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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hexagram by Duncan P. Bradshaw [3.5 stars]

 


From the Description
 
Their lands plagued by invaders, the Inca resort to an ancient ritual. By harvesting star dust from people, they hope to accumulate enough to raise the sun god, Inti, and reclaim their lands.

Yet when the collection is interrupted, it sets in motion events which will rattle human history.

Six stories. Six different time periods. One outcome.

We are all made of stars.

When an ancient Inca ritual is interrupted, it sets in motion a series of events that will echo through five hundred years of human history. Many seek to use the arcane knowledge for their own ends, from a survivor of a shipwreck, through to a suicide cult.

Yet…the most unlikeliest of them all will succeed.
 
Publication Date: July 25, 2016

Publisher: EyeCue Productions

Publication Length: 324 pages


 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. To find out more about Hexagram, Duncan P. Bradshaw or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you are a member of the media, a reviewer, or a reviewing authors, and you’d like a review copy of Hexagram or to feature Duncan please e-mail Erin at hookofabook@hotmail.com
 
 

Hexagram is a difficult book to review because of the way it's put together. It's a novel composed of six completely different stories connected by one thread. That thread weaves a tapestry of horrific acts committed by people who are pious and truly believe and by those who are psychopathic murderers. The beginning of this book was rather slow for me but by the time I reached the third part I was hooked. My favorite parts include a fresh look at the Jack the Ripper case, a Jim Jones like commune, a Civil War story, and a pair of twins who want to stay together. The stories are all tied together with an explosive finale that makes me want to know more about the world at the end of the book. An entertaining and somewhat stomach turning 3.5 star read.


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About the Author
 
 


Duncan P. Bradshaw lives in the county of Wiltshire, nestled around the belly button of southern England, with his wife Debbie, and their two cats, Rafa and Pepe. During the day, he is a mild mannered office goon, doing things which would bore you, if he was forced to tell you. At night, he becomes one with a keyboard, and transforms his weird and wonderful thoughts into words, which people, like you, and me, can read.

Why not pop over to his website, http://duncanpbradshaw.co.uk or give him a like over on Facebook or read his ravings on his blog, http://duncanpbradshaw.blogspot.co.uk/




Praise for Hexagram


"Hexagram is a visceral journey through the dark nooks and crannies of human history. Lovecraftian terror merges with blood sacrifices, suicide cults and body horror as Bradshaw weaves an intricate plot into an epic tale of apocalyptic dread." Rich Hawkins, author of The Last Plague trilogy

"A rip-roaring boy’s own adventure yarn. This novel contains multitudes, and the sheer scale and breadth of the story is exhilarating. A glorious, unhinged thrill ride." Kit Power, author of GodBomb!



Praise for Bradshaw’s Writing

"Duncan Bradshaw has a fantastic writing style. He gets you engrossed in the characters from the very outset. His mix of comedy and horror and real life are superb." Confessions of a Reviewer

"The true genius of Duncan P. Bradshaw is the rollercoaster ride of words and expressions. I have never seen an author go from the depths of dark and gore to laugh out loud all within the same paragraph." 2 Book Lovers Reviews

"Remember, you’ve now willingly plunged yourself into the mind of Duncan Bradshaw. You’re completely at the mercy of his strange imagination and all the eccentric oddities that his curious mind can conjure up." DLS Reviews

"Bradshaw is able to weight the horror set pieces with a dry humour and plenty of laugh out loud moments." UK Horror Scene

"One of the first things that I did after reading The Black Room Manuscripts, was to go out and buy Class Three by Duncan Bradshaw. I just found his writing in Time for Tea to have this gleeful kind of undertow to the carnage he wrought on his tea drinkers and wanted to see what his writing was like in a longer format." Ginger Nuts of Horror