Real customer reviews - Average rating: 4.4 Stars
5 Stars By Josh Hayes on 2015-06-30
There are only a few authors that I can truthful say I cannot wait to get my hands on their books and Ernie Lindsey is one of those authors. His characters are immensely entertaining, his plots are engrossing and he always seems to bring something fresh to the table.
Writing under the pseudonym Desmond Doane, Lindsey has once again produced a “page-turning-thrill-ride” that does not disappoint. With The Dark Man, we step into a slightly darker realm than any previous titles by Lindsey, but somehow he’s managed to keep his character’s signature humor and whit, without detracting from the heart-thumping suspense of the book.
Ford Atticus Ford, a paranormal investigator and star of his own TV show “Graveyard: Classified” is trying to put his life back together after a very public and terrifying accident during filming. After the network dumped his series and the general public labeled him a heartless opportunist, Ford struggles make amends to the lives he ruined. When a chance for that redemption knocks on his door, it is impossible to say no and Ford must fight against his own personal demons, as well as a very real, very evil one.
Not since Super have I enjoyed reading a book so much and I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.
4 Stars By Michael Hicks on 2015-07-02
Ernie Lindsey, writing here under the pseudonym of Desmond Doane, takes his first steps into the horror genre with The Dark Man, and it's, mostly, pretty darn effective.
The premise revolves around a disgraced reality show ghost-hunter, Ford Atticus Ford, working to atone for his past sins. Two years ago, during a live Halloween special, Ford put the life of a five year old in incredible danger, squaring off against a supernatural threat in the Most Haunted House in America. His career was quickly canned and he's now a bit of a wandering ghost-hunter, attempting to track down the demon that changed his life forever while doing police consultancy on the side.
Ford himself is a dynamic character and Lindsey gives him a solid bit of development and personality. Ford is, in short, kind of an a-hole. While he carries around a solid dose of guilt over endangering the life of a child, he also pines to resurrect his TV career and rebound bigger and better than before. His personal life is in shambles, as his friends and crewmates from the cancelled Graveyard: Classified want nothing to do with him, and his ex-wife isn't too thrilled with him either.
Lindsey's foray into the paranormal brings with it a certain measure of authenticity, and I can't help but wonder just how many episodes of certain SyFy and Travel Channel reality TV shows he's consumed to help give Graveyard: Classified the sort-of 'behind the scenes' vibe. Regardless, it's an aspect of the story that works quite well.
More importantly, he nails the creep-factor nicely and had me completely sold on the book's premise and invested in the outcome. There's a scene early on when Ford is investigating a haunted house and Lindsey gives readers their first taste of the otherworldly that raised the hair on the back of my neck and got me grinning.
For much of its length, The Dark Man rockets along with the rapid-fire pace of an action story with splashes of humor, evoking shades of television's Supernatural. However, my main complaint is that the story fizzles out toward the end and lacks sufficient resolution. While the central murder mystery gets wrapped up, the overarching paranormal story is shelved for exploration in future installments. There's a strange shifting of gears in the novel's final chapters, with so much build-up leading toward the finish line and then...nothing. It's a rather anti-climactic finish to an otherwise well-told ghost story.
That issue aside, I'm certainly game to see what comes of Ford Atticus Ford and his ghost-hunting partners in future installments, and am game for book two whenever it releases. See you on the other side!
5 Stars By Angie Bartley on 2015-06-24
Masterpiece of horror
I couldn't put this book down. The writing flows freely without a lot of unnecessary jumps back in time. Although the timeline includes important things from the past, the transition is smooth. The suspense and terror had me on the edge of my seat. I am already anticipating the next book in this series. Fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will love this.
4 Stars By TheBehrg on 2015-08-30
A fun and original take on the paranormal genre
The Dark Man is an interesting take on the paranormal genre, following the charismatic Ford Atticus Ford, former reality TV rockstar who had his own ghostbusters-type series going. The backstories of Ford and ex-partner Mike, as well as the reason their series was cancelled (with the missteps of their handling 5-yr old Chelsea's case) are what really kept this going for me. Doane (or Ernie Lindsey) certainly has a talent for creating drama through the present colliding with the past. I did feel the handling of the paranormal aspects of the novel (exorcisms, etc) felt a little one-dimensional. Characters that are clearly flawed and "unworthy" battling demons thru typical Christian tropes just didn't ring as true as I would have liked, considering the originality of the story. Excluding that, however, this was a fun and quick read. Not so much horror but popcorn paranormal.
5 Stars By W. Swardstrom on 2015-06-29
Finding The Next Koontz
I was in high school when I first discovered Dean Koontz. The covers of his books first caught my attention with something not quite right. I developed a love for Koontz books, a passion that culminated in his Odd Thomas books from the past few years. I went on Koontz binges, reading three or four books at a time, letting the supernatural elements, the humor, and the everyman perspective wash over me.
If Desmond Doane keeps writing like this, I can say with certainty he will be the next Dean Koontz.
If you've seen any "ghost hunting" reality shows from the past decade, you'll drop right into The Dark Man rather easily, but it isn't a necessity. We're quickly given a portrait of our protagonist, Ford Atticus Ford, one-half of a long-running reality show. The show, run with his friend and co-host Mike Long, was successful. Very successful. That success went to their heads and they went to far, encountering a demon neither one could handle and harming an innocent child in the process.
In The Dark Man, Ford is on a personal quest to atone for his mistakes...and maybe encounter that demon again. Ford finds a case and pursues it with the tenacity of a man with nothing to lose.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Dark Man and look forward to more cases in the Graveyard: Classified series. Ford is an engaging character and his search for penance and absolution is worth exploring -- and it doesn't hurt that there are more than a few bumps along the way. Well done Mr. Doane.
5 Stars By Guy with Beard on 2017-04-27
First in a series
Ford Atticus Ford, former host of a ghost-hunting reality show is trying to make amends for allowing a young girl to be attacked by a demon on his show. Assisting police departments by conducting paranormal investigations and uncovering buried clues now provides Ford with an ounce of redemption, but it will never be enough. Especially now that he might have found that same demon again.
This is a great start for a new series. Ford Atticus Ford (silly name) is a great character. He is working on his path of redemption but he knows he has a long way to go. He wants to fix things but he also knows that he will need the help of his old friends that left him. This striving is what makes his character so easy to like.
I also enjoyed the humor throughout the book. The characters are able to laugh at themselves and their former lives as ghost hunters (or at least aspects of it). But they also treat the subject seriously which helps to make them believable.
I look forward to the next installment.
5 Stars By K. Reynolds on 2017-08-12
Keep the lights on!
It looks like Desmond Doane, pseudonym for thriller writer Ernie Lindsey, and I watch a lot of the same paranormal investigation series - and like them a lot! "The Dark Man" is the first book in a trilogy of supernatural thrills. The "Almighty" Ford Atticus Ford and his partner Mike "The Exterminator" Long hosted the longest running, most successful ghost hunting series on cable until a horrible altercation between a five-year-old girl, Chelsea, and a demon filmed live on a Halloween show put an end to their spookster juggernaut. Canceled and reviled, Ford spends his time helping detectives solve cold case files, while searching for the demon who terrorized the child and ended his career - and friendship with Long. When a mission to find a killer puts him face-to-face with another demonic entity, Ford wonders if he's enough to take it on. Good writing, good first-person narrative, and fast paced adventure and scares keep those Kindle pages turning. A good beginning to a memorable tale.
5 Stars By Reader on 2015-08-29
I’ll say up front that I do not usually enjoy reading horror stories. However, I was mesmerized by The Dark Man, possibly because it did not focus solely on the horror side of things. Ford Atticus Ford is a disgraced TV personality who explores/examines the paranormal. Two years prior, Ford exposed a young child to horror dangers when he was trying to get rid of a demon—things ended badly—for a TV series on ghost hunting. Now, he works with law enforcement to try to help solve cold cases or particularly difficult cases where the paranormal may hold clues. In this case, Ford is working to figure out who murdered a woman in a cold case, after a diary the woman supposedly kept surfaced and brought the case to the forefront. Ford arrives on the scene because the woman’s husband and detective in charge of the case think there is a paranormal element/entity involved, in this case, a demon. Ford and his one-time friend Mike team up to find and confront this demon and hopefully help the detective solve the murder. Both Ford and Mike have had nothing to do with each other since their show went bust. In fact, Mike’s wife prefers Mike have nothing to do with Ford. Both their lives are shambles. Mike has run through all his money from the show and needs to find another income source. Ford’s wife has divorced him because he cheated on her several times, because he was so upset by the debacle at the last show and because he did not treat her well, Ford figures. Ford has begun working with law enforcement because he is at odds with where he wants his life to go at this point. During this book, we get a good picture of Ford’s life and what happened, as he realizes, working and talking with Mike he really screwed up. Mike also has a good suggestion about how they can revive their TV lives and perhaps even rehab themselves with viewers.
This book kept me interested. The demon horror thing was always there, but didn’t dominate things. Instead, the author provided a god picture if two men’s lives and how they intertwined with this case as well as how their background affected them. If you are interested in ghost hunter shows, this book will definitely appeal to you. If you want to try something a little bit different but still fascinating and that holds your interest, this is a good read also. I am not sure if I will read any more books in this genre, since, as I said, horror is not really my things. I will probably read more by this author, however, because I enjoyed this book and found the horror part not too overpowering. I received this book through the Kindle Scout Program to read and review.
3 Stars By WildAboutBones on 2017-04-10
Paranormal investigators get more than they bargained for
There are parts of the story that keep your eyes glued to the page but...
The way this story bounces back and forth between the recent past (a past investigation) and the present is rather irritating, especially when the past is just plopped in the story line at seemingly random places. The jolting back and forth takes the reader out of the story as does all the talking to the reader.
The first person present tense (ack!) doesn't help.
This could have been such a great story if placed in the appropriate sequence so the suspense and story are allowed to unfold, and of course third person would make it rock.
The smattering of humor is at times used well but at others, not so much.
Overall, while there is a lot of room for improvement, this isn't bad.
I will be interested to see how book two comes out and may check out this author's other works under his other pen name.
I received this book from the Kindle Scout program.
5 Stars By Montzalee Wittmann on 2017-09-07
One scary, creepy book!
The Dark Man (The Graveyard #1) by Desmond Doane is a good scary story that had me hooked right away. I read this book and started in with book two. This book is about a guy that had a paranormal show on TV until he let a five year old be in a show and she got hurt. The show was cancelled. The demon that hurt the girl two years ago is back and now is contacting him through other means, creepy means...through a demon in a house that he is helping a detective with. He calls his friend, who hasn't spoke to him since that day he let the little girl get hurt, to help him with the demon. Together, they plan to get the demon out of the house. That was the plan. It is so scary and creepy and full of twists. It was so good, I finished it and had to get book two!