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Afterblight Chronicles: Arrowhead [Paperback]

Kane , Paul
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15 Sep 2008 Afterblight Chronicles (Book 6)
The fifth book in the Afterblight Chronicles depicts England after the Apocalypse. As crazed gangs and dangerous cults take charge of the UK, one man takes a stand - a man who is shrouded in the mystery of a very well-known myth.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ABADDON; FICTF edition (15 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905437765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905437764
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Kane has been writing professionally for almost fifteen years. His genre journalism has appeared in such magazines as Fangoria, SFX and Rue Morgue, and his non-fiction books are the critically acclaimed The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark. His award-winning short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 2), and has been collected in Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones, Peripheral Visions, Shadow Writer, The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, The Spaces Between and GHOSTS. His novella Signs of Life reached the shortlist of the British Fantasy Awards 2006, The Lazarus Condition was introduced by Mick Garris - creator of Masters of Horror - RED featured artwork from Dave (The Graveyard Book) McKean and Pain Cages was introduced by Stephen Volk (The Awakening).

As Special Publications Editor of the British Fantasy Society he worked with authors like Brian Aldiss, Ramsey Campbell, Muriel Gray and Robert Silverberg, he is the co-editor of Hellbound Hearts for Pocket Books (Simon and Schuster), an anthology of original stories inspired by Clive Barker's mythos - featuring contributions from the likes of Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola, Kelley Armstrong and Richard Christian Matheson - The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Constable & Robinson) - featuring Stephen King, James Herbert and Robert Bloch - and the Poe-inspired Beyond Rue Morgue (for Titan).

In 2008 his zombie story 'Dead Time' was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted The Opportunity which premiered at Cannes in 2009, The Weeping Woman - starring Fright Night's Stephen Jeffreys - and Wind Chimes (directed by Brad '7th Dimension' Watson. He is the author of the novels Of Darkness and Light, The Gemini Factor and the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy (Arrowhead, Broken Arrow and Arrowland), a post-apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood mythology gathered together as the sell-out Hooded Man omnibus. His latest novels are Lunar (which is set to be turned into a feature film) and the short Y.A. book The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane). He currently lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife - the author Marie O'Regan - his family, and a black cat called Mina. You can find out more at his website www.shadow-writer.co.uk which has featured Guest Writers such as Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, John Connolly and Guillermo del Toro.

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About the Author

Paul Kane has been writing professionally for almost fourteen years. His critically-acclaimed genre journalism has featured in innumerable magazines, and his award-winning short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, and been collected in a number of volumes. Paul's books for Abaddon's Afterblight Chronicles - the Hooded Man trilogy - detail the adventures of a post apocalyptic version of Robin Hood. His website, which has featured guest writers such as Stephen King, James Herbert and Neil Gaiman, can be found at www.shadow-writer.co.uk He currently lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife - the author Marie O'Regan - his family, and a black cat called Mina.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern interpretation a hit 16 Sep 2008
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
OK, you're stuck for something to read, you want an alternate history, and you want something well written, something with a mythos and something quintessentially British. So what are you going to grab?

Obviously this title, as the Hooded Man fights the modern Sheriff of Nottingham, bow against guns presenting the reader with a thrilling story as well as an emotional struggle as the tale builds to the obvious climactic good vs evil fight to the death. Well written, emotionally pulling and a tale with fully rounded characters to please readers of numerous genres.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn 27 Sep 2011
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Great read a good adventure tale good Kindle formating as well which is a plus
only bit I did not enjoy was the "dream Scenes" took the edge off
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post apocalyptic Robin Hood 7 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
My second Favourite in the Afterblight Chronicles, after Schools Out, Its a great retelling of classic good triumphing over evil which follows, a little too pridictably at times, the story of Robin Hood in a post apocalyptic England. can't wait to read this authors sequal in this series, called Broken Arrow!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic retelling of the Robin Hood story 7 Sep 2009
By J. Shurin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Arrowhead is the fourth in Abaddon's delightfully morbid 'Afterblight' series. Like the other books in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone (but is more fun if you've read the others).

Arrowhead is perhaps the most insular book in the series - all the activity taking place in Nottingham. After a plague wipes out pretty much everyone, a deranged French mercenary raises an army and moves through the Chunnel to take over England. For various reasons (most of which plot-driven), our new French overlords set up in Nottingham Castle.

The book is fairly limited in scope. Once the new Sheriff is installed, it doesn't take long to introduce the readers to the new Robin, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck and Little John. (The first two are conveniently named Rob and Mary, so you don't miss anything). They live in Sherwood Forest and fight the rich to feed the poor.

The set-piece action scenes are all simply post-apocalyptic re-enactments of the famous Robin Hood stories - freeing the hanging hostages, attacking the castle - even Robin & Little John's fight with staves.

To his credit, the author tries a bit to bring the characters to life, but overall, this is an excuse for a fun re-creation, and not anything original. As such, it is a bit of a disappointment in the Afterblight series - the other books introduce original characters and complicated stories - this is a bit of a fluffy speedbump.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this version of Robin Hood! 2 Aug 2013
By Coach D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I totally enjoyed reading this book. A digital library loan. A retelling of the Robin Hood legend set in the future after an "End Of The World As We Know It" type event killed off most of the earth's population. Arrowhead features a great cast of characters from the legend of Robin Hood: a "Robin Hood" (Robert), the story did take place in Sherwood Forest, a "Friar Tuck (priest), a "Maid Merrian" (Mary), a "Little John" (Jack) and of course, the evil "Sheriff of Nottingham" (De Falaise) to boot. I tried a sample of the Hooded Man: An Omnibus of Post-Apocalyptic Novels (The Afterblight Chronicles) and it contained a large portion of the first book (Arrowhead). I was all set to pick this collection when I discovered the 1st two books were available at a digital library. I could not wait and jumped right on it. With the sample read I was already 30% into the book.

Since I am an old Robin Hood fan (from my favorite: Errol Flynn to Mel Brook's Men In Tights), I could not pass this one up. I am glad I did not. The first of 3 books in this series, and I can get the 2nd book via a digital library as well. Certainly a 4-star book, but I will give it 5-stars because the author did such a darn good job of bringing the legend to life. I loved it! I will go out and take a look at the other "Afterbright" books (even those not dealing with Robin Hood).

I can see this as a BBC mini-series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining modern take on the Robin Hood story 21 July 2013
By Mike Massie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book provided an enjoyable and quick read by way of an entertaining take on the Robin Hood mythos. Being a great fan of folklore and mythology, I was skeptical that the author could pull it off, but he did and had me pulled into the story by the second chapter. I would have given it five stars, except that I felt the main characters needed more development. However, it's still a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars afterblight 7 Jan 2009
By Jason P. Ragusa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an awesome book. One of the best post armageddon genre books I have read, and i have read a bunch. The action is non stop. Paul Kane may right for a small publisher, but he has huge talent. It is like The Lord of the Flies on speed.
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