Raven's Peak

Book 1, World on Fire

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
219 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2016
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Author Biography

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole starts off with a bang and rarely lightens up its drama. The explosive prologue delivers a decidedly necessary orientating mix of intrigue, violence, and “demoness” to introduce the reader properly to the definitively alternate world that he is entering, as well as to encounter two most pivotal characters, one of whom – the self-flagellating Reverend - yet remains only as a motivating background to the remainder of the story. The young woman, Abigail, whom he delivers from possession, remains central. This meaty introduction is followed by another in Chapter One; still intriguing, but much less gritty … for now. Haatim, a bright but emotionally battered young man, is hired by a stranger to investigate a stalker. Sounds conventional enough, except the demons and Abigail are much closer than you think.

Lincoln Cole does a masterful job in Raven’s Peak of developing his demonic version of the world. His more dire explanations for the evil embedded there are consistent and convincing, and one feels comfortable – if that can even be an appropriate feeling here – with suspending disbelief in order to engage more fully. But the author does more than just create a personal demonic version of events; he creates characters whom we care about and root for – one, a bit more heroic than the other. Mr. Cole also has a talent for realistic dialogue and the mundane moments of normal human interactions, some much needed sardonic humor, and many well-thought-out plot developments to keep the reader active in his reading. This book is obviously the first in a proposed series, and Cole has done a proper job of preparing a most intriguing framework for future visits to this literally insane world.

Chris Fischer

In a highly intriguing first work to the new World on Fire series by author Lincoln Cole, Raven’s Peak kept me turning the pages from the very beginning. The story hinges on the lives of two main characters, Abigail Dressler and Haatim Arison, individuals that come from quite different backgrounds but end up having to come together in order to, essentially, save the town of Raven’s Peak. Haatim is a young man obviously going through a deep depression. His sister has recently passed away, he’s left college, and he has no idea what to do with his life. Abigail finds herself with a completely different set of problems that involve possession by a demon, and being privy to a secret threat that is causing the people of Raven’s Peak to act as if they are insane. When Abigail happens upon Haatim and realizes that he possesses a supernatural gift passed along his family lines, one he has never been aware of, they realize that they are the only chance Raven’s Peak has for survival.

I so enjoyed Raven’s Peak. The story line is fast paced, exciting, and a true page turner. The scene setting ability of author Lincoln Cole, even with supernatural elements, is simply second to none. Once I started this book, I was honestly unable to put it down until I had read every bit of it, that’s how much it sucked me in. In fact, the best piece of advice I have for readers, besides being sure to get this book as soon as possible, is to set aside enough time to read it from cover to cover once you start! I can confidently give this book my highest recommendation, and will certainly keep my eyes peeled for the second book in this incredibly promising series. Author Lincoln Cole, I hope you write fast!

Tracy Slowiak

Wow! Just, wow! That’s exactly what I thought when I finished reading Raven’s Peak, the first book in the planned World on Fire Series by author Lincoln Cole. This story line is one that will grab readers from the very first pages and will keep them obsessively reading all the way through until the very last. Following the characters of Abigail Dressler and Haatim Arison, two people thrown together in a fight to save their town from a threat they could never have imagined, this story is full of action, adventure and thrills. It had me actually holding my breath in places, nervous to find out what happened next, but determined to do so! Haatim and Abigail come from their own difficult and damaging backgrounds, one dealing with profound grief and the other with a history full of danger and despair, but they must learn to trust and depend on each other if they have even a chance of saving those who live in Raven’s Peak. Will they do it? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I loved Raven’s Peak. Loved. It. How’s that for a review? Well, it’s truly how I felt about this excellent new book by Lincoln Cole. The author has done a fantastic job in creating characters that readers will connect with, relate to and truly come to care about, thinking of them long after the book is finished. If that isn’t a hallmark of a great author, I’m not sure what is. This book is full of action, adventure, twists and turns, supernatural thrills, and a fascinating relationship between the primary characters, Abigail and Haatim; in other words, there’s something for everyone in it. I highly recommend this book, and I will be very much looking forward to reading the next volume in the World on Fire series by Lincoln Cole as soon as it is available!