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The Massacre Mechanism contains a take on an actual historic event. Richan often builds his stories around actual true events. It lends the books an authenticity. Having read all of Richan's book, I can tell you that this is a thread you'll find throughout. His writing makes you feel as if you're there. The characters seem like my good friends that I haven't seen in a while, but I get to visit with them with the release of a new book. I enjoyed my visit immensely with my old pals, but it ended too soon, as always. I can't wait to read the next already!
Once again the author, Michael Richan, has produced a book that is so intense it is hard to put down once you have started. The author brings his characters to life. By the time I finished reading the book, my imagination created the worlds and characters described by the author. It is not just the words that brings his work to life, but also the fantastic renderings of the cover artist. The cover art on this book wonderfully represents the mechanism this book is based on. This is not the first time either! The artist does a wonderful job throughout the series of melding with the author. I am a visual person, when I am presented with any unfamiliar book, the first thing I do is evaluate the cover, if that intrigues me, I check the authors name, title and finally the synopsis. I just see the authors name and I am hooked. The same thing can happen easily for you too. It all began with "The Bank of the River".
THE MASSACRE MECHANISM is the fifth novel in Michael Richan's Downwinder's branch of his "River Universe". As this novel plays heavily on events that preceded it in earlier novels, I would suggest reading at least books three and four of this branch in order to better understand the plans unfolding. This book does bring together some characters and concepts from the other branches, but not to the extent that any prior knowledge of them is needed to enjoy THE MASSACRE MECHANISM.
As in other "River" novels, new machines--usable only to the gifteds--are introduced, and the "Dark River" is brought up for perhaps the first time in the Downwinders branch. Daniel--a regular in the original River branch--makes an impressive appearance here, as well.
This novel has a subtle shifting towards Winn in terms of his true inner feelings, and I got the impression that I was seeing a far more vulnerable and emotional side to him for the first time (aside from when he shared a story of his childhood). Carma remains as eccentric and buoyant as ever, and takes on the role of "mother" to Winn, Deem, and David as if it were her natural calling.
The introduction of a past massacre brings some horrific feelings and visions as part of Lyman's plans, and his knowledge of all branches of the River is becoming more showcased. He is a "character" that I never tire of learning more about.
Inexorably, the three branches of the River Universe are coming closer and closer to converging, and THAT will be a novel I wouldn't miss for anything!
Recommended to fans familiar with some prior knowledge of the Downwinders series.
I loved the Winn and David dynamic. Their insecurities and strengths play nicely off of each other, giving a natural pace to their almost reluctant attraction. Give in to it, Winn. There isn't *that* much of an age difference.
The whole concept of time has always fascinated me, and this story didn't disappoint. I kinda wish I had this artifact on my own mantle!