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The Rifters: Mystery in a Strange Western Town by [Pax, M.]
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A junction erupts between the worlds.

The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty years to live over again and atone for what he’s done.

Starting over is hard to do. In current day New York, Daelin Long’s dream job at a publishing house goes the way of the dinosaurs her sister chases. With no money and nowhere else to go, Daelin accepts the librarian position in her sister’s dinky town in the middle of Oregon. Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, Daelin’s sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust.

Earl knows more than he’s saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, one he’ll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin’s sister’s secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1624 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: M. Pax (19 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MW8RKME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Good story line and the characters all came to life
What really got up my nose, was the over use of the phrase
"In all the dictionaries" when I say overuse I mean like 12 times
Otherwise it was a good read and I give it a 4.5 out of 5
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By A Customer on 9 December 2016
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Poorly written and badly edited. I couldnt be bothered to try to finish it. Wouldnt recommend unless you can ignore its glaring faults.
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I was given a free review copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. I found the book an enjoyable adventurous read
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5.0 out of 5 stars In all the dictionaries, what a great read! 26 August 2014
By Cherie Reich - Published on Amazon.com
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Moving to Settler, Oregon may be more than Darlin Dae "Daelin" Long bargained for in M. Pax's The Rifters. This short novel hooked me from the first chapter. The action moved fast paced, and the mysteries never ceased. Daelin was easily one of my favorite characters with her quirky expressions, such as "in all the dictionaries," to the fact she was taking the town's library job. As a librarian, I have a soft spot for them in books. Earl was rough around the edges, and his enigmatic ways kept me a tiny bit distanced from him. The town of Settler is unlike any town I've encountered, and I loved the world Pax has created. Part-fantasy, part-science fiction, part-steampunk yet completely enthralling, The Rifters by M. Pax is the start of a great new series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely character driven! 29 September 2014
By Gwen Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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Daelin Long found herself starting over after being robbed in New York. Going to live with her sister, Charming, in Settler, Oregon was her only option. There she finds the townspeople strange, to say the least. Tin foil hats and old fashioned aviation goggles and strange glowing crystals make up some of the props in this urban fantasy, steampunk paranormal.

At the heart of it all is the mystery of the rift, a portal between this world and another, where the town of Settler must fight off invading creatures once a year. Creatures like Haw Shot. Awesomely character driven, with Haw Shot, a possessed, head-collecting ghost from the rift being one of my favorites. And who could forget Cordelia Swit, the former ghost librarian who pops out of her own painting on occasion to give advice?

But where in the world has Charming gotten off to? Apparently she's gone into the rift. You can bet I'll be reading the sequel, The Initiate, to find out!
4.0 out of 5 stars creative story of past meets present, mystery, and a lot of steampunk thrown into the science fiction. 4 September 2015
By Bee - Published on Amazon.com
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Earl Blacke isn't who he seems. He was transported to present day Oregon from 1888 via a 'rift', and not only did it take 40 years off his life, it gave him a chance to start over, even if that means leaving a family behind. Only it's not so easy to escape one's past...

In present day he meets archaeologist Charming Long and her sister, Darling Dae aka Daelin. When Daelin's sister goes missing, Daelin learns more secrets than she should and Earl and his "associate" Dante have to erase parts of her memory.

It's a creative story of past meets present, mystery, and a lot of steampunk thrown into the science fiction.

I gave it a 4 b/c it's a little slow at times, but worth the read.
5.0 out of 5 stars hence the liked but not luved it 4 star rating but thought ... 25 March 2017
By Bonnie Dale Keck - Published on Amazon.com
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Not Kindle Unlimited, interesting premise but there were parts it just wasn't pulled off quite right, hence the liked but not luved it 4 star rating but thought compared to what, then decided on 5. Also got offered #2, later #3 so off to fix review to match as well. This is a 3 book collection in total.

The Rifters: Mystery in a Strange Western Town
The Initiate (The Rifters Book 2)
The Reader (The Rifters Book 3)
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Confusing the 22 March 2017
By Georgia - Published on Amazon.com
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This story starts out very confusing and I almost quite reading because it was not making sense. I hate to not finish a book so plowed on. It finally started to come around but by the e d I am still undecided about this book. Author states at end of book if a review is posted and emailed to her she will send the next book free. I might take her up on it, trying to decide if it is worth my time though.