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I've been a huge fan of Michael Koryta's suspense thriller novels since the first one. While Rise the Dark is an excellent story, there are issues that cause me to down rate the novel to three stars. The most important issue is the unnecessary introduction of and repeated use of the paranormal into this Book 2 of the Mark Novak series. I have complained in prior reviews about Koryta's unnecessary use of the paranormal in two of his earlier novels. It's use changes absolutely nothing about the story. My second issue is with the ending of the book: after the natural conclusion of the story he decided to include what should have been the beginning of the next book in the series. In doing this he is effectively making Mark Novak a serialized series. My final concern is that the key characters other than Mark Novak are not well developed. This is very unusual for Koryta.
I'm disappointed that Koryta doe not present his normal excellent work in Rise the Dark. He can do much better and he has done so in his prior 11 novels.
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The second book in the Mark Novak series does a great job of moving the storyline forward, and keeping you guessing as Michael Koryta does so well. Technically, you wouldn't need to have read the first book to read this one, as it only references the story from the firsy book a few times. Another slam dunk for Koryta!