Monday, August 11, 2014

A Darker Rain Blog Tour and Giveaway with Claudine Kapel

A Darker Rain (A Ryan Cole Adventure Book 1)
Publisher: BookBaby
Published: Nov. 17, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

“It’s definitely not a good time to be going into the woods of Hawkley Ridge.” 

When a red-eyed wildcat threatens ranchers in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan Cole recognizes the danger is far more menacing than the ranchers realize. Cole specializes in tackling unconventional security threats, particularly those with alien origins. 

His investigation puts him in the crosshairs of Antoine Drake, an international arms dealer with a penchant for weapons from other worlds. Both men are also in pursuit of powerful alien artifacts known as guardian stones. 

Cole and his team of investigators embark on a dangerous quest to recover the guardian 
stones before they can be assembled into the ultimate alien weapon. To succeed, Cole must also decipher the wildcat’s deadly secrets. 

But in the woods of Hawkley Ridge, it’s easy for the hunter to become the prey. 

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Enjoy an Excerpt from A Darker Rain:

“An alien capable of assuming human form might also be capable of assuming a human form with specific details, like the retinal pattern of a dead man.”

“How do we fight that?”

“We figure out what makes them tick, and then we find a way to counter them. Just like we do when we confront any other type of military threat.”

“I’m glad we have you on board,” said Beecham. “I trust you’ll make this your top priority.”

“You know we will,” Cole replied. “So, do you have any plans for this morning?”

“Why do you ask?” queried Beecham.

“I have a briefing with members of my team at ten. I thought it might be valuable for us to compare notes. We’ll even provide the coffee.”

Beecham looked thoughtfully at Cole, feeling a sense of relief. “Will that rogue Dalton be there?”

“Of course.”

“Hmm … And what do I get out of it? I can’t see any point paying you guys your exorbitant fees if I have to do all the work.”

“We’ll see about that,” said Cole. “Do you like cats?”

“Cats? No, I’m a dog person myself. Why?

“Because I think you’re going to find this cat especially interesting.”

“Well, that seems fair,” said Beecham.

“Why’s that?” asked Cole.

“Because I think you’ll find what I have in the back of this SUV especially interesting.”

My Thoughts:

Sigma Scientific a company specializing in handling security threats including responding to threats not from this world were called in to help some ranchers in the Pacific Northwest who were having some problems with a predator killing their herds at night. They discovered that this predator appeared to be like panther (not indigenous to the region), the killings were brutal and unusual. Most unusual of all was that the animal seemed to have glowing red eyes! Sigma thought the animal may have been scientifically engineered and have some alien genetics.

At the same time, the Sigma team led by Mark Dalton and Ryan Cole were researching alien artifacts. They were currently looking for a set of 5 crystals called guardian stones. They were in possession of one of them already. These stones were believed to be from a tribe of Rajans, an offshoot of the Aztecs. Ryan and Cole thought the stones had their true origin in technology. In their work with Sigma they had encountered increasingly more technology that had alien influence.

I found A Darker Rain to be quite fascinating with the whole aspect of extraterrestrial life being interested in what is going on here on earth. I'm not saying whether I do or don't believe in life on other planets, just that the thought that if there are others out there, that they would be interested in us would be interesting.

The premise of "how would we know if they were aliens if they could make themselves look like us?" is also an interesting one - especially if we don't know if they want to do us harm or not. I thought that the author did a good job in dealing with this topic.

I liked the main characters in this book. They were likeable and caring individuals. I loved how they worked together to help each other develop more and better skills such as providing Ashcroft, the computer forensics specialist weapons training so that he could go on the field with the team instead of only working as office support. I liked their acceptance of everyone for their skills regardless of what that skill was.

I think perhaps Cole and Dalton are a little larger-than-life - perhaps almost seeming indestructible, but they are heroes after all. I particularly liked Caitlin. For some reason, though I'm not exactly sure what it is, I felt drawn to her. I'd like to find out more about her. The little glimpse we had into her and her people was very fascinating.

There was plenty of action in A Darker Rain. Interaction between the panther and the humans and the firefights between the different factions were fast-moving and vivid. The touch of clean romance was a nice touch.

It's hard to place A Darker Rain in just one genre. It's part thriller, part suspense and part adventure because there is also the aspect of the treasure hunt. After all, those stones were really a treasure of a kind. And the Sigma team certainly had their adventures looking for it.

A Darker Rain was an enjoyable read. I think readers of adventure and science fiction will both enjoy this novel. I gave this book 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

A Darker Rain is Claudine Kapel’s first novel. She lives in Toronto and enjoys books, music, and travel. When not working as a consultant, she can be found writing, reading, or contemplating what else may be out there.

The second book in the Ryan Cole series is planned for release in 2014.

Claudine loves to hear from readers. You can reach her at
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