- Title: A Haunting in Oregon, The River Series
- By: Michael Richan
- Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Fiction, also categorized as Horror Fiction
- Published By: Dantull, July 27, 2013
- Pages: 258
- ASIN: B00E6YY6TC
About The Author: Michael Richan, presently living in Seattle Washington, has been writing for many years, and has recently published The River Series: The Bank of the River, A Haunting in Oregon, and Ghost of Our Fathers. The last book in the series was published September 29, 2013. His review ratings are very good for this new series, connecting with many readers. You can follow him and his new releases with this link http://michaelrichan.com/
About The Story: Roy has been requested by an old school friend, Pete, to help him with a small matter. Pete remembers from their fortieth year school reunion party that Rod has ‘abilities’. You see, Pete owns a mansion that he made into a bed and breakfast, but people who stay there die or get very sick. Not all of them, just some. The doctors think it’s some kind of virus. Pete thinks it’s something else and wants Roy to investigate.
Steve, Roy’s son, hasn’t known of his father’s abilities for many months. In fact, he had the same abilities, but never knew. He needs training to be able to master and understand what he is capable of. Steve comes to the mansion to help his father find out what’s wrong.
Sarah, Pete’s daughter, doesn’t believe that anyone can have abilities to see beyond what is seeable. She scoffs the idea and frankly is a bit sarcastic and unwelcoming to the father and son team. She feels that the bed and breakfast is doomed financially. They can’t support the mansion if people are frightened off by the deaths.
My Thoughts: Normally I wouldn’t pick up a book that is classified Horror Fiction, but I wanted to read this book because the title had Oregon in it. You see, I grew up in Oregon, so a part of me still has a soft spot for the state.
I liked this book because it was connected to a bit of history that probably isn’t known. In 1850 more the one hundred Native Americans were killed by the U.S. Calgary due to an uprising at the Kelsey ranch. If you’d like to see how this bit of history fits into the story link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Island_Massacre (check the link after you’ve read the story—don’t spoil the story for yourself)
I found Michael Richan’s book sort of, well fun to read—he has a nice way with words. But how can I say that when people are getting poked with tentacles which draw blood, dead people are unburied and hundreds of ghosts are running amok? Well, I don’t want to give the story away, but my point is, it was scary and just a fun read.
I liked the way Roy and his son, Steven connected. There was camaraderie between them and when Steven didn’t perform in a way that was best for eradicating a ghost, Rod wasn’t all over him. They made a very nice working team. I hope that Michael Richan continues his series. Well done! There were some secondary characters I would like to see again. Perhaps they are in his third book of the series.