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by James Boyle

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When several people are brutally killed in the town of Placerton, on the isolated Oregon coast, most locals think a rogue bear or cougar is roaming the forested hills near town. Police Chief Dan Connor is not so sure. He has witnessed some very strange things lately, such as disembodied voices, muttering a strange foreign language and an old Indian man who seems to be


When several people are brutally killed in the town of Placerton, on the isolated Oregon coast, most locals think a rogue bear or cougar is roaming the forested hills near town. Police Chief Dan Connor is not so sure. He has witnessed some very strange things lately, such as disembodied voices, muttering a strange foreign language and an old Indian man who seems to be near every crime scene, but disappears before he can be questioned.

Dan's investigation takes him to the local Sihketunnai Indians and their legend of the Ni'il, magical shamans charged with maintaining the balance between humans and the natural world. According to the elders, one of the Ni'il is responsible for the murders and intends to kill everyone in the community. It is Dan's job to stop it.

It sounded unbelievable, but was the only explanation that fit the facts.

As a violent Pacific storm crashes ashore, cutting off power and washing out roads-cutting the town off from the outside world--Dan finds himself entering a strange world of myth and magic that was not covered in his police training. He must use all his wits and new-found powers to save himself and his community from the Ni'il.

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Ni'Il 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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LyraSis More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and read different genre of books. Being an avid reader I am finding harder these days to find a genuinely good book that still has some element of surprise and is not predictable. Well I was pleasantly surprised to find that "Ni'il the awakening" was the refreshing surprise I needed. This book was very well written. The characters very well developed and believable, but more than that the story was excellent. Just when you think you know what is what something else is thrown in that makes the story even better then it was. For me everything tied together perfectly at the end. You get a mix of romance, suspense, and mystery well put together making this book for me a book that I am glad I read and look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy. I highly recommend this book.
AJourneyOfBooks More than 1 year ago
Looking at a fairly unobtrusive cover, you wouldn't think that NI'IL, THE AWAKENING by James Boyle would hold as much as it truly does. I was expecting a good story with some thrilling moments, but was instead presented with a fairly compelling read. Using Native American spiritualism to add an air of mystery and mysticism to the book, Mr. Boyle introduces us to the story of Police Chief Dan as he tries to discover who or what is moving through his town, leaving behind a trail of bodies. The murders are grisly and violent; there must be some sort of large animal at work here. A bear or cougar perhaps? As Dan uncovers more about this chilling threat we learn that there may be a force much darker than anyone anticipated behind the cloud of death that covers the town. What made NI'IL, THE AWAKENING a really good read was Mr. Boyle's ability to keep us guessing throughout the story. The general plot was fascinating, but the addition of twists and turns in the book kept the reader guessing and helped to make this story difficult to put down. The plot twists weren't necessarily obvious either. Sometimes you go into a story and realize what the author is about to do with the plot. The twists still make for a good book, even if they may be predictable. I didn't get this feeling from Mr. Boyle's story. Instead, each twist felt new and moved the story in a direction I didn't expect it to take. The other aspect of a book that will make or break it for me is the character development. Fortunately, Mr. Boyle seems to have put a lot of work into making his character robust and realistic. Throughout the story we get a good bit of insight into Dan, give to us slowly and allowing us to learn right along side him. Stephanie, the secretary and possible love interest begins in the background and comes to the forefront as the story progresses. The romance that sparks between them adds that perfect touch of light to an otherwise dark story. I believe that paranormal fiction fans will find something to love in NI'IL, THE AWAKENING. This is the first in a trilogy that promises to get better and better with each book. Great characters, a mysterious plot, and the perfect amount of legend combine to create a dynamic book with great reread potential.
spierce67 More than 1 year ago
NI'IL The Awakening By James Boyle Publisher: iUniverse Published: 2008 ISBN: 978144018679 Pages: 201 This debut novel by James Boyle was a thrilling work of fiction about a small town in Placerton, Oregon. The story follows the life of a widower, Dan Connor, who is the police chief left with the task of finding out who or what has killed several residents of his town. He doesn't clearly agree with the others that it is a rogue bear or cougar out killing people. There is no evidence left at the scenes and he has witnessed some strange things going on around him-old Native American man at each scene who disappears once approached, a beautiful young Native American woman that disappears as well and a large possum mocking him-and each death or disappearance is closely related to him. As soon as I thought I knew what was going to happen, there was another twist and turn in the story. I spent my time guessing what would happen next. In addition to the murders, missing dogs and people, there is a storm that rages through the town destroying all that is in its path. A large gray cloud hovers over this town for a period of time-the storm and the "thing" in the woods-setting the town on edge. People are left without electricity, food and shelter in some cases forced to seek comfort elsewhere at an emergency shelter. I felt a range of emotions with each page that I turned eagerly trying to find out what was going on in this town. I couldn't put the book down until I reached the end. When Stephanie was kidnapped along with Dan's dog, Maggie, I became angered. I thought he was too smart to allow her to go off alone to risk being harmed. As the search for them ensued I quietly wished for their safety. In the midst of all of this, Dan Connor realizes that he has powers that will allow him to defeat the "thing" that is killing people if he combines his powers with those of Stephanie, his secretary and new love interest. Together they set out to accomplish that by any means necessary. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys well written, action packed, thrillers. The detailed descriptions of the Oregon countryside and the mystical aspects of the Native American lore is an added touch to the story. Each character and scene is extremely vivid allowing the reader to become a part of the story. I feel it touches on the power of the human spirit reflected in the ability of Dan and Stephanie to defeat this "thing" that has come to town to harm the residents and find love in the process. This book definitely doesn't read like a debut novel. I anxiously await the arrival of Mr. Boyle's next book.
Jacoby More than 1 year ago
Wow! I read it during a windstorm and it scared the #$@% out of me. One heck of a debut novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and loved it. The characters really come to life. I found myself making time to read the book because I cared about the characters and their town. I loved the use of Native American folklore. I have long been a student of their stories and love Tony Hillerman novels. This novel has all the same ingrediants, a story and a purpose. Mr. Boyle got it right!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a real page turner,kept my interest to the last page and I couldn't put it down. I think we'll be hearing lots more from James Boyle.
sophist97 More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. Stayed up way too late and went to work the next day with only four hours of sleep. A real thriller.
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RomulusReviews More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of stories like those found in (The Crossing, 1985) by Joseph Bruchac, NI'IL THE AWAKENING by James Boyle struggles to provide readers with a bit of Native American escapist lore. The problem is not in Mr. Boyle's delivery, for he writes well, but in his execution of story. Where many stories in this genre manage to grip the reader with horror, suspense and suspended belief, Boyle misses the mark making it difficult to recommend this book unless it's all you have left when the winter weather's too bad to go out for another.