Ni'il: The Awakening

Ni il The Awakening When several people are brutally killed in the town of Placerton on the isolated Oregon coast most locals think a rogue bear or cougar is roaming the forested hills near town Police Chief Dan Connor

  • Title: Ni'il: The Awakening
  • Author: JamesBoyle
  • ISBN: 9781440108679
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • When several people are brutally killed in the town of Placerton, on the isolated Oregon coast, most locals think a rogue bear or cougar is roaming the forested hills near town Police Chief Dan Connor is not so sure He has witnessed some very strange things lately, such as disembodied voices, muttering a strange foreign language and an old Indian man who seems to be nearWhen several people are brutally killed in the town of Placerton, on the isolated Oregon coast, most locals think a rogue bear or cougar is roaming the forested hills near town Police Chief Dan Connor is not so sure He has witnessed some very strange things lately, such as disembodied voices, muttering a strange foreign language and an old Indian man who seems to be near every crime scene, but disappears before he can be questioned Dan s investigation takes him to the local Sihketunnai Indians and their legend of the Ni il, magical shamans charged with maintaining the balance between humans and the natural world According to the elders, one of the Ni il is responsible for the murders and intends to kill everyone in the community It is Dan s job to stop it.It sounded unbelievable, but was the only explanation that fit the facts.As a violent Pacific storm crashes ashore, cutting off power and washing out roads cutting the town off from the outside world Dan finds himself entering a strange world of myth and magic that was not covered in his police training He must use all his wits and new found powers to save himself and his community from the Ni il.

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    1. What can I say about this one? *taps chin thinking* Well, I'll say that I thought it was TOTALLY original. Personally, I've never read anything like it. I enjoyed the believable and faulted characters that existed in this small town. I liked the storyline of the ancient spirit coming to take revenge on the people who have ravaged the land. I won't go into to much detail there because it would give away the story but I'll say that I was surprised by the ending. Not because of how it ended but bec [...]

    2. NI’IL The AwakeningBy James BoylePublisher: iUniversePublished: 2008ISBN: 978144018679Pages: 201 This debut novel by James Boyle was a thrilling work of fiction about a small town in Placerton, Oregon. The story follows the life of a widower, Dan Connor, who is the police chief left with the task of finding out who or what has killed several residents of his town. He doesn’t clearly agree with the others that it is a rogue bear or cougar out killing people. There is no evidence left at the s [...]

    3. Looking at a fairly unobtrusive cover, you wouldn't think that NI'IL, THE AWAKENING by James Boyle would hold as much as it truly does. I was expecting a good story with some thrilling moments, but was instead presented with a fairly compelling read.Using Native American spiritualism to add an air of mystery and mysticism to the book, Mr. Boyle introduces us to the story of Police Chief Dan as he tries to discover who or what is moving through his town, leaving behind a trail of bodies. The murd [...]

    4. Police Chief Dan Connor has his hands full lately. Dogs are coming up missing all over town and he isn't finding any of them dead or alive. The town is beginning to get concerned, they love their pets.A widower of three years, Dan misses his wife greatly, but finds himself thinking about pretty Stephanie, his dispatcher more and more often. He knows he shouldn't. He is her boss and quite older than her.Then one day, one of the elderly town citizens is out walking her dog and doesn't come home. O [...]

    5. I bought this novel after attending a writer's conference in Gold Beach, Oregon. I read both it, and the sequel and enjoyed them a lot. I had been lucky enough to be paired with the author in a couple of writing exercises and been impressed with his knowledge and creativity. At first I was hesitant about the fact that he had very real descriptions of the actual town of Gold Beach as his story setting - while changing its name to Placerton. He also kept the real names of everything outside the ci [...]

    6. There’s just something about stories that involve mysterious monsters that captures my attention, and when you set those stories in the Pacific Northwest, a region I imagine to be gorgeous but have never visited, I’m given the perfect setting for a story full of shadows and guesswork.James Boyle has fulfilled all my expectations with this great first novel. The story stakes place in the small town of Placerton, Oregon, where Police Chief Dan Connor is trying to figure out why the town’s pe [...]

    7. From My Blog[return][return]Ni’il: The Awakening is the first in James Boyle’s trilogy. Someone or something is terrorizing the small coastal town of Placerton, Oregon. Police chief Dan O’Connor first thought the biggest worry in the town was the strange occurrence of dogs missing, until he learns their relatively quiet coastal town is about to be hit with a potentially dangerous storm and bodies start appearing with not one shred of evidence as to who or what is killing them. The Sihketun [...]

    8. Ni’iL the Awakening by James BoylePolice Chief Dan Connor is faced with something beyond his experience. A pragmatic soul, he is thrust into a frightening situation involving supernatural forces. Who he allies with and how he proceeds with define the rest of his life. This story includes native Americans, ecology, mystery, murder, love and the supernatural. It takes this wide range of ingredients and blends it into an exciting and tension inspiring read. Boyle very clearly shows that our past [...]

    9. This review was originally posted on my review blog : fallingofftheshelfAt first I was really interested in what was going to happen in this book, especially when there was a mystery of missing dogs all over the town. I'm an animal lover, and I certainly wanted to make sure those dogs were still alive, and well. Despite by interest in what was going to happen, I became bored with this book. I couldn't relate to any of the characters, and didn't really like the main character, Dan, either.I may d [...]

    10. I had no idea what was in store for me when I picked up "Ni'il: The Awakening". The book's cover is peacefully deceptive, making this one book you certainly can't judge by its cover. I was carried through the pages like the storm that hits the community of Placerton. The book is fast paced and scary!James Boyle is a masterful storyteller that can really weave one monster of a tale! I started this book at bedtime and found that I couldn't put it down until my eyes no longer could stay open, and c [...]

    11. Dan Connor is the Chief of Police in the tiny town of Placerton, Oregon and he has a big problem. Several dogs have gone missing and when the crimes escalate to include killings, Dan knows he's in trouble. The only witnesses to these crimes seem to be a pair of Native Americans who disappear before Dan can talk to them. When Dan's friend Stephanie Amis suddenly disappears the tension is racheted up and the suspect seems to enjoy the 'game' he's playing with Dan. Now faced with losing a second pe [...]

    12. Good concept and I always love reading about Native American folklore. Since this town is fictional and the story appears to be a huge allegory I would say that it is not so much folklore as fictional folklore that is a good story with a good lesson. It had decent characters who had varied backgrounds and showed how their backgrounds led them to where they were currently in their lives. The backdrop of dealing with a natural disaster at the same time as trying to handle a supernatural serial kil [...]

    13. There were some good things in this book, the first half was intriguing, but the second half was not as good. It seemed to turn into a romance cliche- two people find each other and find they have special powers to fight evil.

    14. Great storyline. The characters, story and plot stayed with me, I have found myself thinking about the story many times over the years.

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