I recently read The River – a short novella by Patrick Jones – and was amazed by the quality of his writing. His style is strangely reminiscent of Stephen King’s, I thought, and I’m curious to see if others thought the same.

As Chris the Story-reading ape announced today, both books will be free to download until the 31st, so what are you waiting for?

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Mark Lansdowne, whose friendly exterior masks a history of covert missions and lethal violence, is still recovering from the death of his beloved wife one year prior.

The outside world intrudes into his grief in a bloody fashion with a string of horrific attacks on locals. The body count spirals; the apparent culprit is an animal allegedly extinct for thousands of years.

Lansdowne relentlessly tracks the creature, inadvertently becoming engaged in a life-or-death battle. Victorious but wounded, Lansdowne ends up in the hospital – while outside, evidence implies that the animal Lansdowne killed was not the only one of its kind.


In rural Missouri, Crawford County has had more than its share of wildlife problems. Not even a year earlier the woods were home to a vicious killer brought back from extinction.

In “The Wolf’s Moon,” Mark Lansdowne and his pal, Warren Skruggs, sent them back…but at a cost.

Now something is haunting the rivers in Crawford County.

The Missouri State Water Patrol must solve the deaths of several residents who died in “The River” but can they stop this menace before more people are killed?


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