A DARKER RAIN by Claudine Kapel
A Darker Rain
by Claudine Kapel
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A Darker Rain follows the adventures of a team of investigators, led by Ryan Cole, who tackle unconventional security threats, including those posed by beings and weapons from other worlds.
Cole is committed to protecting Earth from negative alien influences and to keeping technology from other worlds from falling into the wrong hands. He is supported by a capable team, as well as by his military connections. But even his military experience in recovering and deciphering alien technology can’t fully prepared Cole for the startling discoveries he makes as he tackles adversaries from other worlds.
The series is set in a modern-day Earth, where beings from other worlds have started playing a more active role in the day-to-day affairs of the planet. Some of these beings seek to assert their influence for their own gain, offering advanced weapons and technology to their power-seeking human allies.
In A Darker Rain, Cole and his team are on a mission to recover five alien artifacts known as guardian stones. The stones were buried hundreds of years ago by a South American tribe who feared the artifacts were too powerful for humans to possess. But now the stones have started to resurface.
Cole isn’t the only one seeking to recover the alien artifacts. Others seek to possess them as well, including international gunrunner Antoine Drake, who will stop at nothing to secure them to augment his own power.
Cole’s search for the guardian stones leads him to assist a group of ranchers who are being threatened by a mysterious red-eyed leopard. The creature exerts strange powers over the humans it encounters, leading Cole to suspect alien influences are at play. Cole and his team must confront dangerous adversaries – on two legs and four – as his quest to recover the guardian stones and his efforts to protect the ranchers intersect.
Alien technology and weapons play a central role in A Darker Rain, and Cole and his team must find answers to daunting questions. How does the technology work? How is it getting to the planet? And what is the connection between the mysterious leopard and the guardian stones?
Cole finds that mitigating the threats posed by alien technology isn’t easy. Weapons from other worlds are far more advanced than those manufactured on Earth. And regular humans can’t operate alien weapons, which gives Cole’s adversaries from other worlds a distinct advantage in battle.
While engaged in his search for the guardian stones, Cole is tasked with helping the military decipher a strange, but deadly, alien weapon with no visible trigger. To succeed, Cole must unlock the secrets of other worlds, including his own deepening connection to the guardian stones.
A Darker Rain is the first book in the Ryan Cole adventure series. The series chronicles Cole’s adventures as he learns more about the alien presence on Earth, builds new alliances, and confronts adversaries – both human and otherwise.
The next book in the Ryan Cole series is scheduled for release in late 2014.
When a red-eyed wildcat starts threatening ranchers in the Pacific Northwest, Ryan Cole recognizes the danger is far more menacing than the ranchers realize. Cole specializes in tackling unconventional security threats, particularly those with alien origins.
His investigation puts him in the crosshairs of Antoine Drake, an international arms dealer with a penchant for weapons from other worlds. Both men are hot on the trail of powerful alien artifacts known as guardian stones.
Cole and his team of investigators embark on a dangerous quest to recover the guardian stones before they can be assembled into the ultimate alien weapon. To succeed, Cole must also decipher the wildcat’s deadly secrets.
But in the woods of Hawkley Ridge, it’s easy for the hunter to become the prey.
A Darker Rain is the first book in the Ryan Cole series.
“We now have two stones and the amulet,” said Jackson, barely containing the excitement in his voice. “And you know what they say—you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.”
“Yeah, and you know what they say about good intentions and the road to hell,” Cole countered. “Our goal is to collect all the stones so we can make sure no one parlays them into some sort of ultimate weapon. That includes us. The last thing we want to do is unleash a weapon like that ourselves.”
“The Rajan understood how the amulet worked, and they decided to take it apart and scatter the pieces across two continents,” Ashcroft added.
“Yeah, but that was hundreds of years ago,” argued Jackson.
“And we’ve evolved so much as a species that we can handle that kind of power now?” countered Cole.
“You’re right,” agreed Jackson. “But as scientists we have to learn more about the stones and how they work.”
“Far be it for me to get in the way of scientific inquiry,” said Cole. “I’m not saying you can’t study the stones or the amulet—just that we’re not putting them all together.” That had been a longstanding rule. Cole wasn’t about to create an unprecedented weapon and unleash it on the world.
“I know what you’re saying, Cole,” said Jackson. “But that’s like saying we should study the atom but not try to split it.”
“Good analogy,” said Cole. “That’s my point exactly.”
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A Darker Rain is Claudine Kapel’s first novel. She lives in Toronto and enjoys books, music, and travel. When not working as a consultant, she can be found writing, reading, or contemplating what else may be out there.
The second book in the Ryan Cole series is planned for release in 2014.
Claudine loves to hear from readers. You can reach her at www.claudinekapel.com.
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