Poetic Justice: The Dawning

(10 customer reviews)


  • Publication Date: 28/08/2018
  • Format: Paperback

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Randal Forbes is born on 1st January 1958 to a close family of high professional distinction. He stands out from the crowd and is recognised as a genius from a very early age but there is something extremely daunting about his remarkable abilities. He calls his demonic leanings ‘the gift’ and sees himself as its main instrument, using his unholy talents to defend his followers or destroy his enemies. He is fiercely telepathic and will dispose of any adversary who suspects his benefaction. From a distance through a photographic image, or on the actual spot, he will enter his victim’s minds and take over their thought processes, delivering hypnotic demands resulting in their demise or ruin.

In this first book of a planned series, it follows his life from a baby up to his teenage years. Randal’s burning ambition is to become a successful author of great works. He will use his gift to achieve this, removing any human obstacles in his path who suspect his dark side. Paranormal crime is his speciality. He is exceptionally attractive in appearance and can be malevolent or benevolent, depending on his twisted sense of poetic justice. Although he has loyalty and affection for his family and others, deep down he lets nothing get in the way of his vocation. He weaves his hypnotic spell over anyone in order to climb his odious ladder of advancement.

Fran Raya currently lives in Manchester. Her career has been predominantly in music since the 1970s, both in the UK and abroad, originally as a singer-songwriter but now in later years purely as a songwriter who places original songs with other artists. Fran is a member of The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers and has performed throughout Europe as she used to live in Denmark. Fran was the support act for Eric Clapton on his Scandinavian tours in the 1980s. She has also published poetry in numerous anthologies and as a result was awarded her own book, Thoughts of the Poet.

10 reviews for Poetic Justice: The Dawning

  1. Emma Levy

    Justice…The Dawning…by Fran Raya….Paranormal/Thriller…Very good read, I couldn’t put it down! I believe it’s part of a series…can’t wait for the next one.

  2. Geoff Foster

    Loved every word.Gripping. Can’t wait to see what Randal does next.

  3. Mrs J Goldstone

    This book was not my usual choice of subject but once I started reading it I became immersed in the story and characters. I found it hard to put down and had to finish it as soon as possible. Can’t wait for the next one.

  4. Joanie Juniper

    Very well written throughout. I thought that the build up to the climax of the story was particularly good and has left me very curious and itching to know what happens next. Roll on book two please.

  5. Mr. T. Lightwood

    I think that Randal Forbes is a force to be reckoned with and is so powerful it is as if he exists! Very scary but totally additive. It will be fascinating to see what he does next. Bring it on!

  6. Barry Ravenscroft

    Right from the start I was engrossed in this book. I love the way that the author has incorporated the dark side of Randal Forbes within a good family. He is a very potent mix of completely evil and a side that can be almost sympathetic to a just cause, although still warped. I felt myself being sucked into his destructive world, sometimes against my own will. This is the mark of a good author, regardless of the subject matter. I will most certainly be looking out for the next book to see what dire tricks are up his sleeve. Five stars and well deserved.

  7. Adrienne B.

    I can’t believe how quickly I read this book. I literally could not put it down. I know a lot of readers say this from time to time about other books but this one is certainly in that category. I find Randal Forbes absolutely fascinating and daunting. He is so evil and yet magnetic. If the second book in this series is as good, I feel he could have a cult following. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited about a character. A well written book by Fran Raya and I look forward to further plots. I would definitely recommend this to those who are into the supernatural. Riveting.

  8. Stanley Mann

    I could not stop reading this book even though I was quite freaked out by the absolute power of Randal Forbes. I know he is a fictional character and yet it was almost real. He is unique because everything around him is day to day living and there he is, bang in the middle of so many lives with his dark powers that have no limit. What will he do next I ask myself and will the next book supply all the answers? Simply mesmerising.

  9. Cheryl Hicks

    I never thought I could be engrossed in a book so dark. Although really unnerving, it grabs you and plays havoc with your own imagination. Randal Forbes is so cruel but its his sadistic psychic ability that gets to me and is so gripping it makes me read on. Aside from his demonic crimes, the book is very well written. I can’t imagine what he inflicts on his victims in the next book but I feel that I’ll be at the front of the queue to buy it!

  10. Judie Krebs

    You wouldn’t want to meet Randal Forbes in real life. Or any other life for that matter. Because Randal, protagonist of POETIC JUSTICE: THE DAWNING, might decide your life isn’t worth living. And, as we are soon led to realise by his creator, Fran Raya, from infancy onwards he doesn’t make his decisions lightly. He knows he’s been born with The Gift but it’s not one you’d want to receive for Christmas. Don’t try to curb his unnatural tendencies, he’ll use them against you so that you’re the one who looks unnatural. Don’t try to cajole him, he despises sycophancy. And never try to get the better of him because he’ll always be better than you at whatever you attempt to do.

    Having given you due warning, I must add that there are certain people to whom Randal reveals the caring side of his nature. (I say this in the interest of balance of course and not because I’m afraid he’ll turn his steely gaze upon me with those spooky eyes and their malicious yellow glints.) These precious few, his family – well, most of them anyway – a girlfriend and a boyfriend, are so bathed in the warmth of his generosity of spirit that they won’t hear a word against him. This leaves the fast-maturing Randal free to use his good looks, amazing literary talent, undoubted intellect and The Gift in ways you must read the book to discover.

    I hope Ms Raya won’t leave us in suspense and will take the adolescent Randal Forbes out of his home environs and into the wide world beyond. In him, she has created a charismatic character both riveting and repellent. He views his abhorrent acts as moral judgments yet has a chivalric loyalty to his chosen people. This theme of an extraordinary child who fits in with, and appreciates the ordinariness of his domestic surroundings is evident throughout the book. What is also evident is the author’s love of English language and grammar and her ability to use it to the highest standard. As a journalist, I think this is what pleased me most.

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