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Hounds of the Underworld (Path of Ra) Paperback – July 26, 2017
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“…a wild and gruesome treat, packed with mystery, action, and dark humor. Horror fans will devour it!” —Jeff Strand, author of Wolf Hunt
“Filled with an incredible unity of voice and magnificent world building, Hounds of the Underworld was impossible to put down. I was hooked on the first page.” —Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award-nominated novelist and author of Z-Burbia, Mega, and Salvage Merc One
“A dark tech-noir so near to our future, it could be tomorrow, hard-boiled and hair-raising! One of the best speculative fiction novels ever written.”
—Paul Mannering, Engines of Empathy
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Paperback : 204 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1935738961
- Product dimensions : 5.98 x 0.47 x 9.02 inches
- Publisher : Raw Dog Screaming Press (July 26, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A dark fantasy crime thriller, this book moves along at a steady pace with sufficient action and intrigue to pull the reader through. The setting, being NZ, added to the story as did the smidge of Maori culture, although it did require me to look up words, typically because I didn’t find the glossary until the end. The dialogue is at times witty and quite clever. The descriptions of the scenes, including a dark version of Auckland and the surrounding countryside, really worked for me. Unusually for me, I liked the two lead characters who bring opposite perspectives. Penny the scientific mind; Matiu a more open-minded quasi-spiritual perspective. The only thing the book lacked was a clear-cut villain, which is this books Achilles heel. Not that there weren’t enough problems for our heroes to contend with, there was.
If you like dark fantasy this is a must. I have already procured the sequel and when I’m done with that I’ll be looking for other titles from Rabarts and Murray.
A missing person, an odd bowl, puddles of dog blood, and a room locked from the inside... Penny and Matiu are on the trail of something big. Something sinister. Something with ugly grasping tentacles.
Penny's a forensic scientist, tasked by the police with collecting evidence. Her adoptive brother, Matiu, is a rehabbed criminal who 'sees things in the shadows' and is tortured by an imaginary friend. Well, Makere is imaginary, isn't he? Or is there something to Matiu's visions? Something dark and ugly.
With plenty of plot twists, a brother that loves to wind his sister up with cutting banter while staving off the underworld, and a heroine who sees everything in scientific terms, there's plenty to keep you riveted in this speculative whodunit.
Well done Lee Murray & Dan Rabarts.
Enjoy it. I did. Already waiting for book 2.
I’m a crime fiction fan, who enjoys reading supernatural murder mysteries for a change of pace—especially if there’s cosmic horror and fantastical elements. This book reads like its a love-child of Stephen King and Lovecraft. Uh, yeah. That sounds strange but I’m not re-doing that sentence, because I’m still salty about the annoying non-ending. I even mulled about the rating for forty-eight hours.
Whilst reading, I was thinking 4-5 stars, but I HATE cliffhangers that waste my time. Plus, I’m not reading anything else by the authors, who might end their next book on another cliffhanger.
Warning: dog kidnappings, caged dogs, pit-bait dogs, dogs hurt. No overt dog-fighting.
The two authors have written two standout characters whose points of view tagteam to tell a story that not only matters to the world, but to each other. The family tension is as interesting as the fantasy and crime elements. (In fact, the pair's mother character is so infuriating, you itch to see her killed off, haha).
Superb writing. I am so looking forward to a sequel.
A locked room, a missing person, a bowl of blood: Pandora is hired to solve the mystery. This case could make or break her career, but is there more at stake?
Her brother Matiu thinks so. And he should know, this shadowy underworld is his bane.
Together they must solve the mystery and stay alive.
Told from two points of view, the banter between the characters is a large part of the charm.
I can't wait for the next book.
Top reviews from other countries
Good plot good characters, worth the read cannot wait for the next pne