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Full of Sin [Kindle Edition]

Karl Vadaszffy
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Accomplished, challenging writing, which is visceral, dark and raw. --Karen Campbell, author of The Twilight Time and After the Fire

Sometimes pitch-black, occasionally gut-wrenching, but always exquisitely written, Full of Sin is a whirlwind of emotion, violence and pain - underlaid with a hope for redemption and a cry for forgiveness. Karl Vadaszffy has delivered an extraordinary book with a denouement that comes at you like a sucker-punch to the solar plexus. --Matt Hilton, author of Dead Men's Dust and Judgement and Wrath (Joe Hunter thrillers)

Darkly disturbing... a compelling picture of violence, betrayal and perhaps ultimate redemption in a world where twisted minds collide. --James Becker, author of The First Apostle and The Moses Stone

A great study in warped psychology and its roots.
--Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of Little Face and The Other Half Lives

A great study in warped psychology and its roots. -- Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of Little Face and The Other Half Lives

Accomplished, challenging writing, which is visceral, dark and raw. -- Karen Campbell, author of The Twilight Time and After the Fire

Sometimes pitch-black, occasionally gut-wrenching, but always exquisitely written, Full of Sin is a whirlwind of emotion, violence and pain - underlaid with a hope for redemption and a cry for forgiveness. Karl Vadaszffy has delivered an extraordinary book with a denouement that comes at you like a sucker-punch to the solar plexus. -- Matt Hilton, author of Dead Men's Dust and Judgement and Wrath (Joe Hunter thrillers)

Full Of Sin is a worrying look at a way of life that can be seen in every dark corner of every city in the UK. Putting the soul on the page, describing in vivid and beautifully-realised detail the pain behind every thought and act of our flawed hero, Karl Vadaszffy has created something beautiful, disturbing and genuinely thought-provoking. It's a bold novel and takes a bold reader to cling on until the end... but that reader will be rewarded with one of the most heartbreakingly honest books of the last ten years. -- Waterstones

Full of Sin is one of the best thrillers I've read this year. Dark, frightening, twisted, but also a story overflowing with compassion and hope. Vadaszffy's debut is well told and a remarkable achievement reminiscent of early James Ellroy. -- Robert Ellis, author of US bestsellers City of Fire and The Lost Witness

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Sean, born out of incest, is taken from his drug-addicted prostitute mother at the tender age of eight. But after years of neglect and abuse, all the tenderness has long been beaten out of him, leaving behind only a deformed soul. Foster families can’t handle him, but he meets his match when he is taken in by the Andersons. Life seems normal. But when a passionate tryst with his foster sister ends in violence, the comfortable life Sean has come to see as his own is over and he must learn to fend for himself.

Alone, desperate and fighting for survival, Sean’s urges become uncontrollable and violent. His sins go too far. A broken individual, haunted by the darkest of dreams, he finds solace in the drug world.

It is in the arms of love that Sean’s life finds a new beginning and, for the first time, he learns what happiness is. But he is unaware that his past is preparing to make a surprise reappearance.


Praise for Full of Sin:

“A darkly exhilarating book which takes the reader on a switchback of violence and compassion, by a writer who knows how to touch some very raw nerves.” Patrick Lennon (Corn Dolls and Steel Witches).

“An encouraging debut – Karl has a strong, passionate voice as a writer.” Cathy Kelly (Lessons in Heartbreak and Homecoming)

“Full of Sin is the narrative of the later life of an abused and neglected child. It is original and perceptive, and while the story is tragic, it illustrates that human resilience can bring about the possibility of redemption.” Thomas Perry (Strip and Silence)

“Karl Vadaszffy is just the sort of writer we should encourage – young, ambitious and creative.” Michael Dobbs (House of Cards and Winston’s War)


Learn more about Karl Vadaszffy at his website: www.karlvad.com

Follow Karl on Twitter: @KarlVad

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089Y0XQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, Karl Vadaszffy trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines, taught English as a foreign language in Poland and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England.

Working in schools in Hertfordshire, UK, he became Head of Year when he was only 25 and a Head of English at 26. He is currently the Head of English, Drama and Media Studies at an Ofsted outstanding-rated Catholic school in Hertfordshire.

Karl currently juggles his teaching responsibilities with work as a freelance journalist. His articles regularly appear in ten industry-leading magazines that cover the automotive, aerospace, technology and travel sectors. His articles are read by over 12,000 subscribers in print, and more online.

While in a previous teaching role, Karl established The Astley Cooper School's author visits programme, which saw a number of authors, many internationally bestselling, visit the school to give talks, sign books and host workshops. These included Frederick Forsyth, Jodi Picoult, Sophie Hannah, Peter James, Darren Shan, Joanne Harris, Michael Marshall, Deborah Moggach and Elizabeth Buchan. The programme ran for three successful years until he left the school.

Karl was a competitive fencer for seven years. Fencing is in his blood; his father was Hungarian Foil Champion and three-time British Epee Champion, coached the under-21s British Olympic foil team and was the personal coach of Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, for almost thirty years. He also coached actors, including Ralph Fiennes and Robson Green, to prepare them for screen roles.

Similarly, Karl's passion for drama was inherited from his father, who also trained as an actor. Zsolt Vadaszffy trained at RADA before having a successful film and television career in the 1960s, working with actors such as Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins and Alec Guinness. Karl followed in his father's footsteps by training at the London Centre for Theatre Studies.

Karl's latest novel is On Guard, a thriller set in the fencing world. His previous crime thriller, The Missing, was a Kindle top ten bestseller and has sold 60,000 copies. His debut novel was the dark drama Full of Sin.

Visit Karl's website: karlvad.com.

Check out an interview that John R. Lindensmith, the talented author of Hell, conducted with Karl about the original release of Full of Sin:
http://johnrlindensmith.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/interview-karl-vadaszffy-full-of-sin.html

Check out an article about how Karl originally managed to get Full of Sin published, as produced by The Times Educational Supplement: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6039875


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Read 27 July 2014
By deano c
Format:Kindle Edition
When Sean Monroe is in a coma in hospital. He recalls the memories that led to this eventuality.
Fostered by the Andersons. Sean injures the couples promiscuous daughter Jodie in a fit of lust and violence with whom he has casual sex with. Finding help from a gangster who he begins working for, allowing Sean to live with him.
Sean falls in love with the gangsters sister Sarah who teaches him the joy of love and trust. Falling for her charms Sean longs to spend his life with her.
But things become complicated when Seans real mother Mary reappears in his life longing for forgivenss from the trail of abuse Sean suffered as a child.
Giving her a second chance he allows his mother back in his life. But she has a dark legacy that she passes onto her son affecting everyone around them.
Full of Sin is a dark but powerful book that details the results of childhood abuse, but also of the strength to strive from it through love and support.
The book keeps you guessing about what has happened to Sean to land up in his predicament from the start of the book. Though it does'nt reveal the secret until the climax of thr story.
A riveting read. I read it in a day. Utterly addictive and deserves its praise. 9.5/10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of sin 2 Aug 2012
By Nrk
Format:Kindle Edition
A very different read the story is very dark but unfortunately very realistic. You will have no idea of the ending very imaginative but realistic. Well worth reading.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of Sin 27 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Sean is a troubled young man, a product of an abusive childhood, abandoned by his drug addicted, prostitute mother, suffering at the hands of violent foster parents, he finally finds a semblance of happiness with the Anderson family. However, the demons that are already within him cause him to commit an act of violence against his foster sister, which is the catalyst to a series of unfortunate events that befall our young hero.

This debut novel by Karl Vadaszffy is well written and incredibly easy to read. The character of Sean is easy to empathise with, and the book clearly is written with the intention of pointing out that monsters are not born, they are made. Of course, many would argue with this, as prisons are populated with many offenders who came from a perfectly stable background. But it is true that many of society's more dangerous criminals are themselves victims of circumstance, and Sean is one such person. However, victims should also be taken into consideration, and it would seem the fate of one of Sean's victims is brushed under the carpet, and all the attention focused on him and his miserable life.

My main criticism of Full of Sin, is that it is too short at 178 pages, and an extra hundred pages would have given us a chance to explore Sean's story further and would have allowed room for the supporting characters to be more than just clichés and stereotypes, which some of them end up becoming. The ending is rather rushed, which is disappointing, given that we have invested time in getting inside this young man's head and living his life through him, and because the end is so hurried, you're left with a slight feeling of `eh?'.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Disturbing 29 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Beautifully written, this debut novel is extremely dark and disturbing. The book's central character is deeply flawed in a way that makes the story very realistic. The violence and agony throughout are contrasted against a plea for redemption and hope. The social issues highlighted are all too relevant and all the more disturbing for it. It is at times difficult to read (because of the themes, not the writing), but impossible to put down. Highly recommended.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Jun 2012
By Rebekah
Format:Paperback
A truely thrilling read. keeps you gripped from start to finish. very well written. If you're into thrillers, this one is a must-buy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++ 9 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nice straight forwards, simple reading. A book thats a joy to pick up as the author shows yo the pictures
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than your usual Thriller 17 Sep 2012
By Kezman
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the first page you are drawn into a shocking and often disturbing world of the characters in this book. The book has great character development that is emotional for the reader as you are often unsure whether to feel sorry for or despise the main character. The book has a dark tone, great pace and is hard hitting from start to finish. A great read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars utter crap
Lack of plot
Lack of character
Full of nonsense

You could try reading the back of a cereal packet instead.
Published 10 days ago by Mme turk
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, nasty, compelling
I read this book quite some time ago after Karl was a guest speaker at Verulam Writers' Circle in St Albans, Hertforshire. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The One To Read...
Never have I encountered a literary rollercoaster of emotion such as Karl Vadaszffy's 'Full of Sin'. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2012 by Rea200289
1.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a 12-year-old from Kazakhstan
After struggling through about a third of this novel, I've given up. It's not the shallow characters that have forced me to do this; it isn't even the clichéd plot. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Lola
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of ?
I came across this author via Amazon's blog looking for new British thriller writers; so, along with another half dozen books from other writers, I bought it. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by Michael Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Sin review.
'Full of Sin' is the bold, hard-hitting, but heart-felt debut novel by one of the country's best new authors, Karl Vadaszffy. Read more
Published on 8 July 2010 by Michael Ashley Torrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
In an age where sin is all too revealed and merchandised, there is one book which to me stood out beyond most. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2010 by Mallory Autumn
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