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The Black Witch (Curse of The Witch Book 1) by [Rivers, Micheal]
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The story is in some ways reminiscent of Harlan Ellison's horror/sf classic "I have no mouth and I must scream," and in other ways, Stephen King's "Christine."
Gary Henry - Honest Indie Book Reviews
                                                    

                                                                 

About the Author

Micheal Rivers is the pseudonym for Mike Baugham. His Cherokee heritageprompted him to honor his great-grandfather and write under the name of Rivers.He grew up near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His love of the sea and allit has to offer was the driving force behind his first novel, The Black Witch. Michealbecame aware of the paranormal world as a child. Being a recognized authorityas a paranormal investigator with more than thirty years of research he hastaught classes and has given speeches. Michealprovides his readers with some of his experiences woven into his supernaturalthrillers.

He has been writing since 1993 and was first published in 2003. His worksinclude supernatural thrillers, horror and literary fiction. His ghost storyanthologies are published by Schiffer Publishing. He is currently workingon several manuscripts and has a new action/adventure series in the works.Verliege was voted supernatural book of the year in 2012. His books have madethe Kindle Top 100 Paid List several times and have hit #1 in Supernatural.

Micheal is a USMC veteran and served during Vietnam. The passions in his lifeare his wife, family, Boxer Delilah affectionately known as DeeDee, and thegreat outdoors. He is the lead investigator for the Smokey Mountain GhostTrackers.
  
 
Visit his website michealrivers.com/  
Email: contact@michealrivers.com
Twitter: twitter.com/micheal_rivers or @micheal_rivers
Facebook Fan Page: facebook.com/MichealRivers.Author
 
More titles by Micheal  
 
"Appalachia Mountain Folklore" December 2012 Schiffer Publishing
 
"Verliege" April 2012 
  
"Moonlight on the Nantahala" September 2011 

"Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores" January 2010 Schiffer Publishing 
 

Product Details

  • File Size: 911 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470037874
  • Publisher: Micheal Rivers; 1 edition (May 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051PYOIS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Marilyn E. Slagel on October 23, 2012
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How far would you go to live the dream of a lifetime? Dorian Coe, Micheal Rivers' main character, was willing to go as far as necessary.

Do you believe in ghosts? The Devil? Rivers' created powerful and believable characters who sailed the Black Witch to the depths of despair and beyond. They were not all human. The Black Witch had me reaching out to touch something real more than once. Balasco will scare you to the tips of your toes! Is he real or not?

You'll shake your head in disgust at the lengths we humans will go to "have it all." Does good win over evil? Not always. The Black Witch picks and chooses who wins and who loses. Rivers casts a spell that lingers long after the last page.

P.S. If you have to go outside after dark, take a flashlight, a BIG one! Great read, highly recommended! Thanks, Micheal, for your spooky tale. I look forward to more.
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The world of independent books is full of sea wreaks, but Michael Rivers' book The Black Witch (Curse of the Black Witch) is definitely not one of them. A fan of old fashion high seas adventures, I gladly stepped abroad and wasn't disappointed.

As a child, I grew up on the shores where the Black Witch first casts spell upon Dorian Coe and Gale Ritchie, her new and soon doomed owners. Stories of ships were abundant growing up, but none were as captivating as this tale. It takes you back to the days when the Eastern Shore of the U.S. was filled with seafaring men prior WWII. Days when sailing ships were still prominent on water. The descriptions of the schooner and her workings allow the reader to join the crew. They aren't trite or superficial, instead they help transport one to the ship and even teach you.

Rivers brings you gently into the supernatural aspects of his novel. You first fall in love with the characters and their love for the Black Witch. Slowly as things abroad the schooner turn tragically wrong and it becomes clear that it isn't the result the two ego infused owners. That is where the true tale begins.

There are times when I did feel like I had been set adrift, lost in the dreams of the tormented, Rivers, however, eventually came to my rescue and I continued to the end. If only the crew of the Black Witch had been as lucky. To quote from one of my favorite lines from the book: "she holds you like a whore in the night, but she'll take your soul and not think twice."

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I don't joke when I say that reading this before going to sleep is not advisable, because not only will it keep you up, but it will not make whatever sleep you get restful. Micheal Rivers knows how to pull a person in, and knows how to leave an impression. This story haunted me for at least a week before I was able to get anything resembling sleep!
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What a brilliant surprise! The story revolves around a black ship and the people who must have her. It had just the right amount of creepy; enough to make me watch the shadows, but be able to turn out the lights. The characters struggled with their dark sides enough to make me inspect mine.

About halfway through the book I was happy to find I couldn't put it down. I read a lot of indie books and there have been only a handful that stoked the page turning passion.

Many of my favorite book elements were at play here: I love ocean adventures, a good mystery, tales of old schooners, ghosts, tragedy, suspense and relationship drama.

My only complaint is that I wonder what the characters looked like.

I recommend this book and will read other by the same author.
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What an interesting ride. Mr. Rivers put us in the depths of a schooner with a very tainted history unknown to her new potential owners. Mr. Coe and Mr. Ritchie. She is the last of her class in a world turning to modern propulsion systems. She is made of the finest wood available in these parts of the Northeast. With the exception of the ship's hull being painted black, she is the queen of the schooner world.

Ah, but a very dark secret hides beneath her beauty. The original owner refused to pay any of the workers for their labors. One of the builders places a curse for all who have any business with her no matter what the time period.

Do you believe in tales of the depths? Is there an unseen force hiding in the Bermuda Triangle? Can a ship travel the portals of time giving the looks of pristine condition despite the fact she's been written off the ship registry's as salvaged? Arh, those are the questions one will have to venture out and answer for themselves.

If you like a book that will have you seeing ghosts and hauntings, or perhaps you enjoy the vernacular from old salts of the past-the men who charted and tamed the seven seas? If you answered yes to any of those questions, than wait no longer and grab a copy. Be forewarned of the Ships Owners offering a trip of a lifetime. It may be your last!
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I want to start off by saying I know nothing at all about schooners. I have never been on one, and I think the closest thing would be a canoe! Having said that, I loved this book!

The pacing was fast and I was constantly wondering what would happen next. Even with all the books I've read over the years, I wasn't able to guess at what was coming, nor was I at any point bored. There didn't seem to be a slow spot anywhere in the story! Even the ending took me by surprise! I expected something unusual, and I was not disappointed! It was like a roller coaster with all kinds of twists and turns, even a couple of hanging upside down moments!

The characters were well thought out, and all were quite different. I was never sure what surprises they had in store for me. Even the background characters were well developed and had dimension.

All that said, I'd recommend this book to anyone!
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