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The Converging

(The Converging Trilogy #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The first offering from Amberdias Publishing, “The Converging” is a darkly intense horror story set in the state of Washington in the early eighties.

Lost in the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest, Semelar was a sleepy town where time flowed like a meandering river. Semelar, was home to Elizabeth Simpson, a jewel whose radiance rivaled a diamond set on a bed of velve
Mass Market Paperback, 632 pages
Published 2006 by Amberdias Publishing
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Dec 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Hi George Straatman: I am happy that i found your book on this site. "The Converging" is one of the best books I have ever read that in writing style is unusual and I can only think of Clive Barker and Dean Koontz that writes in a similar way. It has been a long time since I have read a book so fascinating and captivating. The sheer number of descriptive words impressed upon me the extreme knowledge of your vocabulary. The character development is fantastic and I like the way you added what each ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

The author did warn that the paperback version of his book has a few issues and is not as polished as the ebook. However, since I don't have an e-reader, I thought I would take a chance on the paperback, promising myself that I would try to work through those issues and read it for the story itself.

Despite my best intentions, the many editing flaws did tend to take away from my enjoyment of the book somewhat, jarring me out of the flow of the story whenever I encountered
Sandra Degrechie
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book had it all.The main character Cynara is the queen of evil.She is charismatic,intelligent, a thing of beauty but also a vile wicked creature.She terrorizes for fun but needed the innocence and purity of Elizabeth which is the opposite to her malevolence.It keeps you guessing with memorable good guys and detestable bad guys.You feel the pain and suffering and the torture Cynara does is indisputably in my opinion by far the greatest ambience of evil that I've read in years.I recommend thi ...more
Kriss Perras
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So far this author is a very impressive descriptor. To quote a line from the book the author also "employ[s] his mind as a canvas, constructing images that were increasingly elaborate and precise."

This is my first impression of the work. I'll post a full review with a Q&A with George Strattman after I've finished the first in the trilogy. I am reading the entire trilogy.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A demon disguised as a female psychologist who ivades a town in which resides a soul she wants to claim as her companion. She settles in the town and brutal murders of its inhabitants begin. An israeli soldier is enlisted by the church to assassinate the demon and becomes the accused. He along with a writer and child try to confront the demon and destroy her.

There are alot of characters in this story some extremely important others not so much. There are also alot of details occasionally making
Boy, where do I start. Mr. Straatman has his own writing style, and it wasn’t bad. The story was good, but it was long. A lot of different characters, but they all play a part, and each had their own individuality. I wasn’t too thrilled about the ending, especially David. I couldn’t understand that, after all he’d been through, he chose to live out of the rest of his life the way he had; goddamn coward. The ending is obviously a set up for Book #2, and I think I just may pick it up. It was diffe ...more
Franz McLaren
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In "The Converging", George Straatman demonstrates a command of story, plot, characterization, and description that is rare. From the onset, Mr. Straatman carefully spins a tale, one strand at a time, until his web is complete and the reader is fully ensnared. Once entrapped, he leads us into our greatest fears. These run the gambit from lost children to unseen things that stalk us in the night and from confrontation with our own deepest selves to an invulnerable evil that relishes pain and know ...more
George Straatman
Dec 01, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I certainly can't review this book as it is my own...If anyone is considering reading this book, I would suggest they get the e-version (published by Smashwords) which is far more polished than its paper sister
Robina Richardson
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was well written and was compelling reading.
Brandon Jones
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Was surprised by hOw good this book was. Guess shouldn't judge a book by its cover, because this one I did, but luckily read anyways. I actually really enjoyed it.
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Other books in the series

The Converging Trilogy (3 books)
  • Mark of the Demon (The Converging Trilogy #2)
  • Closures In Blood (The Converging Trilogy #3)