In Blackness (Book 1)
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In Blackness (Book 1)

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In the first of this three book series, Lenny and Saline's parents brought them to Southern California to escape the nightmares. But after their parents die in a horrible car accident, their adoption by longtime family friend Busek proves nightmarish in its own right. Busek is abusive to his son, Dustin, and does very little to hold the young family together. The trio of k...more
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Published June 18th 2011
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Lyndz
In the first book in this three part series, teenagers Lenny and Saline travel independently to their old home in Washington - Saline, with a mysterious Christian group, and, Lenny, desperately in the footsteps of his older sister. What they find on their individual journeys will change not just their lives forever, but the world as they know it. Meanwhile, their stepbrother, Dustin, is about to discover a secret that society can no longer hide, a secret that might cost everyone around him their...more
Ellie
In brief, In Blackness by U.L. Harper is freaky, fun, and frightening. It begins with a solid, traditional portrayal of a family, somewhat dysfunctional, mom, dad, big sister Saline, little brother Lenny, moving away from their home down in the northwest to sunny southern California.

Pretty classic except there are nightmares that remain back home even as the family takes off. Pretty soon, the children are orphaned by a horrific accident and go to live with their friend Dustin and his abusive fa...more
Christina
Remarkable book! In his exciting book, In Blackness, U.L. Harper weaves a dark science fiction mystery tale that will have you second guessing every tree you walk by as well as keeping you out of the woods~ forever.

Siblings, Lenny and Saline, learn that something evil and ancient has been concealed in the shadows of their nightmares for years. This something is real, it's returning and it throws them into an unpredictable alien hell.

Dustin, their stepbrother, realizes things are changing when...more
Shari
The description of this book is so amazing, it gives you just enough information to make you interested in reading it without giving anything away, and I mean ANYTHING! I was totally shocked, I'm still shocked. No wait, make that freaked out, disturbed, and very possibly traumatized. I know that I will be having nightmares for at least a week.

Now, I'm not going to give anything away because I want you to be as shocked as I was when you realize what's going on. Instead I'll tell you why I really...more
Holly Abbie
Harper's style is solid and the read is great. I want to say the first 2-3 pages do not do the story justice, it takes off from there and we go off on a well told adventure. Centered around San Pedro, Ca. you can tell and feel the author's connection to the place.
Found myself reading on to find out what happens next.
You will too.
A great read. Well defined characters.
I'll add more, just wanted to get the word out.
BUY this book.
Ivana
I absolutely loved The Flesh Statue so I set out with high hopes for In Blackness.I wasn't disappointed-on the contrary, I'd rather say I was...shocked. That's the word.

What I love most about Harper's novels is his writing. It has a sharp edge to it, a bitter aftertaste and a dark foreboding in every word. I loved the almost claustrophobic atmosphere; something dark and dangerous is in the air, literally for years. For 70 or so pages, that is, and that is one thing I didn't really like. There's...more
Brenda
This story starts out innocently enough about what seems to be a normal family who are living in Washington State and decide they need to move for a fresh start. Ten year old Saline and nine year old Lenny along with their mother Sally and father Charles leave Washington and move to San Pedro California. The plan is to stay with family friend Busek and his son Dustin until they can save enough money to get on their feet. As the story unfolds we realize that the children had been having strange n...more
glenda
In Blackness (Book 1) by U.L. Harper

I really liked this book.
I opened it up the afternoon I received it from the author, U.L. Harper, fully intending just to have a quick glance, to get the idea of it. Well..... I didn't put it down again until I'd read the last page.

Now, it's not a rock-em-sock-em kind of story with lots of fireworks, and obvious in-your-face action. Oh, no, it's more insidious than that. :O)

The tone for most of the book is really quite level, but the author still keeps you turning pages, needing to know what w...more
Christy
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. After reading the back cover of In Blackness, I thought that this was a book that I would be interested in. I was not wrong, however, the ending was a little unbelievable. It will lead the reader to question everything around them. At least this was the experience that I had. I am interested to see where the other parts of this series lead me.
Zara
I was happy to win a free giveaway copy of U.L. Harper's book, In Blackness through Goodreads and I thank U.L. Harper for his warm and thoughtful inscription.

I came to the novel completely blind to what it was about, which allowed me to fully enjoy the build-up towards its climax. Though the writing style is not as full-bodied as literary works, the absence of detailed descriptions of setting added to the book's eerie surrealism. What U.L. Harper lacks in descriptive writing, he makes up in his...more
Shari
The description of this book is so amazing, it gives you just enough information to make you interested in reading it without giving anything away, and I mean ANYTHING! I was totally shocked, I'm still shocked. No wait, make that freaked out, disturbed, and very possibly traumatized. I know that I will be having nightmares for at least a week.

Now, I'm not going to give anything away because I want you to be as shocked as I was when you realize what's going on. Instead I'll tell you why I really...more
David Ross
I bought this book because it was recommended by good reads. i read the review about it, and it sounded like there was some promise. it was hard to get into because it was so SLOW, and hard to follow. later in the book, it started to pick up but i still couldnt get past the poor grammar or under imaginative use of words. i felt like i was reading a story written by a small child. i found myself reading MANY sentances multiple times to simply understand what was being said, and i felt the authors...more
Shannon
"In Blackness" is one of those books whose flaws are far outweight by its positives.

The flaws are few and far between, but they are there: the first hundred and fifty pages that just drag on and on (and on, and on); the characters that could use some fleshing out in personality (and which I found a bit hard to root for); the dialogue that can on occasion seem a bit forced. The build-up takes a while and lasts too long, but when it does come, it's worth it. Without giving away any plot points, or...more
David
In Blackness was truly disappointing for so many reasons. Up to page 200 this book present a decent if not somewhat average novel about two siblings struggling to live under the house of an old family friend how is often abusive to his son. Due to the fact that the main characters parents had died but oddly enough was you pass about two hundred pages into the book it goes from duly written book with a somewhat interesting cast, to an absurd Sci-Fi action/thriller which hits the plot and you like...more
Ella
I recieved this book through winning it on goodreads so first of all, I would like to thank U.L. Harper for his kindness.

I thought this novel had a bit of a slow start and I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would as it was different to what I expected it to be. I think the book really picked up in the middle and the descriptions of the place at the end were brilliant! You could really visualise it, which is what I love about books. I liked how real and normal the characters seemed, as this...more
Eddie Booze
The mercurial rain just started to pour down.
In a word this book is: Unpredictable. I'm starting to wonder where the author is taking me. The characters bring you in early & the story holds you tight from there on through but, just when you think you have something, anything figured out... You don't. Buckle up. U.L. has a signature way of developing characters, & just when your comfortable with your situation he sweeps the ground out from under you. U.L. has the kind of imagination that...more
Tabitha
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Duchovney
Great mixture of Sci-fi and Horror with just enough creepiness to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. The pace of the story is slow in the beginning but picks up pace and really takes off. It leaves you wondering where U.L. Harper is going to go next in this series.
Its a book worth picking up. And for the month of October the Ebook is only 99cents. And at that price it really is a steal.

I got a copy from the author for free. But this in no way influenced my review.
Amber Craig
I thought the story and characters were very interesting. The beginning of story focused on the characters and their development while the last part of the story focussed on the events that were happening to and around them. I did find some sections of the story hard to read, I didn't think some of the sentences flowed but that was just me. Other than that it was an exciting story that kept me wanting to turn the pages to see what happened next.
Denise
Sep 06, 2011 Denise marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I was honored today to get that all important email that said I won a free copy of this book! Can't wait to read it and recommend it! Yea Me!!!
Brianne
I won a copy in the first reads giveaway. Good read! Will be looking out for more from this author!
Taneeka Smith
Review to come :D
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Okay, I’ve tried being professional with this bio stuff and it just doesn’t work. I’m simply not that professional. So let me really tell you about me.

If you know me none of this will be too new. Here goes anyway.

First off I write books. I write science fiction and fantasy based in reality. Think Vonnegut meets Mccarthy. My stories are never straight forward. My novels are basically devoid of roma...more
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