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Witch Lights: Book Two of the Blackwater Lights Trilogy
     

Witch Lights: Book Two of the Blackwater Lights Trilogy

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by Michael M. Hughes
 
The heir to H. P. Lovecraft by way of Dean Koontz, Michael M. Hughes returns with a new tale of paranormal horror—the hair-raising follow-up to Blackwater Lights.
 
Thrown together in the fight against a deadly supernatural conspiracy, Ray Simon, Ellen Davis, and Ellen’s young son, William, are hiding out in Guatemala—one

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The heir to H. P. Lovecraft by way of Dean Koontz, Michael M. Hughes returns with a new tale of paranormal horror—the hair-raising follow-up to Blackwater Lights.
 
Thrown together in the fight against a deadly supernatural conspiracy, Ray Simon, Ellen Davis, and Ellen’s young son, William, are hiding out in Guatemala—one step ahead of Lily, a beautiful, wealthy sociopath who has become a conduit for bloodthirsty inhuman entities that seek to infiltrate our world. Aiding this unholy plot is Ellen’s own husband, an ex–Special Forces operative hell-bent on reclaiming his family and taking his revenge on Ray.
 
Long months on the run have taken their toll on Ray and Ellen, whose relationship is starting to fray, and William has lost all hope for a normal childhood. But when they let down their guard for an instant, things turn from bad to worse as Ray is separated from the woman and child he’s sworn to protect.
 
With nowhere else to turn, Ray calls upon the secretive occult Brotherhood, who have been desperate to recruit him. Help arrives in his old friend Mantu, an ex-comedian turned commando who claims to be on the side of the angels. But this situation is no joke. Ellen and William have been captured by a powerful drug lord—a violent sadist who offers to protect them for a price: Ellen’s body . . . and perhaps her very soul.

Praise for Witch Lights
 
“I was enthralled by this story. . . . You will be clamoring to read book three.”—The Thugbrarian Review
 
“[Witch Lights] is a rollicking, wild adventure. For fans of James Rollins.”—Cayocosta72 Book Reviews
 
Praise for Blackwater Lights
 
“Michael M. Hughes’s highly intelligent debut novel, Blackwater Lights, weaves a stunning tale of intrigue, ritual, and dark magic. It’s brilliantly paced and beautifully written, and once the journey has begun, it’s impossible to put down. Luckily for those of us hooked on Hughes, Blackwater Lights is but the first work in his forthcoming trilogy.”—Lisa Mannetti, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of The Gentling Box
 
“Disturbing, surreal, and spooky as hell, Blackwater Lights is a brilliantly written debut, marking Michael M. Hughes as a talent to watch.”—Tim Lebbon, author of Coldbrook and the Toxic City trilogy
 
Blackwater Lights is a paranoid thrill-ride that deftly combines mystery, sci-fi, and horror elements into a modern-day conspiracy tale. An impressive debut that builds to a satisfying, action-filled conclusion.”Cemetery Dance magazine
 
Blackwater Lights has action, adventure, sex, love, designer drugs, and violent death, all woven into a globe-spanning paranormal conspiracy. I mean, really, what’s not to like? Consider this my official request for a sequel.”—F. Paul Wilson, author of the Repairman Jack novels and The Adversary Cycle
 
“A harrowing and riveting thrill ride. Hughes is a welcome addition to the dark-fiction ranks.”—Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/17/2014
Some sequels can stand alone, and some are like Greek to those who missed the first book. This follow-up to the acclaimed Blackwater Lights falls into the latter category. The story follows the protagonists of the first book—Ray, Ellen, and William, Ellen's son—who are living incognito in Central America. Ellen and William are kidnapped by a flamboyant drug lord who worships a strange deity, leaving Ray to turn to the mysterious Brotherhood to rescue them. Aside from an exposition dump in the first chapter, the motivations of the characters are given little to no attention. They are solely defined by their interest in other characters, as Ellen loves her son, Ray loves Ellen, the drug lord loves Ellen, etc. Super Mario and Princess Peach have a more compelling relationship than anyone in this disappointing tale. The shallow characterizations allow the plot to move quickly and it is exciting in places, but it's hard to work up a lot of interest in who is being sacrificed to what deity when given no reason to care.
Verdict Not recommended, unless you loved the first book.—Peter Petruski, Cumberland Cty. Lib. Syst., Carlisle, PA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553390247
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Series:
Blackwater Lights Trilogy , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
266,349
File size:
816 KB

Meet the Author

Michael M. Hughes writes both fiction and nonfiction. His debut novel, Blackwater Lights, is based on a short story that first appeared in Legends of the Mountain State: Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia. When he’s not writing, Hughes lectures on paranormal and Fortean topics and performs as a mentalist. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.

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Witch Lights: Book Two of the Blackwater Lights Trilogy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
You definitely can't understand this book if you haven't read Blackwater Lights. I admit to being a little confused on what may have happened since the end of book one. As in book one, the violent scenes are exciting and well-described. Much of the book bogs down in travel as the story progresses slowly and with few surprises. Worth a read, but not as entertaining as book one.