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Dark Bayou (The Dark Trilogy Book 1) by [Duplechain, Nancy K.]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Dark Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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"The Spanish moss swayed eerily in the breeze that brought with it fat rain drops that plopped onto the water, rippling the reflection of the darkening sky. That was when we saw the cabin, far off in a corner on the west bank. It was as I had seen it in my dreams--rustic long-forgotten by the world, save for whatever occupied its malevolent little frame. And whatever it was, was nothing more than a black silhouette in a creaking rocking chair on the tiny porch. As I stared at the phantom rocker it suddenly stopped in mid rock, picked up its head and turned to me, grinning, and started rocking away, never taking its yellow eyes off of me. And there, in the humid twilight of the swamp, a bitter chill washed over me, and my spine felt like ice."

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"The Spanish moss swayed eerily in the breeze that brought with it fat rain drops that plopped onto the water, rippling the reflection of the darkening sky. That was when we saw the cabin, far off in a corner on the west bank. It was as I had seen it in my dreams--rustic long-forgotten by the world, save for whatever occupied its malevolent little frame. And whatever it was, was nothing more than a black silhouette in a creaking rocking chair on the tiny porch. As I stared at the phantom rocker it suddenly stopped in mid rock, picked up its head and turned to me, grinning, and started rocking away, never taking its yellow eyes off of me. And there, in the humid twilight of the swamp, a bitter chill washed over me, and my spine felt like ice."

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  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZLYUVA
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Format: Hardcover
The depiction of south Louisiana culture is accurate and never stereotyped. As a Cajun, I find this very refereshing. Literary-wise, the plot is tight and the characters well-developed and likeable. Thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait for the second installment in the series.
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By djd on February 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a real page turner. The writing is excellent, plot well thought out, mood dark yet not depressing. The characters are well developed, likeable people who take care of one another. This book never drags.
I am familiar with Abbeville, Lafayette, New Orleans and the Cajun culture and really enjoyed reading a book that takes place in this area. There is nothing like South Louisiana with its history culture and diversity to set the mood for this kind of story, and and MS Duplechain does an excellent job in conveying this to the reader. You just know if it doesn't ring true, and this one rings true.
I just finished reading this book while in my motel room on New Orleans West Bank and was pleased to read that the next book will take place in the "Big Easy". I can't wait to read this next story of Leigh Benoit, Lucas, Lyla, Jon, and Clothilde.
This book would make a great movie.
DJD
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The story has promise but the writing made me cringe. The story is told in first person, which is fine, but much of the novel was made up of short sentences staring with "I" and the sentences sounded like they were written for a high school assignment. The repetitive use of "I" also made it hard to like the heroine - I kinda hoped the bad guys would get her. Also, the author never explains why the heroine had left Louisiana in the first place, and the heroine's internal conversations with herself were overly dramatic. Better, more lyrical writing would have communicated the beauty and mystery of the location in a way this writing didn't.

A sample or two - do we really need blow by blow, unncessary descriptions?:

"I pulled over as soon as I found a safe spot to do so. I put on my emergency lights, turned off the car, and got out. I walked over to the grassy side and barely got control of the nausea. I walked around for a minute..." I, I, I, I - UGH. We needed to be told the heroine didn't pull over until it was safe, or that she put on her emergency lights and turned the car off before she got out? Really?

This book would actually be a great tool for creative writing teachers - it's a gold mine of "what not to do" examples.
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Dark Bayou is the first book I've read by this author. I think I read it may be her first, but not certain. I enjoyed the storyline. For the most part it was fast-paced and kept me turning pages. The supporting characters were interesting. The author used detailed and vivid descriptions of scenes which made the story come alive. I could visualize parts of Louisiana and the swamps.

I'm not in love with the main character, but I don't dislike her either. She's a little selfish and disrespectful, especially toward her grandmother. She did, however, make progress within the book. Just not enough for me to truly like her. For instance her elderly grandmother's friend passed away. Instead of being there for her grandmother as support at the funeral, she goes to have fun with her friend. There were a lot of instances of her behaving more like a bratty teen than an adult. But maybe the author plans to show her progress in future books as an overall character growth. I hope.

While a little eerie, this book wasn't really scary and that was what I was looking for. Usually when I read about ghosts/spirits and demons it's because I want to experience that rush of fear. I didn't get that here. But, like I said it was an enjoyable read and I think the author has a lot of potential. I'll definitely get the second book in the series. I guess I'm intrigued enough to want to find out what happens next. :-)
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I started this book last night when I went to bed & couldn't put it down until I had finished it!
I could smell the honeysuckle, taste the sweet tea, hear the Zydeco music, danced with Leigh & Carrie at the crawfish picnic. I was there with them, so much so, when one of my dogs shifted in bed & his tags jingled on his collar, I JUMPED, as if "The Dark Man" were after me! I just purchased the 2nd book of this trilogy & can't wait to start it!
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The author shows great promise with this first novel. The story is well conceived, intriguing, and charming. I do feel she might have added more description in many places, rather than relying on Leigh-Leigh's more circumscribed exclamations alone. Some characters were rich and bold, like Father Ben and Clotilde. Others not so much. I wish I could have known more about Lucas' personality and raison d'etre, for example. I absolutely loved the Cajun French! The book was educational and seemed to be rather well researched. The author might place a bit more history, religion and Cajun French in any subsequent Benoit novels (I hope there will be more, that is!) I don't know much about Voodoo, so more info on that would be nice. The Charlamagne bit was terrific, but again, more info. Sure, I could just research it on my own, but it sounds a lot better in her words.

I would have loved to give this novel 5 stars, but I am hoping Duplechain reads her reviews and decides to further develop her strengths as a result. If I really thought she had delivered her Magnum Opus, I might have been lazy and called this a 5 star novel. I am anxious to read more for this very promising writer!
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