Monday, October 17, 2016

REVIEW: Hunter of the Dead

Hunter of the Dead
By: Stephen Kozeniewski

Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Comedy
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication date: 9.8.2016
Pages: 314

Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Date read: 9.30.2016

I am a huge fan of vampires - books, movies - and feel great disappointment when they fall flat.  When this came across my desk, I was both excited and a little weary.  I am a big fan of Stephen Kozeniewski's writing... and definitely had high hopes with this one.

This was, hands down, an amazing vampire book.  It was different, but gave me that warm feeling I get when I read about authentic vampires.  You know what I'm talking about.  The ones that are pompous and vicious, who have no soul and don't care... the depraved and evil ones.  All wrapped up with that sarcasm I love from Stephen's characters.

Cicatrice is my favorite in the book.  He reminds me a lot of Viktor from Underworld, but with enough differences to make me truly intrigued.  Carter, the Vampire Hunter, is perfect.  Both are extremely well written.

And the one targeting the vampires?!  Just wow.

There is action and adventure.  There is heart-pounding, suspense-filled moments... that all end in ways that you don't expect them to.  And the end of the book left me wanting so much more from this story.  So good.  And a definite NEED TO READ for this holiday season.

About the book:
Someone has begun targeting vampires.
            Vampire leaders of the thirteen Houses attribute the string of recent losses to over-zealous vampire hunters.  Only Cicatrice, the most ancient and powerful vampire in the world, suspects that the semi-legendary Hunter of the Dead may be the real culprit.
            Carter Price, a vampire hunter who despises the way his profession is becoming centralized and corporatized, begins to suspect the Hunter of the Dead is back, too - and no longer distinguishing between vampires and mortals.  Against his better judgment, Price agrees to work with Cicatrice.
            The uneasy allies attempt to uncover the truth about the Hunter, while a vampire civil war begins in the background.  But perhaps the most difficult of all, they must contend with their new apprentices, who seem to be falling in love with each other against every rule of man and monster...

About the author:
Stephen Kozeniewski 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 is in German.

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