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Desert Chimera

(Stone Quest #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Desert Chimera, the first book in the Metaphysical Suspense/ Mystery Stone Quest Series, introduces the reader to recluse, tracker, and reluctant twenty-eight year old psychic visionary Luke Stone and to his paranormal universe. Since his escape from the black magician Armand Jacobi seven years before, Luke Stone has been sequestered in the serene woods of Northern Michiga ...more
Kindle Edition, First, 125 pages
Published January 30th 2013 by Violet Hills Productions
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Anna Burke
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A desert chimera, for sure!

The first book in a series of fantasy books, Desert Chimera, is set in the heart of the Mojave Desert—Death Valley. That setting is well-chosen. The author has a great appreciation for the desert setting and makes good use of it as the back drop to the tale that unfolds. She has researched the locations and richly describes the desert's many attributes, daunting and enchanting alike. The two main characters are set out well in opposition to one another, but I would hav
David Thompson
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DESERT CHIMERA takes us to a seemingly desolate diner in a forlorn desert landscape where we meet the two MCs from this series: Luke, the reluctant paranormal hero and his nemesis, the black magician Armand. Author Leigh Podgorski uses the locale as a blank slate to draw in divergent tales -years in the making -to come to fruition in this page turning story of good versus evil. Romances bloom, childhood horrors are brought to light, relationships are tested. Will Luke manage to overcome his feel ...more
Debra Barstad
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as good a read as I hoped but it flowed. What is it about funny things happening inside a out of the way diner/cafe seems more unexplained things happen in these places in book. I got a feeling of Roswell, maximum overdrive and others but it was a good story.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I freely chose to review this ARC and what a complicated tale it was! I was stunned by the abuse that Luke Stone endured from his doped up abusive parents, Every time Luke ran away, his dad found him and his punishment was a far greater than the last beating, until a year he later, he finally made a run for it to New York City where he couldn't be found again, but he thought he'd run from the frying pan and into the fire as Armand Jacobi saved him from the streets. But at what cost? ...more
Evie Woolmore
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Leigh Podgorski's biography notes "her scholarship and fascination with the diverse cultures of the Earth" and her novel Desert Chimera is a testament to both that attention to detail and her desire to do justice to the beauty and complexity of those cultures. Set over a period of less than twenty four hours in the evocatively named Desert Wolf Café located "on a lonesome slice of highway" in Death Valley, four characters are brought together to witness another two fight for control of their ent ...more
Dennis Vickers
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Six eclectic characters converge on an isolated desert cafe; powerful thunderheads close in, wolves howl in the distance.
“As evening deepened into night, the rain became a steady drumbeat tapping against the roof and pattering and sliding across the windows of the Desert Inn Cafe. The moon and her entourage of stars were hidden once again behind rolling clouds, and the sands shifted in wet dark waves of midnight black.”
If this setting suggests to you there’s about to be an epic conflict engaged
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My actual rating for Desert Chimera is a 3.5. I really liked the story of Luke Stone and his struggle with Armand. It is a struggle of overcoming evil desires and then fighting the evil that in part is responsible for who Luke has become. I did find the switching from past to present so often at times confusing.

Luke Stone has had a rough life and then when he was found on the street by a con man who took him in he thought life was good. That is until he discovered Armand's secrets. He ran away t
Peter Murray
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leigh Podgorski is a former theater student of my father W. Clapham Murray. I knew her when I was a young kid, when we lived in England. Through the magic of Facebook we have managed to reconnect after so many years. I was very curious about what she had been doing, not only is she an accomplished author, she has written plays and screenplays. I found Desert Chimera(The first in the Stone Quest series) gripping and filled with tension from the first page through the last. Luke Stone is tortured ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The age old tale of Good Vs. Evil. Only who is on what side and what are the demands? Your soul? Your life? What are you willing to give up?! Because everything costs something!!

Death Valley is the arena for the final battle. Come sit down for a spell and watch as life flourishes or dies.

Luke has traveled across the dessert, only to meet up with a moxie crew of people at a Cafe. Its there that Armand Jacobi appears. He wants Luke and will stop at nothing, besides death to get him. But can Luke
Jill Sanders
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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First, let me say that Desert Chimera kept me entertained. It was written in such a way, that you never knew what was going to happen. If the characters were good or bad.

I liked the characters and wish there had been a little more background of some of the side characters. Some where a little hard to believe, but then again, this was a fantasy, so I think they fit in fine.

Last, I wish the flow of the story was a little smoother. Other than that, I think it's an entertaining story and worthy of a
Tonya Thomas
Wow, just, WOW. The incredible blend of characters and traits/personalities in this book are a definite way to pull you in, keep you turning the page. I've already started the second book in the series and it promises to be as good as it's predecessor..absolutely can't completely tell you all I'd like because I'd tell you the story. But this I will say, Luke Stone has been through the ringer and come back again stronger and seemingly a bit darker for the wear. I received a copy of this book in e ...more
Carrie Phillips
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Moving story

I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. A truly spiritual book that takes you on a journey where a choice has to be made .. Follow the evil you suffered from or embrace the healing love of purity. This book reminds me of all the teachings of my Native Elders something we all need to relearn and live by.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Desert Chimera

I felt this was listed under the wrong genre. Instead of mystery it should be listed as sci-fi. It was well written and had a good story line. It was one of those story's that goes back and forth from present to past. It just was not my cup of tea, and it should have a R rating for violence and language, yes I know I am a prude.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, paranormal
A vividly descriptive that mostly moves along at a fast pace, but with a lot of detailed flashbacks, which slows the pace down at times. The writing doesn't flow, but in a way that adds to the reading experience.
The story is full of tension and suspense, and is an entertaining read.

I received a free copy of the book through Choosy Bookworm in exchange for an honest review
Ellen J.
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The description and detail of the desert setting set this book apart. A fast paced engrossing read. I'm a fan and cant wait to dig into Ms. Podgorski's other books. ...more
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Leigh Podgorski’s stage plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York City and regionally. She had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for her one-act play Windstorm, which was presented as part of the annual festival CelebrateWomen that Leigh also co-produced. We Are Still Here, the story of Cahuilla Indian elder Katherine Siva Saubel, was premiered at the Gene Autry Weste ...more

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