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Vera, the Medium   By: (1864-1916)

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Vera, the Medium by Richard Harding Davis is a captivating novel that delves into the intriguing world of the supernatural and the strange. The author skillfully weaves a mysterious and spellbinding tale that keeps the reader engrossed from beginning to end.

The story revolves around the enigmatic character of Vera, a young woman gifted with supernatural powers. As a medium, Vera can communicate with the spirit world and is able to channel the voices of the deceased. This unique ability makes her an object of fascination and curiosity for many, including skeptics and believers alike.

Set in the late nineteenth century, the novel vividly captures the atmosphere and ambiance of the time period. The author's meticulous attention to detail transports the reader to a world where séances and spiritualism held a prominent place in society. The descriptions are rich and atmospheric, engulfing the reader in a captivating blend of history and mystery.

What makes Vera, the Medium so compelling is the way in which the author explores the themes of belief, deception, and the limits of human understanding. With a cast of fascinating and complex characters, Davis delves deep into the human psyche, questioning the very nature of reality.

The character development in the novel is superb, particularly in the case of Vera. As the story progresses, we witness the internal struggles she faces as she grapples with her unique abilities and the ethical implications of her work. Her internal conflict is palpable, creating a strong emotional connection between the reader and the protagonist.

Furthermore, the plot is expertly crafted with numerous twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. The story unfolds at a steady pace, gradually unveiling the secrets and mysteries that surround Vera and her abilities. The author does an exceptional job of building suspense and anticipation, offering surprises at every corner.

Overall, Vera, the Medium is an enthralling and thought-provoking novel that seamlessly blends elements of mystery, the supernatural, and the psychological. Richard Harding Davis's writing is engaging and immersive, transporting the reader to a time of intrigue and uncertainty. With its well-developed characters, atmospheric setting, and a plot that keeps you guessing, this book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a captivating tale that delves into the unknown.

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By Richard Harding Davis

Part I

Happy in the hope that the news was "exclusive", the Despatch had thrown the name of Stephen Hallowell, his portrait, a picture of his house, and the words, "At Point of Death!" across three columns. The announcement was heavy, lachrymose, bristling with the melancholy self importance of the man who "saw the deceased, just two minutes before the train hit him."

But the effect of the news fell short of the effort. Save that city editors were irritated that the presidents of certain railroads figured hastily on slips of paper, the fact that an old man and his millions would soon be parted, left New York undisturbed.

In the early 80's this would not have been so. Then, in the uplifting of the far West, Stephen Hallowell was a national figure, in the manoeuvres of the Eastern stock market an active, alert power. In those days, when a man with a few millions was still listed as rich, his fortune was considered colossal.

A patent coupling pin, the invention of his brother in law, had given him his start, and, in introducing it, and in his efforts to force it upon the new railroads of the West, he had obtained a knowledge of their affairs. From that knowledge came his wealth. That was twenty years ago. Since then giants had arisen in the land; men whose wealth made the fortune of Stephen Hallowell appear a comfortable competence, his schemes and stratagems, which, in their day, had bewildered Wall Street, as simple as the trading across the counter of a cross roads store... Continue reading book >>

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