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In the Beginning

(Rivers 0.5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this short story prequel to Michael Farris Smith’s widely acclaimed novel Rivers (a Best Book of 2013 in BookRiot, Daily Candy, and Hudson Booksellers), a series of catastrophic hurricanes along the Gulf Coast prompts the government to institute “The Line,” a boundary between the coastal region and the rest of the country, effectively creating a lawless no-man’s land ...more
Nook, 64 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Simon & Schuster/Simon 451
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, mississippi, fiction
“The first sign that the Line was coming was the evacuation of the casinos. When the big trucks pulled in and began to salvage whatever they could from the tumbled and topped casinos, it became apparent that abandonment was no joke. And as the rumors swirled, it didn’t take long for residents and vagabonds and criminals and card dealers and preachers and teachers and all those determined to make a life in the region to realize one very important thing – if the Line comes to fruition and you ...more
Just three weeks to go before THE LINE.....a cluster of deadly tropical a nearly abandoned land.....and the beginning of a fight for survival.

IN THE BEGINNING is the prequel to Michael Farris Smith's novel RIVERS that I can't wait to begin reading to find out more about the creepy snake handling preacher Aggie, and Cohen, a man hesitant to leave his Mississippi home and memories of a past life there.

Yikes! Who will be the predator or prey?

Andrew Smith
MFS is a brilliant writer who has penned a number of wonderfully powerful and atmospheric stories, that much is established and understood. This book is a precursor to Rivers and it introduces the two key characters in that book. A stream of hurricanes have been making their way through America’s Gulf Coast, at first it was thought this was just a short term anomaly to the normal weather pattern but this has been going on way too long now – about a year. The government has therefore decided to ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This prequel to "Rivers" is dark, haunting, promising and very well told. As usual!
Introduction to the characters, the story, the storm, the dividing line in Mississippi where anyone who still lives there is left to fend for themselves.
Carmen Sisson
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time writing a fitting review for "Rivers" and I'm having an equally hard time writing one for this prequel.

I feel safe in saying that Michael Farris Smith is probably one of the best kept secrets in Mississippi right now. It's hard for an author to stand out in a state that has almost as many legendary writers as it has Baptist churches, pawn shops, and liquor stores. Spit in Mississippi and you'll either be spitting on a preacher, a writer, or a politician -- sometimes all three
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of prequels . Some folks are not and would rather leave pre- plotting as I call it to some imagination . Many authors are questioned so often about the beginnings of his ideas for his characters and situations that he decides he or she will write a prequel of some length. This beginning just a brief 8 chapter introduction to the setting and situation with the weather conditions, introducing the main characters to the readers. Included in the introductions are Aggie finding his ...more
A brief look at Cohen and Aggie right before The Line was declared. I wanted much more, but I loved Rivers so much I bought this to keep reading.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-lit
I read Smith's *The Fighter* and thought it was pretty-to-quite good. This short, however, is incredible. Disorienting and intriguing. I am definitely going to read *Rivers* asap.
Ross Cumming
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read or are about to read Michael Smith's Farris's novel 'Rivers' then this is a must read as it gives a brief description of events leading up to the events in the novel. It also introduces us to main protagonist Cohen and also to snake handling 'preacher' Aggie. The story only takes up about half the book and the rest is taken up with the opening chapter(s) of 'Rivers'.
Lisa Jo
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is a short prequel. And short it is. And that is disappointing, because I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading. I cannot wait to jump into Rivers, pardon the pun. I LOVED Desperation Road by the same author. One of my new favorite modern authors.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a sample of the incredible atmosphere and hints of the book Rivers.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very short but sets the stage well!
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Michael Farris Smith is the author of The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. He has been awarded the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction, Transatlantic Review Award, and Brick Streets Press Story Award. His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esquire, Southern Living, Book Riot, and numerous others, and have been named Indie Next List, Barnes & ...more

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