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The Converging
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2011
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This book had it all. The main character Cynara is the queen of evil. She is charismatic, intelligent, a thing of beauty but also a vile wicked creature. She terrorizes for fun but needed the innocence and purity of Elizabeth which is the opposite to her malevolence. It keeps you guessing with memorable good guys and detestable bad guys. You feel the pain and suffering and the torture Cynara does is indisputably in my opinion by far the greatest ambience of evil that I've read in years. I recommend this novel to anyone who loves Paranormal/Horror Fantasy. It has everything men and women alike would enjoy. I could not put it down, I kept wanting to know more. Some scenes were hair-raising, nail-biting, at the edge of your seat frightening and others were "Way to go give it to him!!!" Its fast packed action is brilliantly orchestrated from the time you start til the time you finish reading the book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2011
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In "The Converging", George Straatman demonstrates a command of story, plot, characterization, and description that is rare. From the onset, Mr. Straatman carefully spins a tale, one strand at a time, until his web is complete and the reader is fully ensnared. Once entrapped, he leads us into our greatest fears. These run the gambit from lost children to unseen things that stalk us in the night and from confrontation with our own deepest selves to an invulnerable evil that relishes pain and knows no pity. This is a novel that can stand toe to toe with the masters of horror. It is a must read for all dark horror fans.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2011
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"The Converging" is one of the best books I have ever read. The writing style is unusual and comparable to only Clive Barker and Dean Koontz that writes in a similar way that I can think of. It has been a long time since I have read a book so fascinating and captivating.I enjoyed the way you described the thinking each character had. It portrayed a very good insight of the characters. Cynara is the ultimate villain considering her unlimited powers, brutality and love of theatrics. The plot has many twists and turns and kept me reading the novel quickly. Unlike most books the ending I could not guess. I would recommend this book to anyone whom enjoys horror or fantasy novels. "The Converging" contains elements of both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2014
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I was torn between giving this a four or five star rating. It was very close. Of course, if you've read the blurb, you know that a malicious and powerful demon, named Cynara has come to the town of Semelar, Washington, in the form of a ravishing and enticing woman, to reek havoc and murder. It takes a great deal of skill to make this storyline work and make us believe it and be drawn into it. I believe that Mr. Straatman is an extremely skilled writer of horror, up there with the best of them. I was completely wrapped up in this novel. I wonder why, as it's been out for a couple of years, that there are so few reviews of it. Outside of occasional grammatical mistakes and typos, which point to bad editing, I consider the writing first rate. I do have a couple of reservations, hence the four, not five star review. I was annoyed with the lack of self-confidence and the constant self-effacing of the main male lead, David Stillman. I also believed that, although this was part of a trilogy, it could stand alone. If you read only this book, you will not be satisfied with the conclusion. I now intend to read the other two books to find out the real ending. You should be aware of that before you start this book. Maybe that's why it hasn't been widely read or reviewed. The other two books are only 99 cents, so it's no big investment, but be prepared for a good deal of reading or be disappointed. If you don't mind a trilogy, this is a great beginning, though it leaves you unsatisfied and wanting more. I hope the rest of the trilogy makes me happy in the end.

I am writing this section, now, after completing the whole trilogy. I have to say that ratings should be given for the trilogy as a whole, as reading any book alone will not be sufficient, unless you hated it, gave it one star and told people to not bother. Having read the whole trilogy, I have to disagree with the majority of the reviewers. I give the trilogy 2 stars. The writing is good. But the second two books are even longer than the first. The entire trilogy is over 1750 pages long and goes on and on. The first book was pretty straight forward, but with an ending that makes you read more to find out the conclusion. The second two books have endless complexities, twists, intrigues and, in my opinion, just plain silliness. If I'd known what the second two books were like, I would not have started this trilogy. This should have been one long book, with an additional 100 or more pages, completing the story in a straight line, rather than going in a million different directions, each one more outlandish than the previous one. I think the whole thing went way overboard, and I was not even totally happy with the ending. So, I'm warning everybody to be prepared. Read at your own risk. If you trust the 5 star reviewers, go for it. But don't say I didn't warn you. You can read my reviews of the other two books, though they say pretty much the same thing. And let's not forget the awful proofreading. Doesn't anybody look at these books before they publish them? It gets worse as the trilogy goes along.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2014
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I read this book, as I read all books, with an open mind. In this case my brain nearly fell out. First: The guy is stuck on 'describe' mode. As in; 'he pulled his Delta 88 into a slanted space in the parking lot.' Do I really care if his car is a Delta 88? Or what about; 'she got into her Toyota Turcel'? Nooo. I don't care. But that is not all. His main character is not a character at all. He doesn't DO anything. The kid with the 'sight' sees him with a gray aura. Ok. That describes him, and everything he does, completely. I will not read the sequel. In point of fact, if I see the name George Straatman on another book I will avoid it like the plague. This book held such promise. Great idea. Badly written. Please, I beg you, do not read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
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A chilling good dive into supernatural greed and lust.Truly sinister characters and a story line that leads to apocalyptic chaos.
This trilogy was a wicked good read. My advice...Read all three!

B.L. Hewitt author of the Mac & CiCi McConnell Thriller series
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on January 15, 2014
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I will begin by saying that I would have given this 4 stars, but it seems that there was very little effort that went into the proofreading and editing of this novel. Numerous grammatical errors to be found throughout.

That aside, Mr. Straatman has created some very interesting characters and a story that is immediately intriguing and very easy get hooked on. I will most certainly be picking up the other two books in this series; I hope for my sanity's sake that the grammar and typos will not be as overlooked in books two and three.
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on October 25, 2013
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Where is the rest of this book?! I can only read a sample; I can't order the whole book. No way have I read the whole story! help! I want to know how it ends....Great story and great writing, but this can't be IT!
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on August 17, 2013
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Well written, interesting characters and twists, thank you for a good tale and care of mother nature and her furry minions.
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on November 30, 2014
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Only one star because I couldn't give less.
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