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A Human Element Paperback – March 10, 2012
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"A HUMAN ELEMENT is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart. Highly recommended." -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ASSASSIN'S CODE and DEAD OF NIGHT
"A HUMAN ELEMENT is a haunting look at what it means to be human. It's a suspenseful ride through life and love...and death, with a killer so evil you can't help but be afraid. An excellent read." -Janice Gable Bashman, author of WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award
"Be afraid. Be very afraid. And be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born. Don't miss A Human Element." - International Bestselling author M.J. Rose
"Lyrical and creepy, Donna Galanti's A HUMAN ELEMENT tugs on our heartstrings and plucks the gut-strings of horror. This debut thriller author is a true storyteller, highly reminiscent of Dean Koontz." - Dakota Banks, award-winning author of Deliverance
"Donna must have picked up on my weakness for Dean Koontz, because A HUMAN ELEMENT echoes the bestselling author in terms of creativity, the supernatural and overall dark allure. Add in a little paranormal romance and you've got one delicious literary paranormal mashup."- Mina Burrows, Blog for Paranormal & Mystical Minds
"A thrilling ride full of believable characters, a terrifying villain, an epic battle for survival, and a love worth killing for. The last third of the novel is a race to the finish, and I was glued to the pages, hoping the characters I'd grown to love would finally find the peace they deserved." - Marie Lamba, author of WHAT I MEANT.
From the Author
We either have the urge to write or we don't. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean we will be good at it but just that it's in us. If the urge is there then we can learn the craft. But first, we need the urge. The urge is what drives us to perfect our craft. We either are storytellers or we aren't.
Is there a writer gene and is storytelling genetic? And are there sub categories of the writer gene just like there are sub genres in writing. If there is a "dark" writer gene, well, that fits me perfectly. I like writing from the dark places. To spiral my characters into tragedy - with a dash of hope. On the page I can act out horrific events by evil people and never get arrested.
EXCERPT of one dark character in A HUMAN ELEMENT:
X-10 hovered over the doctor's body. His anger drained away and he felt relief. He returned his mind to his body in the car. He needed to rest before continuing north. Traveling with his powers expended such energy it left him weak. But he needed to leave the car and hide out. He walked into the woods, breathing deep of all the life around him. After heading half a mile into the woods away from the dirt road, he found a hollow and lay down on the ground covering himself in a mound of leaves.
Within a few minutes his body heat warmed him inside his cocoon and X-10 slept. It was his turn to dream of the girl. He chased her as he always did, toying with her before he shredded her throat. But this time she stopped running and turned to walk back towards him. He stopped in his tracks, amazed she would do that when she knew he would kill her.
"Charlie, come with me. I know what you are. We are the same."
He shook his head, wanting to hate her. How did she know he wanted to be called Charlie? His mission had been to kill her. It had always been so. If it changed now what would he do? What would he become?
"Don't give into hate."
"What do you know about hate?"
"I know hate. And it's short lived. Love lives forever." She held out her hand. "Come."
"No!" He rushed towards her but she disappeared and he was left alone, as he had always been.
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exceptional talents. She can read people's
minds. She can move objects with her mind.
Raised by adopted parents, she grows with happiness., as any normal child should. But,
who is the dark stranger watching her. Why
does she have such blinding headaches? Where
did she get her extraordinary gifts?
In this entertaining and wildly suspenseful book you will enter her world. Travel her journey and discover the answers to all the questions that are needing answers. This book has so many twists and turns you won't be able to set it down.
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In a story full of mystery, suspense and romance how are all these ends connected? Will she ever discover who she really is? The answers to all these questions and more will be discovered when you read this amazing author and the creativity and drama she writes in her books. The Audible Edition is just superb. Chase Bradley brings the book to life for us. It is fun doing other things, driving, cleaning while listening to a book that keeps you enthralled to the very end. Highly recommended. Very enjoyable. 5 Stars for Audible Edition!
I’m not a big fan of prologues (most are way over written), and this one almost turned me off, but the first chapter of the book was intriguing and kept me reading.
There were quite a few grammatical errors, and missing words, which caused pause but didn’t take away from the story.
Ben, 9yrs old when his mom and dad were killed by a freak occurrence of a meteorite fell to earth and how it changed him. Sarah, who was giving birth and was vulnerable to the cruelty of the Doctor and nurses who were driven by greed and put little stock in their Hippocratic Oath. Laura, her secret ability and how far she will go to find the killer of her parents. Jim and Scooter. Jim and Laura and Charlie a man who hates everyone and everything with Laura at the top of his list.The line of good or bad is not always clear as in the case of Felix.
A sci-fi thriller/mystery, the plot barrels along from page one. I'm not a fan of books told from several points of view - 2 or 3 is Ok, when the plot is weighted between them - but ELEMENT is not only told from that Laura, whose story this essentially is, and Ben, whose story weaves around hers, and eventually into it, but also that of several lesser characters: the wonderful Jim B., the evil antagonist, evil a's captor, for e.g. But Galanti's writing kept me held, and the switches were credible and refreshing when they happened - I was ready for a new voice each time, and it actually served to hold me in the story rather than distract me.
I won't go into plot - the blurb can do that better anyway! - but this a gritty book, not for the faint-hearted, featuring a cold killer who is after Laura's blood. Galanti, once a navy photographer, weaves in her knowledge of that world with the other main character (and Laura's love interest), Ben. The overarching theme of the book is that out of adversity comes life's gift, an idea which is pivotal to the ending.
The one thing that lets this book down is its poor editing, which is a shame. However, Galanti's writing and plot-weaving is strong enough to withstand the errors which normally I'd find hard to read through. A credit to the author on this thrilling debut which combines sci-fi, horror and romance all in one harrowing ride.