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The Black Witch (Curse of the Witch Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Micheal Rivers
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Supernatural/Occult and Parapsychology

The Black Witch is a profile in courage for those facing the uncertainty of death at the hands of pure evil. Set on the high seas in a vivid tale of desperation the characters come to life in this epic sea adventure.

It was said to be the sailing adventure of a lifetime. In an obscure marina in Maryland the Coe family discovered the schooner of their dreams. Reported dismantled off the coast of Australia the Black Witch returned from the dead. A naval architect and his friends gathered in May of 1935 and sailed the most unique schooner ever built.

The words of the former owners and their captains written in the ship's logs warned of a cursed ship. Disregarding the words of men of integrity the passengers and crew sailed the Black Witch into the murderous realms of illusion.

With madness plaguing Dorian Coe the command of the schooner was turned over to the first officer, William Barmer. Through the trials of battling a demon from the bottomless pits of hell, a ferocious storm at sea, and the escape from a treacherous island, William fought for the life of everyone on board. From the listing deck of a sinking ship their only salvation is the miracle of divine intervention. To lose your life aboard the Black Witch was to lose your soul. In the final round William and a small handful of survivors learn the end is merely a beginning.

The brogue of the Outer Banks of North Carolina brings the flavor of the sea throughout the turn of every page. It is a lesson of man's will to survive against formidable odds. The Black Witch brings you horror, mystery, murder, and the dangers of the supernatural world in a page turning volume of dark fantasy suspense.

"The Black Witch was a page turner; it had me in its clutches and didn't let go until the end. The book is such a well written horror tale that's full of action and mayhem, completely engrossing. Character development is outstanding, they are so well written the reader cares about all of the main characters; they are so richly fleshed out. I highly recommend this novel."
- Review by Michael Juvinall - Horror Society


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The story is in some ways reminiscent of Harlan Ellison's horror/sf classic "I have no mouth and I must scream," and in other ways, Stephen King's "Christine."
Gary Henry - Honest Indie Book Reviews
                                                    

                                                                 

About the Author

Micheal Rivers is the pseudonym for Mike Baugham. His Cherokee heritage prompted him to honor his great-grandfather and write under the name of Rivers. He grew up near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His love of the sea and all it has to offer was the driving force of his first novel The Black Witch. As a child, he became aware of the supernatural world due to several experiences. A recognized authority as a paranormal investigator with more than thirty years of research, teaching classes and giving speeches provides his readers with some of his experiences woven into his paranormal thrillers. He is the lead investigator for the Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers.

He has been writing since 1993 and was first published in 2003. His works include supernatural thrillers, literary fiction and ghost story anthologies published by Schiffer Publishing.
He is currently working on sequels. In addition, he is writing an action/adventure series that will be authored under his name Mike Baugham.

Micheal is a USMC veteran and served during Vietnam. The passions in his life are his wife, family, Boxer Delilah affectionately known as DeeDee, and the great outdoors.

Visit his website michealrivers.com/  
Email: contact@michealrivers.com

Twitter: twitter.com/micheal_rivers or @micheal_rivers
Facebook Fan Page: facebook.com/MichealRivers.Author
 
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Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Micheal Rivers; 1 edition (May 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051PYOIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would you sell your soul? October 23, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How far would you go to live the dream of a lifetime? Dorian Coe, Micheal Rivers' main character, was willing to go as far as necessary.

Do you believe in ghosts? The Devil? Rivers' created powerful and believable characters who sailed the Black Witch to the depths of despair and beyond. They were not all human. The Black Witch had me reaching out to touch something real more than once. Balasco will scare you to the tips of your toes! Is he real or not?

You'll shake your head in disgust at the lengths we humans will go to "have it all." Does good win over evil? Not always. The Black Witch picks and chooses who wins and who loses. Rivers casts a spell that lingers long after the last page.

P.S. If you have to go outside after dark, take a flashlight, a BIG one! Great read, highly recommended! Thanks, Micheal, for your spooky tale. I look forward to more.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT read before bedtime!!! September 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't joke when I say that reading this before going to sleep is not advisable, because not only will it keep you up, but it will not make whatever sleep you get restful. Micheal Rivers knows how to pull a person in, and knows how to leave an impression. This story haunted me for at least a week before I was able to get anything resembling sleep!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchantingly Evil Sea Tale September 22, 2011
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The world of independent books is full of sea wreaks, but Michael Rivers' book The Black Witch (Curse of the Black Witch) is definitely not one of them. A fan of old fashion high seas adventures, I gladly stepped abroad and wasn't disappointed.

As a child, I grew up on the shores where the Black Witch first casts spell upon Dorian Coe and Gale Ritchie, her new and soon doomed owners. Stories of ships were abundant growing up, but none were as captivating as this tale. It takes you back to the days when the Eastern Shore of the U.S. was filled with seafaring men prior WWII. Days when sailing ships were still prominent on water. The descriptions of the schooner and her workings allow the reader to join the crew. They aren't trite or superficial, instead they help transport one to the ship and even teach you.

Rivers brings you gently into the supernatural aspects of his novel. You first fall in love with the characters and their love for the Black Witch. Slowly as things abroad the schooner turn tragically wrong and it becomes clear that it isn't the result the two ego infused owners. That is where the true tale begins.

There are times when I did feel like I had been set adrift, lost in the dreams of the tormented, Rivers, however, eventually came to my rescue and I continued to the end. If only the crew of the Black Witch had been as lucky. To quote from one of my favorite lines from the book: "she holds you like a whore in the night, but she'll take your soul and not think twice."

The Black Witch (Curse of the Witch)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Without Being Revolting November 6, 2012
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What a brilliant surprise! The story revolves around a black ship and the people who must have her. It had just the right amount of creepy; enough to make me watch the shadows, but be able to turn out the lights. The characters struggled with their dark sides enough to make me inspect mine.

About halfway through the book I was happy to find I couldn't put it down. I read a lot of indie books and there have been only a handful that stoked the page turning passion.

Many of my favorite book elements were at play here: I love ocean adventures, a good mystery, tales of old schooners, ghosts, tragedy, suspense and relationship drama.

My only complaint is that I wonder what the characters looked like.

I recommend this book and will read other by the same author.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ahoy! March 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I want to start off by saying I know nothing at all about schooners. I have never been on one, and I think the closest thing would be a canoe! Having said that, I loved this book!

The pacing was fast and I was constantly wondering what would happen next. Even with all the books I've read over the years, I wasn't able to guess at what was coming, nor was I at any point bored. There didn't seem to be a slow spot anywhere in the story! Even the ending took me by surprise! I expected something unusual, and I was not disappointed! It was like a roller coaster with all kinds of twists and turns, even a couple of hanging upside down moments!

The characters were well thought out, and all were quite different. I was never sure what surprises they had in store for me. Even the background characters were well developed and had dimension.

All that said, I'd recommend this book to anyone!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your first and last sea voyage, or is it? October 26, 2012
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What an interesting ride. Mr. Rivers put us in the depths of a schooner with a very tainted history unknown to her new potential owners. Mr. Coe and Mr. Ritchie. She is the last of her class in a world turning to modern propulsion systems. She is made of the finest wood available in these parts of the Northeast. With the exception of the ship's hull being painted black, she is the queen of the schooner world.

Ah, but a very dark secret hides beneath her beauty. The original owner refused to pay any of the workers for their labors. One of the builders places a curse for all who have any business with her no matter what the time period.

Do you believe in tales of the depths? Is there an unseen force hiding in the Bermuda Triangle? Can a ship travel the portals of time giving the looks of pristine condition despite the fact she's been written off the ship registry's as salvaged? Arh, those are the questions one will have to venture out and answer for themselves.

If you like a book that will have you seeing ghosts and hauntings, or perhaps you enjoy the vernacular from old salts of the past-the men who charted and tamed the seven seas? If you answered yes to any of those questions, than wait no longer and grab a copy. Be forewarned of the Ships Owners offering a trip of a lifetime. It may be your last!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a different and entertaining read
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars DARK HAUNTING
HAUNTING HORROR ... Would you sell your soul for your dreams?
THE BLACK WITCH by author MICHEAL RIVERS is a *****5 Star read for mystery, horror readers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by WILMA CONLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars But m saving it for my favorite re-read list
This book is so scary. But m saving it for my favorite re-read list.
Published 3 months ago by Ruth from Minnesota
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Your Passage Now for a Frightful Voyage
The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers

Curse of the Witch, Book 1

A Dark Paranormal/Horror Thriller set in 1935

Review by Sandy Penny, Founder of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandy Penny
1.0 out of 5 stars not really what I like to read
Book was ok but, not really what I like to read.
Published 7 months ago by Aven M Rhoades
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Witch congures up images of evil
Michael Rivers is a good story teller. He draws you in to an understanding of the characters, and what they are going through as he spins this tale. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Enix
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I couldn't put the book down!
Published 7 months ago by michellej
4.0 out of 5 stars Love a good ghost story
this was a good read. if you believe in ghost stories from on the high sea then this is a good book for you. it kind if read like the ghost ship story but it was entertaining also.
Published 8 months ago by b lee
2.0 out of 5 stars A very strange book!
This one is a little too far out for me. I only finished the book because I can never delete them without knowing if it gets any better. This one didn't.
Published 8 months ago by Billie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
The Black Witch is a tale of horror that takes place on the seas. The story is set in the 1930‘s on a ship that is cursed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Orchard Book Club
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More About the Author

BESTSELLING PARANORMAL THRILLER AUTHOR MICHEAL RIVERS won 1st Place Runner up at The Paranormal Awards 2014 and has won Supernatural Book of the Year 2012. His books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List several times and have hit #1 in Supernatural.

Micheal Rivers is the pseudonym for Mike Baugham. His Cherokee heritage prompted him to honor his great-grandfather and write under the name of Rivers. He grew up near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His love of the sea and all it has to offer was the driving force of his first novel The Black Witch. As a child, he became aware of the supernatural world due to several experiences. A recognized authority as a paranormal investigator with more than thirty years of research, teaching classes and giving speeches provides his readers with some of his experiences woven into his paranormal thrillers. He is the lead investigator for the Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers.

He has been writing since 1993 and was first published in 2003. His works include supernatural thrillers, literary fiction and ghost story anthologies published by Schiffer Publishing.

He is currently working on sequels. In addition, he is writing an action/adventure series that will be authored under his name Mike Baugham.

Micheal is a USMC veteran and served during Vietnam. The passions in his life are his wife, family, Boxer Delilah affectionately known as DeeDee, and the great outdoors.

Visit Micheal's website http://michealrivers.com where you can be the first to find out about new releases and sign up for e-mail updates.

Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/micheal_rivers

Chat with him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MichealRivers.Author

Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers https://www.facebook.com/SmokeyMtnGhostTrackers



What others are saying about Micheal's books:


"...well written, completely engrossing..." - Michael Juvinall, Horror Society


"...I couldn't put the story aside..." - Mallory Heart Reviews


"...I loved this tale of undying love and dedicated friendship ... " - Tracy Riva


"...Like Gilman, Hodgson, and Lovecraft, the richness of dialog is not lacking in Rivers's prose...Rivers does not so much stand upon the shoulders of these giants as he rubs elbows with them."
- Amy K. Marshall, Staff Reviewer, Dark River Press

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