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Deadly Violet (A Raine's Landing Novel Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Tony Richards

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Book Description

It may look like a perfectly ordinary New England town, a little larger than most. But Raine’s Landing, Massachusetts, holds some very dark secrets. The real witches of Salem fled here just before the Trials of 1692, and the place has been full of magic -- the good and the bad kind -- ever since. And a curse hangs over the whole population … there are so many people because nobody born here can ever leave.

It’s late December now. People are getting ready for the holidays, scarcely guessing what is coming their way next. Because a psychic beggar girl in the town’s Victorian past has gotten hold of a magical jewel that massively expands her powers -- she has reached out with her mind through time itself, making contact with Raine’s Landing in the present day. The only problem is, she’s warped the fabric of reality by doing that. Rows of houses begin vanishing, with their occupants still inside. Bizarre creatures, some of them extremely dangerous, start to roam the streets. And if Ross, Cassie, and Doc Willets are going to stop their hometown from disappearing altogether, then they’re going to need an awful lot of help.

"Deadly Violet just hums along, taking you at high speed to places of which you have never dreamed. In fact, I think (it) is the best Raine's Landing novel to date. Be sure to pick up a copy of this superb fantasy" -- The Deepening Review Site.

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  • Print Length: 257 pages
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  • Language: English
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Thanks for visiting my page, good reader.

My most recent novels from established publishers are TROPIC OF DARKNESS, a supernatural thriller set in Havana, Cuba (Schusters), UNDER THE ICE, a character-driven zombie novel, and HOT BLOOD, a world-spanning epic featuring vampires and other immortal creatures (both from Samhain), and most recently my first ever full-blown crime thriller, THE DESERT KEEPS ITS DEAD, set in Arizona and centered upon a private detective with an unusual, and sad, back story (Telos Publishing).
I'm also the author of more than 100 published short stories, enough to fill 7 collections -- the latest being THE UNIVERSAL AND OTHER TERRORS (Dark Renaissance Press) -- and my work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Asimov's SF, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Weird Tales and numerous top anthologies including Year's Best Horror.
I first started self-publishing on Kindle to revive stories and short novels that originally saw print years ago, hoping to find them a new audience as eBooks, and most of my self-pubbed work falls into that category. But I've written some new fiction for the e-reader too ... in particular, I've continued the Raine's Landing series of full-length supernatural adventures that first saw print with Eos/HarperCollins.
The list of my publications on Amazon just keeps on growing, and I've plans to add more new fiction in 2015, futuristic mysteries and superhero stories. Meanwhile, please feel free to take a look at all my titles. If you like thrillers or tales with a strong fantasy edge, you'll probably find something that will suit you.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Tony Richards. 29 Jan. 2014
By cynthia cleckler - Published on
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If you love the fantasy genre, like The Dresden Files, you will love this series as well. I hope this series never ends!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!!! 12 Jan. 2013
By Judy - Published on
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Deadly Violet, along with the other Raine's Landing novels are page turners. Not a boring part in the whole series. Deadly Violet left you with a clif hanger at the end, so I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Violet a Gem 25 Dec. 2012
By tpvissage - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
What can I say? As entertaining as the other novels, perhaps even more so. I've been a fan of Raine's Landing since I purchased the first novel in the series from the Science Fiction Book Club, and they just keep coming, each one as satisfactory as the last. I always look forward to opening a novel whose title has the subheading: A Raine's Landing Novel.

This one brings back familiar characters from past stories...Boston cop Lauren, a recovering Saul Hobart, and a pregnant Cassie, trying to maintain a normal life with her boyfriend, the recently-deceased adept Quinn Maycott, as well as others only mentioned previously. There's a little more on Willetts, who came to the Landing, committed what he considers a criminal sin, and stays to work out his own punishment. None of these side stories are enough to detract from the main theme, namely, why does the mysterious violet light suddenly gleam and then nasty things appear and do away with homes and their inhabitants in particularly gruesome ways? It also answers some questions I, and no doubt other readers, have raised through the years.

I'd call this one a nail-biter, and I'm not going to say any more for Spoilers can pop up unexpectedly whenever one speaks about the Landing. Just read it for yourself, and you'll see what I mean.

This novel was supplied by the author and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CC Bye reviews Deadly Violet by Tony Richards 12 Dec. 2012
By Clayton Bye - Published on
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Deadly Violet (A Raine's Landing Novel)

Copyright © Tony Richards, 2012
159 pages/74,367 words

Welcome back to Raine's Landing, the town that was built by the original Salem Witches as an escape from the infamous witch trials (1692). However, the town ended up on the wrong side of the wrong witch and found itself cursed in perpetuity. Anyone born in Raine's Landing can never leave and those not born there find it extremely hard to find or visit the town. It is due to this curse That Raine's Landing, a town populated primarily by magic users, exists just off a major highway in the present.

There are a few people who don't use magic in this town. Ross Devries--a former cop--and his tough sidekick, Cass Mallory, are two of them. Not only that, their peculiar backgrounds make them perfect problem solvers for whenever magic gets out of hand, something that seems to happen with some regularity in Raine's Landing.

Take this day for example: People have begun disappearing. And giant, purple worms with massive, circular rows of teeth that rotate are grinding unprepared people into nothingness. Then come the little bubbles of violet light that shoot through everything and everyone they find, repeatedly, destroying them just as surely as a "grinder" would. But when houses begin to disappear and people are attacked by their worst nightmares, even the town's adepts can't stop the destruction.

They keep trying though. Trying to understand and communicate with the intelligent, violet life-forms who seem to be behind all that is happening. But when the sun itself takes on a purple hue, it leaves everyone certain that reality is being consumed by another universe.

Since magic has failed to protect them, Ross and Cass seem to be the only people who can fix this particular problem. What's the source of that problem? A little girl a hundred years in the past has stolen a powerful talisman, reached out and forward to find the "little girl" from previous stories (She occupies one room in an abandoned house, hovering in the air, spinning slowly and seeing all) and then entwined their minds. It's this that has caused a rip in the continuum of space and allowed the strangest of races access to our world.

With the clock ticking down to nothingness, Ross and Cass must somehow find a way to break the bond between the two girls and repair the bridge between the universes.

Be sure to pick up a copy of this superb fantasy. Deadly Violet by Tony Richards just hums along, taking you at high speed to places of which you will never have dreamed. In fact, I think Deadly Violet is the best Raine's Landing novel to date. The adepts are more involved, and all our favourite characters make an appearance. But one will notice none of these characters are given lot of stage time. No, it's this completely alien world that consumes everything--even the story.

Which brings me to the one criticism I have of this great read. Because the adepts can communicate telepathically, the author assumes we will believe that virtually instantaneous communication between the two species is possible. And while misunderstandings between the people of the two worlds do happen, I just couldn't get past the way the language barrier is dealt with. Richards took an easy way out and has gotten his fingers caught in the proverbial door. Four stars for a flawed, violet jewel

Copyright © 2012 Clayton Clifford Bye
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars deadly violet 24 May 2013
By nameless one - Published on
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I was expecting some of Richards finer work with this novel. After all, his previous books had set us up for that.
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