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A Human Element (The Element Trilogy Book 1) by [Galanti, Donna]
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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

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:

As X-10 ran under the full moon, leaping over rocks and roots, darting around boulders he could see her in his mind. Laura. You are mine. Then he saw her with her man. Water coursed all around them. Her hair hung wet about her shoulders. X-10 closed off his mind's eye to the scene. It made him feel strange. And in that strange feeling he couldn't define, X-10 hated her even more.

Rage surged through him and his blood pulsed fast, throbbing under his white skin in blue rivers. He forced himself to run faster through the night. Why did she get to live a normal life? He would make sure her end was not normal. And she would wish she had never been born.

A lonesome dog bayed in the hills above X-10 as if approving his plan. Streaks of moonlight and shadows fell across his face like whip lashes over and over, creating a living painting from darkness and light. He would show Laura darkness like she never experienced, and pain. There would be so much pain. He howled back at the creature that rode alone through the woods like he did. Perhaps they would meet along their journeys. He hoped so. He was getting hungry again.

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  • File Size: 3841 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books; 2 edition (July 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M45L8CI
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Wow!! Donna Galanti really knows how to capture her audience from page one. I could not put this book down. She keeps you in suspense the entire time. It was difficult to predict what was going to happen next. So much sweet and evil wrapped up in paranormal abilities. I completely fell in love with Laura and Ben. I felt like I really knew them. A Human Element is a must read! I will be recommending all my friends and family.
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Donna Galanti's A Human Element is a fast paced suspense novel with lots of sci-fi and mystery mixed in. Her leading lady, Laura, is likable and easy to root for, and Donna doesn't make it easy for her as she struggles to figure out why everyone she loves is suffering. Our hero is strong as well, suffering through his own unique miseries. With their paths finally cross, the two come together with a lot of heat. And with a truly frightening bad guy, A Human Element is a can't put down read.
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I gave this two stars rather than one because it was a coherent read. I knew what was happening. (I knew what was going to happen, too.) No tension, no thrills, no romance.
The reviewers promised a haunting love story. It was neither haunting nor a love story. I found the writing style choppy and pedantic and the book read more as an outline than a finished product. The characters couldn't love, they were void of true emotion, one-dimensional and cliché. (Orphan abused by foster parents, shadowy government agent, evil scientist seeking glory and revenge by creating the perfect killing machine, alcoholic doctor performing back room operations, self-righteous, overly-religious nurse, kindly alien female with paranormal abilities, monster alien sibling who uses said abilities to kill.)

The only times the author wasn't telling us what was going on, she was showing us graphic sexual violence or, well, graphic sex. It was a fast read only because I had to read fast to get past the yuck. Closing my eyes wasn't an option. This book's soul was dead on arrival.
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What an amazing read. I absolutely loved it. I knew I was hooked after I read the first couple of chapters. So engrossed, I didn't stop until the very end. For a debut novel, Donna Galanti has knocked it out of the park. It's a fast-paced, beautifully written story, with well-rounded, believable characters with such depth that you can feel their emotions. Galanti weaves an amazing tale by blending various genres such as intrigue, suspense, romance, a little horror, and elements of paranormal and science fiction. I'm not one for science fiction, but I let myself be open to it and I'm so glad I did. I'm already looking forward to her next book, "A Hidden Element."
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I completely fell in love with this book. Donna Galanti gives life to her characters, they live and breath on these pages.
Ben is hiding from his parents on the shore of Coopersville Lake when it happens.
A meteorite crashes into a group of 12 or so cabins, one of which contains his parents, and now all that remains is a huge crater of steam and fire. In one bright green flash Ben's life is forever changed, and for another, it is just beginning.
No one could know the long-reaching consequences of that fatal night.
9 months later.
A young girl struggles to bring her child into the world. She came to the doctor in secret. Not even the Armstrong's, the kindly couple who took her in, knew where she was.
The doctor doesn't know why the mysterious man waiting outside wants the baby, he only cares about getting paid.
In a rush, the baby is born. Sadly, the young mother doesn't survive. But wait, there is another baby fighting to be born, a twin, a beautiful baby girl. An exchange is made, but the doctor doesn't mention the baby girl, he will give her to the Armstrongs to raise.
Many years later, that baby, Laura, is all grown up and back home to find out why the people closest to her are being slaughtered. The answers lie here. Laura has always had the headaches and nightmares and she knows everything is coming together - the monster chasing her in her nightmares, the mysterious man who has always been on the periphery of her life, and whatever happened the night of the meteorite crash. It is all connected.
Laura and Ben are thrown together as death races towards them. Both need answers about the night of the meteorite if they are to survive what is coming.
I want to keep telling you more. I have only scratched the surface of this story.
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I "opened" the book on my Kindle at about 6pm after a Phillies game; and could not stop reading it. I was forced to plug my device in to continue, each chapter making me want to find out what might happen next. I completed the book about midnight. I recommend it if you enjoy suspense, sci fi, supernatural, or any combination of those genres.
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This book has a strong Science Fiction influence and that's one of the things I love about it. If you know anything about me then you know that I am a Sci-Fi junkie. It all started when I was really young and I watched some of the old Dr. Who episodes. I loved those, but it re-surfaced when I discovered The X-Files back when it was probably in it's first season. Generally, my Sci-Fi fixes are strictly related to TV and Movies, but occasionally I will come across a book that pulls me in. This was one of those books.

I am going to try not to spoil the plot! The book covers a span of 26 years or so. It starts in the late 70's when an event takes place that alters a young boy's life and, unbeknownst to him, sets him on a path that will eventually bring him back to this exact place where he will discover his destiny. Less than a year later a young woman dies giving birth to twin babies who could not be more completely opposite. One, a grotesquely deformed boy, is whisked away by a mysterious man in black. The other baby, a perfectly formed tiny girl, is given to the family that took in the pregnant mother.

We get little scenes throughout the years as Laura is growing up. Things that are happening that she doesn't understand. She meets Mr. B. and suffers tragedy after tragedy, and all the while there is this mysterious man in black watching her whenever one of these events take place. Elsewhere, Ben is also going through his own share of grief, but the man in black is watching over him as well. Then, we get glimpses of X-10. He is being raised in a government facility and used as a test subject. There is such a stunning darkness that is written in all of his scenes.
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