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Whoever thought writing a bestseller could be so dangerous? Author Beth Rider's second vampire novel has hit number one and she is flying high on her new-found fame, but at a fated book signing that runs late into the night, Beth is confronted by an evil she'd only experienced in nightmares. Jack Dawn, a supernatural monster belonging to an ancient race of bloodthirsty immortals known as the Rakum, vows to track down and kill...
Whoever thought writing a bestseller could be so dangerous? Author Beth Rider's second vampire novel has hit number one and she is flying high on her new-found fame, but at a fated book signing that runs late into the night, Beth is confronted by an evil she'd only experienced in nightmares. Jack Dawn, a supernatural monster belonging to an ancient race of bloodthirsty immortals known as the Rakum, vows to track down and kill the young writer because of the vile redemptive message her book is bringing his people.
The Rakum have spread evil among mankind since the Beginning, growing in strength and influence with every passing century. Jack's proselyte Michael Stone was brought up from his youth to be strong, sensible and oftentimes, brutal. But when he stumbles upon the beautiful and apparently innocent Beth Rider, he is instantly smitten, despite the fact that a few seconds later he realizes that she is the target of his Elder's fury. Puzzled by Jack's unreasonable condemnation, Michael takes it upon himself to protect the lovely author from the limitless lust of his brethren.
Facing the most terrifying trial of her life against creatures known only in fables, one simple woman will unintentionally threaten the very existence of a powerful and accursed people. In the climactic mêlée, it is a race to the death, or if Beth has her way, a race to the life-of every Rakum who makes the choice.
Posted October 16, 2010
The real significance of the expression "truth is stranger than fiction" becomes apparent to novelist Beth Rider one seemingly normal evening at a book signing, when she is suddenly accosted by a stranger who later marks her as a target, a "rabbit," to be hunted by a legendary ancient race. What follows is one of the most original and inspiring vampire stories I've ever read. Explaining all the reasons I love Ellen C. Maze's "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider," without any spoilers, is almost impossible because, although the novel reads like any fast-paced and exciting story of suspense, the underlying themes and symbolism are much more complex. The unique premise of this novel alone - of a fiction author who, unknowingly, writes the truth about and suggests the possibility of salvation for the creature known to most human beings as the vampire (though not known as such to this race of beings themselves, we learn) - was enough to fascinate me and draw me into the story. Many other factors, however, impressed me and made it a story that really touched me on a deeper level. First, the character of Beth, who in the beginning of the story has no idea why she's been made a target, is a kind of archetype for all human beings, each of whom have an individual role to play in God's plan, even when they are unaware of that role or don't realize at all that their daily decisions and actions are part of that design. Beth must learn, as all hopefully one day do, that what she had considered the gift of her talent, leading her to a particular career path, was, in fact, divine inspiration leading to a much more vital role. Further, the symbolism of a fiction writer whose creative work is the inspiration which can change the lives and spiritual destinies of so many is a great testament to the power of the written word and how what writers write can influence and transform another, for better or for worse. The deeper symbolism, that this is exactly how God transforms man - through His Word - is more significant still. Over and over throughout the novel, I was struck by how much "Rabbit" reminded me of a parable. While, on the surface, the author seems to be simply telling a fascinating story with a moral theme - because these ideas are not presented in a systematically theological manner meant for scholars, but instead like one of those intriguing folklore tales listeners of any age can understand and enjoy - delving into deeper layers of the story offers an even more beautiful message of redemption, pointing toward fundamental truths about the love and mercy of God, the value of human life and the lengths God to which will go to bring each of His creatures back to Him. While indisputably Christian fiction, I believe any reader who appreciates an original, well-written and inspirational supernatural story will love and be touched by this unique vampire novel. Highly recommended reading.
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Posted November 6, 2012
When I picked up, Rabbit, I was struck by the cover art. Upon reading the synopsis, I was intrigued by the plot and the author's humorous bio. Although, I'm not a big vampire fan, I gave Rabbit a chance and I'm glad I did.
Rabbit, is a about a bestselling, religious novelist named Beth Rider, who quickly taps into the emotions of not only humans but vampires with her inspirational work. Over a period of time her novel, "The Judging" persuades the vampires, known as a Rakums, to cross over from their world of darkness and into the light... A metaphor for being born again, but I could be wrong.
All is well until one signing when she is threatened by Jack Dawn, a Rakum Elder. Once alone, she is attacked by Jack and is told she has now been marked for prime game. The chase is on from this point as she is a target for the vampire's brethren.
In this time of turmoil, she meets Michael, a Rakum, whose intention is to save Beth from Jack and his bloodthirsty brethren. Upon their meeting, I perceived this Scully and Mulder relationship bond, which was exciting since I felt Michael and Beth fit well together. Shortly after their meeting, Beth is introduced to a child Rakum, named David, who is one of my favorite characters.
Although Beth has been comforted by her new friends, she is whisked away by the evil forces that have marked her as a Rabbit. It is now up to Michael to save her.
I really enjoyed this book as it had, what I have heard referred to as, a "Koontzie" feel, as it is mixed in genres such as drama, suspense, romance, and religion. Any fan of Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker will enjoy, Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, the first of a series.
Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of action.
Posted March 2, 2012
Charged with a quick sliver prose and a whip-smart storytelling style, resonant tales of vampires, the mythic struggle of good and evil, titanic armies, a host of richly drawn characters in a powerfully imaginative landscape, these tales make and break the rules of the established genres creating a dynamic and fresh storytelling, to thrill the soul and enlighten the mind, this not for the faint of heart or the milk toast adventurer, this book has Bite, Claws and Talent to burn,Utterly Unmissbale and something for every mind that considers itself " Imaginative ", anchient and powerfull forces are unleashed in an attack on all we hold dear as sacred beings, studiously researched and grounded in anchient words/language and theology, it is a totally immersive and engaging thrill-ride through a fresh, 21st Century perspective, as Humanity reduced to mere sustenance to feed a higher race. Faith, belief and the reason for both and how it can act as the only redemptive force feature centrally, driving the compelling narrative , these tales will leave you reeling with amazement and Thirsty for More! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 10/10Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2011
This novel was a finalist in the speculative fiction category of the Grace Awards, a readers choice award in faith-based literature.
Rapacious Rakum. -- I've long wondered about the Nephillim. [Genesis 6:4 NAS ~ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward , when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.]
What if these Nephillim still walked the earth, only now the call themselves Rakum???
This novel gripped me and the author took me on quite a ride.
Posted October 27, 2010
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A thought provoking and creative vampire story for sure. Ellen has created a whole new genre of vampire story, one that involves religion in an interesting way and mixes it with a whole new breed of vampires. With scenes that seem to flow seamlessly and characters that grab your attention while reeling you in, this is a definite page turner and should be added to any vampiraholic's list.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2010
As the author, please allow me to direct you to the print version of this book on Barnes & Nobel and Amazon to read over 65 5-star reviews. RABBIT is wowing people across the globe with its weird and disturbing take on the vampire myth. Watch out--once you head down the rabbit hole, you might see yourself differently on the other side...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2011
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