Pieces of Hate: Book Two of the Assassin Series

Pieces of Hate: Book Two of the Assassin Series❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Pieces of Hate: Book Two of the Assassin Series Author Tim Lebbon – Oaklandjobs.co.uk During the Dark Ages a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel's family A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next and destroy him Gabriel never believed he’ Hate: Book PDF Î During the Dark Ages a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel's family A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next and destroy him Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years laterBecause Temple may be a demon the man with snake eyes of Hate: Book Two of eBook Í cursed Gabriel with a life long enough to hunt him down Now he has picked up Temple's scent again The Caribbean sea is awash with pirate blood and Pieces of PDF or in such turmoil the outcome of any fight is far from certainFree bonus novelette Dead Man’s HandIn the wilderness of the American West the assassin is set to strike again Despite his centuries long curse Gabriel is still but a man scarred and bitter The town of Deadwood has seen many such men though it’s never seen anything uite like the half demon known as Temple. In this tale the nemeses we met in 'Deadman's Hand' return The one eyed gunslinger Gabriel is still pursuing the demonic shape changer Temple in his seemingly unending uest for revenge a uest about which he may have no real choiceThe setting however has changed We're aboard a Caribbean pirate ship en route to Jamaica's infamous Port Royal It seems unlikely that all hands will be enjoying their anticipated shore leaveI received a copy of this and the companion story Deadman's Hand from Macmillan TorForge Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read As always my opinions are solely my own Pieces of Hate collects two Tim Lebbon stories revolving around the assassin Gabriel – “Dead Man’s Hand” and “Pieces of Hate” Gabriel is on the hunt for Temple who slaughtered his family and it provides the basis for two eually interesting settings with one serving as a de facto western albeit a weird western and the other a good old fashioned pirate story respectivelyI won’t say about Gabriel his mission or Temple because really why spoil the fun of those discoveries? There’s some interesting history between these two figures and if you’ve read the book description you already know the gist of itFrankly I’m a bit torn on this book It’s filled with good ideas and interesting locales which I liked a lot but the execution just didn’t jibe with meIn “Dead Man’s Hand” we join Gabriel in the infamous Wild West town of Deadwood This one’s a first person POV narrated by a man named Doug who discovers a bloodied up Gabriel in his shop Doug’s personal history isn’t exactly one that would mark him as an adventurer and he’s about as interesting as the timber walkways lining the fledgling community’s horseshit covered streets Gabriel and Temple are of course the most interesting aspects of this story but with Doug serving as a filter most of that gets watered down Doug you see doesn’t know what the hell is going on and can’t really tell us anything meaning Lebbon teases us with hints of a much better story than what is actually delivered by hapless Doug We get all kinds of mystery and intrigue but zilch in the way of answers and resolution Thanks for nothing Doug“Pieces of Hate” is the interesting of the two because PIRATES This story is a close third person account with a much stronger focus on Gabriel than the introductory story and contains a bulk of the meat missing from “Dead Man’s Hand” Unfortunately it’s eually frustrating in its resolution and those hoping for an epic showdown between these sworn enemies will be disappointed While there’s some nice swashbuckling elements I would have preferred a stronger finale for my time investmentAs a collection Pieces of Hate provides two stories that are well written but which lack a satisfying resolution I guess the end of the second story offers a slim glimmer of hope that maybe a third story will come out to put a pin in all this with a decent finale I might even be swayed to read it Lebbon has some great ideas here but none that are fully realizedNote I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley for review Pieces of Hate is technically an okay book However it’s exactly the sort of thing that I normally try to avoid like the plague because I kind of hate it It’s one of the better examples of its kind of story but it’s still not my cup of tea There’s very little that I find boring than a fridged wife—nameless even to add insult to injury—and a manly revenge uest in which the only other women encountered are prostitutes who are of course repulsive to the protagonist It’s a level of casual misogyny either the author’s or the characters’—it doesn’t matter that I found alienating from page oneRead the full review at SF Bluestocking Review also published here Pieces of Hate has been on my radar since its release but oddly I never got around to reading it Even when I surprisingly received a review copy of A Whisper of Southern Lights along with one I had reuested I didn't manage to get to it But it is October now which is the perfect time to read some horror so this was exactly what I neededThe book actually consists of two stories Dead Man's Hand and Pieces of Hate The latter is a novella the former described as a novelette and first in the series Whereas Pieces of Hate is told in third person Dead Man's Hand instead goes with a first person narrative through the eyes of an innocent bystander who gets caught up into eventsFor me Dead Man's Hand worked much better The narrative style keeps the mysteries intact and divulges just what is necessary while the reader has to connect some dots The point of view character and his place within his western community worked well to reinforce feelings of fear and terror but also threw in the reader's sense of curiosity and inability to stay away from the mystery unfolding around Gabriel the one eyed stranger's search for the demon named Temple Gabriel and Temple both remain mysterious throughout and it isn't uite clear just what is going on why Gabriel hunts Temple exactly and what their shared history is The distance between readerPoV character and the hunt for vengeance added to my enjoyment Dead Man's Hand turned into uite a good horror mystery in my eyes with the reader being thrown into a long running conflict between inhuman characters and confronted with a sense of helplessnessWith Pieces of Hate the clock gets turned back to centuries earlier and the style switches and puts the lens right on Gabriel We get to find out about his tragic backstory and cause for his need for vengeance see his traumatic experiences and a few overt displays of malice from Temple There are a bunch of things left unexplained in this one yet and where I liked that in Dead Man's Hand here it felt a bit jarring due to how much was actually explained as it is The man with the snake in his eye for example is a real mystery to me and I wanted to find a bit out about him since his message to Gabriel gets repeated like a mantra hereIn contrast to the western setting of the previous story this one goes for a pirate theme I like that uite a lot especially since the pirates here are shown as real cutthroats Even knowing some of Gabriel's secrets there are a few risks involved regardless simply due to the relative unpredictability of the pirate crews Somehow Lebbon managed to make some of them menacing yet also likeableIn case it wasn't clear already These are not nice stories They are full of grim themes violence hatred and a general sense of dread They are satisfying for all that and while I prefered Dead Man's Hand Pieces of Hate taking everything into account might be the chilling of the two stories It seems like Tim Lebbon is trying to vary up the settings with this series going from western to the age of sail to the second World War in A Whisper of Southern Lights I appreciate that variety and thought that what he brought to the table in both stories here suited the settings uite wellWith this book done I definitely want to go deeper and read the next book which is already lying on my nightstand along with a host of other reads to be fair Gabriel's hunt for Temple isn't over yet and I want to see its violent conclusion for myself Lebbon got me invested in Gabriel as a character and the horror mystery as a whole so he's earned my readership TorPublishing Date March 2016ISBN9780765388445Genre FantasyRating305Publishers Description During the Dark Ages a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel’s family A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next and destroy him Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years later Because Temple may be a demon the man with snake eyes cursed Gabriel with a life long enough to hunt him down Now he has picked up Temple’s scent again The Caribbean sea is awash with pirate blood and in such turmoil the outcome of any fight is far from certainReview Gabriel hunts a demon over the centuries that killed his family only it seems that neither can die Can you say plot hole? The characters are well developed within the limited story line and the world building delivers scenes that impact Compelling story line and characters made this novella a worthwhile read Read all my reviews on Pieces of Hate contains the title story as well as a preuel called Dead man's Hand Both tell the tale of Gabriel hunting Temple across the globe and through the ages Gabriel doesn't have a choice but to do as he does This could set for a very interesting series as the entire setting and cast of the series except for the two mains can change with each story The preuel story I thought was a bit messy but Pieces of Hate had pirates so that made up for a lot I didn't feel it reached its full potential though and I don't feel invested enough in the series to continue Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is an odd little series of novellas from horror writer Tim Lebbon This second piece Pieces of Hate also included the first story in the series Dead Man's Hand so I'll review them both In Dead Man's Hand we're introduced to Gabriel a seemingly immortal man on the track of a demon man named Temple who killed Gabriel's family long ago Gabriel has numerous wounds on his body that ache and open when he's near his nemesis Temple We get the feeling this cat and mouse game has played out before and will again The story is told from the perspective of a store owner so we're somewhat removed The ending isn't very satisfying In Pieces of Hate we move from a Western setting to a pirate one Because it's a play on words you see Get it? Anywayonce again Gabriel is chasing after Temple but this time the tale is told from Gabriel's point of view It also ends in a rushed and unsatisfactory way The rest of this review is kind of spoilery so you're warned The fact that Gabriel seems unable to injure Temple makes these books pointless We follow along as he chases this demon who killed his family The demon kills lots of bystanders There's kind of a standoff And Temple escapes unharmed Next time it will be the same story in a new setting Why am I reading these again? I mean a major part of the appeal of revenge stories is seeing the person GET THE REVENGE The next novella takes place in WW2 but I just don't care I know Lebbon can write His short story Pay the Ghost is absolutely haunting And I've read his collection White and Other Tales of Ruin and it was uite good These novellas just aren't Two novellas paired in one offering the first a gunslinger story Dead Man’s Hand and the second a pirate tale Pieces of Hate linked together by a vengeance plot and a character living through the centuries until he gets his revenge Gabriel is the one eyed assassin seeking vengeance on Temple a shape changing demon who slaughtered his family a thousand years ago The family seems to be a plot device as they don’t get much page timeIt’s one of those ‘be careful what you wish for’ scenarios; having wished to kill Temple without realising that Temple is a demon Gabriel is condemned to live long enough to complete the deed and that could be forever The first story is set in Deadwood in the American west chronologically later than the second story which is set on board a pirate shipGritty bleak and gruesome this couldn’t be described as a feelgood story and unsurprisingly Gabriel fails to kill Temple on both occasions so there must be to comeReceived from Negalley in exchange for a review I'm a sucker for a good play on words and the title of this one tickled my funny bone Not that Gabriel and Temple's battles are anything to laugh about but I like to take my giggles where I can get themSo The high seas a demon and a man with a whole lot of hate in his heart Where book 1 kept us out of Gabriel's head this book sticks us smack dab in the middle of it and we get to see both the regret Gabriel had over his calling and how badly he burns to carve his ounce of flesh from Temple Gabriel can see how it's eating at him too He's caught between a horrific past and a bleak future and neither of them offer him any sort of peaceNicely bloody with some awesomely brutal imagery I genuinely liked how unapologetically gritty Gabriel's battle against Temple is Those two don't pull their punches when they come together and anyone in the line of fire is in jeopardy Kelly Reading the Paranormal Damn and I've said it before but this Temple is just one man Peter mumbled And I've said this beforehe's no ordinary man Gabriel handed back the spyglass and turned to leaveDead Man's HandStumbling into the town of Deadwood a mysterious stranger with a cursed hand the man who held your fears between his clutches before you met your violent end As he sought out an endless conuest he targeted a feared Gunslinger framing an innocent man Jack for the crimes that he committed in the hidden shadows Gabriel a man with a thousand secrets a thousand untold stories to the scars that decorated his body was who came forth to battle this demon the one wrecking havoc on everyone he met A murderer by all means a man who lurked without a way of dying Pieces Of HateFighting a battle that he became embedded into centuries ago precise 600 years ago when a loner stumbled into Gabriel's view housing with him a dangerous smile and a single phrase Feed the hate Rushing back he discovers all he's ever known all he ever loved and cherished viciously murdered His friends in the Village his wife young daughter and baby son All butchered and tormented their home set ablaze and a hatred to sear into Gabriel Running wild touching a tree now cursed with a desire for revenge and an endless immortality to serve him in his endless hunt for Temple the man called the Twin who houses many faces none of them enough to hide the Demon that lurked within him After traveling with a group of Pirates long ashore he stumbled across Temple as he attacked famed Pirate Morgan he sets everything ablaze lives lost as Temple stole the faces of friends and sent everyone into pure survival murder Gabriel feels the pains deep inside his scars blazing as he approached Temple as he lost his eye at Temple's sadistic touch As he watched himself murder his one friend a clergyman named Sparks he felt the rage boil further as Temple skidded away escaping to haunt once again his body raging with hatred and Gabriel lacerated in scars that taint his stories

Pieces of Hate: Book Two of the Assassin Series ePUB
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  • 160 pages
  • Pieces of Hate: Book Two of the Assassin Series
  • Tim Lebbon
  • 19 August 2016
  • 9780765388445