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The FREE ebook prequel to Tarn Richardson's gripping upcoming novel THE DAMNED. Visit Amazon or get your copy! In the bustling streets of Sarajevo in June 1914, the dead body of a priest lies, head shattered by the impact of a fall from a building high above. As the city prepares for the arrival Archduke Franz Ferdinand, grim-faced inquisThe FREE ebook prequel to Tarn Richardson's gripping upcoming novel THE DAMNED. Visit Amazon or get your copy! In the bustling streets of Sarajevo in June 1914, the dead body of a priest lies, head shattered by the impact of a fall from a building high above. As the city prepares for the arrival Archduke Franz Ferdinand, grim-faced inquisitor Tacit Poldek is faced not only with the challenge of discovering why the priest has been killed but also confronting other menaces: the demon rumoured to be at large in the city and the conspirators of the Black Hand organisation who plan to assassinate the Archduke. With terrible danger only ever one step away and his private demons silenced only by strong drink, THE HUNTED introduces us to the damaged soul that is the unorthodox Catholic inquisitor Tacit Poldek. It is a world both like and unlike our own but in which the Inquisition, is alive and well yet existing in the shadows; in which history is poised to take dangerous and unpredictable paths; where evil assumes many horrific forms, from werewolves to the institutional slaughter of the trenches; and the threat to humanity (in all senses of the word) - and to love - is ever constant.THE HUNTED is the free prequel to the full length novel THE DAMNED, the first book in Tarn Richardson's gritty and compelling DARKEST HAND TRILOGY featuring flawed inquisitor Tacit Poldek, publishing May 2015....

Title : The Hunted
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ISBN : 9780715650417
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Number of Pages : 403 Pages
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The Hunted Reviews

  • Lör K.
    2019-01-17 11:23

    Original Review: 3/5I wish it had been betterI do wish that this had been better.Richardson has created an amazing set up within The Hunted, a beautiful story of paranormal hunting priests going after demons and such. A wonderful premises, one that in my opinion isn't written enough. Then, he discovers a whole new incident he needs to deal with and the action kicks in even more.The description in this book was definitely 5/5; I don't think Richardson could have done any more with the description, in my opinion. It was stunningly written and really caught my attention to the point that I couldn't put this down at one point.The main character is well written; he feels three dimensional, like someone you would meet in real life and it's a wonderful thing to see. Two dimensional characters in short horror stories are all too common.So why only three stars?I felt the ending was very weak compared to the rest of the book. It all wrapped up, but it just didn't seem to fit right at all. We went from 100% action to about 2% action and it was quite disappointing. It's always disappointing when a book starts off really well and then the ending just. Doesn't work out. It's a good book, I'd still recommend it to anyone who likes a short horror read, but the ending was a bit of a disappointment.Re-review: 4/5So, after I posted my review, Richardson commented on my review and informed me why they had ended the book as they had, and I went back and read the last chapter again with this information in mind. Being able to relate to what Richardson wanted to portray and to realise my frustration at a 'weak' ending was meant to be felt at that moment in time, really made me realise that this wasn't a weak ending at all, but very much an extremely well written ending that made the reader feel exactly like Tacit was feeling.Knowing this information has opened my eyes to this book a little bit more, and I can't wait to sit and read it again with a new point of view on the book.Thank you Richardson, for taking the time to explain it to me!Rereview after reread -- 5 / 5 -- 06th May 2017Tarn asked me not to write a new review for this so I just wanted to add on that I really enjoyed this the second time around. I knew what was coming, but still waited with baited breath for each detail. The ending was much more enjoyable this time around. This was absolutely brilliant. I can't wait to delve into the rest of this series.

  • Yvonne
    2018-12-19 12:41

    Well no messing about with this Prequel at only 45 action packed pages. Straight into the action no holds barred. Tacit Poldek a, fighting the evils of the world priest, comes across a plot for the assasination of the Archduke during a tour through the city. I like this character already. He seems to be an alcohol dependant cross between The Hulk and Hugh Jackmans portrayal of Van Helsing, with all of their charm. There are also secret societys, The Catholic Church, demonic possesion, murder, and then as if that is not enough a mention of a witch problem. Then it ends, so now i am really looking forward to reading the rest of these books.I originally rated this as a 4 star. Now adjusted to a 5 star. My reason for this is because I have now read the rest of the books that follow. This book is a small snippet that leads into a huge plot. It sets the pace that the others follow on from, so for me i feel it is deserving of this change.

  • Postconsumer Bookclub
    2019-01-16 14:32

    I am eagerly awaiting the release of The Damned and this prequel has whetted my appetite wonderfully. It is a short taster of what is to come, but when the pace is fast you have to react quickly and decide by instinct if you are going to survive. This is a strong introduction to the main character Poldek Tacit; He is well defined as being tenacious, ruthless, single-minded and most importantly, flawed. When you read this (and you really should read it!) imagine what the full length books are going to be like!

  • Christaaay - Christy Luis Reviews
    2019-01-12 14:15

    “‘What do you think you’re playing at, Father?’Without stopping to pause, Tacit powered a fist square into his face and the man went down in a motionless heap.’”About: Tacit Poldek is not a normal priest: he’s an inquisitor traveling through an alternate-20th century Europe to neutralize supernatural threats wherever he finds them. Today, he seeks the murderer of a priest in Sarajevo before that murderer can reach its next target: Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Hunted is adult horror/alternate history written by Tarn Richardson and published February 20th 2015 by Gerald Duckworth & Co.I ran across this series on Tammy's terrific speculative fiction blog, Book, Bones & Buffy, and after reading the synopsis of book III (of which she was running a giveaway), I knew I had to try it out. Speculative fiction set against historical backgrounds can often balance entertainment with details that bring a period to life at the same time. Winning! Bonus: The Darkest Hand also deals with church history, something I find endlessly fascinating. Max Gladstone introduced me to the sort of fiction that explores both faith and magic in the same volume, and I’ve been addicted ever since. So finding the short story prequel to the series (available for free on Amazon!) was really exciting. Thoughts:The pavement around the Priest was slick with blood, thick rivulets of darkening crimson snaking from the body drying fast beneath the hot Sarajevo sun.A priest is dead. The crowd assumes he fell from a window, but Tacit Poldek sees the signs: someone—or something—threw this priest to his death. As Poldek sets off to find the murderer, we quickly learn that this violent brandy-swigging priest will stop at nothing to get answers. The story moves at a good clip and I enjoyed the chase, although the predictable outcome and the repetitive, violent nature of the priest’s investigative techniques left me feeling “meh” about the final third of the story. I think the constraints of the short story form hindered potential character development and clever plotting in The Hunted.Overall: However, this free prequel does provide a fast and helpful introduction to the author’s style, the world of the Darkest Hand series and to the hero (or, rather, antihero?). I’m certainly interested in continuing the series to find out more about this dark, gritty world..Recommended To: Anyone intrigued by the idea of mixing horror and urban fantasy, set against a background of 19th century alternate history. I would recommend skipping this prequel, though, and going straight to book I. This feels more like a prologue than a standalone story, mainly published to promise series potential. Plot: 3/5Worldbuilding: 4/5Characters: 3/5Writing: 3/5If you liked this review, you can read more of my speculative fiction reviews on my blog

  • Q-House
    2019-01-16 14:35

    Tacit is an unlikely hero trying to unravel an assassination plot and oh by the way, he has to battle demons, werewolves and more along the way. The shadowy world he clashes with is made up of horrid characters that have little redeeming value, fortunately he drinks. Tacit is not the most obvious choice for a hero but in the world of The Hunted you have to take what you get. This short story is a compelling set up for the next novel.

  • The Haunted Pen
    2019-01-02 14:19

    What can I say? I loved this story! Poldek Tacit is a must-read character. He reminds me of Jack Reacher with alcohol! I read this story before devouring the first 50 pages of The Damned. So pleased "i'm on Christmas vacation so I can have a lengthy reading session with this excellent character and author. Great work.

  • Tony Calder
    2018-12-21 08:38

    This short ebook serves as a prequel to Richardson's full-length novel The Damned (first book in the Darkest Hand trilogy), released in May 2015. This book (and the full novel) give the story of Church Inquisitor Tacit Poldek and his fight against the forces of evil. It's actually not as simplistic as it sounds, as supernatural forces exist in this world.In this short story, Poldek is in Sarajevo late in June 1914, and stumbles upon the plot to assassinate Archduke Ferdinand, an act he attempts to prevent.It is only a 45-page story, so not a lot happens, basically just an introduction to the main character and some of the other characters who will feature in the trilogy. The writing is solid and the plot engaging, and I expect I will go on to the full series, but most likely not until it is all available - it's always nicer to be able to read a complete series, rather than having to wait for the installment :)

  • James Howard
    2019-01-15 09:32

    The Hunted is a teaser for The Damned, a full length novel to be released in May 2015, but which I have been fortunate to receive an early copy via Goodreads. The Damned quickly established itself as a real favourite in my collection and left me itching to read the next, and this mini-instalment whet the appetite further.A short story of seven chapters, I'd allowed the weekend to run through it but ended up reading in one sitting. It is good preparation for the full length novel which follows, in terms of readying yourself for the enticing un-put-downable nature of the authors writing. Strong characterisation, focusing here on the main protagonist, with efficient yet descriptive narrative. Make sure you have read it before the May release of The Damned, as you won't want to leave that pleasure any longer than necessary.

  • Constance Shepherd
    2019-01-12 14:26

    The Hunted by Tarn Richardson.A ripping prequel to The Damned. Moves along at breakneck speed. Something that the hero Tacit seems rather good at. Is he a priest or a mercenary sent to save the world? Nearly averts WW1. Ill judged timing or was it meant to be? Who controls him? Mind his dependence on alcohol could be death of him! Not a book for bedtime!

  • Alexandra Barnett
    2018-12-30 10:21

    A great prequel to The Damned! Fast-paced and exciting, it is a great teaser of what is to come for those who have yet to read the first in the series!

  • Robert Rojo
    2018-12-26 15:35

    A fast paced, non stop action short story that captures you from the start.