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The Reader (The Rifters Book 3) by [Pax, M.]
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With the rift closed for the season and no more monsters to fight, Daelin Long gets bored as librarian in the podunk town of Settler, Oregon. A job interview and her brother’s arrival present a tempting opportunity to escape, until her brother and her best friend, a ghost, disappear.

While Daelin searches for them, more mysteries pile up: dead people coming back to life, portraits of the town founders replaced with strange white trees, and people on the other side of the rift returning. It’s impossible. The portal that allows monsters from other universes to come to Earth is sealed until next summer.

The Rifters, a secret group protecting our world, believe the troubles are nothing more than the tantrums of an offended ghost. Daelin disagrees. If she’s right, the evil hell-bent on destroying Earth has new technology making the rift more deadly.

Before the monster summons the next apocalypse, Daelin must find it and destroy it.

Book 3 in the Rifter series.

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  • Print Length: 252 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018BHIFI2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good story mixing science and the supernatural 25 November 2015
By Mars Trader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advance copy from the author and I am posting my review based on it. I like Pax's writing because she has talent for putting original spins on ideas that we might have seen before in other stories. What I mean is, I have seen other stories about rifts, but she has created a compelling instance that is clearly her own design. I point this out because I have seen other authors recycle, rather than recreate the ideas for their stories. I also like that she can tell a good story without relying on gratuitous violence or sexual content to fill in for a weak structure. I encourage readers to look at her Backworlds series (which I have purchased myself), a great example of her talent to weave a new story based on strength of characters and clever interpretations of technology, and to do it extremely well.

Every series has books that become turning points. In this 3rd book. several characters are at crossroads. I felt the pace slow down as we delved into the deeper stories of several key characters. Some of my questions about the characters were answered. Many of the people in the town still seem a bit shallow/unexplained to me and in need of development, but I realized that I am impatient because of the pace of the first two books and need to bide my time. In this book, the author took on the challenge of telling the story of the time between actions (after the rift had closed for the year) - a difficult task which only Asimov ever perfected in the Foundation series. imo. So I read the book a second time and paid attention to the details, and then I liked it better.

-- Minor spoiler alert --
My botany training helped me to enjoy the creative use of a herbicide not poisonous to humans to humanely deal with a monster plant.

Pax has left many potential directions to take the next book (4) in the series, and I find myself composing my own alternate storylines - this means no doubt, I am hooked on on the series.

Nice work, M Pax, keep it up!
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky urban fantasy leaves me wanting more! 10 December 2015
By Christine Rains - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Daelin Long finds things dull in the tiny Oregon town of Settler when the rift closes for the year and there are no more monsters to fight. A woman should be careful of what she wishes for. Things look up when she gets a job interview and her brother visits, but when the library's resident ghost disappears, it's only the beginning of a more frightening mystery. Doubles of missing people and strange white trees. Yet with the portal closed, none of the Rifters' weapons work. Daelin must find a way to save everyone or it may destroy her and everything she loves.

This is the third installment in the awesome urban fantasy series, the Rifters. Each book gets better than the last. Fast-paced, thrilling, and quirky. This is the kind of tale I love best.

Daelin is a big city woman stuck in a podunk town. She wants out, but there are things she values more. She'll do anything for her family and friends, and while she claims not to be the brave one, she has immense strength. I admire her for it and sympathize when she believes she's going to lose everyone she loves. The whole cast of characters is off-the-wall in the most fun and entertaining ways. I adore Daelin's brother Cobb, Silas the inventor from the past, and Gussie who talks to the Goddess.

I can't wait for more in this unique and incredibly written series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Weirdness 22 November 2015
By GemCaprica - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advanced reader's copy from the author for an honest review.

Mary Pax has done it again with her third book in The Rifters series. She has spun a tale of intrigue, mystery, horror, family, friendship, and love.

The characters are so well developed you feel as if you know them.

All Daelin wants is to find her sister, keep her brother safe, so her family can be reunited. And, if she has to fight monsters to do it, she will.

The story had my spine chilled more than once with its creepy weirdness and downright scary spookiness.

I also laughed with Daelin over the eccentric residents of Settler. And, cried with her and other characters over their secrets and heartache.

This was a page turner that was difficult to put down. I looked forward to this book after reading the first two in the series, and I will look forward to the fourth. It's like Settler has become a real place in my mind and I can about these characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best friend in Settler (her only friend) is a ghost ... 22 November 2015
By daniel m obrien - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In "The Reader", the third book in the Rifters series, by M. Pax, introduces us to Daelin's and Charming's younger brother Cobb. After two previous harrowing adventures with creatures from the Rift (a portal connecting 42 universes including Earth) Daelin can finally rest after the Rift closes with the Fall Equinox, or can she?

Her best friend in Settler (her only friend) is a ghost named Cordelia who mysteriously disappears from her usual resting spot in the library. How strange? Even Earl Blacke and his friend Gussie Crane come in from the desert to help out.

I especially enjoy Earl's character development as he overcomes past life trauma with the help of Gussie, who gets her strength from the Goddess she communes with in the desert.

I enjoyed reading this story as it adds additional story to the series and sets up for more action to which I look forward. I am grateful to the author for providing a free review copy in exhange for my honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Installment to The Rifters series! 1 December 2015
By Cherie Reich - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Daelin Long dreams of a life outside of being a Rifter in M. Pax's The Reader. Even when the Rift closes for the season, the danger is still all too real. The third book within The Rifters series delves deeper into the characters, particularly Daelin and Earl. Pax's strength is the way she has written the characters. Their growth through the trials they experience is satisfying. While some answers to the mysteries are revealed, other questions crop up as fast as the strange white trees plaguing Settler, Oregon. The steady pace pulls the reader along, and I wonder how in the forty-two universes will Earl, Daelin, and the others protect us from what will come next. The Reader by M. Pax is a fantastic installment within the series. In all the dictionaries, I'm definitely looking forward to the next book and was sad when I reached the end because I am now going to have to wait for more tales from the Rift.

I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.