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Verliege [Kindle Edition]

Micheal Rivers
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1st Place Runner up - Literary Fiction Award 2014 - GH - The Paranormal Awards 2014.
Winner: Supernatural Book of the Year 2012 TURNING THE PAGES.
Semi-Finalist: KINDLE BOOK REVIEW Best Indie Books Award of 2012 - Suspense/Horror

“...A complex ghost story… that is dark and frightening and disturbing in so many ways…well-written, deftly plotted and continually surprising.”
- Sandy Penny, Founder of

"...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

"...I couldn't put the story aside..."Verliege" is a fast-paced Supernatural mystery/thriller which keeps readers simultaneously intrigued and guessing "What's next?"
- Mallory - Mallory Heart Reviews


Alicia was everything to Adrian Bolt; long overdue success finally afforded him the dream of taking her to Germany. They purchased Verliege Castle while vacationing. It was the perfect atmosphere for a writer. Their life took a new direction. A ghostly world lay in wait for anyone living within the walls of the castle; waiting, watching for eternity to keep the Mueller name upon its registers.

Verliege, a chilling paranormal and urban fantasy mystery, begins at Arlette Mansion in the mountains of West Virginia. Prisoner and author Adrian Bolt was transferred there accused of the horrific murder of his wife. She was found brutally murdered by an antique sword. His conviction by a German court was as swift as the sword that killed her. Adrian had not spoken since her death …until… Dr. James Pellitere was able to break his silence.

A deal was offered to Pellitere. Travelling to Germany with a paranormal investigative team they searched for evidence that would clear Adrian and prove him innocent. While at the castle, Pellitere is confronted by the supernatural residents. A battle begins over the secret of the 9 and a prophecy is in jeopardy of becoming unfulfilled.

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" offering so realistic... His protagonists have a realism that is not often found."
- Karen Doering "Parent's Little Black Book"  

From the Author

There is nothing more challenging than writing a story about a place, or places that do not exist. Except for a few elements, the history of the castle does not exist. This castle is a combination of several castles that I laid out in my mind and built the walls within my memory. Every room, hallway, dining room, bedroom and fixture were all designed as the book was written.
What unearthly presence will greet you as you enter the master's bedroom, or follow you down the centuries old stairs. The spirits within Castle Verliege  have an agenda that will not be denied. They do not wait in the recesses of the shadows for the time when all will be theirs again. 

Fate plays a hand in all we do. Castle Verliege's ghostly residents are no different. These spirits wait patiently for the one who has come to fulfill the prophecy. The ghost of Edmund is the keeper of the secret of the nine. If you are wise you will not seek the answer to the secret of the nine. With the frailties of the human psyche we all know that sooner or later you will give in to temptation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475134363
  • Publisher: Micheal Rivers (March 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QOB0V6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than Just A Ghost Story!!! September 1, 2012
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I haven't read a good ghost story in a long time. I'm excited to say I finally found one in VERLIEGE by Micheal Rivers, but don't be fooled, it's so much more than that!

The first part of this novel is told by Adrian Bolt to his doctor James Pellitere. Adrian is accused of killing his wife and refuses to not only tell his side of the story, but to talk at all until he meets James.

The tale he tells is beyond creepy. I'm not one for spoilers so I'll only say that Adrian and his wife are haunted from the time they first step onto the grounds at Castle Verliege. This section ends with a twist that I definitely didn't see coming and couldn't help but turn the page to see how it would all turn out.

The second part takes us with James and a group of researchers to the castle itself. That's when things go from creepy to downright spine-tingling.

Rivers real art throughout this novel is in keeping the reader guessing on who the protagonist is. Even after I finished, I'm still not sure if there was one. The fact that I'm still trying to figure it out shows you how good this novel is.

I'm truly looking forward to reading more from this amazing author. A must read for thriller and paranormal readers!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Intriguing Thriller April 17, 2012
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This is the first book I've read by Micheal Rivers and I must say, I was impressed! He has a natural, easy style that keeps one reading, wanting to know what's going to happen next. The chief reason for this is the dark, twisted story that emerges. At every turn literally anything can happen and there were several twists and turns that left me feeling uneasy and, frankly, creeped out, which is exactly how one should feel when reading this type of book.

Another thing Mr. Rivers does is he keeps the reader guessing as to who is really the protagonist of the novel--if, indeed, there even is one. He does this by frequently changing perspective, letting the reader into each of the characters heads and doing it so effectively that, for the time one is seeing the events through that characters eyes, one is rooting for that character even if, only pages ago, one was rooting for his/her potential foe. This adds to the uneasy feeling and gives the reader an impression of the effect that the strange events at Verliege may be having on the characters. Is there a bit of insanity involved? Are Verliege's spectral residents controlling the living more than they realize? Does this account for some of the strange and unexpected behavior? All this builds to a climax that leaves one truly wondering if the ultimate victor in this battle of wills is truly the most deserving--or if he or she really has the best interests of humanity in mind.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! September 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This fantastic book by Micheal Rivers gripped me from the very first page and would not let go of me! It begins with Adrian Bolt (who is accused of murdering his wife)confiding to his doctor James Pellitere. After two years of complete silence he tells the unbelievable story of Verliege.

The story is a very chilling one, Castle Verliege is haunted and the spirits inside of the castle took hold of Adrian's wife from the moment she took her first step into the castle. There is an incredible twist that not only took me by surprise, but had me ignoring my house phone for over an hour until I could finally drag myself away from this gripping story!

About half way through the story, it takes on a whole new direction which intrigued me further, James Pellitree assigns a team to go and stay at the castle in search of the truth. This is where it turns beyond chilling to a whole new level of fear...

Wow this really was one of those unforgettable stories I am so pleased I bought. The authors style of writing flows like water and draws the reader in from the offset. It keeps you wondering all the way through and really keeps your mind ticking over. Pure Genius! Well done to the author on a superb book. I will most definitely be reading more of his work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M STILL FREAKED OUT!!! July 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ok, I don't believe in ghosts.. but while reading "Verliege" I was believing!!! And I'm still freaked out and wondering what the heck!!!??? It was so much fun!!! Who's doing what and why drove me nuts while reading this. I couldn't put it down until I fell asleep last night!!!
Thank you Micheal for the fun trip!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent and Engrossing Ghost Story June 14, 2012
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Unfortunately, there's not much I can tell you about the story without giving important plot points away. I can say that Verliege is a castle - and what better place to set a ghost story than in a castle?

Rivers writes very well. His characters come alive, whether actually living or dead, and this story held my interest from the moment I picked it up.

The sense of stepping back in time bumped up against modern technology in fun ways and I walked away with new historical perspective.

This is a terrific read. I highly recommend it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Enticing October 21, 2012
By Amy
Format:Kindle Edition
The twists & taunts of this book were wonderful. You could feel the emotion & demeanor of Adrian. You're constantly wanting to know more of the story, more of each character. The flow of the story is enticing & rhytmic. Definitely recommend this!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Read September 30, 2012
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Micheal Rivers novel, Verliege, I found engaging and difficult to put down. As usual, life interfered with me reading this in a couple of sittings.

In the story, Author Adrian Bolt and his wife, Alicia buy a castle in the town of Verliege in Germany. After living there several years, Alicia is found murdered. Since Adrian was the only one home at the time, he is convicted of her murder and sent to private seclusion in the Arlette Mansion in West Virginia to be treated by Psychiatrist Dr. James Pellitere.

James gets Adrian to talk to him, the first time he's talked to anyone since the murder, about his experiences while living in Verliege. He tells stories of living among ghosts that inhabited the castle and their history from the time the castle was built hundreds of years ago. These tales take James to Verliege to investigate.

There are a couple of interesting twists to this story that makes this more than a paranormal/ghost/mystery story. Each of these twists was unexpected by this reader.

I couldn't give this book a five star rating for a couple of reasons. I didn't find a strong emotional connection to the characters. This may possibly be because it is written occasionally in an omniscience point of view. Some of the time it stuck to a third person limited point of view. My preference first or third person limit point of view that the author gets deep in character's head.

The other reason was the protagonist shifted from James, to another character towards the end of the book. This shift as the story as plotted needed to happen. Yet it came as a surprise making this reader wonder if it'd shift back to James.

Regardless of those issues, I enjoyed this book. There's a preview of The Black Witch at the end of the book that will make me buy and read that book soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Good story but falls apart at the end.
Published 1 month ago by linda Cagle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Dark Ghost Thriller
Verliege by Author: Micheal Rivers

Review by Sandy Penny, Founder of

Verliege is a complex ghost story that stretches between the U.S. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandy Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable supernatural thriller
I enjoyed this book, and I'm not normally one for ghost stories! Rivers does a good job of creating an "otherworldly" atmosphere in the grounds of this stately property and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nick Vasey
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Ghosts in a Castle
Dr. James Pellitere, a well-respected criminal psychiatrist, is directed to a secret prison for wealthy convicted felons in order to assess one of the inmates, Adrian Bolt, who was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kerry L. Reis
3.0 out of 5 stars Was ok
I enjoyed reading Verliege, I liked the twists and turns and kept my attention throughout the book. The plot was interesting, fast paced and some good characters that were easy to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Orchard Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars Just TRY to put it down
Kept me up after midnight more than once, more twists and turns than my small intestines! A great read look forward to reading more of Michael Rivers.
Published 8 months ago by Kathy Rees
2.0 out of 5 stars Joe from Wantagh
Boring, and an unsatisfing ending. The book was so unreal, I could not wait to finish it so I could get another book.
Published 11 months ago by Joseph of Wantagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
This is the second book I have read by Michael Rivers. I always have a hard time finding a good horror book to read. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Verliage
I rarely give 5 stars but Verliege surprised me. I love a good haunted house story and this one did not disappoint. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Deborah M. Lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Verliege
Seems disconnected to me, too much going on. The reader has bad inflection and runs her chapters into the story instead of
pausing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by grace tunner
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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. He is a recognized authority as a paranormal investigator with over thirty years experience and provides his readers with some of his experiences woven into his paranormal thrillers. He is the lead investigator for the Smokey Mountain Ghost Trackers. His boxer Delilah affectionately known as DeeDee accompanies him occasionally on investigations.

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"...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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