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D.R. Racey has served on active duty in the U.S. Military since 1998 and spends much of his time off writing, developing his next story, and designing his own cover art. He has been married since 2000 and has three children.
He started writing in 2008 as a hobby and published his first book in 2012. His first published book is Blood Rites which is a paranormal fiction novel about a werewolf on the run from his former pack master. D.R. Racey has also published a historical fiction novella about an Army National Guard unit stationed in Baghdad, Iraq during the surge (War - 8000 Miles From Home). He has also completed two fantasy novels as part of the Phoenix Blade Trilogy (Conflagration and Lineage).
All D.R. Racey novels are available from Amazon.com in Paperback and for Kindle.
I hope you enjoy your reading.
Books by D.R. Racey
The Phoenix Blade Trilogy
Book One - Conflagration
Book Two - Lineage
Book Three - Impasse (Available 2016)
War - 8000 Miles From Home
Enmity Awakened (Available Starting in 2015 - Planned to be a 4 to 6 Part Serial)
on July 17, 2013 :
This was a really good book. It is not the genre that I usually read, so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading it. It turned out to be an excellent book. I loved the characters and the plot. I was never sure which direction the book was going to take, so it was always a surprise. I couldn't put it down!
DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author
(through the Goodreads) website group "Lovers of
Paranormal"in exchange for an honest review. The opinions
expressed here are my own, and no money or other
compensation was provided for this review.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 22, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Valus the hero is locked in mortal combat with the villain Junai in the opening scene of the story, and then we find out gradually the events that led to the final confrontation. I understood why the climactic scene was at the beginning of the story, as a hook, but it worked much better near the end where it was supposed to be.
I thought there was too much background in the early part of the story, and while it is important to set the scene, this could perhaps have been tucked into other scenes or dialogue for a smoother flowing story.
I'm a stickler for words and names, and the story is full of named characters. Most of the names fell a bit flat for me, but the words that appealed to me the most were Shendari, Bharuk, Jaladar, Iluan, Mar'del, and Kaldun. Many names appeared only once, as surnames to peripheral characters, so that much of the detail seemed unnecessary. I was sad that I couldn't tell the race of the characters from their names, which made it seem that they all shared a common culture or heritage, even though they were elves, dwarves and humans.
And I have to mention that there were a number of small errors, from typos to improper use of words, to the utterly disorienting use of the word "ok" in dialogue, which completely pulled me out of the story.
Despite the problems, the plot was nicely put together, and the lead up to the next instalment was interesting. I just can't help feeling that with a bit of an edit and some proofreading I would have enjoyed this much more than I did.
(review of free book)
on May 13, 2013 :
very good book. love the chacters
(reviewed long after purchase)
THG StarDragon Publishing
on May 02, 2013 :
Personally I liked the first cover on this one, although I would have made the title lettering match the gloss effect on the shield and flames. It gave it a bit of a plasticy feel, though it seems to be an attempt to mimic an embossed glossed paper cover on the ereader. The second cover is much better though for my Nook Color, and I really like the inclusion of the sword to give us a visual.
The storyline so far is the typical quest for a lost object. The different types of characters encountered in the fantasy role play world are all well represented, so this scores points for equality. Although so far it is the usual plot line, it is worth seeing the interactions between the characters as characters and the characters as their roles. Something that I did not expect was the not-fully-willing leader archetype to have a little of a hot head.
There is a fair bit of humor which got some chuckles at points. There is a lot of assumed history between several of the characters, and some of them talk to themselves, which I find quite believable as I have been known to voice my thoughts to myself from time to time and have walked in on my kids doing similar.
I appreciate the level of description. It certainly helps set it apart from the generic fantasy setting in being able to have details of what the area looks like.
The language is a little clunky in places if you are reading with a modern eye, but it flows very well for medieval styled speech. The whole book is written with that feel and sentence structure which leads to a bit more believable experience for me as a reader. You have a definite separation between the speech of their world and the speech of our wold and time. Even with this, there are at times some innuendos, but they are tasteful and not bawdy.
There is one character who sticks out greatly, although not in a bad way. Wenxo the gnome has an interesting speech pattern, wherein all of his dialog is in lower case. I personally found that to be intruiging, and it reminded me of how e.e. cummings (please not the lowercase) experimented with capitalization and punctuation in his poetry. I thought that helped to set Wenxo apart from the others, as he has to speak in Common to be understood, has a smaller voice, and gnomes tend to be thought of as generally different than elves, dwarves, and humans. I like this character and his hand darts, the speech treatment produces a "root for the underdog" reaction in me.
A few scenes were particularly powerful for me, but first I'll give a spoiler warning:
1. The death of the blind druid particularly effected me. He gave his all, but he did it with STYLE and I liked his parting gifts.
2. The scene where the dwarven King gets to meet Torg after it having been gone for generations, and being introduced to Biter. As symbols, these axes are fascinating. I'd love to see someone with a gift at drawing weaponry reder these.
3. Wenxo with the crossbow... and what he was having to shoot into to aid his friends.
Moving on, I liked the circular treatment of the tale, how it begins in one point of time, and then returns to it or nearby... then continues on. I had hoped that was what would happen since I so rarely find anything that uses that sort of time flow.
The end makes me want to know what happens in the rest of the tale, so I look forward to the other books of the series when my studies allow me the time to read them.
(reviewed long after purchase)