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The Bank of the River Paperback – July 15, 2013
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"What a great book!...A perfect ghost story. 4.5 stars." - Horror Maiden
"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
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- 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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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.
Steven and his Father don't share a lot of their past but do have a common skill that will bring them together in exploring the mysterious haunting and the threat to both of them when Steven moves into a "death house." Fighting off the demon isn't anything Steven is prepared for but his dad has courage and experience enough to give them a fighting chance.
This book doesn't end with a cliff hanger but it does imply that some endings haven't tied off all the threads that might be connected. Knowing there is more to this series comes as no surprise.
My first Richan. Not bad. Written well. Fast moving and entertaining. Not overly fleshed out, so I am assuming it gets deeper character development as the series progresses. Looking forward to checking out the next installment.
3.5+ Amazon Stars.