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The Bank of the River (The River Book 1) by [Richan, Michael]
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"If you like a mystery, embedded into the supernatural with plenty of suspense, then don't miss out on Michael Richan's horror fiction." - Booktalk

From the Author

  • The Bank of the River is the first book in The River series. Each book in the series is novel length (The Bank of the River is over 50k words) and can be read stand-alone. 
  • The order of the series, as of 8/8/15, is: The Bank of the River, A Haunting in Oregon, Ghosts of Our Fathers, Eximere, The Suicide Forest, Devil's Throat, The Diablo Horror, The Haunting at Grays Harbor, It Walks At Night, and The Cycle of the Shen. 
  • Residual is a free novella that takes place between this title and the next book, A Haunting in Oregon. Residual is free when you sign up for my email list at michaelrichan.com.
  • I sincerely hope you enjoy this series. I have been blown away by the response. More titles in this series are coming!

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  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dantull (June 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DC1RTCQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,434 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you are looking for a book whose scares are genuine and characters engaging, `The Bank of the River' would be a wise choice.

The hero Steven moves into a new house and discovers that it is haunted by malevolent spirits. He also discovers that he and his father can tap into the flow of mystical power, and they both begin to realise that there is a pattern to the behaviour of the haunting spirits. The spirits' mysterious imperatives and Steven and his father's touching relationship both drive the plot forward. Steven knows that his father's health is fragile; can he risk it for the sake of vanquishing darkness?

The first half of the book is a little formulaic, but I was increasingly hooked as the plot developed and original elements entered the mix. By the final page, I was both unnerved and impressed.
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Some people are too rational for the own good. Steven, the protagonist of this entertaining horror novel, is one of them. He doesn't let primitive superstitions scare him away from the old house that is rumoured to be haunted, but he soon has cause to question his rationalist beliefs as a panoply of ghouls descend upon his terrified soul. "This thing is evil," concludes Steven at a critical point in the novel, as he and his father begin to formulate plans to confront the otherworldly infestation. They might have a chance if Steven can master his own latent supernatural powers.

"The Bank of the River" features the same judicious blend of terror and human drama as the hit film "The Ring". That film made me have nightmares, and so have some of the terrifying visions in the early chapters of this novel.
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The first night I started The Bank of the River I couldn't fall asleep for the creepiness of the story. I was wondering, "where is this going to go?" I wasn't disappointed, it was fun and horrifying- just as it should have been. I wanted more from a couple of characters and maybe I will get my way if the author makes this a series? The characters Roy and Steven deserve more page time.
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The Bank of the River was a decent adventure story with a supernatural element. If that's what you're looking for, then by all means pick up this book. However, you're looking for horror or a real scare, then I would recommend passing this one by.

The story has a good set-up, but the feel is very familiar to those who've seen the "Supernatural" or "Grimm" TV shows. There are some rough spots with the characitures presented, especially that of the hard-nosed, rational skeptic of a son. Personally, my syspension of disbelief was broken at least once by character actions -- namely when the father, a tough figure who is the expert "hunter," has a misfire with his semi-auto and just keeps pulling the trigger rather than racking the slide. It's small things like this that cost the story one star.

The other star was lost because, while an okay action story, there really was little time and attention paid to creating an atmosphere of fear/horror. I couldn't buy the characters' fear because the author didn't create any for me. This element, while difficult to manufacture, is the key to successful horror.
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I was lucky to receive a free copy of this book that scared the bejesus out of me. I don't normally read horror stories and this book reminded me why. I know am going to have some difficulty sleeping for the next few nights. Well about the book: the characters were well developed and had you engaged into the story from beginning to end. Really life like are the words that come to mind. I could actually see something like this really taking place. The book is well written and wont bore you, you'll find yourself wanting to know more and what happens next.

The book surrounds mainly two characters Steven and his father Roy. Roy who helps Steven with the ghost apparitions he seeing in the house. Well enough said, I encourage you to get your own copy and read for yourself you wont regret it. I'm actually hoping to see more work from this writer. Good Horror Book
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"This thing is evil" concludes Steven, after all his logical explanations have been discounted. Yes, it certainly is. I agree, and that's the skill of the author because you do find yourself identifying with the main characters and really getting into this book. It's completely believable which for me was a crucial factor in the reader being able to enjoy this book. I don't read many horror stories. I was a fan of early James Herbert because the plots were completely believable and this is a book in a very similar vein. Maybe Michael Richan is the true heir to Herbert?

This book certainly posits him as a contender. The interaction of the human plot; the relationship between Steven and his father growing as they battle the resident evil intertwines with the brilliant way Richan develops the true extent of the horror within the house. I was pretty much gripped to the max by this story, and for me, that's saying a lot about the style of the writing as I normally don't go for books which might keep me awake at night. If you like James Herbert's early work, as I did, you'll love this. If you don't normally read horror books, then give this one a go - you won't be disappointed.
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