Rifters by M. Pax

Here’s a great new series you might want to read from M. Pax who wrote the classic sci-fi series Backworlds. The first book in the series, Rifters is free and the sequel, Initiate is only $1 right now. How can you go wrong?


“A junction erupts between the worlds.

The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty years to live over again and atone for what he’s done.

Starting over is hard to do. In current day New York, Daelin Long’s dream job at a publishing house goes the way of the dinosaurs her sister chases. With no money and nowhere else to go, Daelin accepts the librarian position in her sister’s dinky town in the middle of Oregon. Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, Daelin’s sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust.

Earl knows more than he’s saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, one he’ll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin’s sister’s secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.”

My Review

What an imaginative ride! Rifters is a great start to a new series, continued in Initiate. It’s a bizarre mix of contemporary, western, paranormal and sci-fi with hints of steampunk, sort of. Certainly like nothing I’ve read. It’s a lot of fun with plenty of action and mystery. If you want something out of the ordinary then you’ll enjoy this.

It’s set in a sleepy Oregon town that is wonderfully brought to life and realistic, with plenty of odd but memorable characters. Just outside of town lurks a rift between worlds and time, through which emerges a nasty creature that delights in stealing people’s heads. A secret society exists in town to try to hold the inhabitants of the Rift at bay, and they have some curious technology to help them.

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M. Pax is a Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.

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