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Pale Immortal (Land of the Dead Book 1) by [Frasier, Anne]
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR 
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
RITA AWARD AUTHOR
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Anne Frasier delivers thoroughly engrossing, completely riveting suspense. -- Lisa Gardner

 
 "We get murders,kidnappings, town secrets a plenty, and of course a good bit of supernaturalphenomenon. It all adds up to one helluva horror novel, easily the best workI've read in 2006. Frasier is a master storyteller, really painting new Tuonelawith rain swept streets and foggy twilights.  As we see Stroud struggle withhis disease, she also shows us the heartbreaking side of Graham's broken home.By injecting hope, a bit of romance, and the need to save these characters, sheresorts to breathtaking storytelling that is both moving and jolting.
 
The Last Line - This is just simply a masterpiece. I can't waitfor the sequel so I can walk Tuonela's streets again. Maximum Horrors

I was hooked from the first page andburned through it like Sherman through Georgia. She captures the empty,dreamlike feel of a small town at night, the isolated loneliness of a man, EvanStroud, confined to the dark by a disease that prevents him from going out intothe sun, and the confusion and turmoil of his teenage son, Graham, who has onlynow met his father.
 
An excellent novel that I can'trecommend enough. Stephen Blackmoore

 "Pale Immortal is the kind thatlingers.  The characters are rich,complex.  The story is masterfullyspun.  The deeper issues at play inthe book resonate. I'm betting this book will be on my top ten readsof 2006." Spinetingler Magazine

 
 


 
 
 

About the Author

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
RITA AWARD AUTHOR

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Anne Frasier is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her award-winning books span the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. She won a RITA for romantic suspense, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for paranormal romance. Her thrillers have hit the USA Today list and have been featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. Her memoir, The Orchard, was an O, The Oprah Magazine Fall Pick; a One Book, One Community read; a B+ review in Entertainment Weekly; and a Librarians' Best Books of 2011. She divides her time between the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and her writing studio in rural Wisconsin.

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  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Belfry Press (October 19, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TLULU2
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By Susan E. Flemming on September 19, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Recently, I broke one of my own reading rules. Long ago, I learned that I have to be very careful what kind of books I read because if I read something that is too dark, I have nightmares for weeks afterwards.

Then a few weeks ago, I discovered the blog that Anne Frasier had created for her latest novel and on which she had posted Chapter 1 of Pale Immortal. That chapter piqued my interest enough that I continued to check back and later when she posted Chapter 2, I knew I was hooked. I had to know what happened to those characters.

For years, Graham Stroud's mother has threatened to leave him with his father in the town of Tuonela as if that was the worst punishment she could inflict upon him. But when she actually does abandon him on Evan Stroud's doorstep just days before his sixteenth birthday, Graham finds not the evil monster of his mother's tales but a man inflicted with a rare disease in which Evan must constantly guard against being exposed to sunlight.

Evan reluctantly agrees to take Graham in while DNA tests are being done to determine if Graham's claim to be his son is true. Over the course of the following days, for the first time in his life Graham begins to feel hope that some kind of "normal" life is possible for him.

However, all is not well in Tuonela. It is a town haunted by it's past. And when the morning after Graham's arrival in town, the body of a young woman is found completely drained of blood, that past is brought chillingly into the present.

County Coroner and Medical Examiner, Rachel Burton is called upon to investigate. But she soon has another body on her hands, an old, long dead, (and until recently) buried body but one which she suspects may be that of the Pale Immortal, himself.
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The one thing the town of Tounela, Wisconsin is known for is the infamous Pale Immortal Richard Manchester who allegedly killed a hundred people drinking their blood. Some thought he was a vampire and buried him in a manner so he couldn't return from the grave. Since his death a century ago, there hasn't been a murder committed in town.

A cult of high school students calling themselves Pale Immortals dig up his body and let it be found by the police for reasons of their own. Graham, a high school student, is dumped on the door of the local resident Evan Stuart, thought by some to be a vampire because he suffers a rare disease that makes him allergic to the sun. Graham claims to be Evan's son and a DNA test proves him right. While the two are involved in their personal melodrama the town is in an uproar because the body of a high school girl was found, her body drained of blood. Evan's DNA is found at the scene of the crime and Rachel, the town medical examiner, hides him before he can be arrested. Graham, who escaped from an abusive mother is in danger from the leader of the vampire cult; Evan will risk everything to save the son he cares for even if it means his own death.

PALE IMMORTAL is much darker and frightening in tone than other books written by the author. Readers will wonder if the PALE IMMORTAL was really a vampire and be chilled by the visions of the dead Rachel sees. Anne Frasier has written a very scary novel with gothic and supernatural overtones. Readers will pity Graham and hope he can find a way to have a normal life. This is a stupendous work, worthy of an award nomination,

Harriet Klausner
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Oh my! Another deliciously demented trip to the Mid-West a'la Ms Frasier. I will never understand how a seemingly normal young woman can come up with these chilling tales. And for the first time from her...a possibility of continuation! Death and destruction centering around the vampire myth...a who-done-it with clues to ruminate; some telegraphed, some subtle. Plots, subplots, s-curves, u-turns and crashes through the guardrails.

And there is a soundtrack available at iTunes! How very exciting in the information/internet age, eh? Is this from the mysterious Martha on the dedication page? A Martha to produce a CD mix to experience "The Dead" by? :)

I read the "From the Author" section at stoplights on the way home...a nice touch to add believability to the story, a fictional literary device...or was it?

Sleep Tight, but leave the nightlight on.

Cheers
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If a book can be judged by the impact it leaves on the reader, this has to rank as one of the best I have ever read. I have enjoyed all of Anne Frasier's novels, but this was...Wow!!! This novel read like a short story, with really a minimum of characters and not a lot of dwelling on the past and each and every character's history. Pale Immortal could have easily been a couple hundred pages longer and still have been excellent. As it is, when I finished reading it, I was just astounded by the ending. These poor people! Evan, Graham and especially Rachel. Anne Frasier did not wrap the ending nice and neatly so that everyone lived happily ever after. She just left it. I don't know if a sequel is planned here or not, but come on...I might need therapy if I spend too much time dwelling on the ending. Anyway, this is an easy five stars. There is no maybe a five, maybe a four, but closer to a five. This was scary, creepy, exciting and depressing. After finishing the book I wanted to drive to Wisconsin and rescue Rachel from her mindset. And Evan...If you've read the work, you have to wonder what thoughts are 'brewing'in his mind...You'll know what that means if you read the book. Awesome book that I would highly recommend.
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