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The Drowning God by [Kendley, James]
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Length: 364 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The Drowning God, a paranormal thriller by James Kendley, is one of 30 projects selected out of 4,563 submissions for Harper Voyager's new digital-first expansion -- release date July 28, 2015!
Detective Tohru Takuda faces his own tragic past to uncover modern Japan's darkest secret--The Drowning God.
Few villagers are happy when Takuda comes home to investigate a foiled abduction, and local police enlist powerful forces to shut him out. Takuda sacrifices his career and family honor to solve the string of disappearances in the dark and backward valley of his youth, but more than a job is at stake. Behind the conspiracy lurks the Kappa, a monstrous living relic of Japan's pagan prehistory. Protected long ago by a horrible pact with local farmers and now by coldly calculated corporate interests, the Kappa drains the valley's lifeblood, one villager at a time.
Takuda and his wife, Yumi, are among the few who have escaped the valley, but no one gets away unscarred. When Takuda digs into the valley's mysteries, Yumi's heart breaks all over again. She wants justice for her murdered son, but she needs an end to grief. Even if Takuda survives the Kappa, the ordeal may end his marriage.
With Yumi's tortured blessing, Takuda dedicates his life to ending the Drowning God's centuries-long reign of terror. He can't do it alone. A laconic junior officer and a disarmingly cheerful Buddhist priest convince Takuda to let them join in the final battle, where failure means death--or worse. The journey of these three unlikely warriors from uneasy alliance to efficient team turns THE DROWNING GOD's mystery into an adventure in friendship, sacrifice and courage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse (28 July 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written. 24 August 2015
By kitty emery - Published on
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This book was highly recommended by a friend, and it was a great book to read on a recent road trip. The book is very well written and researched, and I really felt connected to the characters and to the Japanese culture. The only reason I did not give it five stars is that I am not into the paranormal, but there were deeper emotions and relationships that kept me interested. I would recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid new book 6 September 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This dark contemporary fantasy thriller stayed taut with chills and mystery throughout. The writing style seemed odd at first, but once I got used to it I was able to cruise along at breakneck speed for this creepy, satisfying novel, which asks how the gods of forgotten times manage to survive in the present day (hint: it ain't pretty!).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book. If you are looking for something to ... 29 July 2015
By Tonya Assid - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
First I have to say I was given a free copy of this book to review from Harper Voyager.

This is a great book. If you are looking for something to finish out your summer vacation in the Hamptons or lounging around the city pool before you get back to reality - this is a good book to read. Easy read in a day or two and fun.

He had me hooked from the very beginning with the mystery of the river and the "monster". Is it a human? A real monster? A god? Or a big fat corporation? - killing off people for years. It's a great plot premise and if you like a little murder mystery with a touch of sea monster/horror movie, then you are gonna love this book.

Kendley does a great job creating the Japanese culture, right down to the way they speak, mannerisms and beliefs. You almost feel like you are reading the book in Japanese. In fact, I thought the book might have been translated into English.

The main character, Takuda, is set up to suffer and that is what we want. We want to rout for him to survive, win, kill the bad guy. He is flawed yet very likable. And his side kicks - the priest and the detective add the comic relief needed in this intense ride.

Go read it - have fun with it!
Isn't that what it is about.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scary visit to Japan, a good buddy book, and a fun supernatural thriller 11 July 2016
By Vashar - Published on
I wasn't sure what to think when I started reading this supernatural thriller set in Japan. I don't read a lot of horror, I'm more into sci-fi and epic fantasy, but I found myself drawn into the Naga Valley and its water safety issues. I enjoyed the main character and as the story progressed, I kept thinking that I knew what was going to happen, but I kept being pleasantly surprised at the way it unfolded and the little twists. While I don't profess to know about Japanese culture, I know the author spent time there and he painted a world that felt authentic and made me want to visit Japan and do research on it. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series with both anticipation and concern for the characters involved. The interactions between the three champions of justice were fantastic. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected! 27 May 2016
By OpenBookSociety dot com - Published on
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro

It had been a while since I read a book like The Drowning God, and it turned out that I got more than what I was expecting from it. The book took me through memory lane, and made me reaffirm why I like this kind of genre. The book mixes mystery with old Japanese folklore tales giving it an alluring approach and capturing the readers interest, yet at the same time not forgetting that it’s a crime story.

The story starts off with an attempt of kidnapping. There’s a strange man near the river bank and he is trying to get a little girl to go towards him. After his failed attempt, Detective Takuda goes down to the village to investigate the case, and along with him comes officer Mori. The suspect is arrested and taken into custody at the local police station where he confesses, but Takuda doesn’t believe he’s the kind of man to go kidnapping children.

I really liked this books, and I especially like Takuda, Mori, and Suzuki, who became like the Three Musketeers of the story. Takuda is like the lone wolf that is still fighting to leave his past behind in the valley, but his honor won’t let him find peace. Mori is described as an officer with a bright future, but as the story progresses, he is a character full of surprises. As for Suzuki, the priest, he is introduced to the readers as a calm, mysterious villager, but transforms into a character with many useful qualities, and funny moments.

The story’s development is slow at the beginning, which was something I didn’t like so much, but as it progresses and a few chapters in, it gets really good. At first, Takuda is reluctant to believe that there’s something supernatural in the village, but the reader is informed of the possibility of the Kappa very early into the story, so when Takuda finally comes across the creature it was non-stop reading for me (except when it got scary I have to confess).

Another aspect that I liked was the author’s take on the Kappa tale. He created a background story for the village that combined folklore and mystery, giving the readers a grasping crime book. There were several scenes that made me wish that the book had concept art to go with it, for example describing the scene where they find the Kappa’s temple. I can imagine it with its green foliage, statues, and a very detailed inside of the mountain. Definitely some of my favorite parts of the book when the author gave us these great scenes through his writing.

Eventually, the reader comes to the end of the story discovering the truth behind the Kappa and the village. Takuda, along with several other characters, is able to find peace ans put his past behind him. All in all, The Drowning God is a great mystery, and I recommend it to fans of this kind of genre. But Takuda’s work doesn’t end in the valley, author James Kendley already has a sequel coming out soon, where we’ll be able to see the ex-detective solving one more mystery.

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