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Arlene is running from her old life. While driving a desert road in the middle of nowhere, her car breaks down, forcing her to seek refuge in a small diner. Diner owner Joe strikes a tentative deal with Arlene: in exchange for waitressing one night, he will cover the repairs to her car. On the surface things appear legitimate, but Arlene can't shake the feeling there's something off about Joe and his cliché diner.

©2012 Eugene Penny (P)2016 Eugene Penny

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Another hit!

OMG! I absolutely love this author! He reminds me of Stephen King soooooo much! I can't wait to see what he has in store for me next!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jazzi
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • 08-03-16

The best rides are often short. Awesome read!

What did you like best about this story?

Most books are written so straightforward these days that it's hard to find something completely unexpected. It's even more rare to find a story with the kind of great plot twists that made shows like the Twilight Zone so deliciously creepy. Gene Penny managed to pen a dark story worthy of the horror genre. What a fun listen. Bravo, Mr Penny!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The funniest book of the decade!

Arlene is escaping a bad situation. One the reader is only given small details of when her VW bug breaks down on a lonely dessert road. The closest thing to civilization is a beat up diner a few miles back. Once there she's faced with quincidences and strange happenings.

The narrator, Anna M. Richardson added a lot of extra amusement to this already amszing story with her southern accent. It's a perfect combination.

The story is short and easy to do in one listening. It also flows easy with natural transitions. Gene Penny did a great job in such a short book building character and suspense. The ending is catchy too.

Really fun book!

I got this book free through audiobook boom.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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An outstanding horrific thriller!!!

I usually read between five and eight books a week. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books that I have read in the last 12 months. I don't want to give too much away but it is fantastic from beginning to end. Some people may hesitate on spending a credit on a book that is so short, these people would really be missing out on a great adventure. I was voluntarily provided a review copy by the author publisher or narrator

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Cool Outer Limits Twilight Zone Type Story!!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. I loved the creepiness and mystery of the setting and the characters. There was layers upon layers to what was going on with the story all the way until the end It was such a fun story to hear.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe the owner of the diner. He serves the customers the best burger in the middle of nowhere.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the was last of the book. I really don't want to spoil it. Just get the book. It is well worth it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed but then I was an EMT for 13 years and have an odd sense of humor and enjoy horror novels.

Any additional comments?

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom."

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Kept wanting....MORE!

The book was really good and I kept wanting more. I cannot wait to read more of Mr. Pennys work. :-)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Interesting story, simple yet intriguing premise

What did you love best about Black Rain?

The characters were engaging and well thought out. I also liked how everything came together.

What other book might you compare Black Rain to and why?

Black Rain kinda reminded me of Diana Roland's White Trash Zomibie. The main character has that same Southern drawl. She was prone to sharp funny comebacks at times,

What does Ann M. Richardson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ann brought the characters to life in a way that was funny, and at the same time, compelling.

Any additional comments?

I saw a "one star" Amazon.com kindle review for this story and was completely baffled. Not everyone will enjoy this story the way I did. But, it just seemed this story was unfairly rated based solely on the reviewers interpretation of "cheesy" and dislike of the title. I highly recommend this title!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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YOU AIN'T JUST WHISTLING DIXIE

WELL, F222 ME A RUNNING
I will follow the well know 11th commandment, which we all know says THOU SHALT NOT BE AN AHOLE. This is a good story in the vein of the Twilight Zone. As cliché as it seems, I did not see the twists at the end.

I STEERED THE CONVERSATION AWAY FROM POLITICS, RELIGION AND GAYS
I could not give this five stars, because of the time it took to get things rolling. Yes, I know I am impatient, but the twilight zone was done in half an hour minus commercials. It takes almost two hours to get things rolling. By the way, when it is dark outside and your inside, how do you know the rain is black? When things do happen, the story takes on a Lovecraft type of action. When the story is all over, it well seem like a good story, just don't expect anything too early.

86 of 101 people found this review helpful

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A Fun Horror Story

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It's hard to write this review without writing any spoilers so I'll just say this: this tale is an interesting glimpse into one version of hell. I thought it was creative, unique, well thought out and executed by Gene Penny. It was also a fun listen! Ann M. Richardson does a fantastic job of narration. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes short horror novels and those who enjoy some retribution. <br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Did not see the twist coming

Any additional comments?

I'm impressed with how the story unfolds. I loved the twist at the end. I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful