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Dark Rain: The First Raine's Landing Novel (The Raine's Landing Novels) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 26, 2016
“A terrific story-teller.” (Graham Joyce )
“Man, can this guy write. (He) has the power to introduce you all over again to the pleasures of reading good prose.” (Ed Gorman )
“Once again Richards confirms his superb storytelling skill and refreshes the pleasure of savouring fine prose.” (SF Site ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tony Richards is the author of nearly twenty novels, more than a hundred short stories - enough for 8 collections - and has been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker and British Fantasy awards. His work ranges from crime fiction to sf, fantasy, horror shorts, and all points in between. His series include the Matt Barrett detective novels, tales set in the town of Birchiam-on-Sea, mysteries based in an Africa of the near future, and his Raine's Landing supernatural thrillers ... he is currently writing the seventh of those. Widely traveled, he often sets his books in places he has visited. He lives in London, England, with his wife.
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I highly recommend this book to all fans of the paranormal genre. Excellent read...
Gaston Sanders, Author
Now I have to hunt around for a paperback version just to read book one... It will be the only paper book I still own.
Very frustrated. Mr. Richards, your writing is excellent but perhaps you could suggest to your publisher that publishing all the books in a series makes sense; especially the first! When it comes out digitally, I will be happy to revise this review accordingly.
Edit: I was able to pick up the book in print and finished reading the series. Very enjoyable with an interesting twist on the urban fantasy template.
The author reached out to me and indicated that book 1 would be forthcoming at some point. Nice to see authors taking an active interest in their readers comments.
In the present the town is hidden from view; anyone who enters leaves forgetting the place exists. Sarauk, a tree spirit inhabits a human body and comes to town and he intends to become ruler of Raine's Landing. He is not strong enough to take over the entire town yet but as he makes the inhabitants afraid of what he will do, he grows more powerful in a vicious circle. If the trend continues he will soon overpower the townsfolk making them bow to his wishes. Only Ross Devries might be able to neutralize Sarauk, but though he has received information to succeed from allies, his chances remain grim.
This is a modern day gothic urban fantasy that mesmerizes the audience into a one sitting read. The characters make the tale as the reluctant hero must battle overwhelming odds to defeat a 200 proof evil villain. With a strong alternate earth world-building (or at least village building) setting, Tony Roberts provides an exhilarating dark horror thriller.