Review: Blood Oath, Blood River By Michael Richan

Blood Oath, Blood River

By: Michael Richan
Genres: Ghost, Horror, Paranormal
Pages: 338
Series: Downwinders #1
Publisher: Dantull
Published on: June 27, 2014
Review: Blood Oath, Blood River By Michael Richan

Downwind: the area of the United States that received the brunt of the fallout from nuclear testing. As a result, humans developed cancers and congenital malformations… and so did the creatures in the River, the place where people with “the gift” see things others cannot.

Twenty-year-old Deem is gifted, but she is on her own without her mentor, her late father. Deem’s family is now targeted by a strange creature that climbs on their roof at night and infects the house with poison. With help from the charismatic Winn, Deem tries to stop the attacks, but this is only the beginning, with more ghosts, Callers, and mutated creatures to come.

Deem met Steven and Roy when she helped save their son from the ghosts at St. Thomas. She was impressed by Roy’s use of their ancestors’ journals to assist with their work. Deem is confident her father left behind a journal for her somewhere, but her dangerous search becomes riddled with menacing secrets and revelations, putting people’s lives at risk.

Deem and Winn are not alone; they are helped by Awan, a handsome Paiute who knows Native American tradition and can explain the strange forces targeting Deem. They also meet Carma, a friendly soul with a fantastic and valuable secret buried in her house.

"Blood Oath, Blood River" is the first book in The Downwinders Series, a spinoff of The River Series, in which Deem and Winn first appear in Book Six, "Devil’s Throat". "Blood Oath, Blood River" is a stand-alone novel; no prior experience with The River Series is necessary to enjoy it. Fans of The River Series will be intrigued by this new exploration of the River, set in a place where downwind radiation has made the ghosts and creatures of the River strange and unpredictable.


I received this book for free from Publisher Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Okay I want to put a disclaimer on this review.  This book has a strong underpinning of the Mormon religion.  The main character was the daughter of a Mormon leader and so there is a lot of historical and current facts and opinions regarding the Mormon faith.


So the story follows Deem who has some natural gifts which allow her to see those who had been affected by the nuclear fallout.  Ghosts that were at one time stuck between this world and the next are now a little zombified and Deem is very good at knowing what she is doing.  Well when it comes to dealing with Ghosts.  Humans she is not as good with and it shows by the fact that she is doing everything she can to find out what was really going on with her father.


See in the Mormon faith in this book, those with the gift are otherwise kicked out of the religion and therefore do not have the support system they need to survive both spiritually and physically.  When her father passed away she realized that her father was protecting her a lot more than she ever realized.


I really enjoy this story, not because I am or am not Mormon so that has really no impact on how I feel about it.  What I did enjoy was the history of the Mormon faith and I did not know a lot of about what Deem had to deal with or talked about.  It was really interesting and it was really important to the story line.  When your entire faith is created around not believing in something or not accepting you because of a personal attributes.  On a more personal note, I know people who are of this faith and are super accepting and I know people who are of this faith that if you are not Mormon you are not to be talked to.


The paranormal aspect of this book really pulls you in, especially the first couple of pages where you are like WTF just happened, but it gets better, so much better.  I really enjoy how the author tells you little things about the characters to make them really alive.  I really get into some books and this is one of them.  I will be reading the rest of the series, I just hope they are as good.

P.S. They have this book as horror and while there are some little tidbits of scariness, I don’t consider it horror.



About Michael Richan

Michael Richan lives in Seattle, Washington. He was born in California, and raised there and in Utah. He has written horror fiction for thirty-five years.

His newest novel is "The Graves of Plague Canyon," the third book in "The Downwinders" series.

He's also the author of the best-selling series, "The River":

"The Bank of the River,"


"A Haunting in Oregon,"

"Ghosts of Our Fathers,"


"The Suicide Forest,"

"Devil's Throat,"

"The Diablo Horror,"

"The Haunting at Grays Harbor," and

"It Walks At Night."

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