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The Initiate: Drifting in Time and the Perils of Rocks (The Rifters Book 2) by [Pax, M.]
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A junction erupts between the worlds in Settler, Oregon, a rift from which horrors attack our world. The Rifters defend us.

To trust unquestioningly is the first lesson Daelin Long must learn as the newest Initiate of the Rifters. Her first day is a disaster. She stands on a deserted street in a town smaller than a city district, courting killer rocks from another world with her ancestor from the Revolutionary War. Normal no longer exists.

While she struggles, Earl Blacke grapples with atoning for his past ill deeds, running far and fast from Settler, Oregon. The Shaman of the Desert promises him redemption, and an old mine puts the possibility of a gold strike in his grasp. His luck has changed for the better, but he can’t have both.

You're never a hero until you are.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2004 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: M. Pax (20 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N72UZ9O
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky urban fantasy with a steampunk edge 2 November 2014
By Christine Rains - Published on
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The small Oregon town of Settler is more than just a pretty view. This is where a rift between worlds opens and lets the monsters travel through. Only a small, brave band called the Rifters protect Earth from it. Daelin Long is the newest Initiate. After everything that's happened to her in NYC and the disappearance of her sister, she doesn't trust anyone. But that is exactly what she must do to rise in the ranks. Earl Blacke remains a mystery to Daelin, and she believes he holds the answers she needs. Yet Earl struggles with his past sins while their enemies in the rift plot far worse things for Earth.

This is the second book in the Rifters series, and it's even better than the first. We still have our small western town and quirky townsfolk. They have no idea what's looming over their heads, and it just makes it that much more entertaining. I love that Settler is in the midst of its annual festival, Swit Days, when this story takes place. Settler's personality rings as loudly as all the other characters in the book.

I'm still a big Daelin fan. She's unlike your typical heroine, and paired along side the Rifters, they make the Scooby gang look dry and suburbian. Daelin is challenged even further in this book, not just with her sister's disappearance, but her own inner demons as she tries to learn to trust again. Earl's journey to come to terms with his past is a fun, bumpy ride. One of my new favorites that we're introduced to is Silas. A brilliant and fascinating mind on that man.

One of the aspects that stands out in this book is the enemy currently threatening Settler's population. And threatening seems like too mild of a word for it! I'll never look at red stones the same way again.

This is my favorite book by M. Pax so far. I'm hungry for more!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought the first book was good, but it didn't hook me enough to buy ... 28 July 2016
By wolf - Published on
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I thought the first book was good, but it didn't hook me enough to buy the second book. The second book had a 5 rating and I got it for free, so I read it. It was a slow read, with not much of anything happening in the first half of the book. One of the main characters, Earl, spends most of his time soul searching and whining about the past - You can't change the past, man up Earl! - By the end of the book I didn't really care how it ended, I just wanted to finish it. Overall the story was okay, but not good enough to entice me to read the next installment even if it is free.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, light read! 30 October 2014
By phil n - Published on
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I enjoyed the first book, the Rifters, so I went ahead and pre-ordered the second. The whole portal to other dimensions in time and space has been done before, but this is an interesting, fresh approach. The townspeople are quirky, the things coming through the rift are unbelievable, and so is working with a ghost, but that is what makes it fun. I was caught up in Daelin's world gone suddenly very weird, and I enjoyed seeing how she handled the situations that were thrown at her, and how her relationship with the other characters grew. An added bonus was the depth of insight that Earl encountered in the character Gussie on his desert trek to find himself. This book also resolved some of the questions I had after reading the first in the series. I will be reading the next one.

If you enjoy television shows such as Northern Exposure, Firefly, and Warehouse 13, this book is right up your alley
4.0 out of 5 stars This town's got more secrets than Peyton Place 26 March 2016
By Dave Loeff, author - Published on
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They say it's tough to keep a secret in a small town, but in Settler keeping a secret is a matter of life and death. That's because of the rift between the two obsidian columns. Unearthly things come through the Rift. The Rifters protect us from those nasties while keeping their existence secret.

Although she's a newcomer to settler, and hasn't even drawn her first paycheck as town librarian, Daelin is not only a Rifter but has also been recently promoted to Initiate. A lot has happened to her since losing her job and personal goods in New York. There, her boss betrayed her. Here, she's asked to trust the Rifters. It bothers her to be keeping secrets from her new teammates, but her life is full of uncertainties and it's difficult to know where to place her trust. Unresolved issues with family, friendships and teammates fill her head when she's not fighting for her life.

One thing I like about this story is the way it explores the main character's personal issues and back stories. Another thing I like is its location. If you've ever wondered what it's like to live in a small western town and about the secrets that small town people keep, you'll find out here, at least
fictitiously. It's a story filled with goofily repurposed gadgets, missing and temporally misplaced persons, and lots of sandwiches.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great STories by One of a Kind Writer 20 November 2014
By Peggy Bechko - Published on
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The Rift opens again in Settler and strangeness abounds. The action takes hold from the very beginning and doesn't slacken until the end. Daelin on a quest to reunite with her sister, adventure as Earl tries to find himself and finds someone else, Terror when killer lava bees invade Settler from the rift and quirky people ally themselves with ghosts. There are more dimensions out there than can be dreamed of. A great read. I'm already waiting for #3 in this series.

Grab The Rifters free, then move on to The Initiate - you'll be glad you did.

And don't for get this author also does a SciFi series call The Backworlds.