Friday, October 19, 2012

Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland


4 stars

Format: eBook

Genre: Horror

Artist: Angela Waters

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Publication Date: 10-04-2011

Length: 328 pages

ISBN: 978-1-60928-649-1



A predator stalks the frozen woods.

At a fort deep in the Ontario wilderness in 1870, a ghastly predator is attacking colonists and spreading a gruesome plague—his victims turn into ravenous cannibals with an unending hunger for human flesh. Inspector Tom Hatcher has faced a madman before, when he tracked down Montreal’s infamous Cannery Cannibal. But can even he stop the slaughter this time?

In Montreal exorcist Father Xavier visits an asylum where the Cannery Cannibal is imprisoned. But the killer who murdered thirteen women is more than just a madman who craves human meat. He is possessed by a shape-shifting demon. Inspector Hatcher and Father Xavier must unravel a mystery that has spanned centuries and confront a predator that has turned the frozen woods into a killing ground where evil has come to feed.


My Review:

Evil is coming, Brian Moreland makes the reader feel it in their bones through the descriptive chilly setting and depth of the characters. The suspense is ongoing throughout the story with believable plot twists, character betrayals, and justice. The story was well researched mixing Catholic beliefs with Native tribal views effectively incorporating both to ultimately fight the evil that is threatening them.
Realistically drawn characters, complete with histories, beliefs and flaws help progress the plot with their different choices and motives. While the urgency created for the reader with the fast pace of the action makes this a page turner.
I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:
Brian Moreland writes novels and short stories of horror and supernatural suspense. In 2007, his novel Shadows in the Mist, a Nazi occult thriller set during World War II, won a gold medal for Best Horror Novel in an international contest. The novel went on to be published in Austria and Germany under the title Schattenkrieger. When not working on books, Brian edits documentaries and TV commercials around the globe. He produced a World War II documentary in Normandy, France, and worked at two military bases in Iraq with a film crew.

He also consults writers on how to improve their books and be successful. He loves hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and dancing. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas, where he is diligently writing his next horror novel. You can communicate with him online at www.brianmoreland.comor on Twitter @BrianMoreland.

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