Monday, December 12, 2016

Hunter of the Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski

Hunter of the Dead
by Stephen Kozeniewski

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (August 15, 2016)
Publication Date: August 15, 2016
Genre: Paranormal | Dark Urban Fantasy
Print Length: 314 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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 brews in the background. But perhaps 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…

Hunter of the Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski

Hunter of the DeadHe is a legend, no one has lived to describe him. He is the HUNTER OF THE DEAD and the dark world of vampires are being brought to their eternal and a final death by either this dark legend or a group of over-zealous vampire hunters. Cicatrice, the oldest, most powerful and most vile of the vampires is not the only one to believe the HUNTER OF THE DEAD is back. Carter Price, a hunter himself also believes but he feels the hunter is now killing with little thought to who or what he kills. Price must make a deal with the devil he knows and an uneasy allegiance is born between vampire and hunter, but will it be enough to stop this legend?

In a dark world where vampires are the undead monsters of old, challenges for power, backstabbing and deceit will run rabid among the clans. Already distrustful and egocentric, both tentative allies and apprentices will come forth as the war between the vampires brings eternal death and destruction. As if the waters haven’t been bloodied enough, and the lines between vampire and hunter become blurred as two bitter enemies find an attraction that is an abomination to both humanity and the undead.

Will Price become part of an ala carte vampire meal? Will Cicatrice use him for more than his knowledge of the hunter? Will the HUNTER OF THE DEAD find them both and see them as enemies or will he recognize another hunter and fight as brothers? Blood and body parts will fly, in well described scenes of battle and posturing. So many scenes, so many subplots, all woven together into a tale that takes no prisoners with its relentless pace and numerous twists.

Who is fooling who? Who can be trusted? In a world where blood is commonplace and brutal dismemberment is the norm, save any snacks for later if you have a gentile digestive system because author Stephen Kozniewski is holding nothing back to display his vampires as the brutal monster of days gone by. No sparkle, no shimmer, no hearts and flowers, just the blood-thirsty, power-hungry, sword wielding nightmares that explode with their vicious, cold and unfeeling hearts. Learn a few new facts and fable of vampire destruction, yes, holy water works, garlic is only good to mask human scent. Wood is good, silver is great. You may want to keep your travels to sunny days.

I received this copy from Stephen Kozeniewski in exchange for my honest review.

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