Friday, October 7, 2016

Hunter Of The Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski [5 stars]

From the Description
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…
Publication Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 314 pages
Hunter Of The Dead is a throwback to when vampires were monsters, not sparkly emo teenagers full of angst. This book is chock full of bloody, violent action and enough witty dialogue to keep me glued to the pages with a maniacal grin on my face until I finished the last page. I love Nico and Price. Price is a grizzled veteran vampire hunter who prefers to go it alone. Nico is perfect as the apprentice that just found out the hard way that vampires are real. The vampires are full of traitorous back-stabbing villains and even the seemingly good guys aren't trustworthy. Both The Hunter and The Damned were awesomely creepy, boogeymen for vampires and hunters alike. I highly recommend this fun filled rollercoaster ride. A solid 5 star read.
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About the Author
Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced: "causin' ooze key") lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. He was born to the soothing strains of "Boogie With Stu" even though The Who are far superior to Zep, for reasons that he doesn’t even really want to get into right now.
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. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.
He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s degree is in German.
You can find Stephen on his website, Manuscripts Burn, and on Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads

"I have never enjoyed a writer’s writing as much as I have with Stephen Kozeniewski. I cannot wait to get my hands on HUNTER OF THE DEAD!" – Phillip Tomasso, author of the VACCINATION series
"Kozeniewski is a rich voice that booms over his peers. I am coming to think of him as the closest thing to the reincarnation or spiritual successor of Ray Bradbury." – David Sharp, Horror Underground (now Cinema Bluster)
"Kozeniewski never fails to entertain with his bizarre and cavernous stories." – K.P. Ambroziak, author of A PERPETUAL MIMICRY
"I don’t know how he does it, but every one of Kozeniewski’s books offers something totally unique and compelling to the reader." – Sharon Stevenson, author of the RAISED and GALLOWS series
"As many people know by now, I am a fan of Kozeniewski, maybe even a bit of a fangirl…It doesn’t matter to me what he is writing, I will read it." – Sheilah Randall, Cellar Door Book Reviews
"I’m not usually a standalone novelist sort of fellow but a friend of mine asked me who I thought was the best standalone novelist I read in independent fiction…after a long time, I decided the answer was Stephen Kozeniewski." – C.T. Phipps, author of the SUPERVILLAINY SAGA
"What I love most about Kozy’s work is that they’re unique…It’s something fresh and new every time." – Shawn Remfrey, Literary Litter
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