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Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta
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Rise the Dark

by Michael Koryta

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The one thing that has always made me love this author's books is that he doesn't waste time and space on useless descriptions...just writes a superb and intriguing story. The reader has no problem visualizing his settings. This one had some surprises...lots of suspense and just a touch of the paranormal. Stephen King and Dean Koontz fans should give this author a try. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 10, 2018 |
Koryta's first Mark Novak book was the best thriller I'd read in a while--smart and immersive, atmospheric and masterfully written. And yet, I have to say... I think I liked this follow-up even more. I'm not sure if it would read so well for someone who hadn't gotten to know Novak in the first book in this series, Last Words, simply because it is so driven by the character's personal history, but I had a hard time putting this book down. I'd probably say it's on the literary side of thrillers, and may be more character-driven or slow-boiling than what some readers will prefer, but I thought it was a perfect mix of action, character, and suspense.

I don't know if the next book in this series, assuming there is one, will be out next year or ten years from now, but I'll be waiting for it, and reading all of Koryta's other work until then.

So, yes, I would absolutely recommend this for readers who want an intelligent, character-driven thriller with plenty of darkness to go around. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Jul 19, 2018 |
This is the 2nd book is the Markus Novak series. The ending leaves off setting up for a third book in the series. There were lots of twists and action throughout which kept the pages turning. Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga. The author did a lot a research about electricity which plays a part in the novel. There was lots of dry humor which I enjoyed and some touch of paranormal which made the story interesting. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future. Looking for more explanation in the next book. ( )
  EadieB | Jan 6, 2018 |
Did not finish, not good... ( )
  jenny.whitman | Dec 4, 2016 |
Mark's wife was murdered on a lonely road in Florida, leaving cryptic words in her notebook: rise the dark.No one could figure out what those words meant, and even two years later, those words haunt Mark and have led to no further clues in solving his wife's mystery. Now Garland Webb, whom Mark believes killed his wife is out of prison, and Mark is on a dark path: he wants revenge, and he wants to finally solve his wife's murder. When he finally returns to Cassdaga, where his wife was killed, he finds those mysterious words again: rise the dark. And the words lead him to discover connections to his own family. Now he has to sort out his past, and he doesn't like where his clues are leading him. lWhile Mark is searching for his wife's murderer, Sabrina Baldwin is being held hostage by the very men Mark is looking for. Sabrina's husband has been coerced, through fear of something happening to his wife, into helping Sabrina's captors "rise the dark." If Mark can get to them first, he may just stop them. A good suspenseful story, I liked how the pieces of the plot all came together. There were two story lines that at first seemed separate, but wove together well. Good suspense read. ( )
  litgirl29 | Sep 26, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316293830, Hardcover)

Mark Novak's greatest mystery may be his own...

Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.

Rise the dark. In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducting by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.

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"Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her, Gardland Webb, is out of prison and draws Markus to the scene he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a place called Cassadaga. In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high-voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction to the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, Lauren's purported killer. Drawing them all together is a messianic killer who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future"--Jacket.… (more)

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