Rain of Terror

Rain of Terror One night in early January with dark clouds racing across a full moon that cast its ancient glow across the mountain top they came Clad in hooded black robes carrying torches that blazed with evil

  • Title: Rain of Terror
  • Author: Donna Cummins
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • One night in early January, with dark clouds racing across a full moon that cast its ancient glow across the mountain top, they came Clad in hooded black robes, carrying torches that blazed with evil fury, they came With chanting at first a distant murmur, then growing and building, louder and louder incessant, demanding, hideous chanting, they came.Mother had been rock One night in early January, with dark clouds racing across a full moon that cast its ancient glow across the mountain top, they came Clad in hooded black robes, carrying torches that blazed with evil fury, they came With chanting at first a distant murmur, then growing and building, louder and louder incessant, demanding, hideous chanting, they came.Mother had been rocking both Jeremiah, my four year old little brother, and me on our rickety rocking chair, its swaying motion in itself a soothing comfort on a dark night But than that, mother sang to us in her clear and lilting voice as she often did, chasing away the ghosts and goblins that sometimes haunt a young boy s mind As I was about to drop off to sleep, the noise and the clatter from outside our cabin startled me back to consciousness Mother s voice mixed with the incessant chanting that came closer and closer Her voice faded We could see the lights from their torches through the window panes, and mother rose quickly from the rocker and hurried Jeremiah and me into our bedroom She cautioned us in whispery tones to stay quiet, to stay in our room, pretend to be asleep and then on tiptoe, she rushed out the door, closing it quietly after herself.Within minutes, I heard Mother scream a piercing wail that emitted both terror and defeat They came through our bedroom door, robes rustling, wild eyes searching, hands reaching, and carried Jeremiah and I from our beds They dragged Mother out the front door, through the dark forest, up the mountainside, our captors pulling my brother and I close behind I remember the brittle sound of the fallen leaves under our feet, the cold chill of the night air brushing against my face, the pale moonlight frosting the tips of the last remaining leaves on the black, skeletal oak trees that rose above us And we kept climbing, climbing, farther and farther up through the forest And as we walked, a cold wind came up, turning the leaves and the racing clouds changed into thunderheads And then the first bolt of lightning lit the sky and illuminated the hellish scene around us the shadowy, dark figures stomping through the bushes and underbrush, the swaying glow of lanterns through the trees All the while their chanting reverberated across the landscape, mixing with the sound of the howling, barking, snarling, pawing dogs that followed in their midst.

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    1. Blacklick Valley, PA has a problem. A child disappears on his way home from school as the thunder rolls. Another child is abducted from his bedroom on a storm-filled night. A young mother is murdered as the lightning flashes.Sheriff Jed Tyler is plagued by nightmares when none of these children are found no clues, no DNA, no ransom notes. Jenny McConnell is new in Blacklick Valley and with her 6-year-old son plan to make it a permanent move. Jed and Jenny are attracted to each other and someone [...]

    2. This is not a bad book at all, but there were some things that I thought could be improved. I really got tired of the rainstorms popping up suddenly. I also didn't like the inclusion of the dog and the cat. The mystery of the abducted boys and who had taken them was well written, but the investigation was torture. How could the sheriff take time to go on a picnic during the search? I didn't really connect with Jenny because her dialogue made her seem weak and frail. She's a single mom and a teac [...]

    3. Absorbing Suspense ThrillerSometimes when you decide to read an author whom you have not heard of before, you know almost from the first page whether you have made a mistake or not, whether the pages remaining will present a hard slog or cause you to relax in anticipation of a good yarn. The clues are generally numerous. On the negative side the writing can be painfully inept, the scene-setting poorly presented and the dialogue, if there is any, stilted and unnatural. On the positive side…well [...]

    4. RAIN OF TERROR, Book 1 in The Blacklick Valley Mystery Series, is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat Mystery/Thriller that will keep you awake long after midnight. Set in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania, Rain of Terror is the story of a community's young children suddenly mysteriously vanishing one after another, a young mother murdered in her bed, and one man's determined effort to find the perpetrator and bring him to justice. The trail leads him to a satanic cult in the distant Sie [...]

    5. I just finished reading Rain of Terror. Being a mystery fan, my expectations with this book was high, it doesn’t disappoint. The story takes place in town of Black lick Valley, calmness of which was disrupted by the sudden kidnapping of young boys. I like small place stories where everyone knows everyone and have a say in each other’s life. The author has done a commendable job to slow burn the suspense, keep the readers engaged till the very end. The town has been created with proper introd [...]

    6. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is a beautifully written mystery set in Blacklick Valley, PA. Jed Tyler, sheriff of this small town, is on a mission to solve the mystery of the disappearance of two young boys. As the story unfolds so do the twists and turns, keeping the reader glued to the pages. I especially love the way the author paints such vivid scenes with great writing ability and finesse.My only issue is that the majority of the characters' names sta [...]

    7. I had no qualms about rating RAIN OF TERROR as 5 stars. I enjoyed this book right from the beginning all the way to the end. Once I started reading it, I found it nearly impossible to put it down. Donna Cummins has a wonderful gift with words. Her descriptions allowed me to visualize the scenery, buildings, towns, and especially the characters. I felt like I was right there as the story unfolded. In addition to having the gift of putting the wording together properly, I believe writers also need [...]

    8. I really liked this book and loved the feel of the small valley of Blacklick. It is in this valley where the horrible kidnappings of young boys happen and small town sheriff Jed Tyler is at wits end trying to figure out who could have taken the boys. Along the way, Jed meets newcomer to the town Jenny McConnell and her son Timmy. He is trying to start a relationship with this woman who he knows is something special, while he is also trying to solve the mysterious kidnappings. This book had enoug [...]

    9. Rain of Terror is a good book but a slow read. I prefer more fast-paced thrillers. I also didn't like when the perspective briefly changed to adjacent characters within the same scene. The characters were likeable and the story was interesting. In fact, I think the story's strongest point was its plot. I found the backstories and 'what-has-happened-here-in-this-town' stories more interesting than hearing about the main characters lives. 3 out of 5 stars.

    10. Wonderful story! It kept me on the edge of my seat, but more than that, the style is reminiscent of the richly worded thrillers of more classic stories. I have to say I was drawn in both by the language and the captivating tale. I look forward to reading more from this author--she has a real talent. I'm hoping for a possible sequel to the first opening was certainly left for it. Well done. Powerful read.

    11. Rain of Terror ReviewI have Rain of Terror 5 stars. For the most part this book had me on edge wanting to know who did it. I didn't see the ending coming which was marvelous, because I am great at seeing how a book will enf by the half way point. There were moments where I was crying, moments I was so angry at a character, and I had some etc moments. Rain of Terror was very well put together and flowed amazingly. I am looking forward to the second book.

    12. Blacklick Valley my new favorite place to visitNothing makes me happier or poorer than finding a new series to immerse myself in (although this book was given to me free in an exchange for an honest review). Mystery, suspense, and romance what could be better? I didn't see the villain or the ending coming! A must read.

    13. This was an excellent book, I couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I would highly recommend this book to any one who want's an exellent read. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

    14. RivetingCummins has turned out a suspense-filled page Turner that deals with missing children and the efforts of the sheriff and other law enforcement officials to find them before it's too late. There's a nice romance for the sheriff as well. Highly recommended.

    15. Fantastic. This is what I would call a Mystery Had me on the edge of my seat from Page 1 to the very end. Can't wait to read the next one I recommend this book to any adult over the age of Sixteen. It was a little scary and little gruesome in places.

    16. Real page turnerI had no idea where this story was going to end up. I look forward to reading more books by Ms Cummins.

    17. i enjoyed reading the rain of terrori read it from cover to cover and couldn't put it downi know i'll read more books by donna cummins in the future

    18. SuspensefulVery good book full of twist and turns. You will enjoy it right up until the last page of book

    19. The title suggests a horror story with paranormal effects. Indeed, Cummins snags us from the beginning with the scene of a boy fleeing for his life through a deluge. As we read on, we discover that the storms, though beautifully described, are nothing more than normal phenomena that frighten certain characters.After the initial opening that suggests horror, we meet Jenny McConnell and her 6-year-old son, Timmy, who are moving to the quiet and safe community of Blacklick Valley. Except it is no l [...]

    20. This is a fast-paced mystery/thriller set in the mountains of western Pennsylvania--a classic 'Who-Dunnit'--that will keep you on the edge of your seat as the story intensifies. The characters are warm, realistic, and well-developed, and the setting is described in rich detail keeping to the authenticity of the locale and culture.The story begins with a child vanishing on his way home from school, then another is abducted from his bedroom on a stormy night. A young mother is murdered in her bed. [...]

    21. Rain of Terror is a solid story with characters who feel realistic without being boring. The pace is kind-of slow, but I suspect this is intentional by the author. Perhaps "languid" is a better word for the pace. For the first two thirds we get roughly equal weight to the personal as we do to the awful crimes being committed and the subsequent investigation, so readers looking for a novel that pleases on both fronts should enjoy this novel. If you want a break-neck pacy thriller you should proba [...]

    22. 3.5 stars. Really enjoyed the writing and the mystery was a good one. I am not sure the sheriff's behavior was always believable. Would he be picnicking for a day when his friend's son had just been kidnapped? I didn't think it showed the fierce dedication to his town as was described. The author's writing style was really so beautiful that I would be interested in reading it where the subject matter was not so grim! Overall, a really good read. Warning: the book does contain several scenes with [...]

    23. Too descriptive. History of characters too many times. Too much world building whole describing an action for my tastes. I struggled through a few pages before dropping the book. The language is very fluent though and the concept sounded very interesting too.

    24. Great bookKept me interested. Well developed plot and characters. The ending was rather disappointing, but other than that I enjoyed it.

    25. The book takes place in my hometown area so I was excited to read it. It was good but didnt grab me like I had hoped.

    26. ExcellentVery good, read the story in one day. Kept my interest throughout. Great editing and likeable characters. Reading the next.

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