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In the North Pacific Ocean there is an island that has been forgotten by mankind. Living there are men who have committed all manner of moral crimes. Deceived by an elaborate ruse, they wake deep within fortress walls where they are tortured, brainwashed, and then trained to physical perfection. When they are finally released to the island's hills and abandoned streets, thIn the North Pacific Ocean there is an island that has been forgotten by mankind. Living there are men who have committed all manner of moral crimes. Deceived by an elaborate ruse, they wake deep within fortress walls where they are tortured, brainwashed, and then trained to physical perfection. When they are finally released to the island's hills and abandoned streets, they are told one simple rule: Survive long enough and you will be sent home. The island's only other inhabitants are women. In "Man Hunt", survival of the fittest means being literally hunted. It is "Lord of the Flies" meets hard-core feminism, because it tells both sides of the story....

Title : Man Hunt
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ISBN : 17378529
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Number of Pages : 234 Pages
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Man Hunt Reviews

  • Melinda
    2019-03-11 23:17

    Unique Horror Story - Absolutely Adored this StoryK. Edwin Fritz has done something amazing! Instead of serial killers run amok or teaming up, or adding paranormal highlights, we have a wholly new type of horror story based on a real world problem that he discusses before and after his story. I was deeply moved by both discussions. They are both relevant and actionable.There are really two stories here - the story of sexism, and a radical solution to it, and the story of a victim healing, or not, from sexual violence done to them. The stories are two sides of the same coin, and represent the opposing forces in the story who we see through the eyes of our two protagonists.The first story is embodied by the novel itself, and given the voice of Obe, a prisoner on the island. He is caught in a situation that is completely beyond his control and he is trying to adapt and survive. He is also trying to reclaim his personality and control his environment to the best of his ability.The second is told through the story of Josie who we first meet as a demure sixteen year old girl. After she is assaulted, her life changes forever and the question becomes one of whether she will turn to violence to solve her problems, or will she truly heal and move forward. If she she does move forward, does that put her life in jeopardy from those on the island.This is an intense story full of beatings, murder, rape, torture, brainwashing, humiliation and manipulation. It asks the question: Is violence for violence the right path to correct aberrant behaviour in criminal offenders? When do the wardens become like the prisoners when violence is involved? How much is too much? Is torture ever the answer? There is one horrifying scene that I simply cannot get out of my head that includes a misbehaving man, a woman who is the head of training, and a scalpel. Who needs serial killers when you can have egregiously nasty scenes like these where the trainer slices and dices human flesh, but keeps a calm and honeyed tone in her voice while saying the most outrageous things; explaining exactly what is happening and the reasoning behind it- while resting former body parts on his chest. It gives me chills just thinking about it.Once you start this book, I hope you don't have plans, because you will not be doing anything other than reading through to the end. No chores will get done. No work will get done. Do not start this book at night unless you plan on staying up until morning. You won't do anything but READ until it is over.The characters of Obe and Josie are diametrically opposed and yet, as the story goes on, we find parallels between them. By the end of the story, the characters are closer together than at any other time in the story. They trade off as the interwoven voice of the story, along with a few other characters, but primarily Obe and Josie. They are complex, layered and damaged characters, but get stronger over time. I appreciated the emotional development that occurs here in their story arcs that seems to be missing in many stories these days. In fact, all the characters are quite vivid and are emotionally challenged. I loved the characterization of Dirtie Gertie. Her attitude is reflected in her physical body which is over the top, and her obsessions are absolutely priceless. Prisma colored pencils - such a small thing, but to someone who knows about art supplies, knows they are the best on the market. Says something about Gertie. I would never want to meet her, but as a character she was fascinating. It's the small details about characters that tell you so much about them and K. Edwin Fritz does a masterful job of inserting all those finer details about each character to round them out and set them apart from each other - like those colored pencils.The Bottom Line: This is a fantastic new horror story that will grab you by the throat and throttle your brain while you are blazing through the pages. The forward and afterward were highly insightful and not to be missed. You will never look at a sex crime the same way again. 5 full stars! Bravo K. Edwin Fritz! Highly Recommended for not just fans of horror.

  • Kellie Ann
    2019-02-28 02:45

    I met K, Edwin Fritz at a book fair and liked him so much I decided to give his work a try. As with the author, I was thoroughly impressed with his work. His book "Man Hunt" was truley amazing despite starting out just a little slow. By the end, however, it evolved into one hell of a wild ride. Upon first picking up this book the reader will be surprised to know that the author is actually a male. The feminist focus within in plot is well written, to the point where the reader can actually feel what the women feel (the fact this was accomplished by a male author in such detail is true talent). As the reader finds out what brought each woman to the Monroe's Island, as well as, why the island was created, one can't help but understand what these women went through and why they are apart of what is called "The Cause". On another hand the reader also meets a victim of the island. They get to see what a victim goes through in the clenches of the brutality, torture, and education that is "The Cause". K. Edwin even puts enough detail in to the victim that the reader will begin to understand his struggles and see the pain that he is going through. By understanding both sides of this sides of this battle, the author gives the reader an opportunity to have a few options in mind while reading this book. He gives enough detail to provide the reader with the option to choose one side or another in the battle of sexes or to pity both sides. However there is one question I constantly ask myself throughout reading this book, "Is there a time that after bringing endless punishing and torture to the monster that you have grown to despise, that you begin to question which one of you is actually the monster?"

  • Mike Owens
    2019-03-06 00:35

    If you're on Monroe's Island, and you have a Y chromosome, the best you can hope for is a quick and early death. The full-time inhabitants of the island, located somewhere in the Pacific (so glad I'm on the Atlantic side) are a group of women whose sole purpose is to torture and break men, killing many or most of them in the process.The women on the island have each been wronged, either rape or some other form of abuse, by a man. So the process of reducing male victims who have been lured to the island to whimpering, mindless rabbits is a form of revenge. They dress the process up a bit, calling it "training," but the methodology is strictly medieval, similar in every way to the torture techniques used to extract "confessions" from heretics.The violence is graphic, not up to the level of American Psycho, but close enough. Consider the episode in which Obe, a male survivor, has his testicles partially excised, partially ripped off. And another in which a male is hunted down by auto, struck, and driven over twice. During the last pass we get to hear his skull pop open. Can't be too careful, though, can they?One of the trainers, Josie, is humanized a bit. The precipitating event in her life was date rape by her boyfriend. Worst of all, the sonofabitch never called her afterward. If anyone ever deserved to have his testicles lopped off, his fingernails pulled out, etc, this is the guy. Josie, in spite of occasional pangs of conscience, enjoys her work.This is a challenging, disturbing work.The author sets it in a large context of powerful women, but the message is lost for this reader, in the gore. The novel stands alone without the social commentary.

  • Joanie Chevalier
    2019-03-03 01:37

    This story takes place on a forgotten island, which used to be a tourist spot, where men are "pigs" for their crimes against women. Even though the main purpose is to "retrain" these men, there are tortures, beatings and brainwashing until they acknowledge that women are superior. Even that doesn't stop the torture; when they "graduate" from their small cells and being chained 24/7, they are released and can roam freely in their current sector on the Island. This is not an easy life, however. They are forced to fight over small rations of food and shoes are coveted and fought over. The psychological experiments on the men cause them to lose their memories and live like frightened animals.The author gets into the minds of the head mistress and owner of the island, Gertrude, and Josie, a woman who loves to torture but after being there for six years, is having second thoughts about what they are doing, and if's it really the right punishment. Do men really deserve the torture and starvation for a mistake? Gertrude has plans for Josie when she hears someone say, "Why, she's gone soft, Gertie. She doesn't want to kill men anymore!"This book drew me in from the beginning. It was creepy. It was scary. It was totally different. The idea just blew my mind! I would recommend it to anyone who loves the twists and turns of a psychological thriller.

  • Jimmy Filmer
    2019-03-03 01:38

    Seriously entertaining & actually relevant. This story brings a whole new meaning to the term 'battle of the sexes'. Women what have clearly had enough of the sexist b.s. in society have decided to take revenge on the men they deem worthy of their particular blend of revenge. First, they seduce a man, bringing him to a deserted island. Next, they torture & brainwash him. Finally, they train him to be an excellent runner & send him out onto the island to fend for himself. And then once the men get out, they find there is a whole other problem to deal with... the other men who have already been there for several months or years. Told in alternating chapters between 1 guy who is recently thrust into this outside world & 1 woman who seems like she is struggling with her inner demons about the immorality of what she is doing, the story tells both male & female perspectives. I found myself constantly wanting more but happy to get back to the other perspective. So many things to think about & so many things to freak me out. Really well-told horror story, with a twist of actually meaning something for once.

  • Babus Ahmed
    2019-02-17 04:44

    Fritz's Man Hunt is a graphic read about Monroe Island where misogynistic men are lured to be educated by a troop of ruthlessly trained women. We are told this story from the point of view of one of the men, Obe, on the island, and from the point of view of "bestial chairwoman" Gertrude and Josie, a recruit of great potential, who has severe doubts about what is done to these men in order to "educate" them. This book hits the ground running literally as we start off being introduced to Obe, who is on the run from the women who are hunting him. By luck he avoids being run down but inadvertently also draws attention to himself as a prime target to discipline. One finds himself in a family of men, who fight each other and the women to survive. Violent and brutal in parts this thriller will not only have you at the edge of your seat but have you caring about both Obe and Josie and have you asking moral questions about punishment. An intense introduction to a promising new series.

  • Elizabeth Jane
    2019-03-19 07:21

    I am a self-proclaimed man "hater" due to past abuses. I have yet to meet a man who could change my mind. This book was right up my alley! I wasn't repulsed by the "teaching" done to the men. And I didn't feel sorry for them a bit. In fact, if this island was a reality I'd have plenty of sexist, chauvinistic, abusive morons to recruit. I'm really interested to find out Obe's transgression that landed him on the island. He seems more juvenile than anything. Also, I hope Josie gets one over on Gertrude. Dirty Gertie has mental issues that she takes out on them which is NOT helpful or supportive to the other women. And a cliffhanger? Really? I could scream! The only reason I gave this 4 stars is because of that fact. Now I have to wait till next month to borrow book two! =(

  • Brandonzman5 noneAyoBeeswax
    2019-02-25 00:37

    This was a seriously good book. Revenge, torture, men on foot chased by cars, and women stabbing each other in the back (figuratively). Favorite scene: the grocery alley, where 1 bag of food is lowered at a time into a pit of men & they all fight each other for it. Saw some other reviews complaining about typos but I didn't see that. Guess the author fixed things for this second edition. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

  • Shelly Trolian
    2019-03-09 07:18

    Great book! Very well written, and the story flows well. Kept me engrossed from the first page!With a SUPER-tight budget, Kindle books are a luxury I can't often afford. I got this one for free, and as soon as I finished it, I used a few precious dollars to buy the sequel. I am reading it now, and it is just as good as this one! I highly recommend the Man Hunt trilogy - I can't wait for the third to come out! I will definitely be buying that one, too!

  • Amy
    2019-03-04 04:33

    I should have know better than to try to read this book from the description alone. Just... no. Many, many reasons, most of which deal with my anger at the thinly-veiled, monstrously mysogynistic writing. (One small example - attempting to make your audience feel sorry for a man who beat his girlfriend - but he was drunk, so, you know ...yes, sarcasm).

  • Penny Stone
    2019-03-05 04:31

    Not your normal horror story. Along with high action & great characterization, I found myself actually pondering a great many things about sexuality & sexism. In my humble opinion, this is as much literature as it is a horror novel. Well done. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Shen Schwartz
    2019-02-18 03:41

    Better then expected. Great action & the scene with the scalpel will haunt me for years. I really liked Josie's story too. It was nice to see her side of the story and how she is dealing with her past. Probably she's going to go on a crazy killing spree in the next one but I hope not.

  • Ivan
    2019-02-21 00:40

    It took me about a year to read this book due to my laziness and procrastination. I got through the first half slowly because I found the whole concept odd. Women trapping men on an island, torturing them for their wrong doings and taking revenge. Sounds crazy, like Battle Royale or Hunger Games, but the real meaning and symbolism is very clear. The men are not so much fighting each other, but more so trying to survive and return to their primal states. The women have fun and games chasing them and giving false hope for their release. The real end game is really for all these horrible men to die. So the early beginning read was simple and quick for me, but towards the middle was where I got a bit bored and the story was feeling so long. I had to pause and take a break. I finally picked it back up during a recent plane ride and I really liked the ending parts. Characters were finally starting to show more emotion and importance. They were a turn around in the plot and things were heating up. Of course since this is a series there would be a cliff hanger ending.Overall it felt like a long read and could be a struggle for some. The context is a bit harsh as well. The story switches from two main characters point of views so that may take some getting used to. I also had a little trouble keeping up with all of the names of different inmates and the women who were training the men. There are only a few characters who truly matter and the story is easier to follow when you realize that.

  • Shelby Gaug
    2019-03-02 01:43

    IntenseIt took me a while to get into this book but once I did,I couldn't put it down. It gets pretty intense in some places. I would not recommend this for people with weak stomachs. Not a big fan of the Cliffhanger at the end but would consider buying the 2nd book.

  • Will Decker
    2019-02-28 04:44

    Every story should have an ending, even if it’s a lousy ending. No ending is worse than a lousy ending. There is nothing more frustrating than spending 7 hours reading a book only to find out that it doesn't end and if you want the ending, you have to buy it! That is a lousy marketing scam. With that off my chest, I found the concept of the book intriguing. An island where women take men to torture them for being men. They’re brainwashed, humiliated, and tortured. Many are then hunted and killed. There was a lot of repetition and wordiness. The editing needed some work as there were quite a few miss-used words, grammar errors, and sentence structure issues. I won’t mention the other issues as they may have been caused by the conversion process. Although there was a lot of potential for feeling in this story, it doesn't reach out and grab you by the short hairs like it could. Like I said, the concept was intriguing, but the story itself fell short. Or should I saw was falling short, as I don’t know how or if it ever ended.

  • Rashmi Pant
    2019-02-24 02:33

    We all are in a quest to read different types of books, especially within a genre of our liking. This book was intriguing because it presented itself as different. A group of vigilante women run an island prison where male offenders are tortured and brainwashed. However the purpose of the brainwash was not clear as most were killed rather than released. The ending too is abrupt. Lots of loose-ends which make the story unconvincing.

  • Janelle Lopez
    2019-02-21 07:31

    This story had me hooked in the first few pages and I could barely put it down! The characters were well developed, but not so quickly that any mystery about the person was spoiled. In fact, immediately upon finishing Man Hunt I went back to Amazon to order Woman Scorned (Man Hunt Book II) so I could continue to know more and more about them. I enjoy mystery, suspense and horror genres. Man Hunt had it all.

  • Teena
    2019-03-10 05:35

    Would have given this at least 4 stars had the end really ended. I understand that the author wants to lead you into the next book, but I'm not so sure the sentence even ended. Sorry not to be able to do a better review, but just left such a bad taste.

  • Richard Givan
    2019-03-08 05:36

    Okay, I read exactly half of this book before ditching it. An intriguing concept, but it turned into a nasty piece of disorganized fiction that had the worst sin of all--it became boring.

  • Allison
    2019-03-04 00:30

    I read it because it was free. It's terrible.

  • Allan Ashinoff
    2019-03-15 00:19

    Gratuitously, lopsidedly and deliberately brutal. A thin and single-minded idea ("men are evil") stretched into a book and used to gleefully justify inhuman behavior.

  • Chrissy Delmond
    2019-03-08 07:23

    Oh my god this guy is so much like Stephen King its freaking me out. Or maybe he's a bit more like Dean Koontz. I'm not sure.

  • Angel M
    2019-02-17 04:18

    Few typos. Overall pretty good book. Interesting plot. Desire to continue series.

  • Joanne
    2019-03-03 01:24

    This is a difficult book to review because the topic is disturbing and its treatment is disturbing. It asks the question: Can a person get revenge--and perform barbaric acts of torture--and remain sane? Remain the same person?The book takes place on an island where women, who have been raped or sexually assaulted in some way, torment and torture men who have committed these crimes. Terrible things are done to these men, but can anything equate to a woman being overwhelmed by force, in a helpless and hopeless situation, being raped and forced to do horrible things by a man?The women in the book are no longer helpless. They have been trained, physically and psychologically, to be powerful, to punish men for their acts of terror, without emotion and without guilt. This does take a toll on some of the women. Some of them question what they're doing and some of them go crazy, such as the leader of the island. Is there a point where a person commits so much violence that it doesn't register as violent anymore? Does that person then need to keep increasing the violence, similar to a heroin addict having to inject more of the drug to get high? Is there then a point where a person's doesn't know the difference between what is violent and what is not--what is sane and what is not?The men are captured and brought to the island. Their identities are stripped away from them, they are degraded and forced to live in squalor, and they are beaten and tortured. At some point, they are released to the island to fend for themselves, among other men who have undergone similar treatment. The men form their own power structure to survive, while the women continue to treat them like animals in a zoo. The question becomes: have these men been broken? Rehabilitated? If so, why are they thrown into the jungle? If not, why are they released at all? Do any of them actually get to leave?Josie is one of the women on the island. She has started to question what she is doing, but has to keep it secret or she will be punished. She is sent back to the mainland to entrap men and bring them to the island. She is finding this increasingly distasteful and doesn't want to do it anymore. She is followed by a ruthless killer, who doesn't seem to have any problems with what they are doing. So we see both ends of the spectrum.As I said, this is a disturbing book. Is it ok for the violated to become the violators? Will that heal them or will it turn them into monsters? I can understand the need for revenge, especially for such a personal attack, but does the need for revenge last forever? The women have ten-year contracts. Is ten years enough time or too much time? Is it all right to become barbaric to punish those who have committed acts of barbarism upon them? At what point is there no longer any difference between the two? I would think it takes an enormous amount of energy to maintain that level of hatred, and, after a time, a person would lose who she was to begin with. Doesn't that make the men the "victors" in the end?The answers I found in the book led me to believe that, except for a very few, there is no redemption. There is violence and there is insanity, with not much ground in-between. I know there is a second book, but I don't know that I want to read it because I'm not sure there is any hope for any of these people. They are trapped. The men made the choice to rape and the women made the choice to get revenge. The island signifies how isolated and trapped they really are. They can't go anywhere. They can run in circles and struggle to survive, but for what purpose?This isn't a story about "healing" and moving on with your life after a horrific trauma. These women have trapped themselves in that trauma by choice. The men are animals. They committed horrible crimes and should be punished for them, but they are literally treated like animals in the book, thrown into the jungle to live or die, after being tortured. I have no sympathy for rapists, but I do have sympathy for the women they rape. The women in this book have allowed their victimization to continue. They don't have normal lives. They don't have families or friends. They may have found a way to get revenge and alleviate their pain, but they will never get past it as long as they are on that island.Maybe that's the ultimate question of the story: can men who rape be rehabilitated and can women who are raped move forward with their lives? The answer in the book seems to be, "No," but I think both, especially the women, deserve the chance. They don't have that chance in this book.

  • Kerry Reis
    2019-02-28 07:16

    On an isolated and forgotten island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, a small society of women is operating a penal complex, where men, who have been deemed to have committed a crime of abuse towards women, have been lured by flirty means, then imprisoned in a fortified torture chamber for a brainwashing form of "training" before being released into a closed, guarded survival area where women hunt them, all for The Cause. The story is presented from three main perspectives: Obe, one of the male prisoners who is learning how to survive in the guarded grounds, even though he cannot remember his own true history which has been wiped from his memory by the initial "training"; Josie, a successful female "recruiter" and "trainer" who is having doubts about the mission and her role in it; and Gertrude, one of the powerful leaders of the island, who has no doubts about the superiority of women over men and her own superiority within The Cause. This is a very harsh tale of horror, intensely written, but my main problem with the storyline was the difficulty in finding any sympathetic connection with any of the characters, a necessary element to encourage readers to move forward with the tale. Unfortunately, the author has chosen to keep too much character history hidden as potential reveals, using only general hints of potential faults to tease the reader. For instance, there are general reveals that some of the "crimes" of which these imprisoned men are guilty may not be entirely acts of forced rape or harmful abuse toward women, but may also include general acts of base male chauvinism. Yet, this is not enough to determine whether the reader needs to truly care about Obe and his trial to survive. It is only halfway through this book that we begin to discover Josie's doubts, a sympathetic characteristic that starts to draw the reader in, as it draws Gertrude's attention in her need to test and "retrain" Josie through a special mission with hidden dangers. However, even though this work is the first book in a trilogy series, it does not end with any sort of major reveal or partial resolution to guide readers to move forward with the rest of the series.

  • Jill
    2019-03-16 03:38

    The first of a trilogy, I believe. The action takes place on Monroe Island, in the Pacific Ocean, where a group of women work to retrain men who have, in one way or another, sinned against women. Rapists, batterers, philanderers are taken through a rigorous breaking down, both physically and mentally. Once that process is done, they are released onto the island, where they are supposed to learn a series of lessons, advance to different levels and potentially win their freedom off the island. All the while, they are forced to fight for their survival. They must fight the elements, as they stay outside. They must fight one another, as the women provide their food, and there is never enough to go around. And they must survive the hunts...The women who have been selected as the trainers have all been the victim of a man, either sexually, physically or emotionally. They commit to ten years on the island and are not paid unless they complete the full ten years. The supervisors have conflicts between themselves. The trainers have varying levels of commitment to or doubts about what they are doing to the men. I look forward to reading the next book.

  • CarlFroman
    2019-02-28 02:41

    Really intelligent. Difficult subject matter handled with delicacy. Also, lots of gritty, nerve-snapping action: Car chases. Torture. 20-man brawls over food. And the politics behind the scenes of the women's side of things was impressive, really. At times the women-centric were so fluid I forgot this was a male author. Meanwhile, great descriptions throughout. Very visual. Several parts read & felt like poetry, especially the 'Interlude' halfway through. I can totally see this becoming a movie. It's very cinematic. Don't understand why others are upset about the ending. I get there are 2 more books & the end of this one does literally end in the middle of an action scene, but both Obe's & Josie's stories did have a complete arc. Joise faced her abuser. Obe finally began to regain his memories. The fact that there is more story & more action to come doesn't mean this is a 'cliffhanger'. Some people need to reevaluate what that word means, I think. (Or perhaps look up its definition, hahaha).But that's just my opinion. Do what you like with it.

  • Colleen Ray
    2019-02-27 05:44

    This would easily have been a 4 star book. Well-structured, good character development, and a plot that moves along nicely. Like any prison / internmemt camp story, there's a fair amount of not-to-graphic violence... the name of the book pretty much tells you what to expect.I enjoyed the entire thng, right up until the last page, where there was no ending. Thisis a MAJOR issue for me. For the life of me, I can't understand why an author chooses to end a book without tying up the story arc. Charge me a fair price for a complete stiry, and move on to the next book in the series AFTER tying up the major plot points. -1 star for the laxk of ending, and this author has been added to my "do not read" list. What a shame.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-19 06:43

    I am 75% done with this book and the only reason I am still reading is that I hate to start a book and not finish it. I thought I would go outside my usual genre of Sci-Fi/Dystopian books and delve into this. This book makes me never want to read outside of my genre again. It is utter garbage. Men-hating women who torture and brutally kill men they deem sinners. They are as bad or worse than the trash they bring to the island. Instead of healthily dealing with their issues brought on by abusive men, they become the abusers and act like they are better than the men they are "educating." The whole book is a disaster, skipping all over the place in no particular order and glorifying brutality and murder if you are injured by another. Whoever wrote this needs some help.

  • Joy E Hillman
    2019-03-14 00:33

    Interestingly intriguingGreat story excellent writing and very mysterious. You would never guess what's coming next. On the down side the ending was very disappointing I wanted more closure to the story.