Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Harrowing by Robert E. Dunn [5 stars]

From the Description


Andrew Jackson Presley, mercenary and nomad biker, learned the hard way—never trust an angel. Recruited by archangel Puriel for a harrowing, a descent into hell to rescue the innocent, the next thing he learned is that no one is innocent.

Hell is a prison not just for men but for the old gods as well. Heaven is an insulated club for angels, no humans allowed. The two worlds are locked in an eternal war that may soon be coming to an end. It turns out Jack has been to hell before and there are secrets buried in past lives that make him the key to victory for both sides.

As he tries to finish his mission, Jack finds that the woman he’s to rescue is Orisa, someone he had loved and killed for in life. But Orisa is half-angel with her own secret role to play in the war. While magic, burned into him by angels, gets stronger, and the mystery of his past unravels, Jack becomes Demon Jack, and learns there is more at stake than one innocent person. With the help of Edgar Allen Poe, the Queen of Ghosts, an Earth Goddess, and the most beautiful woman in hell, Satan herself, Jack must stop the angel’s final battle from consuming Earth. Even as the truth takes shape and the plans of eternity are playing out, Jack raises the stakes. To save the world, he sets loose the gods of antiquity, risking the entire universe.


Publication Date: November 24, 2016

Publisher: Necro Publications

Publication Length: 263 pages



I received a copy of this book for review purposes as part of The Harrowing Publicity Tour hosted by the always awesome Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. Professionals bloggers or media who would like to review The Harrowing, or are interested in featuring or interviewing Robert Dunn, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at Follow along the publicity tour with these hashtags: #TheHarrowing #badasshorror #angelsatwar


The Harrowing is an action packed road trip into the deepest recesses of Hell. Jack Presley, an ex-Ranger & mercenary is sarcastic, rough around the edges bicker, and totally badassed. He's the perfect anti-hero to follow into Hell. The denizens of Hell are a mixed group of characters. Some I loved, Poe, Cassandra, Wrath, Gaia and Legion, and surprisingly Satanael. Some I loved to hate like Puriel and Quixicatael. The storyline is part exciting adventure, and part nightmarish quest to save mankind, and entirely captivating. I devoured it in an afternoon. A highly recommended 5 star read.

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About the Author


Robert Dunn was an Army brat born in Alabama and finally settled in Nixa, Missouri. A graduate of Drury College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications/Film he also earned a second major in Philosophy with a minor in Religion and carried an emphasis in Theatre. This course of study left him qualified only to be a televangelist.


An award-winning film/video producer and writer, he has written scripts for or directed every kind of production from local 30-second television commercial spots to documentary productions and travelogues.


A writer of blognovels and contributor to various fiction websites his work has also included the book length prose poem, Uncle Sam, the collection of short stories, Motorman and Other Stories and novels Behind the Darkness, A Living Grave and The Red Highway.

Mr. Dunn now resides in Kansas City where he continues to write genre fiction and experiment with mixed media art projects using hand drawn and painted elements combined through digital paint and compositing.


You can find Robert at his blog, Beware the Blog , or on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads

"The Red Highway is not one of the best books that I’ve read so far this year, or that I’ve read in a long time…it’s one of the best books that I’ve ever read!  It was an incredible read, one that has so many layers that I was completely enthralled with the story. 5+++ stars!"  -2 Book Lovers Reviews
"This is hardboiled fiction at its best. We're talking Elmore Leonard territory. A fantastic read and I hope there's more to come." – Hunter Shea, Author of Tortures of the Damned and The Dover Demon on A Living Grave
"Dunn's lyrical descriptions of Katrina's inner struggles and demons read almost like poetry as he weaves an intricate and deadly plot of motorcycle gangs, the MOB, cancer survival, and child abuse into a novel so rife with complex feelings and life-situations, you are compelled to read it slowly, so you don't miss a nuance of the gut-wrenching emotions he elicits from his characters." - Peggy Jaeger, Author of The Voices of Angels
"Parts of this book moved me to tears while others made me want to cheer out loud at Katrina's kick-ass-atude. The twists and turns in the story kept me on the edge of my seat until the entirely satisfying ending. I'm so happy that this is just the start of what promises to be a totally addictive series! I highly recommend this phenomenal 5 star read." - Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews