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The Hunt [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Williams
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Book Description

After completing her freshman year of college in East Lansing, DOREEN WOODS returns to her hometown of Northville, Michigan with plenty of problems. A drug-dealer boyfriend who has her hooked on his new product. An alcoholic father who abuses his wife. A history of body image issues. Paralyzing bouts of depression. Cutting.

Things are about to get worse.

She’s just called her best friend, Katy, to drive her home from a long night of partying, but Katy has other plans for Doreen. Like having her chased by a soul-sucking demon across a nightmarish landscape of haunted forests, endless oceans, and hungry undead, all while experiencing withdrawal from her new drug of choice: the little doctors.

But there is more to fear in the shadows than monsters and demons. Doreen soon learns that, when you’re in THE HUNT, nothing is ever what it seems, and there’s only one way out.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Severed Press (November 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AA549W0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiraling descent into surreal horror January 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Joseph Williams' is a hell of a writer, and The Hunt is one hell of a book. A strong statement? Perhaps. But I think you'll be hard-pressed to disagree once you delve into this genuinely unsettling narrative about a young woman who goes through a hellish ordeal--literally. Doreen's downward spiral into drug dependency and relationship co-dependency bottoms out one night when a group of hometown friends introduce her to Rull, a demonic presence that puts her through the kind of endurance test seemingly designed to melt away Doreen's sanity. Along to way, we are given a glimpse through interstitial chapters into Doreen's dysfunctional past and learn that she came by her many demons (an apt description, by the way) very honestly.

The horror on offer here is of the Barker-esque surreal stripe. The descriptions of the various set-pieces brings to mind a Dali painting fired through the lens of a maniac's kaleidescope. Heavy stuff, but right up the alley of most horror fans. Take a look at The Hunt and just try to tell me that Williams isn't a name to look out for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So You Think Your Parties Are Wild? January 13, 2013
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THE HUNT is a story of horror and madness that winds up tighter and tighter until the final explosive release. The reader's kept guessing as to the mysterious hunt, the characters and the mounting insanity and taken down strange roads. All I can say is that it plays fair at the end but you're not likely to guess what is going on until it's revealed. If you're a Dennis Lehane fan, you might like this one, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most bizarre cautionary tale ever December 31, 2012
*** FULL DISCLOSURE *** I read an advance copy of THE HUNT at the request of the writer, who I've worked with on my anthology TORN REALITIES and, later, FEAR THE ABYSS. Other than composing a blurb--justly warranted, by the by--for the book, I have no affiliation with the publisher or the writer. It's just a damn good story and while folks figure out how to use my blurb, I want to spread the love here. - P.A.

Is THE HUNT the greatest composition since Dickens keeled over?


But, if that were the case, nothing would ever be written, or read. What would be the point?

THE HUNT is a cautionary tale about Doreen, who's taken Timothy Leary's advice a little too far. Bombing out of school, friends, love, and life, Doreen is addicted to a prescription drug known only as the little doctors and it's up to her friends, who she has more of a hate-hate relationship with anymore, to push her to face her problems. Except they push her down a path that's more Clive Barker than Wizard of Oz and definitely not a typical intervention.

Over the course of one night, Doreen faces abominations, demons, zombies, ghosts, and other unnameable things, all at the behest of Rull, a leader of hell, and her success is constantly in doubt (even with herself).

Williams's writing is taut, his characterization fleshed-out and believable, the premise engaging. In unsure, untalented hands, the story--and Doreen herself--would be pedantic, the ending pedestrian (at best), and, when one first grasps the overall plot, one can't help wondering if this is all some endurance exercise where, at the end, Doreen accepts the love of Christ or Cthulhu or some damn Thing--but that's not the case. At all.

The one flaw in the story isn't much of a flaw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review for the Hunt March 7, 2013
By Mary
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Very good. Another book on my Kindle that I could not stop reading!!! I would recommend this book to anyone who has a loved one, family member that really needs to have an intervention, that is so involved into drugs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comes tumbling down February 15, 2013
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I was given a copy of THE HUNT for blurb purposes. For what the story might lack in getting its wheels turning, once it is road bound, it puts on mileage quick. THE HUNT is a swirling detailed account of a woman who has lost herself in drug abuse and the only way back is to fight the powerful Rull for control. THE HUNT has a horror element to it that does not disappoint, but I would classify it as a dark fantasy, as the journey is part of the fun in this story. Fantasy and horror readers alike should enjoy this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! December 29, 2012
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I couldn't put it down! The book has an interesting concept and the characters are very believable. I thought the flashbacks brought some excellent depth to balance out the horror. Definitely worth a read.
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