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Velvet Rain

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  104 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
In the unbound spirit of Stephen King's The Green Mile, horror master David C. Cassidy takes you on an extraordinary journey into the heart of the human soul, where one man's incredible story of courage and tragedy will lift you, shock you, stir you--and leave you begging for more.


A mysterious drifter, Kain Richards is the
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by Createspace (first published March 23rd 2012)
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Elise Stokes
Jun 22, 2014 Elise Stokes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-thriller
(Not suitable for readers under 18)

Man on the run Kain Richards possesses the ability to turn back time; His creator, David C. Cassidy, plays his readers like a master puppeteer. My emotions are still reeling from this exceptional dark, disturbing, and deeply moving tale.

It was the passionate reactions from Velvet Rain reviewers that had piqued my interest. "Dean Koontz would be proud of this writer..." "reveals the evils of humanity ... the demons hidden under human flesh." "Beware: This is a h
Dana Griffin
Oct 16, 2012 Dana Griffin rated it it was amazing
From the opening line, to the final sentence, David C. Cassidy kept me turning the pages of this beautifully written novel.

Kain Richards was born with a special gift. A gift a sadistic scientist, Brikker, in a secret government program will do anything to use to his advantage. Anything. This requires Kain to live the life of a drifter until he meets a separated woman, Lynn, and her teenage children in Iowa. Living in Lynn’s guest house and working for her farmer father, he becomes attached to th
Sherri Christian
Aug 31, 2012 Sherri Christian rated it it was amazing
Well written and intriguing - I enjoyed Velvet Rain and highly recommend it!
Hock Tjoa
Aug 06, 2012 Hock Tjoa rated it really liked it
Kain Richards is a drifter; he is also what we might call a mutant. He has an unusual ability which in the opening chapters, for reasons not explained, he uses for petty thievery. But of course mutants have been hunted down and, in his case, tortured with a brutality that is beyond comprehension. Even when others of his type have been introduced and their miserable ends described--in leisurely, almost obscene detail--I cannot say I understand the evil. Other novels have introduced to us the noti ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Kain Richards is a drifter, who is hiding a secret from everyone he meets, and he always gives people a false name. Kain Richards is a man on the run from a man that will stop at nothing to get him back in clutches. Kain never stays in one place long enough to for attachments because doing so has deadly consequences for himself and others. Kain plans to keep moving yet finds he likes the little sleepy town of Spencer. Kain finds work with Al Hembruff's farm eventually meets Lynn Bishop, a waitre ...more
Vickie McKeehan
Oct 14, 2012 Vickie McKeehan rated it it was amazing
From the opening pages of Cassidy's sci-fi thriller, Velvet Rain, readers will know they are at the mercy of a masterful storyteller. The book begins with a gritty, fast-paced action scene and never lets up. Kain Richards is used to his miserable life on the run and great at keeping his secrets. When he ends up in the little town of Spencer, quickly moving toward a relationship with Lynn Bishop, a waitress at the local diner, he knows this isn't the smartest thing he's ever done. But Kain's draw ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
I finished this book within a few days because I couldn't put it down. What drew me in was the author's ability to spin a creative and engaging tale. His character descriptions really made the story come alive. I was also impressed by the visual detail he provided for me as a reader. It was a bit like watching a movie in my head, if that makes any sense. Great story, Mr. Cassidy.
Tami Parrington
Jun 08, 2012 Tami Parrington rated it it was amazing
There's never a loss for action in this wonderfully written novel. It took my breath away right from the first line, and didn't give it back until the very end. Looking forward to more work from this fantastic author.
The Doctor
Feb 11, 2013 The Doctor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-thriller
I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written and had an interesting plot to follow. The story follows a man named Kain, who had escaped from a doctor who was performing experiments on him because he possessed a mutant ability to turn back time. The book is extremely dark and there is no doubt gruesome torture scenes and lots of violence. But in my honest opinion, those scenes helped the story along. It had created the dark tension needed and showed the true evils of humanity and the darkness ...more
D.G. Torrens
Dec 12, 2012 D.G. Torrens rated it it was amazing
Velvet rain is one of those rare gems that makes the reader think. This book is so intelligently written and thought provoking I simply could not put this down. The detail in the story was so perfect you could actually envisage the scenes, this I think is a very hard thing to accomplish and this author has done just that. The story tells of a drifter called Kain, he has the most incredible secret which he dare not share fearing people would not and never would understand. He bears a heavy burden ...more
Scott Bury
Feb 26, 2013 Scott Bury rated it it was amazing
What if you could go back in time and correct your mistakes? Would you?

What would the price be?

In Velvet Rain, David C. Cassidy answers that question imaginatively, realistically and fearlessly.

The answer, though, is difficult and terrifying.

As a skilled writer, Cassidy brings the answer out through the story. He begins with fictitious headlines that we know cannot be true, like Buddy Holly surviving that plane crash or Hitler being tried for war crimes. He then gets right into the story, answer
Christoph Fischer
Apr 13, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"Velvet Rain" by David C. Cassidy was recommended to me by a friend and I only reluctantly picked it up, science fiction and horror not being my favourite genre, but I am glad I did read this inspired and terrific book.
It starts with a selection of newspaper headlines in which the Titanic did not sink, Emilia Erhard landed safely and Hitler got put to trial. This introduces the premise of the book, that small and bigger historic events can be changed by a drifter, named Kain Richards.
On his heel
M.E. Lorde
May 13, 2013 M.E. Lorde rated it it was amazing
Outstanding premise with writing that rival Stephen King's. This storyline is really unique and I found the characters to be strongly defined. I don't give spoilers, so I don't want to say too much, but there are excitement and surprises around every corner. This is a great dark fantasy, with one or two places that might make one cringe, but nothing like a hard-core horror book full of blood and guts. One of the many things I enjoyed was the real-life experience that came with this opage-turner, ...more
Mar 21, 2013 Herb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Thrillers/Mysteriy
Recommended to Herb by: Amazon
Velvet Rain reminds me in a way, of one of my favorite TV series, Kung Fu. The main character Kain is a lot like the character of Kwai Chang Caine in the series. He is kind and merciful, only using his powers for good to lessen the suffering of others. He moves on when his welcome is worn out and he reaches out to some unknown goal.

His power? The ability to locally turn back time. It will set your mind to thinking in a myriad of ways.

I enjoyed this book with all of its plot twists and turns. W
Jo-Anne Vandermeulen
Mar 12, 2014 Jo-Anne Vandermeulen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Stephen King & Dean Koonz Step Aside—To David C. Cassidy--A Remarkable Dark Thriller Horror Story Teller!
Julie Powell
May 12, 2013 Julie Powell rated it really liked it
One thing that can be said about this book is that its dark nature reveals that ingredient hidden (maybe not always) within the human condition. It reveals much of what the 'dark side' can do, what it can't and what it would like to do.

It is disturbing and not always clear, as if the winding path of evil is not prepared to divulge its intentions all at once - this may or may not have been what the author decided, although I was, in parts a little confused.

Overall a good read if you like looking
Graham Holland
Feb 04, 2013 Graham Holland rated it it was amazing
As a long-time fan of Stephen King's work I always knew it would take an exceptional writer to cause me to make favourable comparisons. I think with David C Cassidy I've found that exceptional writer. Based around an inventive sci-fi/fantasy concept, the book takes us on a journey into the past, through the present, and on to the future. It's a gripping read - at times chilling, at times humorous, and at times deeply moving. I can't praise Cassidy's work highly enough.
Mar 02, 2013 Natasha rated it it was amazing
A great novel that made me think. Such a great use of detail that I could truly visualize the events occuring. The chatacterss are superbly written and felt like people I could relaate except for the bad guys as the I eventually felt that they needed to suffer for what they did to the leading characters which shows just how superbl writtn the leads. Would certainly reccommend it.
Nov 19, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written book. Certainly kept my attention and interest. A bit challenging to follow in the beginning but once you get into the flow of the story, it was much easier to understand the timelines and perspectives. Not a book for the faint of heart as some chapters and situations are extremely graphic and disturbing.
M.G. Wells
Mar 30, 2015 M.G. Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW! After several pages, one discovers the main character, Kain Richards, is a drifter with a strange mind, most likely mentally unstable. He may or may not be a mutant being, whose life was tampered with---like X-Men. He's a thief which one can understand when the story unfolds. People who are different are punished in this world. There were many questions unanswered, which is a something I appreciate in a good book. Let the Reader THINK. Velvet Rain is unique and I've not read a book anything ...more
Nov 22, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well Written Book. It had me from the beginning, I couldn't put it down. Mystery and intrigue are intelligently portrayed,David Cassidy did a fantastic job writing this book.
Feb 20, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Velvet Rain by David C. Cassidy I was surprised by this book. It started out a little confusing because right from the beginning you feel like you missed something, like a movie that you have walked into and missed the first 10 minutes. I found this to be a little disconcerting, but the story still grabs you. Immediately, you want to know what you missed and where this story is going. You want to get to know these characters, good and bad. Eventually it unfolds and some of the initial questions are answered and some are lef ...more
Carlos Jr.
Dec 22, 2012 Carlos Jr. rated it really liked it
Sounds interesting and very captivating. A must read!
Sep 08, 2012 Monique rated it it was amazing
excited to read this <3 ! ^____^V
Jeannie Walker
Oct 04, 2013 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you could change the past? Consider this - every action has a reaction; every deed has an end result.
In Velvet Rain, the main character, Kain Richards, is a man who is continually moving from place to place. He doesn't have a fixed home because he has a beyond belief secret that he cannot share with anyone. This is a dark thriller that is skillfully crafted by a very talented writer who pays attention to details and descriptions that will pull you into the depth of the sequ
Jeannie Walker
Oct 03, 2013 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would you do if you could change the past? Consider this - every action has a reaction; every deed has an end result.
In Velvet Rain, the main character, Kain Richards, is a man who is continually moving from place to place. He doesn't have a fixed home because he has a beyond belief secret that he cannot share with anyone. This is a dark thriller that is skillfully crafted by a very talented writer who pays attention to details and descriptions that will pull you into the depth of the sequ
Sarah Briggs
Jul 08, 2013 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

After realising I'd actually downloaded this book from Amazon, I finally decided to read it. It was a lot better than I'd expected. A lot longer, too.

The characters in the book were interesting, though the bad characters were bad, with no obvious redeeming qualities (Ryan Bishop and Brikker). The whole concept of Turning was quite a good one, too, though it took me a while to figure out what Kain's ability actually was.

I wasn't too happy with the way some thing
D. L. Burnett
Nov 04, 2012 D. L. Burnett rated it liked it
Kain Richards is a drifter who meets good and bad people as he wanders through the US. The story’s characters are strong and the good characters are likable. This Science Fiction thriller has an interesting premise and many scenes worked, but I expect a thriller to have tension or conflict on almost every page.
The beginning’s disconnected chapters and lack of clear goals confused me and stole tension. I wasn’t sure what Kain wanted. The danger seemed vague. The first ten chapters seemed unfoc
Sep 07, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't read many thrillers, I heard a lot about this book and the cover drew me in. Kain is a man with dark secrets, he moves from town to town because he doesn't want people to get to know him. It seems where ever he goes there's trouble. He's got that dark mysterious look about him and tries to stay out of trouble. From the first page you know that's not going to happen. The author goes to the very dark side of humanity and describes it in such detail that I sometimes had to look up a ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A rather confusing piece where a rogue Government scientist is experimenting with selected individuals that seem to have the ability to re wind time and he is going to extreme lengths of coercion and torture to get results which he plans to use for his own benefit. The main character is one of his subjects who has the ability and has escaped from his secret bunker and is on the run. He uses his talent at times but is constantly on the move until he meets a family in a small Iowa town and stays t ...more
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Award-winning author David C. Cassidy is the twisted mind behind several best-selling novels of horror and suspense, Velvet Rain, The Dark, and Fosgate’s Game. An author, photographer, and graphic designer—and a half-decent juggler—he spends his writing life creating dark and touching stories where Bad Things Happen To Good People. Raised by wolves, h
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