Midnight Rain

Midnight Rain Do you remember the exact moment your childhood ended Jimmy Carter is elected America s th President New York police apprehend the Son of Sam and the King of Rock n Roll has permanently left t

  • Title: Midnight Rain
  • Author: James Newman
  • ISBN: 2940012483409
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Nook
  • Do you remember the exact moment your childhood ended 1979 Jimmy Carter is elected America s 39th President New York police apprehend the Son of Sam, and the King of Rock n Roll has permanently left the building In a town called Midnight, North Carolina, twelve year old Kyle Mackey couldn t care less about any of that He has his own problems to deal with, as he ventDo you remember the exact moment your childhood ended 1979 Jimmy Carter is elected America s 39th President New York police apprehend the Son of Sam, and the King of Rock n Roll has permanently left the building In a town called Midnight, North Carolina, twelve year old Kyle Mackey couldn t care less about any of that He has his own problems to deal with, as he ventures toward a strange new world called manhoodKyle s older brother Dan is going away to college Several years ago their father was killed in Viet Nam, and Mom is an alcoholic devoted to the bottle these days than to her family Kyle has never felt so alone The night before Dan s flight leaves for Florida, Kyle visits what he calls his Secret Place All boys have a Secret Place, he believes, and his is an old shack in the woods bordering Midnight Kyle s love for his secret place is shattered, however, when he stumbles upon something that proves his favorite spot in the world is neither as private nor as innocent as he once thoughtIt begins with the naked, battered corpse of a young woman And, standing over her, a man Kyle knowsMIDNIGHT RAIN is a dark coming of age novel in the vein of Robert McCammon s BOY S LIFE and Stephen King s THE BODY STAND BY ME It is a tale of growing up in the South, a reflection of boyhood and all its wonders, and the story of how one boy deals with a terrible secret that threatens to tear apart both his family and hometown.

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    1. This was a coming of age tale that was compared to Boy's Life on the cover. That's a bold statement.A young boy, Kyle, witnesses a murder. ( Very Boy's Life-ish so far.) " Do you remember the exact moment when your childhood ended? I do."So begins the mystery and the rain. This is a fine tale of growing up the hard way. Kyle is discovering that all is not what it seems to be. Not the sheriff, not his mother, and not even his older brother, Dan. He's trying to do the right thing, but that isn't a [...]

    2. Obviously contrary to popular opinion, this did not work at all for me. The writing is actually better than the one-star suggests, but two stars at translates to "It was OK" and it really wasn't, so after a short debate with myself, I'm going to have to put the lone star on here The story is a coming-of-age that borrows, quite shamelessly, from Simmon's 'Summer of Night', McCammon's 'Boy's Life' and King's 'It' and 'The Body' (add more at your leisure). This part is OK, even if the story develo [...]

    3. I'll try to review this without mentioning Boy's Life. Dammit!I couldn't help it. It's an easy comparison. The Body and Summer of Night also come to mind. Midnight Rain was less a horror novel and more of a coming of age story blended with mystery/crime elements. All in all, very well done and the tension really builds near the end. "Gripping" is a word I'll use for the last 15%.I also want to note that I believe this is one of the first books published by the author (2004.) I've read three of h [...]

    4. A dark coming of age story that fans of McCammon's Boy's Life will enjoy without feeling like they've read it all before, as Newman's voice is uniquely his own. This is my first encounter with this author, and I look forward to reading more by him.

    5. A very emotionally compelling read of a 12 year-old boy who witnesses a murder in his small hometown. Comparisons have been made with McCammon's BOY'S LIFE, but this story has a feel all of its own. The repercussions and hidden things that come to light in the aftermath of this tragedy makes for a gripping tale, leaving you wondering just where the ride will take you next. Newman has a voice all of his own, and I anticipate reading more from him.Recommended!

    6. Where do I begin to talk about a book that I thought was magnificent and that brought with it such colourful and personal memories of childhood. For a short time I rode with Kyle Mackey on this trusty bike "Burner" (mum and dad would not allow him a dog) and I felt his pain as the world of a young 12 year old boy collapsed and all his dearest and trusted friends betrayed himwhere does a young mind go when trust and truth no longer exist?One day in August of 77 Kyle Mackey witnessed an event that [...]

    7. James Newman wrote this book a while ago. Midnight Rain. You may have heard of it. It was part of the amazing Leisure Books run. I missed it upon its initial release. To be honest, I had only just revved up my reading at the time, circa 2004.Midnight Rain is a coming-of-age story about twelve-year-old, Kyle Mackey. Kyle, a kid who loves his bike, loves his older brother, and lives with his alcoholic mother, has a spot in the woods that he loves to hang out in away from the rest of the world. The [...]

    8. Kyle is your typical twelve-year-old growing up in the late 1970s. His best friend is his bicycle, which he's named Burner, and he enjoys hanging out in his secret place, an old, deserted hermit's shack in the middle woods in Midnight, North Carolina. On a rainy night, he witnesses the murder of a young girl by the local sheriff in his secret place and his life will never be the same again. All alone with his fears, he doesn't know who he can turn to. His brother is heading to college on a baske [...]

    9. This was a pretty good coming of age story. The strength of the book was mostly in the characters and the writing itself. Newman did a great job capturing the psyche of a scared 12 year old boy navigating the treacherous, murderous really, adult world of a small town in 1977. Plenty of cultural references to set the mood and only minor editing/spelling errors. Very quick read. Recommended.

    10. Kyle is coming of age in a small southern town. He's right on the edge of boyhood, about to take the plunge into the scary morass of puberty. He idolizes his older brother, Daniel, and struggles with his mother and her alcoholism. One fateful night, as he's visiting his secret place in the woods, his bastion of childhood is forever sullied by the terrible event he witnesses. Who can he trust? What can he do?Kyle must wrestle with his desire to hold onto his childhood and his desire to do the rig [...]

    11. Childhood lost. The town of Midnight has an evil lurking beneath the surface and it's fate rests in the hands of a twelve year old boy. An engaging tale of tragedy in a small town. James Newman kicks out yet another winner with Midnight Rain. Solid 4+ Stars! Highly Recommended!

    12. Midnight Rain is the first full-length novel by James Newman. It's a coming-of-age story about Kyle, whose childhood comes to a very abrupt end when he witnesses a murder. Over the course of a (very rainy) couple of weeks, Kyle learns a lot about life, as well as the people around him, and how little he really knew about them. He also learns about family, and the extremes people will go to in order to protect their own.The story is interesting and well-paced, the characters fleshed-out, and the [...]

    13. It’s James, so it’s great. This book set out to pay homage to the greats like Boy’s Life, Summer of Night, and The Body, and it does a good job of doing so. I really enjoyed it.

    14. I really enjoyed this coming of age story by James Newman. 'Midnight Rain' reminded me a lot of 'Boy's Life' by McCammon but with a little bit more of the mystery element to it. I thought Kyle made some really bad decisions throughout the story but maybe that's what 12 year old kids do. Sheriff Baker was quite a good villain in the story along with his son Henry. I look forward to some more James Newman stories.

    15. I'm gonna be really kind and give you 2 reviews of Midnight Rain by James Newman.Review 1: Listen it's by James Newman - no review needed - just buy the thing!Review 2: Midnight Rain was Mr Newman's first full novel. After a quick conversation with him on Facebook a couple of nights ago (give that a go by the way - he is one of the most approachable and friendly authors I know of) he told me he was rather proud of it. I think I have to agree that he should be immensely proud of it. For a debut n [...]

    16. A tense, emotional, dark tale of a horrific crime witnessed by a twelve-year-old boy in a small North Carolina town, and the decisions he makes in its aftermath, and how those decisions impact everyone around him. I want to say thank you, Mr. Newman; thank you for writing Midnight Rain. I absolutely loved this book. The prose was smooth, the story-telling personal, and the pace was perfect. It's been a long time since I felt for a character as much as I did for Kyle. Fantastic read.

    17. Another good book from James Newman. In ways I could tell that this was a first novel, but that is small stuff that did not affect my overall enjoyment of the book. This was more suspense then horror, but I thought that fit this coming-of-age story really well. I would recommend this to any fan of James Newman, and anyone looking for a good southern suspense read.

    18. This was a great coming of age tale. I absolutely loved Newman's style which seemed similar to Robert McCammon or Ronald Malfi with a little Jeff Strand humor. It was moving and tugged my heart strings one minute, and the next it had me laughing. I definitely have to check out James Newman's other works as this was the first thing of his I have read. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    19. Part suspense/thriller and part coming-of-age novel, this book impressed me. It takes place in 1977, and for me it was kind of nostalgic even though it was a little bit before my time.I think what impressed me most about this book was the quality of the writing. Newman's storytelling is natural and flows really well. As a result, the story is engaging and difficult to put down.The story is pretty dark and fairly graphic in spots, but very well-done. I wasn't familiar with Newman prior to reading [...]

    20. Spoiler alert! I loved this book, Midnight Rain, by James Newman! It was fast-paced, easy to read, exciting, and had many aspects I could personally relate to. I totally related to Kyle's love of his bike. I too felt so much wonderful freedom when I rode by 10-speed as a teenager. Next, I've lived in North Carolina for almost 7 years now and I have seen the racism against black people. Very sad considering it's 2016!!! And then there is the fact that Kyle is 12 and his hormones and genitals have [...]

    21. One of the most powerful opening lines I have ever read. Now maybe that is because we all bring our own baggage to what we read, but I doubt that. The opening line is powerful, and causes introspection, and most of the book lives up to that promise, but toward the end, it falls apart for me. I could have expected too much, but I do not think so. Newman is a strong, and gifted writer, and this should have held together better, but I feel the end seemed contrived and rushed.

    22. Newman's first novel and the only one (so far) to get a mass market release. The author isn't very prolific, but every book he publishes is worth the wait. This is my favorite of his novels, a touching coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of a murder mystery. Certainly echoes of McCammon's Boy's Life in this one, which I'm a sucker for.

    23. A very good first book by a new, to me, author. James Newman grabs your attention at the start and refuses to let go. There a few quirks here and there, but easy to overlook. Look forward to reading more of his work!!

    24. Been a few years since I read this, but i remember it being a great coming of age horror novel in the same vein as Clegg's neverland, King's the body or McCammon's Boy's life. Set in the 70's this is a great horror mystery.

    25. Awesome book! A young boy witnesses a murder and is at a loss what to do when he sees who the murderer is. As he realizes nobody can help him, he desperately tries to find a way to make things right.Definitely a page-turner!

    26. This is one of my favorite coming-of-age books. Ranks right up there with McCammon's Boy's Life. Very edge-of-your seat. I rarely re-read books but this is one that I'll go back to every now and then. Great stuff.

    27. Excellent little coming of age tale. Smooth prose, an endearing, believable voice - read a lot like "Boy's Life" darker, little brother

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