A Darker Rain by Claudine Kapel
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A Darker Rain
by Claudine Kapel
“It’s definitely not a good time to be going into the woods of Hawkley Ridge.”
When a red-eyed wildcat starts threatening 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 hot on the trail 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.
A Darker Rain is the first book in the Ryan Cole series.
Suddenly Cole stopped, raising his hand to halt Dalton’s progress. He heard something. It sounded like a growl, off to the left of the path. The forest became deathly quiet. The night creatures were also aware of the danger in their midst.
Cole reached for his gun. He sensed Dalton doing the same. The cool metal in his hand was reassuring, although he couldn’t forget what the leopard had done to Scofield.
Then he saw the shadowy figure, maybe twenty yards away. Red eyes watching him in the darkness, but well shielded by the forest.
Cole remained still, pondering his options. Memories of countless military operations that had unfolded in forests and jungles flickered through his mind. He had faced many opposing forces in his life, but never anything quite like this.
Cole knew they weren’t in a position to get a good shot, not with trees and brush in the way. He hoped the leopard’s options were equally limited. The animal was large as far as wildcats went, so it was unlikely it could advance through the brush with ease.
Suddenly the red eyes were gone. Within moments, sounds of life returned to the forest.
Cole heard Dalton exhale.
“What the hell was that?” asked Dalton in a whisper.
“A genetic nightmare on four legs,” replied Cole.
4 / 4.5 Fangs
**I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock.**
For the author’s first book, in my opinion, this was a very well written introduction to a new series. I really enjoyed the story line and the characters.
The story line is based in Seattle and begins with the escape of a genetically engineered feline that has been slaughtering cattle on nearby farms. Ryan Cole and his team of security and research specialists from Sigma are dispatched to look into the situation. After hearing the detailed accounts and their first run in with the leopard, they soon realize that the cat is no ordinary leopard, but one that appears to have been genetically enhanced with alien DNA. From here on out, the team will have their hands full trying to contain the leopard and determine who is behind the leopard’s engineering, while trying to locate the guardian stones – stones said to embody the physical properties of the elements.
There is a lot going on and yet the story flowed pretty smoothly. Although Ryan Cole is the leader of the field team at Sigma, he has a great group of supporting cast members. From Dalton, his best friend and leader of the security team at Sigma, to Caitlin, one of the researchers and his potential love interest, and Ashcroft, his resident techie, to Sarah, their resident psychic. What I liked is that these were “normal” people working together in a somewhat paranormal book. They didn’t have special gifts, but instead where portrayed as a very resourceful group of people who at times, were very lucky. Ryan is just the leader who everyone respects and are loyal to. Of course there does have to be a bad guy, and in this case, there are several.
If you’re looking for an interesting, action filled book with some paranormal aspects…in this case aliens and extra-sensory capabilities…then I recommend reading this one. It is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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 www.claudinekapel.com.
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