Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hunter of the Dead - by Stephen Kozeniewski - An epic tale of a vampire dynasty and the one man they fear more than any other

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Hunter of the Dead is a sprawling, epic tale of vampire houses, the Inquisitors who seek to destroy them, and the one both vampires and Inquisitors fear the most, simply known as The Hunter.

Kozeniewski wastes no time setting the bloody tone for the tale which follows. I have never read anything like this.  At times mesmerizing and breathtaking, Hunter of the Dead is every bit as entertaining as The Strain, but dissimilar in many ways. Multiple story-lines woven together in  a complex tapestry of blood and violence  No sparkly vampires here, these undead are definitely hardcore.

"My intellect tells me there is no chance that The Hunter of the Dead has emerged from centuries of sleep.  That he disappeared all those years ago.  But my heart screams out that he is back.  And if he is, then, yes, mankind and immortals both are in existential danger. He is vicious, soulless, relentless. A killing machine without mercy, without fear.  He destroys the undying the same way a man swats a fly.  He is indestructible.  And he is very, very real."

It there are any negatives with Hunter of the Dead it would be in the way the story moves from the past to the present and back again which I did find a bit tricky to follow, but overall, The Hunter of the Dead is a read that is well worth your time.

Published by Sinister Grin Press, Hunter of the Dead is available in both paperback an Kindle formats.  If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you may read it at no additional charge and if you're an Amazon Prime member you can read Hunter of the Dead for FREE through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

From the author's bio - Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced "causin' ooze key") lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor's degree is in German.

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