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The Hate [Kindle Edition]

S.L. Pierce
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...I can't really get into the bones of this story without giving too much away, and I don't review with spoilers - why ruin the ride for everyone else? All I can say is Oh. My. God....Review of Manhunt (the first short story) by J. Valentino

...What I really enjoyed was the end of the story. I don't want to give it away but suffice it to say that it too is a situation I could see happening, under the right circumstances....Review of the Hate (second short story) by Tracy Riva

Two gritty short stories.

Manhunt, the murder of the president with a killer twist.

The Hate, revenge done right.

Try a sample. I guarantee you'll be back for more.

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  • File Size: 141 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O6MVAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted March 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Hate and Manhunt
by S. L. Pierce
Copyright 2011 by S. L. Pierce, Kindle ASIN B004O6MVAS $.99
I occasionally review novellas or short stories. This review is of the short stories The Hate and Manhunt. The Hate is the short story that is for sale, Manhunt accompanies it as a free gift. Both stories are very interesting for very different reasons.

I found The Hate to be a really interesting story of the revenge all of us would like to exact if we were in the protagonist's situation. There isn't a person reading the story who couldn't identify with the grief-stricken mother and her need to get even, at any cost. What I really enjoyed was the end of the story. I don't want to give it away but suffice it to say that it too is a situation I could see happening, under the right circumstances.

Manhunt is a very different type of story. It is the tale of a young woman who grows up to be an assassin and who kills the President of the United States. In a story that at first appears to bear little resemblance to the original circumstance - she killed the president - the ground work for her tale is laid. The twist at the end was great and really tied together everything I had read up until that point. It made the entire story echo through my mind as the reality of her conclusion hit me. It was great.

The Hate and Manhunt can both be read in a few hours. While a thread of commonality runs through the stories they are very different from one another in scope. I enjoyed both of them and think they are well worth the investment in their purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Short Thriller! March 13, 2011
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The Hate from S.L Pierce is a fast paced, exceptionally well written short story about one woman's hatred and revenge following the release of her daughter's killer. It had me captivated from the very first words with a twist at the end that left me gobsmacked. I read this story in less than an hour (and I'm quite a slow reader), and even if this hadn't been a gift from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review, I would have bought it anyway. Currently at $1.14 for the Amazon Kindle US version, this read is something that I would recommend you add your Kindle library. I loved this story. Loved it!

Bonus Material:
And there's more...

I have to admit to feeling the disappointment when I reached the end of The Hate as the author's writing style totally resonated with me. I wanted to read more! And there it was, another story tagged on to the end...

Manhunt by S.L.Pierce

I can't really get into the bones of this story without giving too much away, and I don't review with spoilers - why ruin the ride for everyone else?

All I can say is Oh. My. God.

This short story rivalled, if not overtook the race with The Hate in sheer brilliance of conception, writing style, pace and a remarkable twist right at the very end that I wouldn't have seen coming if it smacked me in the face with a frying pan.

If you love short reads with pace and style that will leave you breathless and still thinking on it the next day, then S.L Pierce is an author to watch. Pierce has certainly just made the list as one of my new favourite authors.

5 Stars well deserved.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fiery Page-Turner March 4, 2011
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With The Hate, S. L. Pierce has created a fabulous and frightening vicarious experience for the reader.
Have you lost a loved one to a violent end? I hope not, but if you're like most people you've wondered what you would do if you had.
In The Hate, S. L. Pierce invites us to go along for the ride to watch what one mom ultimately DOES do.

It's a fast-paced story, and well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale of revenge February 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What do you do when the court system fails? For one woman it's a case of revenge and justice. When her daughter's killer gets away with murder, she's consumed with passionate hatred and starts a waiting game until she can finally bring him to justice. Her own type of justice.

This was a gripping tale of revenge. It's fast paced, well written, and had me hooked from page one. The bonus story is also a quick, thrilling read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HATE this short story February 19, 2012
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I didn't like this short story of Hate. There was no characterization as I was 1/3 finish when I learned the MC was a woman. I thought it was a man. Was she black, white, asian etc. I was hoping this story was going to get fleshed out--a little. But no! Nothing but a quick, empty read. It made me feel empty like after eating a McDonald's combo meal, if you know what I mean. No substance. Nothing stuck to my ribs. Oh well, I'm off to find a decent book to read!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great review January 22, 2012
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I read this book from start to finish and was left wanting more! A thrilling read about vengeance in vigilante style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good January 21, 2012
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The Hate is a short story accompanied by another short story called Manhunt. The Hate is a story of revenge. It's interesting to see the hunter become the hunted but it ends very quickly and jumps right into the action. I feel the story is very formulamatic. That may not be an actual word but you get what I mean, right. I've heard this story before and was not surprised or intrigued. The writing style doesn't stand out for me either. The story that comes with the The Hate is called Manhunt and I can say the same about it too, not great writing but Pierce gets it done and in Pierce's own style. I do not enjoy Pierce's style for short stories.

Manhunt has a crazy twist in the end. I did not care for it. It was like watching Empire Strikes Back and hearing Darth Vader reveal he is Luke's father for the 100th time. Yawn. It was too easy.

The Kindle version has bonus material at the end. Excerpts from the novels Secrets and The Devil's Game. Skip the short stories and jump to these. There are far more interesting and better written. I feel bad for giving such a bad review but I think these stories deserve it. But reading the excerpts from the novels are Pierce's saving grace. Pierce is a talented writer but needs time to tell a proper story that short stories don't allow.
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Published 4 months ago by olivia c. rusk
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I won't go into the details, the prior reviews have covered it very well. I will say that I enjoy a fast paced, interesting, and well-written story and that's what I got.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DiDonn57
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Reading
It was very amateur! Not worth putting on your kindle. It was a dumb story and was written at a very simple level.
Published 23 months ago by Kristin Grigsby
4.0 out of 5 stars I Like Short Stories
Sometimes it's better to get in, get it done, and get out. This short story didn't take time to bog down anywhere like a longer version might have done. Read more
Published on November 24, 2012 by Gary in Sandy Eggo
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Published on October 17, 2012 by IDALYZME
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fast and vicious
"The Hate" by S.L. Pierce is a story of revenge after the justice system fails. I like the fact that the protagonist isn't given too much detail. Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by Wayne DePriest
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I couldn't even finish the first chapter. I think it's unfair to really rate this book since it's possible that it does get better in the middle or end but I like books that just... Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by Sarah J
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Substance
I felt like The Hate was too short, even for a short story. It lacked substance. It also lacked character development to the point that I couldn't really relate or empathize with... Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by TinyLotus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hate
I really enjoyed this book I am just sorry that the stories were short I would like to have known how each story really turned out in the end. Great read.
Published on March 25, 2012 by Screen
5.0 out of 5 stars oooooooooooopo
this book is so awesome i recomend this book to anybody who likes books like these. When i read this book man it is so hhard to explane how good this book is. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Jalill1995
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More About the Author

S.L. Pierce spent ten years getting a PhD in engineering before deciding engineering wasn't for her. She now lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.
The short stories "The Hate" and "Manhunt" are her first published works. Her mystery/thriller Secrets came out in March 2011.
The Devil's Game, a psychological thriller co-written with Maren Kaye, was released in June 2011.

You can find her on facebook and twitter (piercebooks) or contact her at

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Is this supposed to be a plea for redemption? These short short short....did I say short stories......are crappola. No trying to explain anything. We get it. You cranked out a couple of pages for marketing purposes, but it seems to have backfired on you. I know I'm not in the least impressed.... Read More
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