The Beast That Was Maxby Gerard Houarner
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Max walks in two worlds. He resides in the borderland between the world of shadowy government conspiracy and the world of vengeful ghosts and evil gods, between living flesh and supernatural spirits – between life and death. For Max is the ultimate killer, an assassin powered by the Beast, an inner demon that enables him to kill – and to do it incredibly well.
But the Beast inside Max is very real and very much alive. He is all of Max's dark desires, his murderous impulses, and he won't ever let Max forget that he exists. The Beast is Max. So it won't be easy for Max to silence the Beast, though he knows that is what he must do to reclaim his humanity. But without the protection of the Beast, Max the assassin will soon find himself the prey, the target of the spirits of his past victims.
ALSO INCLUDED – a never before published Max novelette : Tree of Shadows – only available in this Crossroad Press digital edition.
--Houarner's work is great, and I recommend you acquaint yourself with it – Fangoria
--The raw power and depth of Houarner's imagination combine to give him the ability to truly transform the reader – Dark Echo
--Houarner blends a compelling combination of elements from Clive Barker and Andrew Vacchs – Brian Hodge – Hellnotes.
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If original or different is what you're looking for then you should give this one a try. It's full of incredible imagery and off-the-wall, intriguing plot twists. The depth of the characters is astounding. The prose is magnetic, enthralling, poetic in its own twisted way. I loved every word of it.
Beware of Max who brings death and destruction wherever he goes. He is a paid assassin for a covert government agency, a perfect position quite suitable for an individual with blood lust flowing though his veins. For within Max resides the Beast, a demon who thrives on the blood and souls of the innocent. The only individuals who have felt a glimmer of feelings from him are the twins, Kueur and Alioline, mirror images of mad Max. It is only when Max somewhat subdues the Beast he can share his feelings with the twins. By doing this confession, Max and the Beast begin to change, but that leads to new trouble because the spirits of his victims cry out for vengeance. If he wants to live a safe happy life with the twins, Max must confront gods, spirits, an angel, and his former peers. Gerard Houarner combines the elements of a techno-thriller with that of a horror novel to create an original riveting tale. The engaging anti-hero hooks the audience in spite of his profession and the blood lust that consumes him. THE BEAST THAT WAS MAX is a strong candidate for a Bram Stroker award. Harriet Klausner