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King of the Dead: A Jeremiah Hunt Supernatual Thriller (Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle) Hardcover – November 27, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327192
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In Eyes to See (2011), Jeremiah Hunt, desperate to find his missing daughter, traded his normal sight for the ability to see—as he puts it in this sequel—“the supernatural denizens of the world around me.” His effort to save his daughter’s life didn’t end well, and now he’s on the run from the FBI—they think he’s some sort of serial killer—and, with the aid of his tutor, friend, and companion, Denise, he’s beginning to explore his new and somewhat frightening otherworldly gifts. When Denise has visions of devastation in New Orleans, Hunt is confronted with a battle he’s not sure he can win, with an enemy it seems impossible to stop. This is not quite as good as Eyes to See—it lacks some of the personal elements that made Hunt’s fight for his daughter so compelling—but Nassise’s fans should find much to enjoy. Readers who haven’t read Eyes to See might want to check it out first so they’ll have Hunt’s backstory fresh in their minds. --David Pitt

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More Praise for KING OF THE DEAD

"Fully engaging... I loved the mix of realistic battle tactics and magical opponents." - All Things Urban Fantasy

"Every bit as good as Eyes To See, with more action, more victims, more monsters, more ghosts, and more of Dmitri kicking ass!" - HorrorTalk.com

""Nassise's components--captivating new territory, larger stakes, and scarier monsters--pay off in huge dividends as the author once again seamlessly blends fantasy, horror, and crime thriller." - Chizine.com

"Joseph Nassise takes the reader on a riveting ride!" - Diabolique Magazine


“It isn’t often that a sequel surpasses expectations, but this is a rare exception. Once again, Nassise has written a thoroughly engrossing story that blends supernatural terrors with heart-wrenching depth and narrative wizardry.”    —RT Book Reviews on King of the Dead

Praise for Eyes to See:

“[A] rich, exciting, emotionally resonant blend of horror, thriller, and fantasy.”
—Booklist

“A great read and unlike almost anything else I’ve read in urban fantasy: It’s hard-boiled and dark, as if Cornell Woolrich had written an urban fantasy. Definitely its own beast. Damn, this man can write!” 
—Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal mysteries

“I couldn’t stop reading. It’s full of supernatural creepiness that will have you leaving the lights on when you go to sleep.”  —Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty series

“Gritty, grim, yet surprisingly personal and poetic, Eyes to See is like nothing else in the field.”
—Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of the October Daye series

Eyes To See by Joseph Nassise is a spellbinding dark urban fantasy that will haunt your nightmares and memories for a long time after you finish reading it.”   —Douglass R. Cobb

Eyes to See brings urban fantasy to a new level. Heartbreaking, deeply insightful, powerful and genuinely thrilling. Joe Nassise has just raised the bar for the whole genre.”  
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author

“It isn’t often that a sequel surpasses expectations, but this is a rare exception. Once again, Nassise has written a thoroughly engrossing story that blends supernatural terrors with heart-wrenching depth and narrative wizardry.”    —RT Book Reviews


More About the Author

Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a twenty novels, including the Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He has also written several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle. He is a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror writers, and a multiple Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee.



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Well, Joseph Nassise did it.
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The larger problem was how the plot meandered for most of the book.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
His characters are flawed and quite human for the most.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By @Julia_ATUF on December 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

The magical construction of EYES TO SEE was mesmerizing, and though I wasn't swept away that book's eventual resolution, I was eager to pick up KING OF THE DEAD to see where Nassise took me next. Nassise's flair for the paranormal is back in full effect and the plot has a great balance between urban fantasy and an upside down police procedural (as it is our hero who the FBI is hunting).

KING OF THE DEAD starts a little slow, as Hunts sometimes pedantic narration is used to remind readers of prior events. People new to the series should have no problem jumping right in with KING OF THE DEAD. The rush of information made things a little dry, but once Hunt and his companions got to New Orleans, new events began to overpower old, fully engaging me in the plot. I loved the mix of realistic battle tactics and magical opponents, Nassise has a knack for writing riveting but accessible magic.

Unfortunately, even as the action grew more interesting, there were a few issues that kept me from wholly immersing myself in the story. Nassise's style is a mix of deadpan recounting interspersed with exclamation points and adverbs where I least expected them. This meant that the characters' emotional reactions seemed to be laid over top of the story rather than integrated with the action, things never felt quite in sync. As a character focused reader, the resultant difficulty connecting with Hunt and his companions was a big problem.

Perhaps exacerbated by my character issues, I had a hard time with some of the shifts in point of view. In addition to following the protagonist, KING OF THE DEAD offers some chapters from Denise's and Agent Robertson's points of view.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pure Textuality on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
O........M.........G..........

Yesterday I posted my review of Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1) and today we are looking at King of the Dead (Jeremiah Hunt #2).

King of the Dead takes off following the events of Eyes to See. Hunt is on the run from the law for murders he didn't commit.

Man, I thought that Eyes to See was intense. King of the Dead makes the events of book #1 look like a cake walk! After how much I loved Eyes to See, I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed with King of the Dead and that was not the case. This book is filled with even more suspense and action and it takes a DARK turn.

Once again, I LOVE the character of Jeremiah Hunt. Following the little bit of closure he got in book #1 (not saying in regards to what so I don't spoil it for you), we kick off King of the Dead on a bit of a lighter note. More of his humor is showing through than it did in book #1 because there's been that big emotional shift. He also has genuine companions (Denise and Dmitri) for the first time in a long time and I think that a character like Hunt needs that connection to thrive. Solitude obviously doesn't suit him because he's a touch crabby in the beginning of book #1 and King of the Dead really shows a warmth in him that we only started to get a peek at in Eyes to See. These connections that Jeremiah has made are filled with an admirable love and respect and you know right away that should anything happen to his companions, he'd be WRECKED all over again.

One of the things I loved about the characters in this book is the very distinct personalities that they all have. In our core characters of Hunt, Denise and Dmitri, these three people are so different as individuals but they really fit together like puzzle pieces.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wbentrim VINE VOICE on February 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
King of the Dead by Joseph Nassise

A blind man, a witch and a changeling walk into a bar..... So many endings but none as intriguing as Nassise's story. Jeremiah Hunt is blind to the mundane world due to a pact he made with a mysterious entity called the Preacher. He and his companions, a witch and a changeling are arcanely summoned to New Orleans to stop a plague.

Nassise does a nice job crafting characters that you care about. His characters are flawed and quite human for the most. Jeremiah finds himself questioning his own character and his mores in this book. The prequel to this book, Eyes to See, will give you Jeremiah's back story.

Denise and Dmitri are important characters but we don't get a lot on their background. If recollection serves me they were provided with a better back story in Eyes to See.

There is plenty of action in this book. Most of the action is of the arcane nature but some is brought by an obsessed FBI agent.

I like the plots and the intricate nature of the stories from Nassise.

I recommend the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
King of the Dead by Joseph Nassise returns readers to the urban fantasy world of Jeremiah Hunt, and as the second book in this series, readers are already familiar with the protagonist, Hunt, who gave up his eyesight in order to have a different kind of sight. He uses this vision to see the supernatural world in order to try and find his missing daughter. Now he's on the run, since the FBI suspect him of being mass murdering dark sorcerer. Along with him are a witch, Denise, and Dmitri, who is a berserker as well as a shapeshifter. The three of them are making their way to New Orleans to find out if Denise's vision of the city falling prey to sinister forces is true. Even though they're on the run, the trio plan to use their combine talents to determine who or what is killing people.

As far as locations go, New Orleans, with its rich history of magic, voodoo, and haunted places is perfect for this type of story. Jeremiah, who lost everything important to him in the first book is the kind of hero that doesn't do anything spectacular. That isn't a criticism; instead of taking on all the bad guys, Jeremiah's talent for seeing what others can't doesn't give him superhuman strength, or any other gifts, and so he has to be smart about what he does, and also rely on the strengths of Denis and Dmitri. Having a hero that isn't all-powerful makes for a much more interesting read, and Jeremiah is definitely learning as he goes along.

The story shifts from Jeremiah's point of view to other characters, such as Denise, and that of an FBI agent hunting the group. This may not bother some readers, but others might find it awkward, and so it bears noting.
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