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Rise of the Rays (DCI Yorke #4)

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They say that lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. How the people of Wiltshire wished that were true.

When Paul Ray decides to burn down his evil family's legacy, he falls into the clutches of those he thought gone.

And now Detective Yorke and his team face a race against time to find Paul before Wiltshire again falls under the dark spell of a ruthless family.

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Published February 28th 2020
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Linda Strong
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the the 4th book in this series that has showcased the Ray family .. an evil family that has passed down the murderous genes from generation to generation.

Paul Ray is the last remaining family member. He decides to burn down the family's malicious legacy before he, too falls under the dark spell of the Ray family.

But has Ray left it too late? His relations all seem to be able to communicated with him... starting with his grandfather on down. But are they actually communicating from the
Samantha Gonsalves
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Phew! This book should come with a warning: Do not read in the night! Rise of the Rays lives up to its hype and surpasses all limits of a thriller. Not for the faint-hearted, the book explores the topic of cannibalism and doesn't shy away from incredibly graphic & gory scenes. It's dark, extremely gory but compelling. What I liked most about this book is that each of the characters is battling their own issues, so this is not just one case that the police need to solve.

Ever since Paul Ray
Alyson Read
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's another huge 5 stars for this completely gripping story as more of the deliciously gruesome Ray family make a return in the most horrific ways! Set in 2015 in and around Salisbury in Wiltshire, the story begins with sixteen year old Paul Ray (the supposed last of the line who was rescued by DCI Michael Yorke in book one) returning to the family's now deserted pig farm intending to burn it off the face of the earth. Interspersed with flashbacks to the awful events that took place in 1918 ...more
Dora  (Swift Coffee Book Blog)
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There's no way to go around it: I LOVED it! Again.

I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to enjoy this book as much as I should've because I hadn't read the previous volume, but I shouldn't have, really. Everything was clear, and I was almost immediately sucked in. (I'm actually a bit sad that I didn't read that one, though... After reading the first two books I was hopeful to see a more private side of DSI Yorke in the upcoming volumes,
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
STRAP YOURSELF IN THE RAYS ARE BACK. The nightmare continues and boy does it. After reading the first book in this series One Last Prayer for the Rays which blew me away, I was hooked on this authors work. I honestly thought that this author could not get any better at his craft, I was so wrong. As I said before this is the fourth book to feature DCI Michael Yorke the detective who has been to hell and back mainly thanks to the evil personified in the Rays. Hooked from the first page, spent most ...more
Kath Middleton
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in a series of which Ive only previously read the first. I think this is necessary to appreciate the characters and their backstory. Although there are references to previous event Ive not read about, I got enough to get to grips with this story. And what a story. Nature or nurture? Are tainted genes responsible for evil things people do? Its an interesting thought and this book gives much more to ponder on. Its fast and exciting too. A really good read.

Monica Mac
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, wow, wow!! This is quite a tale. The fourth book in the series, I would really recommend reading them in order as this book will make a lot more sense. It was definitely the most gruesome of the series thus far, if you are of a sensitive nature, you are warned!

Since his last case, DCI Yorke has settled into a happy life with his wife, baby and adopted son, Ewan. Unfortunately, those darn Rays just can't seem to leave him alone, in one way or another, and he is soon thrust into a nasty and
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earcs

I couldnt stop reading this, everything just seems to just keep getting worse for Yorkes team. After all the losses and tragedies they suffered in the last novel, you think theyd get some respite, hahaha, guess again! Theyre dealing with so much emotional baggage and trauma and trying to hunt down a murderer who seems to be something straight out of the past. But thats impossiblethe original culprit has been dead for years, so who is committing these copy
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Wes' work towards the back end of last year. I was blown away by how fantastic the books were. I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the latest book in the series called 'Rise Of The Rays'. Well ladies and gents, the wait is over because 'Rise Of The Rays' was released on 18th February 2020. It's another corker to add to an already fantastic series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Rise Of The Rays' but more about that in a bit.
What can I say about Detective Chief
Nicola Mitchell
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, I really struggled with this. I have followed this series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all.
The writing for this instalment was as always, excellent and the reason why it was a struggle for me was probably because the writing was so good. The subject matter is not for those with a weak stomach and the images that Mr Markin drew for me were very unsettling.
Once I was over the gruesome start to the story, it was like returning home to an old well worn pair of slippers. The usual
Caroline Venables
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was really pleased to read this book after reading One Last Prayer for the Rays and The Repenting Serpent.

Rise of the Rays is the fourth book in the DCI Yorke series and although part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone.

The start of this book sees the team suffering from the fall out of the events in The Silence of Severance. All of the team have their own situations going on, Yorke is really struggling with his demotion and the appointment of a new DCI.

Meanwhile they are about to
Julie Eccles
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Rays are back! Fantastic next instalment in this series. Gripping and gruesome, well done Wes 👍
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Not a stand-alone and has cliffhangers. Blood-soaked crime fiction w grotesqueries & horror

I enjoyed the complex, well-plotted storylineeven with its multiple flashbacksbecause its a good continuation/sequel to the previous book, Silence of Severance. There are characters from earlier books, including Lacey Secateurs Ray. Shes but one of over a dozen Rays mentioned, so Id have liked a family tree or a whos-who list.

If youre a newbie to this series, you should consider reading an earlier
Kerry Robinson
I haven't been able to read book 2 and 3 yet however after reading book 1, One Last Prayer for the Rays (Check out my review here), I did have weird pig relates dreams for a few nights so I must say I approached this novel with a little trepidation...and I was right to :-).

If you like your thrillers dark and disturbing (as I do) then you will not be disappointed by this latest installment of DCI York.  Paul Ray is determined to wipe out the last traces of his depraved family by burning down the
Craig Gillan
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic gruesome addition to the series. Lacey Ray is one of my favourite characters even if she is a bit of a nutter
Chris Tunnicliffe
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another riveting book in the series following generations of evil. This one opens in 1918 to give the readers a chance to see how events that take place 100 years later came into play. The Ray family have for generations indulged in murderous, canabilistic crimes and just when you think it is all over there is more. Young Paul Ray burns down the family home in a bid to be rid of the evil,then he disappears. DCI Yorke who has not been working since his last run in with the Ray family returns to ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rise of the Rays by Wes Markin.
A brilliant read. Very Gory. How wes has written the image was very gory. I love Yorke. He is my favourite character. I really hope there is more to come especially how it ends. Please let there be more. Brilliant. 5*. Would give more if I could. Highly recommended.
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in a series featuring Detective Yorke and although I really thought it was a fabulous series and couldn't get any better, I was proved SO wrong! This is really a series you need to read in order or the sub plots and back story in this book will not have much context for you
After the events in " The Silence Of Severance" Michael Yorke has found himself demoted from his postion of D.C.I and Emma Gardner has been promoted into his D.C.I position basically! D.I Topham is on a
Amy Shannon
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Fantastic Michael Yorke

I am a big fan of the Michael Yorke series, and this book, Rise of the Rays, volume four does not disappoint. Markin creates characters who are relatable, and definitely not perfect. This author brings the story to life. I love the imperfect, flawed characters, and the journey to save the day, or at least save someone from evil. This book deserves a second read! (and maybe more). A very well-written story, and I enjoyed it. It is always a joy to read this author's
Dee Groocock
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Rise of the Rays is the fourth in the Detective Yorke series. I didnt think this series could get any better but Im delighted to have been proved wrong.

Michael Yorke has been demoted from DCI following events in The Silence of Severance and is on leave while he decides his future and Emma Gardner has been promoted to DCI. DS Jake Pettman is failing miserably at playing happy families with this wife Sheila and DI Mark Topham is on self destruct after a tragedy. With all this going on with
Yvonne Davies
The 4th in the series and the Ray family have reared their twisted heads again.
DCI Yorke is yet again involved in a crime of arson and abduction, but who is behind it.
There are major changes in the force and as you follow Yorke whilst he is trying to solve what starts out as a missing child, he is also trying to get used to the new structure to the team.
Whilst working the case, Yorke has also problems at home as he learns to be a father, but he is not the only one who has problems in their
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow that was a book and a half , did not end how I thought it would !!!!! Great writing Wes and already pre ordered 5th book on 5his amazing saga , I cant get over the last 2 or 3 chapters wow!!!!
Nick Wilson
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good read

Excellent story, great characters and plot, nice twists and keeps you guessing until the end, can't wait for the fifth one.
Jason Arscott
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have given this book the four stars as nobody has got back to me about putting a half star so I can put 4.5 stars (the woman at amazon was most insistent I leave her alone). This is a dark and gruesome tale of murder and intrigue wrapped in a cotton candy cover which will delight and abhor you in equal measures. Oh I may have been lying about the cotton candy cover, just thought it sounded good.
The Rays are back again, but how can that be possible I hear you cry (either that or just the voices
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rise of the Rays is the 4th book in this series it's best to read them in order. The book is fast-paced and keeps you on edge from start to finish. Prepare to be shocked and appalled but you won't want to put it down. Wes Markin is an excellent author and you will be watching for his next in the series as soon as you finish. Kudos to a rising star in the world of macabre fiction.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from a group I am a member of. It was a good story with a great plotline. I have read the others, and enjoyed this one as well.
Keith Fitzgerald
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say
This series just keeps getting better and better
I love all the characters.
The Rays are one hell of a messed up family
Riveting compelling you to read
Very dark. It's not for the faint of heart but excellent
Ruth Matheson
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall 4.5*. The book opens in 1918 giving readers the insight to events carried out 100 years later, when everyone believes that the infamous and evil family of the Rays are past history. Paul is the youngest one and decides once and for all to get rid of all the stigma attached to his family name by burning down their old family farm house, which is derelict. However he is abducted and held captive along with another abductee by someone behaving as his ancestors did - a cannibal! D.I.Yorke is ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh My! This book ticked all the boxes for me, as have the previous three in the series, which is best read from book one and in order. It does refer to past events and we have some recurring characters, both of which are explained enough for you to be able to read as a stand alone, but I always think that you'd get a better reading experience if you've read the previous books.
In this book we are reunited with Paul Ray as he is just about to set fire to the old farmhouse. Sadly for him it
Beccy Thompson
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from TBC Reviewers request- Thank you
They say that lightning doesn't strike the same place twice. How the people of Wiltshire wished that were true.
When Paul Ray decides to burn down his evil family's legacy, he falls into the clutches of those he thought gone.
And now Detective Yorke and his team face a race against time to find Paul before Wiltshire again falls under the dark spell of a ruthless family.
Unfortunately for Yorke, the answers lie in the most sinister
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Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.
Having finished The Repenting Serpent, sequel to One Last Prayer for the Rays, he is now working on the third instalment of DCI Michael Yorkes wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.
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