are worse things on tv but I needed to digest it and ask myself - will this story work without the... Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by Ravina Andrea Kurian
4.0 out of 5 stars Silver: an interesting character!
I am not usually a great fan of violent, post- apocalyptic fiction, but have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed "Silver: Acheron" by Keira Michelle Telford. Read more
Published on December 8, 2012 by A. E. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic
A fabulous start to this post-apocalyptic story. It's hard-hitting, believable and wonderfully written. Read more
Published on November 17, 2012 by Julie Elizabeth Powell
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More About the Author

Keira Michelle is the award-winning author of a 10-book series of dystopian science fiction books, all centering on the lead character of Ella 'Silver' Cross. In series order:


SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain) [Nov 2011]
SILVER: The Lost & Damned [Part One, Jan 2012; Part Two, Feb 2012]
SILVER: Entropy [May 2012]
SILVER: A New Age Dawns [Sept 2012]
SILVER: Quietus [Oct 2012]
SILVER: Inamorato [Dec 2012]
SILVER: Invidia [Mar 2013]


SILVER: Lex Talionis [Nov 2013]
SILVER: Bedlam [April 2014]
SILVER: Mea Culpa

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She is also the author of The Prisonworld Trilogy, a lesbian romance set in neo-Victorian, dystopian London, England.


The Magistrate [June 2013]
The Procuress [Feb 2014]
The Denouement

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Keira Michelle also writes erotic lesbian romance and other lesbian fiction. Her standalone titles include:

Cadence of My Heart - an erotic lesbian romance [Feb 2014]
The Housemistress - an erotic lesbian romance [March 2014]
Hoar & Rime (A Short Story) - lesbian fiction [May 2014]

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