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Luckily Winn finds a mentor in Marty, and older fellow who lives in the trailer park he and his mom call home. Mom is always too busy working, drinking or entertaining male guests to worry about what Winn is and is not doing. She knows that he is gifted, but would rather he be more secretive. Winn’s best friend, Brent, knows that he has some kind of “abilities” but is not too sure what that means. Winn’s ability has to do with the supernatural world that is hidden to most of the population. For all those gifted, this supernatural world can be seen easily while in “the river”. “The river” can be described as an alternate plane where the gifted ones are able to see, bee seen and communicate with the supernatural. Where Winn lives, the river has become contaminated, the area is not far from where the atomic bombs were tested – and just like the humans – the supernaturals have been greatly affected by the fall out, and not in a good way.
While searching for hidden treasure, Winn and Brent come upon a cave. Knowing something is not right; Winn drops in the river and is witness to some nasty supernatural activity. When they leave the cave, Winn finds what he thinks is an old nickel in his pocket, but when he holds this nickel a certain way, it makes him feel better than he ever has in his life. But we all know that anything that good comes at a high price. Winn is given a warning of “three days” but does not take it as serious as he should, and in the end – his life is changed horribly forever. The decision he made out of love cost him as if someone had taken a knife to his body and peeled away his skin. Will it ever stop? Can Winn be saved from being haunted by the horrors of that incident day after day? Can he trust, love again?
This is Book 2 of The Downwinders Series, a spinoff of Michal Richan’s first series, The River. Fresh, new and full of imagination, just like the rest of his books. I felt captivated, as if I was experiencing everything first hand. Even though it is part of a series, the author makes sure that it is easily read as a standalone novel. The only problem is, once you read one of his books – you are ready for more. I have read all 9 of his books, and can’t wait for number 10.
THE IMPOSSIBLE COIN is the second book in Michael Richan's Downwinders series (a branch off from his spectacular River series). Despite it being the second book, this one can absolutely be enjoyed on its own, as it takes us back in time to a defining moment in Winn's childhood. In this story, we get a close up look at Winn's personality, and some of the events that happened to shape him into the man he is now. Issues such as his fear of commitment (or detachment) in regards to personal relationships, his terror of caves, and claustrophobia are all touched on as we focus on his character.
This novel differs slightly from Richan's earlier novels, as we are exposed to a new type of ghastly haunting that we've never seen before. The story of Winn's earlier life is very gripping on an emotional scale, preying on delicate issues regarding childhood innocence, abuse, friendship, and an all-consuming guilt.
So far, this is my favorite episode of the Downwinders series. Richan puts enough background information into the beginning to help new readers get "into" the storyline. If anyone is interested in the very beginnings of Deem and Winn's Adventures, THE DEVIL'S THROAT is where they make their first appearances, followed by BLOOD OATH, BLOOD RIVER.
A highly emotional, visceral addition to an incredible series!