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Dark Passage (A Horror Thriller) by [Hayes, Griffin]
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Praise for the work of Griffin Hayes

"Nail-biters beware: Griffin Hayes will have you chewing off your arm!"
-- Hugh Howey, best-selling author of WOOL

"Griffin Hayes brings to-the-point characterizations, a crisp writing style, and well-written action scenes."
-- Keith C. Blackmore, best-selling author of MOUNTAIN MAN

From the Author

By now, many of you won't be surprised to learn most of my story ideas come from dreams. The seed for Dark Passage was sown after I awoke from a particularly bad one. I couldn't tell you now what that nightmare was about, but I remember waking up and staring at my bedroom ceiling, a single thought chiming over and over in my head: "Thank God that was just a dream." I'm sure we've all been there before. Of course, we're all built a little different -- maybe that's why I write stories and other people build houses or put out fires for a living -- but as I stared at the cracked light fixture above my bed, a second thought began swirling around in my head. This one far more dark and disturbing. "What if something from that nightmare had managed to hitch a ride back with me? What if it was in the room right now... lying next to me in bed... grinning. 

I hope you enjoy Dark Passage as much as I did. 

Griffin Hayes
March 9, 2012

Product Details

  • File Size: 2929 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Trebor Books (December 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J3HFOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This 46 chapter novel exceeded my expectations. Already a fan of the author's writing style, I knew the story would be spooky, entertaining, and action-packed. But it went well beyond that. I'll never smell a pine tree scent or see a fly the same way ever again.

Griffin Hayes has an amazing talent with characterization, voice, and description. His creative, original metaphors helped enhance the narration. Each character sounded different. I got lost in the story, feeling what the characters felt. Experiencing what they went through because of the great use of showing rather than telling.

For the majority of the novel, Tyson and Hunter switched point-of-views, each having their own chapters. At first, its set-up where I had no idea how they could know each other or meet later in the story. Then, it's finally revealed that Hunter's patient Brenda (in a coma) is actually Tyson's mother. Let me tell ya, the plot thickened! The premise was Hunter just got hired to join Sunnybrook Asylum as a doctor, and for awhile Tyson has had insomnia because of nightmares. He found Dr. Stevens to help him sleep by taking a dosage of medicine after every meal.

There were some chapters that showed the supporting characters' perspectives as well. Pay close attention because these sections are very important in developing the plot and revealing some of the mystery.

My favorite line was: "Funny, he thought how so many of the fears that we carry with us aren't much more than a product of an overactive imagination." Boy was Tyson wrong LOL! Bad for him-good for the readers. This thriller was very entertaining.

Besides the suspense and action, I loved the drama elements as well. It helped me, as a reader, really care about the characters. Poor Tyson.
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Dark Passage, by Griffin Hayes, is the frightening tale of Tyson's struggle to leave his childhood trauma behind him. The problem Tyson has, though, is that it follows him home from his dreams.
Without spoilers, the monster in this was terrifying. Hayes has an excellent imagination and a gift for keeping the tension torqued. Every time I thought, well, this will have to be it, he pulled another twist.
This is a well told story, carefully thought out and nicely paced. The characters and their actions made sense. I never had the feeling that a character had been inserted for the convenience of the plot. My only complaint is that the 'how' of the monster is not fully explained. This, however, does not detract in any way from the enjoyment of the book.
I give this book five stars and, from the excerpts of his other novels at the end of this book, would definitely recommend him to horror lovers!
Jennifer Gray, editor The Grove and Other Stories
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Griffin digs his nails in with his horror story. And leaves claw marks you won't forget.

Tyson an insomniac joins a test subject for meds to help one sleep. All seems good, plus the fact you can pull things outta your dreams.

If dreams come true what's the catch. Tyson finds that out the hard way. Digging up his past he did not know about.

Griffin's Wes Craven twist is sure to call out Mr. Sandman and help you sleep at night ..... well maybe. A terrifying 5 stars.
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I've read a lot of Dean Koontz and Griffin Hayes has written a book on par with Koontz's creepier side. Hayes says he gets a lot of his ideas for stories from his dreams. Well, he must have had one hell of a nightmare to come up with the details for this story. He does a fine job of blending many horror themes together and making the whole hang together nicely. Don't expect any of the characters in this book to escape being touched by the horror in one way or another. I will leave it at that, since I don't want to ruin the story for anyone else. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good horror tale.
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Dark Passage is the first book I've read by Griffin Hayes. I read this book on the recommendation of a Goodreads friend, and dear Mallory was right -- this book was totally worth the read. This may have been my first Griffin Hayes book, but it certainly won't be my last.

Let's start with a RECAP: Tyson is a man of suffering. For the past six months, he's slept so very little that he's hanging on by a thread. His marriage has fallen apart, his career is spiraling downwards, and little tidbits of a horrendous childhood are peeking through in the form of night terrors way beyond the norm.

So, when the opportunity arises for him to get some sleep by joining a drug trial of a new "fix-it" drug pending approval from the FDA, he chases that chance as a man on a mission. Soon enough, he's sleeping like a baby and, even better, some amazing things are starting to happen. Good things from his dreams are starting to bleed through the line that separates reality from the dream world. His problem of sleep isn't the only thing that looks like it's finally made a u-turn for the better.

But once his history starts to rear its ugly head in his dreams again, evil begins to seep through and a dangerous evil begins to manifest... as he recalls that dark hallway in his childhood home (the titular dark passage), death and darkness, evil and insanity, and a past he thought he'd left behind arises to claim him and everyone he loves.

REVIEW: Wow... just wow! What an original story with twist after twist, turn after turn. Gory, but not too gory. The perfect level of darkness. Good characters. A sympathetic main character. A disturbingly creepy creature. A scary mother. A doctor losing his mind slowly. This story is a fun read for anyone who likes a little horror and creepiness in their reading.

Take a trip down the Dark Passage... you (unlike Tyson) won't regret that you did. :)
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