Rise the Dark

Rise the Dark

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Mark Novak's greatest mystery may be his own...
Rise the dark. These were the last words written in Lauren Novak's notebook before she was murdered in a strange Florida village. They've never meant anything to the police or to her husband, investigator Markus Novak. Now the man he believes killed her is out of prison, and draws Markus to the place he's avoided for so long: the lonely road where his wife was shot to death beneath the cypress trees and Spanish moss in a town called Cassadaga.
In Red Lodge, Montana, a senseless act of vandalism shuts the lights off in the town where Sabrina Baldwin is still trying to adjust to a new home and mourning the loss of her brother, who was a high voltage linesman just like her husband, Jay. As the spring's final snowstorm calls Jay deeper into the mountains, chasing the destruction on the electrical grid, Sabrina is abducted by Garland Webb, the man Markus Novak believes killed his wife. Drawing them all together is a messianic villain who understands that you can never outpace your past. You can only rise against the future.
Michael Koryta is...
"Masterful." - Michael Connelly
"Riveting." - Harlan Coben
"A master." - Stephen King
"An absolute sizzler." - Lisa Unger
"A writer for the new century" - Tom Franklin
"One of today's finest." - William Kent Krueger
"A terrifying winner." - Dennis Lehane
"Electrifying." - Joseph Finder
"Deliciously dark." - Scott Smith
"Breathtaking." - Nelson DeMille
"A must-read." - Dean Koontz
"Outstanding." - Lee Child
"Gripping." - Stuart O'Nan
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316293839
9780316293860
9780316510028
Branch Call Number: KORY
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 25 cm

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Jul 24, 2017

Out there, he’d been a member of a barehanding crew, an elite high-voltage repair team that worked on live lines up in the flash zone, perching like birds on wires pulsing with deadly current.
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“Someone has to settle the score for her.” Jeff’s face darkened. “There are lots of tombstones standing over men who made proclamations like that.” “I don’t want a tombstone. When I’m gone, you take the ashes wherever you’d like. Just make sure there’s a strong wind blowing. I want to have a chance to travel.”
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They were more like Special Ops team members than colleagues. Every call-out was a mission where death waited.
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We sure don’t want the hospital to lose patience. A joke that he’d told, and his father had told, and his grandfather.
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she’d interceded and come to Cassadaga herself. Never left.

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Jul 24, 2017

What’s your name?” “Get fxcked.” “Your parents weren’t any more fond of you than I am, then.
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he had worked so hard for so many years to bury this part of himself, to not be one of those grown men who fought like children for children’s reasons, almost all of them boiling down to egos in the end, and usually fueled by liquor.
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Her favorite role was Snow Creek Maiden of the Nez Perce, a white woman passing herself off as an American Indian because so many white people believed that Indians were more spiritually in tune, never sensing the inherent racism there.
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He often assured her of his understanding of the world: No man should kill another, no matter the circumstances, no matter the sins. He’d meant it then, and he thought that was important—he’d meant the words when he’d said them. Back then, he had a wife he was deeply in love with, a job that fulfilled him, and no reason to wish death on anyone. Things change.

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Jul 24, 2017

Mark had met a few people who cared more about their trucks than their homes. It usually didn’t suggest good things.
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“Having a child,” Lauren’s father had said, “is to spend your life swimming with sharks. You think I’m joking, but it’s only because you don’t know yet. You haven’t seen one grow up and walk off into the world, and when you do, you’ll think about all the things that could be waiting out there; you’ll think of car accidents and cancer and kidnappings and all the other horrors in a way you didn’t before you had a child. You always knew they were out there, but you didn’t care in the same way. Then you have a daughter, and…well, then you see the sharks. They’ll start circling in your mind, and they’ll never leave. You’ll just pray they keep circling forever.

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Jul 24, 2017

Violet stood there with her strange smile, cheerful as a New England B and B hostess.
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Single-parent nights were one thing, and she’d had no trouble voicing that concern. Single-parent life, though?We’re too far gone in this world to worry about heritage, about ethnicity. There are only two relevant parties now—people and power. Who has power, and who deserves it.”
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The corpse lay before it like a promise of his fate.
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Her eyes had the tender but firm expression of a good mother assuring her child that there were no monsters, and it was time to trust the dark and get some rest.
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“Sit.” “I’m good.” “No. You’re putting a shadow on the road. Sit down.”
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In the absence of trust, I have to monitor. You understand that, don’t you, Jay? It’s like any parent-child relationship.”

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Jul 24, 2017

Through one corner of the windshield, he saw the Beartooths taking shape, jagged granite towers that looked like they intended to take a bite out of the clouds.
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He wore heavy work boots, the kind her stepfather had worn. The first man she’d killed.
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“Sure. But I’m just not, you know, allowed to tell you. It’s a federal crime. If I was to tell you that Mr. xxyyzz comes in here once every two weeks, usually on Tuesday, and he didn’t come last week, that would be a federal crime.”
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Sucks to steal a car that’s a lemon, you know?”
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To drive through the places where the natives had been when the white settlers found them and then to drive through the places those settlers had left for those natives seemed to demand shame. Or should have.
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We’re all renters here. Of earth, of our time. We don’t own either of those things.

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Jul 24, 2017

as they say, man plans and God laughs.
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The bull-moose approach of males, always deferring first to gender, then to size. Likewise, the gun scared him more than the knife when what mattered was not the weapon but the willingness to use it.
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Everyone carries the past with them. It shifts and re-forms and adds layers, but it never leaves.
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If you don’t have to work to get through winter, what difference does spring make?”
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“It’s Montana. We don’t need to make sense to the tourists.”
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“Abenaki.” “That’s some name.” “It’s Indian.” “You don’t look the part.” “Who are you to say whether I look like my own name?”

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Jul 24, 2017

“Tell you something, Markus—older you get, the more you realize the only things in this world that can really cause you pain are the people you love.
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“The most important lessons are the ones that leave scars, boy. That’s what your grandfather used to say, whether we’d gotten a lip split in a fight or been thrown by a horse or whatever. The most important lessons leave scars.”
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And the weird bastard looks at me with this smile like a pedophile in an amusement park
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Larry had spent his life hitting hard spells like a bug hits a windshield.
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“What’s he hiding from?” “Not hiding. Waiting.” “On?” “The end of the world.”
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You’re police?” Larry said it as if Mark had announced that he made his living testing razor blades on the ears of live bunnies.
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the Bannock was originally the path used by bison-hunting parties of the Nez Perce, Shoshone, Kalispel, and Flathead.
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The road to Cooke City was filled with ghosts. Mark was used to traveling with them,

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jimg2000
Jul 24, 2017

It was an arrogant assumption that any strike against society implied an ideological cause, some bizarre attempt to correct society, rather than a clean and simple desire to watch it burn.
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And for those he had found on the radical fringes, the ones itching to be mobilized for a cause, it was simply a matter of joining their fear and their hope.
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When darkness fell, chaos would reign, and the man who controlled the chaos? His ascent to leadership was natural order. Proof of this was in the history books of every civilization.
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A careful study of human nature, however, told you that every human on earth already carried two viral qualities: fear and hope. Each was contagious and could spread rapidly under the right conditions, but at first glance they seemed to be natural enemies. False. Fear and hope were fundamentally joined, inseparable.

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Jul 24, 2017

we determine what story they need to hear. It’s the story that they’re already telling themselves, don’t you see? It’s the nightmare they believe in. Once you understand that nightmare, you join them in it. Their fear becomes your fear.
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they feared the government, believed in shadow conspiracies, and were firmly convinced that the U.S. military was looking for any excuse to claim first the guns and then the freedoms of Americans.
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“That boy isn’t the sort to send you on a wild-goose chase. He’s the sort to send you into a hornet’s nest.”
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“He runs meth out to the oil fields,” Larry said. “He’s been doing well lately. The Bakken’s been better to the drug business than it has to the oil business.
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“Someday,” she said, “we will all be returned to the earth. This is the certainty of our existence, the only certainty. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Whether as ashes or dust, you will return to the earth. How do you wish to be greeted?”

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Jul 24, 2017

a world that promised progress born from hope but acted, again and again, out of fear.
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When it goes down, our fxcking joke of a president is going to say that it wasn’t anybody from the Middle East. He’ll say it was AMERICAN BOYS.
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When the news reaches you, the Americans will surely say that this strike at their hearts was made by a group of their own kuffar, their own clueless kind, and not by those who, Allah willing, will soon join you in Dabiq.
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In the echo chambers of this online world, where people parroted one another and an original idea was not only discouraged but feared, it did not take long to learn how to join in the chorus.
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he’d had to pose as the neophyte in need of convincing rather than the messenger.
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He stared at her, his broad face showing all the intellect of a steer who has reached the end of the slaughterhouse chute without realizing where he’s been led.

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Jul 24, 2017

Page turner with characters you want to root for and well researched story on power grid, terrorism, mysticism, being a lineman, Montana landscape and other references based on real places or events (see links in "Summary".) First time reader of the author's work and not going to be the last.

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Reads_A_Lot
Aug 21, 2016

I enjoyed this 2nd Mark Novak book. On his quest for revenge of his wife's murder he ends up back where he was raised. We learn more about his mother and the uncle that raised him. They are the reason that even though he tries to be good he has a little bit of bad in him. I liked his uncle and the new female sidekick. Interesting and good paced plot that kept me turning the pages. This book has what I call a soft conclusion, leaving some things hanging for the next book in the series.

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emerge
Aug 16, 2016

This is the second book to feature investigator Mark Novak following “Last Words”. He’s still reeling from the death of his wife & searching for Garland Webb, the man who killed her. He eventually crosses paths with Jay Baldwin who has his own reasons for hating Webb. But neither man is prepared for the evil they’ll encounter.

The opening pages grab you by the throat & the pace rarely lets up. At the heart of the story is a dangerous man intent on establishing a new world order. His charisma sucks other disenfranchised souls into his grand scheme to bring the government to its knees.

For Mark, it’s also a deeply personal journey that brings him face to face with his past & the family he walked away from years ago. He’s a sympathetic MC struggling to move on with his life & what he learns in this outing makes him question everything he thought he knew.

Chapters alternate between characters so we’re privy to their thoughts & actions. There’s a significant paranormal element to the story so you’ll have to be on board with things like symbolic dreams, precognition & chats with the dead to fully engage with the plot. The last half takes place in small, dying towns & remote locations in Montana which adds to the sense of isolation & paranoia.

While most threads are tied up by the end, some are left dangling to give fans hope they’ll have another chance to catch up with Mark Novak. A well written & fast paced thriller.

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Jul 24, 2017

Cassadaga, Florida - a real tiny community of psychics and mediums. See wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassadaga,_Florida

Cooke City and Silver Gate, Beartooth Highway ... Montana - Isolated places during the winter.

Jason Woodring - A lone wolf domestic terrorist from Arkansas whose action inspired the plot: https://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/the-story-of-jason-woodring-the-arkansas-power-grid-vandal/Content?oid=3334926

Lineman - With more interest on our power grid, the profession lives of lineman are recently in focus in the media, e.g. "Life on the Line 2015" starring John Travolta.

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