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The Unknown Element

(The Challenged World #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Sheriff Cole Garza denies facing supernatural forces during a terrible attack on his small town. Eccentric French priest Francois Domaine arrives on the scene and proclaims a hard truth about good vs. evil. They team with skeptical technology genius Nadine May on an incredible quest to solve a deadly mystery.

They travel first to Wales and the scene of another shocking nigh
Paperback, 2, 222 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Amazon (first published February 2nd 2015)
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Courtney Wells
**I received this book, courtesy of the author, in exchange for an honest review **

Spiritual horror (i.e. demons, angels, biblical proportions) has become its own subgenre. Honestly, it’s not one I’m an avid reader of so – if you consider yourself a fan or this is a go-to premise for you – please take that into account while reading this review.

First things first; if you’re not a fan of folksy Americana and quaint, salt-of-the-earth characters you’re probably going to have trouble getting into E
I was asked by the author, Vince Milam, to read his debut novel, “Evil Runs: A Supernatural Mystery”, and I have to admit that I don’t usually read supernatural thrillers, but more mystery, crime, suspense, psychological thrillers, but I have to say I was not disappointed. I was immediately drawn into this fast-paced story, and found Vince Milam’s writing style very satisfying and easy to read, and hard to believe that this is his debut novel.

There are three main characters in this novel; Cole,
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
EVIL RUNS is described as an action-packed supernatural mystery thriller, and I would have to agree with that.

This is a well written, edited and ordered novel, which runs smoothly and is easy to follow. The early part of the novel progresses slower, as we get to know the main characters, but definitely becomes faster paced during the second half of the story.

The three main characters in this novel are an interesting combination:

Cole, a Texas Sheriff, and whose wife was murdered a few years ago.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, paranormal

I enjoyed the well written, fast paced plot of this debut novel and the eclectic mix of the three characters who band together to hunt down evil in the form of a demon called Moloch. Cole, the Texas ranger, Francois, the Vatican priest and Nadine, the tech savvy nerd were all interesting and I hope will be back in future books.
While the plot moved well and the story was engaging, I thought the book would have benefitted from being a little longer. In particular, I would have liked to have seen
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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Cole was a such powerful, brave and amazing man:P. I loved that he’ll protect his friends no matter what and that he was so independent and wise :). He was also really smart, he always found solutions for the problems very quick.

Francois was fearless, powerful and an amazing person and friend <3. The thing I liked about him the most was that he wouldn’t doubt in any circumstance, he knew what he had to do and that he’ll
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
The prose is fantastic and the descriptions are such that you could almost feel yourself there experiencing what the author depicts.
What of the characters? Well, Cole is a likeable, rough around the edges, Texas sheriff whose wife was sadly murdered some years previously, Francois is a charming but occasionally irritating Vatican Priest, and finally, Nadine, who works for the CIA, is the computer geek with autistic tendencies and someone whom Cole trusts deeply.
To begin with I wasn't entirely
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
A French priest, a Texas sheriff, and a female CIA agent walk into a bar looking for Evil. Sounds like the start of a corny joke, but it's not. Evil Runs by Vince Milam is a religious thriller that takes these three on a trip around the world to destroy the evil that has disrupted their lives.

Still grieving the loss of his wife, Sheriff Cole Garza is now dealing with multiple homicides at a nursing home in his small Texas town. Leaving the scene, he sees a most peculiar man who appears to be run
Terri Wino
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2015
2-1/2 stars
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I feel badly that I don't have a glowing review for this book, as I see a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews, but I just didn't get it. I read a lot of genres and feel like the author should have picked one and stuck with it instead of trying to include them ALL in this one book.

The characters of Cole, Nadine, and Francois were interesting, but part of me felt as if I were told this is cliché character #1, this
Angie Rhodes
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ebooks
Creepy , and atmospheric, It reminds me of James Herbet and Stephen King,,
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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The idea of a chain smoking Vatican priest chasing after demons is a fun idea for an adventure. Francois certainly is an entertaining character and though I was never convinced simply compelling demons to be gone would have worked, it was a joy to read about his quest. Tuned with the ability to recognize true evil that walks among this world, Francois has felt the calling from above to rid the world of the evil.

Enter Cole Garza. A small Texas tow
K.M. Montemayor
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Three people from different backgrounds must come together to catch a killer.

Cole Garza is a Texas sheriff who witnesses a massacre in a nursing home in his home town. There's something familiar about the killer. He's seen the look on his face before. His wife's killer had the same look on his face right after he was caught. He wants justice for his town and answers for himself.

Priest Francois Domaine specializes in the dem
Alisha Webster
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cole is a God fearing sheriff in texas. He is pretty much exactly what you would picture in a texas sheriff, minus the cowboy attire. He lost his wife to a gunman a few years previously, that sat heavy on his heart. Cole took acts of violence very seriously, as anyone would. When he received a 911 call to a nursing home he didn’t know what to expect. It was a massacre, a mad man was loose inside the building. By the time He arrived, it was too late. Cole was on the search for the mysterious old ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked by the author to read his book and give a review and the following is what I thought.

When I first read the synopsis, I didn’t think I would like it because it has elements that I am not comfortable with. One of them is a book about God or Religion. Another is, a book that has elements of horror in it. I did see that this was about a Gulf Coast town and that had me interested and also it was about a sheriff. So, I thought I would give it a try and I am glad I did.

I enjoyed the humor
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review**

Evil Runs is a fast, easy read about good versus evil. Well-edited and entertaining, but not without some room for improvement.

The 3 main characters Cody (Texas Ranger), Nadine (IT /Government expert), and Francois (Vatican Priest), come together to fight evil after a senseless act of violence invades the town where Cody works.

From Texas to Syria the 3 head out on a task to revenge the lives that were lost and take out t
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this ebook for an honest review.

The premise of this book 'Good vs. Evil' is very well written and easily read. I love mysteries, thrillers and supernatural books and this has it all. I was not sure I would like the religious interjections, but they were well incorporated without being preachy.

The three main characters were quirky and interesting and I grew to care about them very quickly. I hope they reappear together again in future books.

I did have a problem with the cli
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Catholic priest, Texas lawman, and a computer geek woman with aspbergers have got to be one of the more curious crime fighting buddy stories I've ever read in a while. The engaging characters are great and the sense of setting -local flavor is highlighted with the gourmand priest. If you're open to a supernatural story with religious overtones, give this book a whirl. Bonus: the names are just right-even the animal ones.
Jo Boudreaux
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action To The Very End.

Soul searchers is at is best when you are faced with the most gruesome evil you can come across and walk away with a faith you never thought you would find. I loved the characters all three of the searchers where meant to be. Great Reading
shelia raye bird

Great has everything to make it so.
Action, humour, mystery, suspense, spiritual, and love.
I really liked that there is no bad language.
A real good feel good read.
God wins over evil every time!
Edward Evans
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evil exist

No grey here as pure evil expands its power over the twisted. Three heros meet it head on and deal with their own frailties .
John Reventas
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading action packed

Where evil abounds , Grace abounds much more Thank you Jesus Stand and when your done standing. Stand 😇 Faih man John
Scott Downes Custom Pen and Ink
Very well written, exciting supernatural adventure of biblical proportions that immediately grabbed me and never let me down!

Thanks for the journey!
A. Fae
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evil Runs: A Supernatural Mystery Thriller (Evil World Book 1)
By Vince Milam

The story of good versus evil is as old as time. Hollywood has made the battle between the two a part of our popular culture in more films than I can count. A particular storyline often on the silver-screen is the fight for the life of an innocent person who has been possessed by demons. In films like the iconic Exorcist, or more recently The Rite, demons are exorcised from the innocent with the backing of the Catholic C
David Bergsland
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
These two books are action/adventure, mystery thrillers. However, the story lines are directly about spiritual warfare. But this is not your modern, over the top, Hollywood battle. This is action/adventure on a spiritual level.

This is Clive Cussler/Jack de Brul-type of action/adventure

Yet they are clearly Christian. The characters grow in faith and that is one of the major threads of both books. The three hero/heroines are a delight: a typical, 21st century sheriff suddenly confronted with the r
Karen B.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow -- what a reading experience for me! As many other reviewers have already stated it is hard to believe this a debut novel. The characters are so well developed and become very real, the plot advances from Texas to Wales to the Middle East.(Just as evil itself isn't limited to one geographical place.) The writing is well crafted. In addition to the supernatural mystery of the novel there is plenty of action and adventure, particularly when the chase heads to the Middle East. Actually setting ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book, courtesy of the author, in exchange for an honest review.* I enjoyed this story and was delighted to indulge in the adventures. Truthfully I find myself not being drawn to stories involving religion of sorts; however, I did not categorize this book as having that strong of focus on it. Although it touches base on faith, or lack of, it's obviously not necessary to understand or participate in such religious points of view to enjoy this book. While there is mention of angels ...more
Paul Duffau
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Unknown Element
Vince Milam sets up an intriguing concept combined with quirky characters, including a French priest, to write a highly entertaining supernatural thriller.
Starting with the opening scene of mass murder, Milam presents evil as a force walking and working openly to destroy not just men and women, but humanity itself. Combatting Moloch, the personification of a demon within the story, is steady Sheriff Cole Garza, the tech/genius Nadine May, and the efflorescent personality of F
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because the synopsis sounded interesting . I chose to read this book was that i thought that the author could be a Christian and hoped for a clean read and a hooking read.
What i really like about this book is that the characters seemed to be developed well and would become strong characters in the future! Also the plot was quick to the point but leaving you hanging wondering who and what was going to happen next. Sadly i was not able to read past the 10th page of the b
Joyce McKune
Well written story. Felt like I was sitting around the kitchen table being told the adventure by close friends.
In a small town in Texas a man went nuts and destroyed a nursing home killing several people. He had the same look in his eyes as the man that killed Coles wife 5 years ago. Sheriff Cole had to put him down to save lives. He saw a man near by and when investigating who that was realized he was evil. A priest from the Vatican arrived to help and they requested the help of a computer wiz
Lots of ideas, but lacks the cohesion and focus necessary to bring about a satisfactory story. There is potential here, and the author does exhibit some flashes of solid writing, but there is too much conversation that does not further plot or character, a lot of eating (which I found bewildering), and too much information dropped on the reader. It's okay to let us wonder about things, especially if this is going to be a series. The characters were just too straight-forward to be real. Human bei ...more
Susan Jo Grassi
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked by the author to read his novel and give an unbiased review. This novel shook me up just a little. As a certified paranormal researcher and investigator I truly believe in the presence of angels and demons here on earth. My group always said a prayer for protection before an investigation and to find it here in this book was an affirmation. With all the evil taking place in this world, maybe this book is not just a good read.
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