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The Dark Path

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  515 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
New York's underworld quivers at the mention of his name. Evil courses through his veins like blood and his conscience has lain dormant for over a decade while he has slashed and burned his way to the top of the food chain. Vain. The Dark Man, born of torment into an existence of death. In the underworld of killers he reigns supreme. And yet he is chosen for a task of supr ...more
ebook, 154 pages
Published 2009 by Wild Child Publishing
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Raeden Zen
Oct 05, 2013 Raeden Zen rated it really liked it
Trippy, Fun, Unique, Terrifying Novel

As I read the first couple chapters I thought, Punisher. As I read more, I thought, T2. And as I continued to read I stopped trying to compare this book to anything I've read or seen because it really is unique and holds its own. The humor is dry and well-placed within the context of the primary protagonist, Vain, and the setting, a parallel world in which there isn't only Satan and God, but also Sordorrah.

Vain is a three dimensional character who is adept at
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Jan 19, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like antiheroes and dark fantasy with hellish horror elements
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Cari Foulk
Apr 07, 2010 Cari Foulk rated it it was amazing
In its originality, this novel takes the horror / urban fantasy genre to a whole new level. the quest and redemption theme in this novel is spectacular, emotional, and quite overwhelming. Could not put the book down. This is a MUST read. Vain is one of the most engaging, scary, likable, cold-blooded killers that I've ever run across in a book.

Is Vain conflicted? Yes.
Does this deter him from his quest? No.

I found myself rooting for him, even as he inflicted brutality to the extreme. His need t
May 19, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
5 stars.

The Dark Path by Luke Romyn strikes the perfect balance of over the top brutality and an underlying positive message. I have said before how much I love the Biblical Horror sub genre, well this book would fall into the Biblical Thriller genre.

Romyn has created an alternate world very similar to our own, adding to our Christian Beliefs by creating an additional fallen angel named Sordarrah . This book centers on a cult that through out time has been trying to resurrect their fallen God. T
Eric Thomasma
Feb 19, 2011 Eric Thomasma rated it it was amazing
Let me state for the record that this is not my genre. I usually avoid the horror aisle in the bookstore and I don't like horror movies. I even feel cheated when I go to a sci-fi movie that is actually horror with sci-fi elements. I bought this book because I enjoy the author's interactions on Twitter and wanted to support his writing. I knew that The Dark Path has won awards and that fans of the genre had praised it highly. But, as I said, I don't like horror.

But I loved The Dark Path. I was qu
Kenn Crawford
Apr 20, 2010 Kenn Crawford rated it it was amazing
"Vain" is one of the nastiest, cold-blooded killers that I've ever run across in a book. And cold-blooded is an understatement. This guy is so heartless he is nothing short of a monster... and your heart will go out to him because he is such a likable character. You'll find yourself rooting for Vain as he does what he does best - kill.
I was immediately drawn into Vain's world and even though I was pretty sure I knew where the story was going and how it was going to end, I still could not put it
Nov 29, 2009 Aymee rated it really liked it
A dark and twisted story about faith, redemption, and the meaning of life. Very well done, if a bit violent (which isn't an issue for me, but may be for others) at times. I'm amazed at the transformation Vain makes throughout the story, despite fighting that transformation every step of the way. Very thought provoking.
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Dee Marie
Jul 12, 2011 Dee Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Rivaling both Stephen King and Thomas Harris, without doubt, the edgy and provocative Luke Romyn is destined to emerge as the 21st century’s newest Master-of-Horror.

In his debut novel, “The Dark Path,” Luke showcases his writing talents through the eyes and actions of Vain, aka The Dark Man. Due to a horrific experience in a “past” life, Vain is transformed into a truly evil character. This raw and gritty anti-hero, charges through one scene into the next; leaving death, destruction and despair
Aug 03, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I wasn't expecting what it gave to me at all.

You have Vain, or Dark Man, who is the best assassin around. He lives his life in an unemotional state other then the dark pit of rage that lives inside of him. You follow him around as he makes a few kills and get a feel for who you think this man is. He is given the task, or really chooses it cause no one can tell the Dark Man what to do, to watch over a young boy named Sebastian and to protect him from an evil cult that
Peggy Holloway
Jul 14, 2013 Peggy Holloway rated it it was amazing
WOW! I think this is the best indie book I have read so far, and I don't usually even read this genre. I love the way this author writes. His characters are so real, even the non-human ones. This is like a combination of Stephen King and Dan Brown style writing but with just enough humor to relieve the tension. It was scary, but funny at times. The character Vain was so dark but naive at the same time. The scene where he is talking to the priest was hilarious. All the characters personalities ha ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Hmm. I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. The blurb about it made it sound like a very good horror book, but instead it was more of a semi-predictable, heartwarming tale of redemption. I guess? Then there was the ending that was either meant to be a twist or it's a blatant call to read the future sequel to it. It was well written, but I had to go back and re-read the description at a few points to make sure I wasn't reading an entirely different book, or that it wasn't actually in the ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Lee rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book , bringing us into the realm of the supernatural through believable and compelling characters. The end result is that we are drawn down a Dark Path and into a world of spiritual warfare, deception and greed that seem to appeal to the hero's. But there is good here too, a good that draws the character's toward an ending that reminds us there is no redemption without sacrifice.

A page turner, highly recommend.
Jun 03, 2011 Dianne rated it it was amazing
This book was engrossing from the beginning to the end. The pain and suffering that Martin Roberts goes through is unimaginable. The pain and suffering that Vain delivers is unimaginable. This a great book about the journey of a man and assassin whose faith of the world depends on the path that he will take. Great twists throughout the book and a jaw dropping end. I absolutely loved this book. Money well spent.
Miranda  McHenry
May 24, 2011 Miranda McHenry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until I finished the story! An amazing story about the most gruesome and lethal assassin you can ever imagine, who will discover more about himself and others throughout his endeavors and eventually has to made some decisions.

Luke does and incredible job telling the story and it really pulls you inside. I can't wait reading his next book!

Emmy Swain
May 30, 2011 Emmy Swain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horror that will keep you up at night. I read Luke's book, The Dark Path, as I was curious after following him on Twitter. Otherwise, I may not have made the choice. If you are a horror buff, this book is for you. It is dark and demonic with horrific detail. An unpredictable wrapping of faith adds a flavor of doubt.

Great job, Luke! Definite page turner and unexpected ending.
JoAnn Jordan
Jun 07, 2011 JoAnn Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book. It tells the story of an extremely evil man and his reluctant quest do something good. The odds stand long against Vain and it is doubtful that he wins.

The book is well written and a very quick read that maintains interest throughout. I highly recommend this book to anyone searching for a thoroughly enjoyable novel.
Jul 13, 2014 Judee rated it really liked it
I had already read Corpus Christi before I even knew this book existed, so I had to go back and read this novel before I continued the entire series in the Legacy Chronicles. This novel fills in the background of one of the main characters in the Legacy Chronicles series. It answered a lot of questions I had about this character, so I actually went back and re-started the series with Corpus Christi again after reading this novel. The story is very interesting, and the characters seem to come ali ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Brandee rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. Never thought I would come to care for these characters, but I was quickly won over. Several times I almost missed my train stop while reading just one more page.
totally awesome,luke is such a brillant talent. he deserves all the success in the world.everyone will look back and say DAMN how can somuch talent come from one man
Tina Lewis
Dec 29, 2011 Tina Lewis rated it it was amazing
Amazing thriller. Very chilling at times, but I couldn't stop reading this book!
May 15, 2012 Chandra rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, contemporary
AUTHOR: Luke Romyn writes Mystery & Thrillers, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy. While this is my first time reading a book by Luke, I realize how utterly focused he is on paranormal with plenty of action and adventure.

GENRE: Crime thriller; Paranormal fiction

SETTING: Modern day

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: He is no longer the man he was. Vain aka the Dark Man is now the most lethal assassin known. He moves in stealth and does not care that he is alone. But deep inside there is another man hi
Roxanne Crouse
Apr 08, 2012 Roxanne Crouse rated it really liked it
The Dark Path written by Luke Romyn reminds me of dark super heroes such as Spawn, The Crow, and The Punisher. If you like that type of fiction, then you will love, The Dark Path. Here is the description from Amazon:

New York's underworld quivers at the mention of his name. Evil courses through his veins like blood and his conscience has lain dormant for over a decade while he has slashed and burned his way to the top of the food chain.


The Dark Man, born of torment into an existence of deat
Nov 15, 2011 Ba rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twitter-authors
So, this is the first book that I bought through Amazon's Kindle. I don't have a the e-reader but have the app on my phone and android based tablet. I bought it months ago after following his banter with another author on twitter (recently reviewed by me.) I was drawn in by their mutual lambasting, word-play and overall wit and charm. Subsequently, I was caught off guard by their literary talents. For the past several months I have been only been reading blogs and short stories. It was while rea ...more
Steve Cran
Jun 03, 2012 Steve Cran rated it really liked it
This book seems to garnered some very positive reviews. In fact many a positive reviews and I can see why as the over all story is a good story. Vain other wise known as the Darkman is the most feared assassin in the underworld. Rightly so as he is downright effective at what he does and he enjoying torturing and killing people. His main informant is the "Squirrel" a homeless down and out former wallstreet investor with a knack for picking up information. The Dark man used him to track down Dant ...more
Natalie Gibson
Jun 09, 2012 Natalie Gibson rated it it was amazing
Not for the faint of heart
This is an urban fantasy horror with religious overtones and a battle over bringing or stopping armageddon. The Dark Path is a very disturbing book. Good but disturbing. Starts out gory as hell with Vain mutilating a drug dealer, and killing the man's wife. Everyone is afraid of Vain. He is a killer of assassins. After reading the story of how Vain came to be, I had to put the book down for a while. I actually couldn't sleep. I went to wake up my 4 year old daughter and
J.J. Lair
Apr 05, 2013 J.J. Lair rated it liked it
I got this book because Luke Roymn is a Facebook friend. Whatever works to get a book in my hands.
The beginning is very violent and disturbing. The author gives just enough detail that torture is happening without describing the torture except in one brutal scene. The language is rough, but it is how the character would talk.
The book starts with a violent death scene. Vain would be the villain in any other story. By 20% of the book we realize that Roymn hasn’t written an empty killing machine
Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard
Dec 16, 2013 Ivan Stoikov - Allan Bard rated it it was amazing
Some people say: Bad luck often brings good luck, or: Only a thief could catch a thief, others that only light could destroy darkness… Yet, Luke Romyn’s book is certain prove about the truth in both sentences.
The modern story about the saving of a new messiah from an ancient and disgusting cult contains so many vivid descriptions of horrible killings, bloody scenes of mafia and assassins’ wars, hatred and will to destroy all the sacred and kind in life, that many readers would definetly have nig
Oct 21, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
It's an intense read. This book packs a battery of heinous crimes that are sometimes too much to take in, but actually supports the case of the anti-hero Vain. I did not enjoy reading the violence but find it was necessary to perceive the big picture.

Vain hasn't always been a vicious assassin. The Dark Man that he became is born from the depths of a horrific nightmare on the night Police Officer Martin Roberts' wife and daughter were brutally violated and murdered. I really don't think anyone c
Jul 29, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
If you are looking for an fun, original, and scary ride, look no further! The Dark Path by Luke Romyn is the book for you. The characters, while not overly complex, are interesting and authentic, but it is their story that makes this book as enjoyable as it is.

Weaving together dark fantasy with elements of Christian mythology, Romyn creates a recognizable, but totally new world. Vain, our protagonist, is born out of unspeakable tragedy and works his way through evil towards possible salvation. O
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“Fine, it’s decided.” Vain resumed his stride. “I’ll do all the killing, and you do
all the stuff that an Avun-Riah does. Whatever the hell that is.”
“You need to find what you’re supposed to do in life and throw everything you have into it. Consequences are irrelevant. That’s who you are.” 1 likes
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