This is a series of a son, Steven, and his father, Roy solving different paranormal problems for people in need. It started with Steven's own haunting. It started with Steven being a complete unbeliever in the paranormal. However, Roy explained the gift ran through generations in his family, and once Steven came to terms with the gift, he accepted it, and learned of his own gift. He and his father, who at one time just wasn't that close...well, they form a close bond while working on each problem they face. We start with the first story of a child killer, Lukas, who is now dead and building power within his evil soul on the other side using the help of Michael, a follower in life and death. We read how Roy and Steven help friends of Roy's who own a haunted bed & breakfast, to almost having their gift drained altogether in Eximere, to dealing with the devil after a family is slaughtered after Roy and Steven returned a family book. Steven later finding out he is more gifted than he or his father ever knew, but he's a newbie and just learning how to use his gift. Jason, Steven's son, begins to tell his father he's having weird dreams and has since he was about ten years old, and wants Steven to talk to him, but Steven feels he should hold back because he wanted Jason to finish college before knowing of his gift, which causes Jason to turn to another man, Michael. Yes, the evil Michael, however, Jason doesn't know about Michael and leaves with him to Nevada to learn of his gift. Michael knows Jason is Steven's son, and is all too excited to take Jason, and have Roy and Steven to have to come get him. Things just keep rolling from the first to the last book, and smoothly. Michael Richan, author, doesn't use filler ( a term I use for unneeded words, descriptions, etc we readers could do without) in any book. That's another reason I really like his books because he gets to the story, and keeps to the story, which keeps you interested each page.
This series also introduces so many other good characters. Eliza becomes a needed character and caregiver of the guys. She is gifted, bright, fun and helps the guys network out to meet other's who help. Dixon, Roy's old friend, also helps them..you don't meet people who aren't gifted in someway, unless they need help. At times the guys find someone who needs help, at other times Eliza will call with a problem, or Dixon will refer them. You will meet Deem, a young gifted girl, and Winn, a not as young gifted guy, when Roy and Steven go to Nevada to get Jason. They are great characters, and they are what the Downwinders series are about. In the last 2 books in this series, you will briefly hear of Yann, a creepy man from the Dark River, the Achernar Group ( the Dark series), and of the figurine Steven finds at Eximere that is a major piece in the Dark series. I love how Michael ties all of them together. 5 stars for the series!
The Dark River; A is the first book in Michael's series the Dark River. It's a great read, and you will learn of the dark side of the river. The place that's addictive, and many gifted people go there, and lose themselves in this life to live in that dark place. The Achernar Group is trying to find a way for non-gifteds to access the River. It'll keep you reading beginning to end, and you will find out what Yann is about, along with why the figurine in the River series is so important.
You will read about Winn and Deem, a pair of friends who seem to find their fair share of problems while trying to fix the one you're reading about. In "Blood Oath, Blood River", you will read about Deem going on a bus trip with her mother and aunt. They see a spirit running next to the bus, little did they know this spirit is known as a skin walker...they find ways to kill innocent people. Winn and Deem finds a man who knows a lot about the mormon religion, and the secrets the local group hold, and before he can help them, they walk in on a murder in progress. Who would kill this man? What secrets does this mormon sector not want told? Deem later realizes her life is in danger because she's looking in places not meant to be found for her father's journals. Can she keep herself alive?
The second book is a tale of Winn's childhood. It speaks of Winn and his friend Brent looking for treasure. Winn finds what looks to be an old nickel, but what he finds out is it's a very special nickel. Brent dies and begins haunting Winn to the point Winn doesn't want to be home. What is this strange coin? What powers does it hold? How does Winn get his best friend in childhood to stop haunting him? Or does he?
The third is about Carma's niece being in a coma because of a poisoning. Carma is a woman who becomes a very good friend of Winn and Deem's in the first novel. They need a vacuum box to heal Lizzy, Carma's niece. Who poisoned Lizzy? Well, I can tell you she isn't a nice person, and after Deem and Winn save her...they have to kill her because of her deeds. Can they pull this off? Are they killers? What did Lizzy do in order for someone to poison her?
The fourth book is about Deem and David go to the mansion to find Lorenzo. David is a newbie to his skills of being able to go into the river, and Lorenzo is a dead mormon with the skill of "sight", and Deem found his journals in a cave and wants to talk to him about them. Little did they know they were going into a house where a serial killer's soul is running the place. David ends up very sick after the visit as does Winn later on in the book...however, Deem goes into a coma. Where's her soul? Lyman tells them, and there's small hope for her to come back, but I'm crossing my fingers. Did they get rid of the killer? Did they find Lorenzo? Can David and Winn be cured before they die?
These are very good reads for the person who likes scary, but not scared to death, and for the person who likes to keep to the story without filler taking up unneeded pages. I really like this writer, and I would give him 4.5 stars all the way!