Ravens by George Dawes Green

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The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars in the Georgia State lottery. It's going to be the worst day of their lives.

When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko pull up at a convenience store off I-95 in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a leaky tire and be on their way again to Florida-away from their dull Ohio tech-support jobs. But this happens to be the store from which a 318,000,000 million dollar Jackpot ticket has just been sold -- and when a pretty clerk accidentally reveals to Shaw the identity of the winning family, he hatches a ferociously audacious scheme: He and Romeo will squeeze the family for half their prize.

That night, he visits the Boatwright home and takes the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the streets nearby, prepared to murder the Boatwrights' loved ones at any sign of resistance. At first, the family offers none. But Shaw's plot depends on maintaining constant fear-merciless, unfaltering terror-and soon, under the pressure, everyone's sanity begins to unravel . . .

At once frightening, comic, and suspenseful, RAVENS is a wholly original and utterly compelling novel from one of our most talented writers.

About George Dawes Green

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George Dawes Green is a highly acclaimed novelist and poet. He currently divides his time between Georgia and New York.
Published June 23, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Ravens by George Dawes Green Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop When Shaw and Romeo, two drifters en route to Florida, stop at a gas st...

Aug 22 2009 | Read Full Review of Ravens

Publishers Weekly

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Once more mashing up fantasy, mythology, and Gnosticism, two-time British Fantasy Award-winner Chadbourn (The Devil in Green) returns to a universe wherein the Void threatens to destroy Existence. Jack "Church" Churchill wakes to find himself in Celtic Britain—over 2000 years before his birthâ...

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Book Reporter

As Shaw insinuates himself ever more deeply into the Boatwrights’ lives, his hold over them --- and their responses to him --- become ever more twisted and complex.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Ravens

The Bookbag

It also has a fine way in portraying average America - so many people are noticeably average-looking - someone will witness a new character and find a good quality to their looks, the next will find them ugly.

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Tampa Bay Times

But Green also does a stellar job of placing the action in the context of a believable community, from Tara's spot-on extended family and her steel-magnolia grandmother Nell, to the hordes of "pilgrims" who gather in the wake of all the publicity to fawn over Shaw — folks dimwitted enough to thin...

Aug 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Ravens

MostlyFiction Book Reviews

He and Shawn will communicate at specific times by cell phone and if Shawn is in trouble, or if he doesn’t answer the phone, Romeo is to proceed to kill everyone on the list.

Jul 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Ravens

The Snipe News

These – the attraction of certain family members to their extortionists, the cult-like following that grows up around the family and one of their captors – arise and fall as if Green doesn’t know what to do with them.

Aug 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Ravens

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