In the Shadow of a Pale Horse

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In the Shadow of a Pale Horse tells the story of Benjamin Kramer, a young man whose love for his family is overshadowed by a dark and sinister destiny.
After a hectic semester in college, Ben looks forward to a carefree summer with friends and family. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself reunited with a long and forgotten ability that allows him to communicate with the dead. When a mysterious stranger rolls into town offering further ...
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Overview

In the Shadow of a Pale Horse tells the story of Benjamin Kramer, a young man whose love for his family is overshadowed by a dark and sinister destiny.
After a hectic semester in college, Ben looks forward to a carefree summer with friends and family. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself reunited with a long and forgotten ability that allows him to communicate with the dead. When a mysterious stranger rolls into town offering further insight into his true nature, Ben abandons everyone he cares about and begins a journey of self discovery.
Two years after his disappearance, Ben suddenly returns much to the confusion of those he left behind. When a series of terrifying events follow in his wake, a group of friends join forces to discover the truth about Ben Kramer, only to get swept up in an ancient prophecy from which no one will escape.
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A supernatural soap opera with compelling family dynamics at its center. Smith's thriller takes place in the sleepy hamlet of Harbor Lake, an all-American town that seems all too familiar, with its nosy neighbors, central meeting place and familiar faces. However, unbeknownst to its citizens, Harbor Lake is about to become ground zero for a supernatural war that will pit troubled family members against one another in ways that are both dark and disturbing. To establish the broken family dynamics, Smith's freshman effort is heavy on early exposition, and readers will have to stick around for the first 100 pages or so to get past the complex family setup and into the action, since Smith sometimes belabors a point and reiterates character traits long after readers will have picked up on them. However, as the action picks up, Smith intelligently weaves together the seeds of deep familial drama with dark magic and a sinister evil to give the readers a complete picture of how each character is uniquely motivated to follow the individual darkness within him or her. Amid the rich background, Smith impressively shows how a broken stepfamily can bring an entire town to the brink of collapse. Though main characters Ben and Gerald are uniquely well-suited to fill their roles of darkly gifted hero and sinister villain, they possess authentic personality traits that enhance their characterizations outside of their otherwise otherworldly personas. Even though it drags in places, Smith's first novel successfully blends deep family drama with dark, supernatural elements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478399995
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/25/2013
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK SMITH was born and raised in mid-Michigan. He served in the United States Army under the Adjutant General Corps and has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in writing from Hawaii Pacific University. Besides holding a BA, Mark also has a diploma in massage therapy from Remington College-Honolulu and has been a practicing massage therapist for over four years. He currently lives on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. In the Shadow of a Pale Horse is his first novel.
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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    It is very hard to believe this is the Author's first book. The

    It is very hard to believe this is the Author's first book. The story flows so well you find yourself drawn into the Author's world effortlessly. However, I feel the real strength of the story is in the realism the book brings when just looking at the family dynamics of the characters and how they interact within the backdrop of such such a encompassing horror story. Even people that normally do not seek out horror novels would find a great drama in this book not seen very often in the horror genre.

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