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by Lucian Barnes

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Newly revised in April of 2013.

A serial killer is loose in Misty Hollows, Ohio and Katie Johnson is sure that her friend Julie has been abducted by this madman. As she searches for her friend, Katie finds an unexpected ally in the ghost of one of the killers victims and soon finds herself transported to a completely foreign time and place. She only hopes that


Newly revised in April of 2013.

A serial killer is loose in Misty Hollows, Ohio and Katie Johnson is sure that her friend Julie has been abducted by this madman. As she searches for her friend, Katie finds an unexpected ally in the ghost of one of the killers victims and soon finds herself transported to a completely foreign time and place. She only hopes that she can find Julie before it's too late.

Please note that this book contains adult material that may not be suitable for younger readers.

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Lucian Barnes
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Desolace , #1
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18 Years

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Meet the Author

I spent most of my youth in rural Ohio and began writing stories at an early age. Many of these early attempts at story-telling were inspired by mysteries, such as those found in the old Hardy Boys books and the cartoon antics of Scooby Doo. As I entered my teenage years I began to drift away from writing stories, instead picking up my pencil to compose lyrics for heavy metal songs because my new dream was to become a musician. That vision remained hopeful for many years after my high school graduation, but like most dreams of this nature it died out as I became older.After working several menial jobs through the years that followed, my thoughts again began to turn toward writing books. Inspired by my favorite author, Stephen King, I took an online creative writing course and slowly began to develop my skills. In late 2010 I was given a violent shove, both by the job market (which was horrible to say the least, and still is) and by the persistent encouragement of close friends, to pick up my pen and begin writing again.In early 2012, I gave birth (that's almost what it felt like) to my very first published book, Desolace. Finally having a completed novel in my hand was the best feeling in the world for me, giving me a sense of accomplishment I had waited a lifetime for. Since then it has gotten easier for me with each book I have published. Since the initial release of Desolace, I have published four more novels in the series. My latest work is the fifth installment of the Desolace Series, Cemetery Hill.For more about Lucian Barnes and the Desolace series:Official website - lucianbarnes.wix.com/authorfacebook.com/lucianbarnesauthorfacebook.com/#!/pages/Desolace/292242934166864facebook.com/groups/224805344323163/also on Twitter @LucianBarnes

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Desolace 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Kimberly6217 More than 1 year ago
Desolace captured my attention from the very beginning. Very talented young new author. I think the the author described the story well, I developed a sense of what the characters look like very early on. The story flowed very nicely and was upbeat and gave me a sense of wanting to continue reading. Very good imagnination, look forward to finishing the 2nd book in the series "HAVEN"......Keep up the awesome writing and I will definitely continue reading! I will tell you that Edward is my favorite character in this book thus far.
E_M_Fogle More than 1 year ago
Desolace by Lucian Barnes is a very inventive and darkly intriguing story. It has everything from a psychotic super villain, to an enchanting spirit guide, to realm-shifting. George is a very disturbed individual who is kidnapping girls and keeping them as his 'playthings' until he is finished playing. He hears a voice inside his head, telling him to collect more. He finds himself transported into a different realm, which is a cross between a medieval world tossed together with futuristic elements. In a desperate attempt to find her missing friend, Katie is led by a spirit to the same world where she meets Edward. I won't give away any spoilers, but it a fantastic thrill ride that anyone would love to take! I can't wait to read book 2!!!
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
This is an experience. I was terrified right from the start. I actually had to put the book down a few times just to catch my breath. I enjoyed the two points of view of the book. Barnes lets us watch the killer make his plans and execute it. Our heroine is young and so brave. We get follow her in her quest to save not only her friend, but future victim of the killer. This book not only gave me the "creeps', but it gave me nightmares as well. I can't wait to continue the journey in Barnes's world. If you love horror stories you can't miss this book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book actually starts out pretty interesting. But about halfway through the writer does an about face with the story line and its downhill from there. In addition some of the characters are not well developed. I love horror , fantasy and science fiction but the author can't seem to decide what genre this story should be.
nocturnus More than 1 year ago
 Horrific Fantasy With a Dash of Paranormal This series Must be read in order! This is the first book and it is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish. You really have to pay attention with this book as there is a lot going on. I would suggest reading it in complete quiet :) It starts out in our world but quickly another intrudes. There are so many different genres involved it would be impossible to pick one. Horror and suspense... mystery and fantasy... action, adventure, and thrills that are more and more chilling.. all in all it is a masterful blend of all of these and probably more :D This story is told from many points of view and that's what makes the story flow so well :D I did not know what to expect when I started reading it but I was quickly hooked. The protagonists are two teen girls who find themselves drawn into a quickly escalating situation when a local man becomes a serial killer. They are led by a ghost into a sticky situation that ends with unimaginable consequences. The complexity of the storyline made this a very compelling read. I am afraid to say more because I do not want to ruin the story :D I can't wait to read the next book in this series Haven (Desolace)! ***This series is suitable for adult readers only due to graphic violence leading to graphic murders
Turtle_OTR More than 1 year ago
A new author, Sci-fi meshed with fantasy..... Loved it. I also have the other 3 by Lucian Barnes and enjoyed them so much. A great book to read and discuss there are alot of twists and turns.
Literary_VixenAP More than 1 year ago
Well, I have to say that this book was nothing like I expected it to be. The first half was pretty typical murder/mystery with two teen girls at the forefront of it all. The third perspective came in the form of George- a serial killer with a penchant for extreme violence against his victims…all women. I admit, the scenes with George and his victims are very graphic and a bit more descriptive than I’d like. It was sickening actually and it took me a while to read this book because it put me off a bit, but I wanted to see where the story was headed. The chapters with the girls Katie and Julie were very entertaining, though. I enjoyed following them about their lives as they did normal girl things. It was pretty interesting when Katie discovered she could see one of George’s victims in the form of a ghost. Totally came out of nowhere but I was intrigued by this and really wanted to know what this ghost wanted from her. When her friend Julie disappears from her bedroom one night, everything turns into pure chaos. This is where the book turns into a completely different genre, storyline and heck, a different book altogether. I would’ve been happy with just the murder mystery plot, though, so I was pretty thrown a curve ball. What you get in the second half of the book is something out of a dark, sci-fi, fairy tale. I liked the new characters introduced, they seemed interesting and I wanted to know more about the warriors that were being chosen for this mission to stop the darkness filling this new parallel world. Katie is thrown into this whole other dimension to try to save her friend. I was glad she was a tough chick because man, her entire world is turned literally upside down. I was sad to not see much from Julie’s perspective though and would’ve liked to see more of what she was going through. Overall, it’s a hard one to review for me because I’m not really sure about the storyline. It kept my interest throughout it though and the last half was stellar, but if the beginning had started off more in that fairytale world, it might’ve been a more cohesive book. I’ll have to read book 2 because it does abruptly stop at the end of book one without any resolution to the plotlines, which can be common in series books. I’ll be reading it though because the story has gotten very intriguing. A definite warning to those who do not like extreme violence with graphic details.
November-Owl More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I like inter-dimensional stories mixed with elements of horror. The story takes off rather quickly, and it doesn't slow down. While obvious YA elements exist, this is NOT a YA novel; it is an adult novel with more adult themes than YA themes. In my opinion, the story is well written, and it is certainly worth the time to read for anyone who is into horror fiction with portals to alternate worlds juxtaposed to our own.
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HBurrows More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author for an honest review. This was an interesting but at times confusing book to read. The story unfolds as a horror story with a serial killer aka the "Head Hunter" who kidnaps his victims, plays with them sexually then brutally kills and dismembers them in his secret lair. We also meet two small town teenaged girls who unexpectedly meet a ghost of one of the victims while playing with a Ouija board. Following the ghost one night has them crossing paths with the killer and their lives will be changed forever. I think if the Author had stayed with this genre and story line the book would have been quite good and I could see it even as a movie reminiscent and unnerving as Silence of the Lambs. But at this point the Author does a complete paranormal twist and brings in a ghostly voice that speaks to the killer in his mind and portal jumping into another parallel universe filled with killer robots, kidnapping, and two moons. It is almost as if two different stories are unfolding and I am not quite sure how the Author will bring it together as the story abruptly ends. I am unsure if this is supposed to be a Fantasy YA book or an Adult book but some of the chapters involving the brutality of the "playing" with the victims are very Adult and not something I would recommend for the younger YA readers. The first chapter is really quite disturbing. But then the story lightens up quite a bit as Julie and Katie are brought into it and the book almost becomes a very young reader level compared to the adult beginning. This is where I found the book confusing - the flip flopping from adult situations/level to very immature teenage level. I did like the story and would like to see where the Author goes with it in Book 2 as the end of the book really starts to take off in the parallel universe.