The Dark Horde

The Dark Horde

by Brewin

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Overview

1989, rural Victoria, Australia. Something is preying upon the township of Howqua Hills. Brian Derwent, head of the local Police Station, must simultaneously grapple with the investigation, his disintegrating personal life and unseen forces that are not of this world.

Part thriller, part crime-fiction, all supernatural horror, The Dark Horde tells of the return of an ancient evil that is neither stoppable nor comprehensible...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780956588074
Publisher: Ignis
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Brewin' (with or without the apostrophe) is the pseudonym of Andrew Drage. He graduated in 1998 with a first-class degree from La Trobe University, majoring in zoology, philosophy and statistics. He has worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Insectarium of Victoria in his native Australia, publishing on ant behaviour and sampling methodologies.

His debut novel, Evermore: An Introduction, was published to critical acclaim in 2001, and has been republished twice since. The Dark Horde, is his second fiction novel, published for the first time in 2012. Based in Melbourne, he is also a respected IT developer and analyst, and has been editor and designer for the first four books of the highly acclaimed Gamebook Adventures interactive fiction series. This role has culminated in the creation of his own work, Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe, released in 2012 on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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The Dark Horde 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
In the first few pages of The Dark Horde, there’s already enough horror and bloodshed to fill an entire episode of The Walking Dead. Barney and Frank Weston, two seemingly normal fellows, are found ripped apart. And whatever or whoever has done this to them, sergeant Brian Derwent is convinced it’s unlike anything or anyone they’ve ever come across. Roughly awokened from a nightmare-filled sleep and with a killer headache, he heads out to investigate the murders. Because of the reader witnessing the murder first hand, the reader gets thrown into the action right away. From the very first page, it’s wham! bam! boom! fights, action, blood and gore. I was a little concerned about that – most stories that start with such a high level of action seem to die out soon, and then have a mediocre plot moving forward – but not so in The Dark Horde. The action stays solid from page one till the end. One of our main characters, Brian, the sergeant, starts having terrifying visions about the approaching Dark Horde. Except he doesn’t know what it is – besides that it isn’t human. He starts investigating the murders, unwillingly putting himself right in the middle of the danger. Brian is as flawed as a character can get – he even borders on being unlikeable. Yet for some reason that makes him more intriguing, more real, more human, and I felt more invested in this character than I would’ve thought possible. Then there’s Danny, our other protagonist. He’s just a little kid who gets bullied by the other kids, which instantly made me feel for him. I so badly wanted him to have a happy ending, to escape the madness about to happen. But evil makes no distinction between the good of heart, and the bad… So Danny is put in the middle of everything, in the same fashion as Brian is, but here because he’s the target of these creatures. And what exactly is the Dark Horde? It’s a question never answered. At first, I thought werewolves, which would’ve been sort of lame, but with their supernatural speed and strength, it could’ve been. But as some of their more demonic powers were touched upon, I began thinking demons. I’m still not entirely sure – guess that’s something for each reader to make up for themselves. This book’s strength is in its setting, the imagery, the unsettling atmosphere that starts right in the beginning and becomes more gloomy with every passing page. The evil tormenting the small town is relentless, unforgiving, and everywhere. Impossible to escape, and as a reader you start to experience this claustrophobic feeling as well. The book’s greatest flaw perhaps is the more technical side of the writing. There is some repetitiveness, and some sentences lead to rather loose ends. There are also some minor grammar errors. If you’re a grammar nazi, you might be annoyed by this, but I could easily look past them to focus on the story itself. If you’re a fan of horror, the unknown, and everything scary, check out The Dark Horde. I thought it was an impressive, intriguing read.