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The Dark Path (The Legacy Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Luke Romyn
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The incredible precursor to Luke Romyn's epic Legacy Chronicles series.



TOP 30 BEST SELLING ACTION & ADVENTURE ON AMAZON.



TOP 20 BEST SELLING HORROR ON AMAZON.



TOP 30 BEST SELLING THRILLER ON AMAZON.




"The 21st Century's Newest Master-of-Horror... Rivaling both Stephen King and Thomas Harris, without doubt, the edgy and provocative Luke Romyn is destined to emerge as the 21st century's newest Master-of-Horror." -- Dee Marie - Award winning author of the Sons Of Avalon saga.

"If you are a lover of this genre, then The Dark Path would be an excellent book to read." -- 4.4 Stars - Anthony Wessel (reviewer for The Kindle Book Review) and founder of DigitalBookToday.com




New York's underworld quivers at the mention of his name. Evil courses through his veins like blood and his conscience has lain dormant for over a decade while he has slashed and burned his way to the top of the food chain.

Vain.

The Dark Man, born of torment into an existence of death. In the underworld of killers he reigns supreme. And yet he is chosen for a task of supreme benevolence. Why would he be selected to save a young boy, the Avun-Riah, and then protect him against a horde of enemies, both mortal and demonic?

Because he is the only one with any hope of success.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have risen from the pits of Hell and, along with a fanatical army of cultists, are ranged against Vain. If the boy is slain then Sordarrah will be raised to destroy the Earth, a feat even Lucifer never managed.

Evil is being used to fight evil in the ultimate battle for the outcome of all existence. Armageddon sits upon the horizon and all that stands in its way is a man whose path has always been dark....




"Astonishing insight into apparently amoral evil, derived from pain... To term this novel "A Psychological Thriller" would, IMO, misrepresent its sensitivity and power. The Dark Path is a book that seems to defy categorization, which is an amazing accomplishment... This book casts a spell that is, for me, more beautiful than horrifying." -- Mysterious Microburst "Apocryphal Raven"

"Ah, this is seasoned writing. 5 PLUS STARS... This deserves wide acclaim. The Dark Path is one fantastic thrill ride." -- Glen Cantrell

"A compelling, thought provoking...EXCELLENT MUST read!! ... The book is brilliantly written...bringing such vivid life to his characters...and mind provoking predicaments... It has been a very long time since I found myself so involved in a work of fiction." -- A.J. Luck



Editorial Reviews

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"If you like a fast moving, thrilling fantasy that keeps you thinking, then The Dark Path by Luke Romyn belongs on your bookshelf." --Clifford Bye - The Deepening

"Will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the page in a relentless quest to find out more." --5 stars - Nicole Morgan - Books I Review

"One of the very best horror stories I've read in a long time." --4 Tombstones - Bitten By Books

"The storyline is so unique that readers will not find anything remotely similar." --5 stars - Strictly Reviews

"I would definitely recommend The Dark Path." --4 Stars - The Book Huntress Review

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Luke Romyn was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1975. His life since reads like something out of his novels: heavily entrenched in personal trauma, action, thrills, and adventure.

For over two decades, Luke has worked in the security industry; from bouncing in some of Australia's roughest pubs and nightclubs to protecting Mickey Mouse and the Disney crew from the overzealous jaws of tenacious toddlers. He's been bodyguard for celebrities internationally and chased feral pigs and snakes from jungle sets on Steven Spielberg productions. Luke has traveled the globe and spent time in some of the most amazing locations the world has to offer.
This experience fuels the Australian writer's ever-expansive imagination, and he pours it into his novels, combining fact with fiction, history with fantasy, delivering engrossing action-thrillers which leave fans gasping for more. Luke's quick wit has seen his social media following explode, and he is currently one of the most prolific social media celebrities in Australia, with several hundred thousand followers across the internet.

Publishing his first book, The Dark Path, in 2009 saw it voted in the top 10 horror novels of that year, even though Luke denies ever intending the novel to be classed as horror. Luke Romyn is now one of the most popular indie authors in the ever-growing eBook market and personally completes everything from cover art to final formatting, working tirelessly with editors so as to refine the best stories possible for his readers. The results are international bestsellers you're certain to love diving into. Hundreds of thousands of readers can't be wrong.

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  • File Size: 1121 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SBUDNE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought I didn't like horror... February 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let me state for the record that this is not my genre. I usually avoid the horror aisle in the bookstore and I don't like horror movies. I even feel cheated when I go to a sci-fi movie that is actually horror with sci-fi elements. I bought this book because I enjoy the author's interactions on Twitter and wanted to support his writing. I knew that The Dark Path has won awards and that fans of the genre had praised it highly. But, as I said, I don't like horror.

But I loved The Dark Path. I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn't put it down. If it weren't for real life interruptions, I would have been lost in Vain's world for the duration. Vain is not the sort of person you want to identify with. He is both feared and revered, but mostly just feared. The life events that created Vain are horrific, and give real insight into how he came to be. Those insights set the stage for the journey he makes and helps the reader understand why he does what he does, both before and after meeting the mysterious Priest, even if Vain doesn't always understand it himself.

Now, don't be deceived, this is indeed a horror story with plenty of blood, gore, and horrific acts, and this is what normally keeps me away from the horror genre. I seldom think they add anything to the story being told, but in The Dark Path, these events come across as almost reluctantly shared. Not the reason for telling the story, but simply a necessary element for understanding it.

I highly recommend The Dark Path for adults who enjoy a great story, well told.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not typically a fan of the "Horror Genre". The Dark Path is in no sense typical, nor does any of the violence seem to be gratuitous or illogical. To term this novel "A Psychological Thriller" would, IMO, misrepresent its sensitivity and power. The Dark Path is a book that seems to defy categorization, which is an amazing accomplishment.

'Vain' is not an amoral, psychopathic man. He has, like many humans who begin to inhabit an existence most would consider absolutely evil, experienced trauma so devastating that his mind cannot contain it. Anyone who has had a father, brother, friend who has been in the front lines of a war who "survived" physically but were haunted all their lives by the memories of watching buddies die just feet away may recognize how a human being can become torn apart and often irreparably changed by these terrible events when they are unable to intervene.

When the rage of killing becomes a reflex in a world that ceases to make sense, where there seems to be no justice to deliver but your own, human beings sometimes appear to become monsters. Luke Romyn understands and is able to communicate with uncanny fluency what can happen when a human mind is overwhelmed by agonizing pain.

For too many people, no matter how much time passes the memories are as fresh and the wounds so raw that a decade or many decades pass and yet the feeling and vision remains as potent as it might have happened yesterday or is happening here and now.

'Vain' is extreme in his response to trauma, but so are people who become violent and brutal alcoholics attempting to drown their sorrows only to find their sorrows growing deeper with time as they alienate even the most loving and courageous persons in their lives.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling, thought provoking...EXCELLENT MUST read!! December 28, 2010
By Aj Luck
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I met Vain on Christmas afternoon. I found him when I peeled back the electronic pages of my Amazon Kindle.

He was in the middle of doing what he does best...torturing and killing for a price. I found him while reading Luke Romyn's debut novel..."The Dark Path."

From the very beginning I was intrigued. I wanted to know who this Vain person was. Was he a person, a demon, or simply a figment of someone's imagination??

I was hooked from the first paragraph on. The book is labeled to be a spiritual thriller... I wanted to know why. Actually... I NEEDED to know why. At first I hated this "Vain." He was doing unimaginable things in cold blood with no remorse. He is someone I would have written off...but Luke Romyn brilliantly continues to pull you into this fascinating story...He made me WANT to keep going...to find out who VAIN really was and why.

The back cover reads:

Vain is an assassin - and he is very, very good at what he does.The underworld cowers at the mere mention of his name and wherever Vain walks, death soon follows.

Vain must battle the evil within his own soul as well as the minions of Sordarrah in order to save the boy from the ritual that will prove the undoing of all of existence. They have no chance at success, and yet they cannot surrender.Will Vain overcome his own instincts and save the boy, or will he condemn him and the entire planet to an eternity of suffering? Will Vain stray from his Dark Path through life? Only time will tell... and that is running out.
This man is the last person on Earth who should be put in charge of the safety of a young boy who could hold the salvation of mankind in his future. This man is more likely to kill the boy than to keep him safe.... This man is the boy's only chance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good 'bubble gum' reading.
Not much of an ending, but a decent page turner if you are looking for light 'good versus evil' fiction. My first, and probably my last, by this author.
Published 22 days ago by Findhorn Valkyrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Spell binding book. Kept me riveted.
Published 1 month ago by CRO
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This book kept my interest from start to finish. I think it was written however, to be more of a movie than a novel.
Published 2 months ago by di....
3.0 out of 5 stars I think it was interested and would certainly read another like it....
My first time reading a book that touches the darker side of life this way. I think it was interested and would certainly read another like it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by rahjew
4.0 out of 5 stars page turner
Very engaging, good story line. It was hard to stop reading once I got started. Would be interesting to see this made into a movie.
Published 4 months ago by martha
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story -- well developed characters. I didn'tknow it ...
Interesting story -- well developed characters. I didn'tknow it was a series so I thought I was reading one book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lucille M. Federico
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing start, better finish
even with the main character's evolution, he was still not a sympathetic player and would've liked some ongoing resolution in who or what he was. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
poorly written, only was able to read a short part, then just done
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved them all the first time
This is the second time I have read The Dark Path.....the reason I am reading it again, is that I want to read all of the Legacy books before I read the last in the series , The... Read more
Published 5 months ago by maggie forbes
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
hard to follow
Published 5 months ago by Liloldlady
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USA TODAY BEST SELLING AUTHOR!

AUTHOR RANKED TOP 10 IN ACTION & ADVENTURE ON AMAZON!

A terrifying storm lashed Sydney's North Shore on June 21st, 1975. Boats were swamped and jetties smashed in what some claim was the worst storm to hit the coast for four decades.

In the midst of the chaos, Luke Romyn's parents battled to get to a hospital to birth their baby boy. Normally their idyllic island cottage was a near-paradise; on this night the journey to the mainland in their tiny boat seemed like a passage through Hell. Their son was born near midnight, but part of the storm never left him.

When Luke reached fifteen years of age his father was killed while working in Fiji, leaving Luke and his mother alone. At times, the only things to get Luke through his grief were the stories playing out in his head, endless fantastical tales of lands both distant and near, with characters who would protect him from any tragedy.

At eighteen, Luke began working in nightclubs as a bouncer. Unbeknownst to him, this was simply the first step on a trek which would dictate much of his life from that point on. For over two decades since, Luke has worked in the security industry; from bouncing in some of Australia's roughest pubs and nightclubs to protecting Mickey Mouse and the Disney crew from the overzealous jaws of tenacious toddlers. He's been bodyguard for celebrities internationally and chased feral pigs and snakes from jungle sets on Steven Spielberg productions. Luke has traveled the globe and spent time in some of the most amazing locations the world has to offer.

This experience fuels the Australian writer's ever-expansive imagination, and he pours it into his novels, combining fact with fiction, history with fantasy, delivering engrossing action-thrillers which leave fans gasping for more. Luke's quick wit has seen his social media following explode, and he is currently one of the most prolific social media celebrities in Australia, with several hundred thousand followers across the internet.

Publishing his first book, The Dark Path, in 2009 saw it voted in the top 10 horror novels of that year, even though Luke denies ever intending the novel to be classed as horror. Luke Romyn has gone on to become a USA Today best selling author and is now one of the most popular indie authors in the ever-growing eBook market. He personally completes everything from cover art to final formatting, working tirelessly with editors to refine the best stories possible for his readers. The results are international bestsellers you're certain to love diving into. Hundreds of thousands of readers can't be wrong.

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