Hunter of the Dead

Hunter of the Dead

by Stephen Kozeniewski


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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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944044312
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication date: 08/14/2016
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced "causin' ooze key") lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. 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. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds more impressive than saying his bachelor's degree is in German.

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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
He is a legend, no one has lived to describe him. He is the HUNTER OF THE DEAD and the dark world of vampires are being brought to their eternal and a final death by either this dark legend or a group of over-zealous vampire hunters. Cicatrice, the oldest, most powerful and most vile of the vampires is not the only one to believe the HUNTER OF THE DEAD is back. Carter Price, a hunter himself also believes but he feels the hunter is now killing with little thought to who or what he kills. Price must make a deal with the devil he knows and an uneasy allegiance is born between vampire and hunter, but will it be enough to stop this legend? In a dark world where vampires are the undead monsters of old, challenges for power, backstabbing and deceit will run rabid among the clans. Already distrustful and egocentric, both tentative allies and apprentices will come forth as the war between the vampires brings eternal death and destruction. As if the waters haven’t been bloodied enough, and the lines between vampire and hunter become blurred as two bitter enemies find an attraction that is an abomination to both humanity and the undead. Will Price become part of an ala carte vampire meal? Will Cicatrice use him for more than his knowledge of the hunter? Will the HUNTER OF THE DEAD find them both and see them as enemies or will he recognize another hunter and fight as brothers? Blood and body parts will fly, in well described scenes of battle and posturing. So many scenes, so many subplots, all woven together into a tale that takes no prisoners with its relentless pace and numerous twists. Who is fooling who? Who can be trusted? In a world where blood is commonplace and brutal dismemberment is the norm, save any snacks for later if you have a gentile digestive system because author Stephen Kozniewski is holding nothing back to display his vampires as the brutal monster of days gone by. No sparkle, no shimmer, no hearts and flowers, just the blood-thirsty, power-hungry, sword wielding nightmares that explode with their vicious, cold and unfeeling hearts. Learn a few new facts and fable of vampire destruction, yes, holy water works, garlic is only good to mask human scent. Wood is good, silver is great. You may want to keep your travels to sunny days. I received this copy from Stephen Kozeniewski in exchange for my honest review.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Hunter of the Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski I am a huge fan of vampires - books, movies - and feel great disappointment when they fall flat. When this came across my desk, I was both excited and a little weary. I am a big fan of Stephen Kozeniewski's writing... and definitely had high hopes with this one. This was, hands down, an amazing vampire book. It was different, but gave me that warm feeling I get when I read about authentic vampires. You know what I'm talking about. The ones that are pompous and vicious, who have no soul and don't care... the depraved and evil ones. All wrapped up with that sarcasm I love from Stephen's characters. Cicatrice is my favorite in the book. He reminds me a lot of Viktor from Underworld, but with enough differences to make me truly intrigued. Carter, the Vampire Hunter, is perfect. Both are extremely well written. And the one targeting the vampires?! Just wow. There is action and adventure. There is heart-pounding, suspense-filled moments... that all end in ways that you don't expect them to. And the end of the book left me wanting so much more from this story. So good. And a definite NEED TO READ for this holiday season. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
There are more vampires in the world then anyone knows about. The most powerful vampire in the world is Cicatrice and he secretly rules the city of Las Vegas. The vampires are being killed off though and not just by the vampire hunters who have pledged their lives to destroy the undead. There is a supernatural serial killer on the loose and Cicatrice believes it could be the legendary and ancient Hunter Of The Dead. A vampire civil war has begun and when there are too many vampires in the same area the hunter of the dead rises to destroy all supernatural creatures. Cicatrice decides the best way to handle it is to team up with vampire hunter Carter Price. Together they form a plan that will kill several vampires and put an end to the Hunter Of The Dead. With a bloody vampire war in full swing and Cicatrice and Carter’s apprentices falling in love, stopping the hunter may be an impossible task. Hunter Of The Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski is a blood drenched treat for vampire fans. This horror novel creates a great spin on vampire mythology and has some great action scenes. The mythology behind the hunter is fascinating and the way he is described in this book makes him sound like he could make the four horseman run away in fear. The prologue to this book is like a self-contained story that really hooks you into reading the full book. The imagery is creepy with scenes like a ghoul eating someone and a battle between vampires and the hunter which is beautifully done. The beginning of this book would make a great horror film. The problem I had with this book was that there was too much going on. There was enough material in this book for three books and I didn’t like how the story kept switching to different locations, characters and time periods. What I liked most was the relationship between Cicatrice and his apprentice Idi-Han and Carter Price and his assistant Nico. Whenever the focus changed to someone else I was just wanting to get back to those four. There was also a romantic relationship between Nico and Idi that could have been good but seemed too rushed. I enjoyed this book but I felt it would have been better if it just focused on Idi, Cicatrice, Nico and Carter dealing with the hunter and left out the civil war and vampire politics. Hunter Of The Dead has the feel of a comic book. What I mean is you can easily visualize the action in your head and the story moves along at the speed of a freight train. Stephen Kozeniewski does an excellent job describing violent battle scenes. I loved how the vampires do severe damage to each other such as breaking bones and crushing organs only to heal instantly. It also has some good humor to it such as when a human tied to a table is offered as a birthday cake to a vampire who takes a bite and then offers all the other vampires a bite. It also has some moments of great horror such as when a recently turned vampire realizes that she is eating her father without knowing it. Hunter Of The Dead is a book that vampire fans should not pass up.
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