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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477529136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477529133
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David C. Cassidy--author, photographer, half-decent juggler--spends his writing life creating dark and touching stories where Bad Things Happen To Good People. Raised by wolves, he grew up with a love of nature, music, science, and history, with thrillers and horror novels feeding the dark side of his seriously disturbed imagination. He talks to his characters, talks often, and most times they listen. But the real fun starts when they tell him to take a hike, and they Open That Door anyway. Idiots.

David lives in Ontario, Canada. From Mozart to Vivaldi, classic jazz to classic rock, he feels naked without his iPod. Suffering from MAD--Multiple Activity Disorder--he divides his time between writing and blogging, photography and photoshop, reading and rollerblading. An avid amateur astronomer, he loves the night sky, chasing the stars with his telescope. Sometimes he eats.

To learn more and connect with David, you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook, or visit his blog:

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Customer Reviews

I've read one Stephen King novel and said never again.
E.L.S.
The characters and relationships were well developed and the story moved along quickly.
Amazon Customer
I could not stop reading, just had to know what was happening next!
Pauline Starr

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jeffry H Bledsoe on October 25, 2012
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David C. Cassidy has an amazing talent for writing descriptive prose. From start to finish, Velvet Rain is excellent. The only issue I had with the book was that Part II begins with such gruesome images of torture that I almost felt that I myself was being tortured. Interestingly, I sometimes have this problem with one of my favorite authors, Iain M. Banks. However, both of these authors are just so good that they are worth a bit of discomfort. Fortunately, the happy parts of Velvet Rain are just as well written as the unhappy parts, making for really good read.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Starr on November 5, 2012
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Velvet Rain would make a great movie; it offers suspense, thrills, terror and love. I could not stop reading, just had to know what was happening next! Looking for another David Cassidy book now...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nicky on October 29, 2012
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Just my simple thoughts- No profound thought provoking revelations here. Once again I picked up a book I would normally steer clear of, but I figured at .99 why not? Flippinwonderful! The writing style wasn't what i'm used to so it took me about 50 pgs in before I was fully drawn in, but once in I couldn't put it down Setting aside the great characters and time period-the idea/concept/execution of the *sideways* timelines was fascinating. I really really liked this one & am glad I read it but...ahhh the ending? I so hate to cry..*bittersweet* (maybe just me) Looking forward to future books by this author!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Asian Mind on August 6, 2012
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Kain Richards is a drifter; he is also what we might call a mutant. He has an unusual ability which in the opening chapters, for reasons not explained, he uses for petty thievery. But of course mutants have been hunted down and, in his case, tortured with a brutality that is beyond comprehension. Even when others of his type have been introduced and their miserable ends described--in leisurely, almost obscene detail--I cannot say I understand this form of evil. Other novels have introduced to us the notion that real evil exists in this world; but the evil of the mutant hunter in Velvet Rain is beyond comprehension. One can understand that he wishes to possess the power of the mutant, to understand how it works and to improve on it to his own ends. But, beyond that, I confess that my imagination fails me.

In between the grungy beginning and the third part, the end (introduced modestly as "Hell on Earth"), there is a very long adagio of "normal" life in farm country with teens playing baseball and losing, one of them at least, his virginity with the town's whore. These are extremely leisurely scenes, even when there are moments of foreboding as when the animals sense the strangeness of the drifter (they do not like what they sense but we do not learn why) and the discovery of horrific domestic abuse of the kind served up by recent TV depictions of criminal behavior.

The author has an undeniable power of imagination; even his vision of evil and cruelty might be acceptable as a form of literary license. But, for this reviewer, writing so burdened needs to be at a trot if not a canter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Burnett on November 4, 2012
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Kain Richards is a drifter who meets good and bad people as he wanders through the US. The story's characters are strong and the good characters are likable. This Science Fiction thriller has an interesting premise and many scenes worked, but I expect a thriller to have tension or conflict on almost every page.
The beginning's disconnected chapters and lack of clear goals confused me and stole tension. I wasn't sure what Kain wanted. The danger seemed vague. The first ten chapters seemed unfocused. At Chapter 11, the story started to work for me. The relationship between Kain and the "good woman" Lynn develops nicely in a slow-moving middle section but their relationship seems more loving friendship and lacks romantic tension.
The secondary characters are well developed. I liked Lynn's two children and her parents. The dialogue sounded realistic and authentic. Although there are vague hints, the reader doesn't know how bad the villain is until a graphic scene halfway through the novel. The bad characters violating the pastoral setting give a dramatic ending.
The writing moved better when the reader stayed in one character's point of view per scene. After finishing the book, I reread the first part and understood it better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G Holland on February 6, 2013
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As a long-time fan of Stephen King's work I always knew it would take an exceptional writer to cause me to make favourable comparisons. I think with David C Cassidy I've found that exceptional writer. Based around an inventive sci-fi/fantasy concept, the book takes us on a journey into the past, through the present, and on to the future. It's a gripping read - at times chilling, at times humorous, and at times deeply moving. I can't praise Cassidy's work highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herb Fogler on March 21, 2013
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Velvet Rain reminds me in a way, of one of my favorite TV series, Kung Fu. The main character Kain is a lot like the character of Kwai Chang Caine in the series. He is kind and merciful, only using his powers for good to lessen the suffering of others. He moves on when his welcome is worn out and he reaches out to some unknown goal.

His power? The ability to locally turn back time. It will set your mind to thinking in a myriad of ways.

I enjoyed this book with all of its plot twists and turns. While a bit dark and gory at times, it did not disappoint in depth of feeling and mystery. The bad guys are really evil and twisted and you will love to hate them! A great page turner that would make a great movie. I recommend it to people who like thriller/mysteries.
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